Recipe: Turkey Piccata

by Cate on January 26, 2010

Turkey Piccata

I was all set to tell you about a comfort food dish that we had last week, but that is being pre-empted after a bite of tonight’s dinner.  Turkey Piccata … 10 minutes to make, 4 grams of fat and full-on flavor.  What more could you want?  One pan, one serving dish, basic ingredients and restaurant-quality deliciousness that you don’t have to feel guilty abou


While I was pulling out the ingredients tonight and starting to cook, Madeline kept bringing over the container of grape tomatoes, one of her favorite things.  She would hand it to me, thump her chest and say “Me!”  I gave her one and she scurried away.  Minutes later, she was back.  “Moy!  Moy!”  (Madeline-speak for more).  She ended up eating half the container before it even made it into the dish.

As soon as I set the meal down on the table, Nick eyed it suspiciously.  “What is this?” he asked, pointing to the capers.

“They’re capers.  Try them.  You might like them.  If you don’t, just push them to the side.”

He asked about the meat.  “Turkey.  You like turkey.  It’s like chicken.  It’s fine.”

“I want leftovers,” he pleaded.  “Banana pancakes.”

“No, this is dinner.  You have to at least try it.”

I left him alone and concentrated on cutting up Madeline’s meat.  Once he was done whining and had picked off the shallots and capers, he actually ate his whole piece.   Go figure.  The pan-roasted tomatoes were a little bit of a challenge, but we settled on two pieces.

Whether you’re looking for a crazyfast weeknight meal, or something new to serve to company, this could be the one for you.  Light, packed with flavor and super simple to make.

Project 365
January 26, 2010, Photo #26

Madeline's Morning Ritual

Every weekday morning, nearly without exception, Madeline has the same breakfast. Multi-grain Cheerios. A bowl and a half. She is adamant about doing it all herself, so I’ve found a shallow bowl and a big spoon is the key to the least amount of milk on the floor and Cheerios on the table.

Turkey Piccata
Unidentified magazine clipping, thought it was Shape magazine, but recipe wasn’t on their website

2 lemons
1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs (I used a smidge more)
4 (1/2 inch thick) turkey breast cutlets (1 pound)
olive oil cooking spray
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
4 large fresh thyme sprigs
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons each minced shallots and drained capers
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Cut off peel and pith from lemons.  Cut into slices, then cut slices in half; reserve.  Spread breadcrumbs on waxed paper.  Press cutlets into crumbs to coats.

Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat.  Lightly spray cutlets with cooking spray.  Cook 2-1/2 minutes per side or until golden and no longer pink in thickest parts.  Remove to a platter and keep warm.

Add tomatoes and thyme to skillet, raise heat to high, and cook, shaking pan, for 2 to 3 minutes or until tomato skins start to char and split in spots; transfer to platter.

Add wine, shallot, and capers to skillet; boil 1 minute or until wine is reduced by half.  Reduce heat and swirl in butter and reserved lemon slices until butter is emulsified.  Spoon over turkey and serve with tomatoes.

4 servings

Each serving: 220 calories, 4g fat, 29g protein, 15g carb

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Joanne January 27, 2010 at 7:13 am

I love piccatas…capers have to be some of my most favorite ingredients out there! I’ve never had one with turkey as opposed to chicken or veal but I’ve really been meaning to cook more with turkey – why should we only eat it once a year! Good to you for sticking to your guns with Nick…he sounds like quite a character. And Maddie with those tomatoes – adorable!


Debbie January 27, 2010 at 10:56 am

I love chicken picatta and have never had turkey though. Sounds like a nice change….


Ramona January 27, 2010 at 11:05 am

Looks good. I like capers too. Funny how Madie eats stuff you wouldn’t think a child would eat.

I can just see Nick pouting.


Bridgett January 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I think it is wonderful that your little Madeline loves grape tomatoes. What a healthy snack for a little one! The turkey piccata sounds like a perfect take on chicken piccata and one I will definitely be trying. Delicious!


Patsy January 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm

that dish looks amazing… I’d love it for lunch today instead of my leftovers.


Lauren January 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I’m just stopping by your site for the first time, and I’m very impressed!

This dish looks like a “must try” and Madeline is a complete doll!


Leslie January 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Kids crack me up! I love ANYTHING piccata!


Meg January 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm

That turkey piccata does look fantastic! I don’t think I could convince anyone in my house to try anything with capers, but just for me? Definitely :)


Blond Duck January 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Popped in to say hi–it’s been awhile since I’ve been by! That turkey piccata looks wonderful!


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Thanks for the piccata recipe. I’ve never tried it as it’s a dish we don’t get here in restaurants much :) Madeline is so cute and she has such good taste!


Jude February 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Thanks for this recipe! Was just looking at it in a magazine at the doctor’s office yesterday, wishing I could tear the page out without anyone noticing. Stopped on my way home to get turkey cutlets so guess what’s for dinner? Thanks again!


Christy August 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm

I am so glad you make your kids try and eat everything you make!! My mother in law has spoiled my husband and his sister by specifically making them special meals aside from the meal she made for her and her husband. My husband is now such a picky eater and really doesn’t like anything healthy and his 17 year old sister still doesn’t eat with the family. Instead she will come into the kitchen while everyone else is eating and heat up chicken nuggets and tater tots!!! When I have a child I will never follow her example. My parents made me try everything like you do with your kids and I am so glad that they didn’t spoil me in the food area!!!


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