Grain-Free Chicken Piccata Nuggets Recipe

Crunchy and juicy almond flour-encrusted morsels in a lemon caper sauce! Your dinner awaits…

Chicken Piccata is one of those dishes that feels classic yet never gets old. Thin chicken breasts breaded in crumbs and drizzled in a butter sauce… mmm you can almost hear the Frank Sinatra singing in the background!

My take on the Italian favorite is much lighter but just as flavorful. I used almond flour to keep the recipe grain (and gluten!) free and decided to cut up the chicken into bite-sized pieces so they cook even faster. This way you skip the breast pounding, dredging and breading altogether!

Here’s how you’ll make Grain-Free Chicken Piccata Nuggets:

  1. Cut up the chicken breasts into bite-sized 1″ pieces.
  2. Toss the chicken pieces in a mix of almond flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  3. Cook the chicken in a skillet then remove to make the sauce in the same pan.
  4. Combine vinegar, chicken stock, lemon juice, garlic, capers and butter to create your sauce in less than 5 minutes!


  • Try to cut your chicken breasts up into pieces that are as close to the same size as possible so each piece cooks at the same rate.
  • No egg is needed for the almond meal to stick to the chicken.
  • You can swap almond flour for another grain-free alternative, or use corn starch for a similar coating.

I hope you enjoy these little bites as much as we did!

Grain-Free Chicken Piccata Nuggets

Crunchy and juicy almond flour-encrusted morsels in a lemon caper sauce!
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Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 3


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts trimmed of fat
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbs. olive oil or avocado oil

for lemon caper sauce:

  • ½ cup white wine vinegar can sub champagne vinegar or regular vinegar
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tbs. butter or ghee
  • 2 tbs. capers drained
  • 1 tbs. olive oil or avocado oil
  • juice from half a lemon plus slices for serving


  • Start by cutting the chicken breasts up into bite-sized, 1" pieces.
  • In a mixing bowl, use a whisk to combine the almond flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Add the chicken pieces into the flour mixture and toss to coat.
  • In a large skillet, warm 2 tbs. olive oil then add in chicken. Let cook for 3-4 minutes before using tongs to flip, cooking the opposite side for another 3-4 minutes. Test to see if the chicken is cooked through by slicing into one piece; no pink should remain.
  • Remove cooked chicken from pan and use a paper towel to carefully clean out any remaining crumbs.
  • Make sauce by heating another 1 tbs. olive oil, then add minced garlic. Cook for one minute before adding vinegar, chicken stock and lemon juice. Let sauce simmer and cook down for 3-4 minutes before whisking in butter. Add chicken back to pan and top with capers and lemon slices!
Keyword bites, caper, chicken, grain-free, lemon, nuggets, piccata
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