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Chicken Scallopini

Craving Italian-inspired comfort food? Dig in to this lighter twist on chicken scallopini served with a lemon-caper butter sauce and whole wheat spaghetti!
Course Main Dishes, Poultry
Cuisine Italian
Keyword chicken scallopini, quick dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 378kcal
Author Diabetic Foodie


  • 4 ounces whole wheat thin spaghetti (dry)
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 1/3 cup white wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (extra-virgin)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped)
  • lemon slices
  • pinch of salt


  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  • While the pasta cooks, place the chicken breast on a cutting board. Hold your knife parallel to the cutting board and cut the chicken breast in half so you end up with very thin and wide pieces.
  • Place each piece of chicken between two slices of wax paper and pound until it’s ¼-inch thick.
  • Spread the flour out on a plate. Coat both sides of each piece of chicken with flour.
  • In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of butter with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt over medium-high heat.
  • Once the pan is hot, add the chicken and brown on both sides until it’s fully cooked through. Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate and keep it warm.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of butter and olive oil plus sea salt to the same skillet. Stir in the lemon juice and capers and heat until warmed through.
  • To serve, divide the pasta, chicken, and sauce among four serving plates. Garnish with parsley and lemon slices.


This recipe is for 4 servings of scallopini. Each serving is 1 chicken breast with ¼th of the sauce and pasta.
Leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. 
For best results, store the sauce separately and only add it to the pasta and chicken right before serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 278mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 3.1mg | Net carbs: 22g