Gluten Free Chicken Piccata Quick Toss

Do you love Chicken Piccata?  Get all the big restaurant flavor of this classic dish with a few shortcuts that will have dinner on the table in 20 minutes, minus the gluten!

Diced chicken tenders replace cutlets in this express recipe.  Perfect for those busy weeknights when you just want to get dinner on the table, tastes like you’ve been cooking for hours! ❤️

Dinner for two

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  • 1/2 lb. chicken tenders, cut into chunks
  • 6 oz. gluten free pasta
  • 4 tsp. olive oil, divided plus more for finishing
  • 4 tsp. butter, divided
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. arrowroot flour
  • 1/4 cup white wine (not cooking wine)
  • 1/2 cup gluten free, low sodium chicken broth
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. small capers (more if you like)
  • Italian parsley for garnish
  • grated cheese


Cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than the package directions, drain and set aside.

Use a large stainless-steel skillet to brown the chicken in 2 tsp. each of butter and olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Don’t crowd the pan, if it doesn’t fit then make 2 batches.

Notice the chicken isn’t quite cooked through at this point, it will finish in the sauce at the end.

Transfer the chicken to a bowl and set aside, keep warm.  Add the remaining 2 tsp. each of butter and olive oil.  Add the shallots and garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes stirring constantly.

Be ready with the wine, lemon juice and chicken broth.  Sprinkle the flour over the shallots and garlic and whisk continuously.

Drizzle the liquid into the pan as you continue whisking.

Return the chicken and pasta to the pan and toss to heat through. Cook for several minutes, the liquid will thicken as it comes to a simmer.  Stir in the capers and lemon zest at the very end.

To finish, transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle with more olive oil, then garnish with Italian parsley and a little grated cheese.

Yum, how good does that look?  I love this kind of meal for busy weeknights.  Open a bottle of your favorite white wine for this recipe, and then pour a glass for the cook!

Notes ♪♫ I love arrowroot flour for thickening.  It makes a lump free roux every time and I use it in some of my flour blends for bread baking as well.  It’s something I always have on hand in my gluten free pantry!

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Gluten Free Sole Francaise

Sole Francaise is an old restaurant favorite of mine, but you don’t often see it on the menu anymore.  Of course, if you are gluten free this dish is off limits.  So today with just one simple substitution I’ll show you how to prepare this five-star entrée right at home.  White rice flour is a pantry staple at My Gluten Free Cucina, and I promise your gluten eating friends and family will not be able to tell the difference.

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  • 1 lb. sole fillets
  • 3/4 cup white rice flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Old Bay seasoning, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice


Use a superfine white rice flour in place of traditional all purpose.  It works just as well in this recipe, so don’t waste your even pricier gluten free all-purpose flour.  Set up 2 breading trays or plates, one with the flour and the other with the beaten egg.  Sprinkle the flour with Old Bay.

Heat a large nonstick skillet with 2 tbsp. butter and 2 tbsp. oil.

Sprinkle the sole fillets with Old Bay, then dredge each piece in flour.  Dip in egg, shaking off the excess.

Cook the fish 3 minutes per side.  Try not to tear the delicate egg batter when you flip them over (use 2 spatulas for better control).  Cook in batches if needed, do not crowd the pan.

Transfer the fillets to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven (especially if cooking in batches).

Add the wine and lemon juice to the skillet, swirl around and cook until reduced by half.

Drizzle the reduction over the fish and serve with a lemon wedge.  Smashed Potatoes and garlic green beans round out the plate.

Notes ♪♫ When cooking with wine, always choose something that you can drink with the meal.  I had a bottle of Pinot Grigio that was just perfect with this dish.  I never use cooking wine, as it is loaded with sodium and additives.

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