Chicken Scallopini


This chicken scallopini with piccata sauce makes an awesome romantic dinner for two. Many have heard of veal scallopini, but you can make this Italian dish with any meat or vegetables. The trick is to use a demi-glace of the same style; for example, a venison demi-glace if using deer.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 1 clove garlic, pressed

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 4 ounces sliced mushrooms

  • ¼ cup white wine

  • 2 tablespoons chicken-flavored demi-glace, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 20 capers, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley, or to taste

  • 2 lemon slices


  1. Place flour into a shallow dish. Mix butter and garlic together in a small bowl until well combined.

  2. Use a very sharp knife to slice horizontally through the thick part of each chicken breast to about 1/2 inch from the thinner edge; be careful not to cut all the way through. Open each breast like a book and place onto a work surface. Gently pound each breast to a uniform thickness, then dredge on both sides with flour.

  3. Melt garlic butter in a large skillet over medium heat until it stops foaming. Add chicken and cook until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Season with salt and pepper. Remove to a platter and cover to keep warm.

  4. Cook mushrooms in remaining butter in the skillet until beginning to turn brown at the edges, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in wine, demi-glace, lemon juice, and capers. Reduce the heat to a simmer, season with salt and pepper, and stir in parsley.

  5. Transfer chicken to plates and spoon sauce over top. Garnish with lemon slices.


You can "fake" a demi-glace by reducing an appropriate brown stock and adding a water and flour slurry to thicken.

If you need to make this for a large party, cook the chicken as directed but in several small batches. Reserve the butter and flour from cooking each batch until you are ready to make the sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

542 Calories
27g Fat
35g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 542
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 16g 78%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 884mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 20mg 101%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 495mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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