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Chicken Scallopini
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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!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dishes, Poultry
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken scallopini, quick dinner
Servings: 4
Calories: 378kcal
Author: Diabetic Foodie


  • 4 ounces whole wheat thin spaghetti (dry)
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 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