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Chicken Piccata

Recipe by Chef Michele Ragussis
  • Cook Time 15 minutes
  • Serves 1 serving
  • Difficulty easy
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Low-Carb Chicken Piccata Over Angel Hair

Chicken piccata is a delicious, bright, fresh dish with lemon, capers, and juicy chicken. Typically, the dish is served over a bed of pasta to soak up all the flavors. But if you’re on keto or going low carb, you might have taken this lemon chicken dish off the menu.

It’s Skinny Angel Hair pasta lets you put chicken piccata back on your dinner rotation with a guilt-free version you can enjoy any time. We make this one fast and easy. Parsley and capers zhuzh it up a notch, taking a chicken and pasta dish into fine dining territory. If you’re ready to enjoy a healthy chicken piccata recipe, don’t miss out on this one!

What Makes Low-Carb Chicken Piccata Special?

Chicken is a staple. Almost everyone loves a good chicken dish—it’s an easy protein to work with and enjoy. Even the pickiest eaters typically like chicken.

But if you’re following a low-carb diet, endless chicken recipes can start to get, well, a bit boring. Often the standard grilled chicken breast becomes a staple for low-carb dieters. But after you’ve had some variation of chicken breast over salad for two weeks straight, you might just be ready for a change.

Well, winner, winner, chicken dinner (sorry, we had to)! We have the perfect chicken dish for every low-carb dieter. Best of all? It includes PASTA! Yep, that’s right—you can have pasta on a low-carb diet. We’ll go into the details in just a moment.

First, about the chicken: we use chicken thighs for this easy chicken piccata recipe. For those unfamiliar with chicken thighs, prepare to meet your new favorite meat. Chicken thighs are still very healthy but are meatier, juicier, and more flavorful than chicken breasts. Sometimes people refer to chicken thighs as the dark meat of a chicken.

You can afford to upgrade your protein to slightly richer chicken thighs when going the low-carb route. Thighs are nominally higher in calories, but they add so much to a dish that it's hardly worth worrying about. They get the juiciness from a little higher fat content compared to breasts, but as low-carb and keto dieters know—fat isn’t the enemy. If you want to lose weight, carbs are really where it counts.

Another great thing about chicken thighs is that you'll also save money on your grocery bill. Chicken thighs are often quite a bit cheaper than chicken breasts—even if you go boneless and skinless. These days when everyone is looking for affordable low-carb meals, chicken thighs will be your new protein BFF.

The word piccata is Italian. It refers to any typically thin cut of meat served in a lemon, parsley, and butter sauce. Veal piccata is another common take on this dish. No matter which protein you choose, make it taste authentic with lemon, capers, parsley, and butter.

Although you can serve low-carb lemon chicken piccata with any side, it’s at its very best when accompanied by pasta (of course). We serve up our low-carb chicken piccata recipe over Angel Hair, but any style of It’s Skinny would be delicious—Spaghetti, Fettuccine, or even Rice.

It’s Skinny Makes Low-Carb Life Simple

When people cut carbs, they often assume that means giving up their favorite dishes, like pasta and rice. This “deprivation mentality” sets dieters up for failure.

You see, any time we tell ourselves we can’t have something, we focus on that food. If we’re avoiding carbs, we might find ourselves dreaming of fried rice, craving lasagna, or longing for a delicious bowl of ramen. The more we think about it, the stronger the cravings become. Eventually, we throw in the towel and cave to the carb cravings.

The trick to avoiding the deprivation mentality is to find ways to enjoy the things we love in a modified (but still yummy) way. Meet It’s Skinny! It’s Skinny is a special kind of Pasta and Rice that is ultra-low carb (ZERO net carbs, to be precise) and low calorie (9 calories per pack).

How’d we do it? How did we take the carbs out of pasta while still keeping the texture and flavor that everyone loves? We use a very unique ingredient called konjac root. Konjac is a plant that's mostly grown in Asia, where cooks have used it for many years. Only recently have people in the United States discovered it's the answer to creating crave-worthy low-carb Pasta and Rice.

Konjac root is very high in glucomannan fiber. This type of fiber fills you up, alleviates cravings, and keeps your blood sugar steady. There’s no carb spike and crash as you get with traditional pasta. You can enjoy konjac root, or shirataki Pasta or Rice, before a workout or for lunch without feeling weighed down and tired.

It’s Skinny Pasta and Rice are so easy to cook with too! All you need to do is open up the convenient package, drain the Pasta or Rice, and then add it to your other ingredients at the end of the cooking process. Allow your Pasta or Rice to heat through, and in about two minutes, you’re ready to enjoy a delicious, low-carb meal! It’s that simple!

It’s Skinny is available in four great varieties: Angel Hair, Spaghetti, Fettuccine, and Rice. You can order packs from our website, including our variety pack option. Try all the different styles of It’s Skinny and find your favorite.

Once you try It’s Skinny, you’ll be astounded at all the endless “pastabilities!” Remake all your favorite dishes, from rice pudding to chicken noodle soup! You can remake any pasta or rice dish your way—with keto-friendly It's Skinny.

If you want to feel like a kitchen rockstar, we recommend starting with a dish like this low-carb chicken piccata over Angel Hair.

Questions About Low-Carb Chicken Piccata Over Angel Hair

Whether you’re a novice cook or a practiced home chef, you may have some questions about making low-carb chicken piccata over angel hair. Well, if you have questions, we have answers! Here are some of the common queries we get about this recipe.

I don’t like capers; can I use something else or skip them?

Capers are a polarizing ingredient. Some people love them, and some people don’t. They’re also a little harder to find in certain places. In case you’re wondering what the heck a caper is in the first place, they’re the small, pickled bud of a plant called Capparis spinosa. Because the capers are pickled in brine, they often taste salty, tangy, and earthy.

Chopped green olives are the logical swap for salty capers. They have a similar texture and taste, and olives work really well in this dish. You could also use pickled or canned artichoke hearts as a nice swap. For a different but equally compelling flavor, consider anchovies. Finally, if you prefer, you can just leave out the capers too.

What other protein could I try in piccata?

As mentioned above, veal piccata is an Italian classic, so veal is a great option for this dish. Keep in mind, though, veal can be pricey and harder to find. You could also make piccata with lamb, pork, or beef, but veal is the ideal swap for this dish.

If you prefer poultry, you can use boneless skinless chicken breasts in your low-carb chicken piccata. Turkey breasts would also work well in this dish. Fish has a different flavor profile, but it would also work well with lemon, garlic, and parsley. On that same note, you could use shellfish like shrimp or scallops in this recipe.

Could I try this dish with other types of It’s Skinny? Would it still be low-carb?

Great news! All varieties of It’s Skinny have the same great stats—ZERO net carbs and only nine calories per pack. So it’s really about finding your favorite style of noodle (or Rice). We chose It’s Skinny Angel Hair for this low-carb chicken piccata recipe because the texture works so well with the delicate sauce.

It’s Skinny Rice would be another great choice with piccata. Rice and chicken are a classic combination, and with It’s Skinny Rice, there’s no need to drag out the rice cooker. Add the rice at the very end of your cooking and allow it to heat through for 2 minutes. It’s that easy! Prefer Spaghetti or Fettuccine? Go for it! It’s all about making your favorite dishes YOUR way!

How to Make Low-Carb Chicken Piccata Over It’s Skinny Angel Hair

Ready to enjoy this easy-but-impressive dish? It’s a perfect recipe for date night. The presentation and flavors feel luxurious, even though it takes simple ingredients and no time at all to put together. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner for two or a delicious dinner for one, we’ve got you covered with It’s Skinny!

Head over to our YouTube channel to watch Chef Michele make our low-carb chicken piccata recipe


Angel Hair | It's Skinny
  • 1 package It's Skinny Angel Hair
  • 2 chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • Fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon beef tallow (or olive oil)


Drain and rinse 1 package of It’s Skinny Angel Hair Pasta and set aside.
Add 1 tablespoon of beef tallow (or olive oil, if preferred) into a pan and allow it to melt over medium-high heat. Add the chicken thighs and cook them until both sides of the chicken start to brown.
Add the garlic, capers, chicken stock, and juice from half of a lemon. Cook the chicken in the sauce until it is fully cooked. Remove the cooked chicken thighs from the pan and set aside.
Add a tablespoon of butter to the pan, stirring into the other ingredients and browned bits on the bottom of the pan until melted.
Put the It’s Skinny Angel Hair Pasta in the pan, tossing to coat in the chicken piccata sauce. Heat the Pasta through.
Dish up the It’s Skinny Angel Hair Pasta in a bowl, drizzling it with the remaining sauce from the pan. Top each dish with a chicken thigh and a bunch of freshly chopped parsley. Squeeze the other half of the lemon over the top. Enjoy!
Dig in & enjoy!

Nutrition Information for Chicken Piccata

Nutrition information for 1 serving. Full recipe makes 2 servings.

% Daily Value
Total Fat
32.8 g
Sat Fat
12 g
133 mg
Total Carbohydrates
5 g
252.8 mg
2.6 g
Total Sugar
0.5 g
Added Sugar
0 g
21.4 g