Turkey Piccata

Turkey Piccata

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March 1998

Using lemon segments gives the sauce of this turkey piccata a sweetness and body that lemon juice alone would not achieve. Capers are the pickled flower buds of the caper bush; the berries are pickled seed pods. Make it a meal: Serve over whole-wheat angel hair pasta. Arugula-Mushroom Salad makes a nice first course.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 lemon
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 turkey cutlets, (about 1 pound), each cutlet sliced in half across the grain
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon drained capers, rinsed
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 caper berries, for garnish (optional)


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  1. Remove skin and white pith from lemon with a sharp knife. Working over a bowl to catch the juice, cut the lemon segments from their surrounding membranes. Chop segments coarsely and reserve with the juice.
  2. Combine flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Lightly dredge turkey in the flour mixture and pat off excess. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the turkey to the pan and cook until the outside is golden brown and the interior is no longer pink, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter and keep warm.
  3. Add garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for several seconds. Pour in broth and bring to a boil, stirring and scraping up any browned bits. Boil for 1 minute. Stir in the reserved lemon segments and juice, capers and sugar; cook for 30 seconds longer. Add butter and swirl the skillet until it has melted.
  4. Spoon sauce over the cutlets, sprinkle with parsley and pepper. Garnish with caper berries, if using.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 206 calories; 5 g fat(2 g sat); 1 g fiber; 10 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein; 33 mcg folate; 50 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 143 IU vitamin A; 8 mg vitamin C; 12 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 483 mg sodium; 69 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, 4 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 2

December 12, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Family favorite My children love this meal. I add quartered artichoke hearts and serve over spaghetti squash to increase the veggie servings. Good leftovers too. Pros: Easy, fast
January 16, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Go-to meal on a weeknight This is really quick and easy, and is literally my kids' favorite meal. I serve it with brown rice, and everyone is tempted to lick his plate. I always add more capers than the recipe calls for. Pros: Easy, fast and a hit with the kids
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