Chicken Piccata with Grapefruit Recipe

Chicken Piccata with Grapefruit Recipe

Traditionally, lemon is the citrus utilized when making chicken piccata. However, we’re shaking things up with this recipe where grapefruit is implemented instead.

In September in Florida, a great deal of citrus is in season and that includes grapefruit. I don’t find grapefruit frequently used in savory recipes, but do see it quite a bit in desserts and salads. So when Lori mentioned that she made a chicken piccata with grapefruit years ago that was outstanding, I had to have a stab at it.

Chicken Piccata with Grapefruit
Chicken Piccata with Grapefruit

This recipe is very similar to any other piccata recipe. The main (and only) difference in this instance is that we are using fresh grapefruit juice instead of fresh lemon juice. I find that the grapefruit makes the end result just a touch more sweet than the original recipe – it’s very subtle. When sourcing your grapefruit from somewhere like Rollin’ Oats where the organic produce is plentiful, seek out fruits that are very ripe and juicy. Avoid under ripe grapefruit that will feel more firm in texture. If the idea of grapefruit in place of lemon is too farfetched for you, perhaps ease into things by only using 1/2 lemon and 1/2 grapefruit.

Chicken breasts are what I typically use for this recipe as I find them to be more convenient and easier to work with. If you’re looking to up the flavor ante, give chicken thighs a try instead.

Easy Chicken Piccata with Grapefruit

Chicken Piccata with Grapefruit

Abby Allen-Leach
Swap in a juicy grapefruit for the traditional lemon in this easy Chicken Piccata dish that is certain to satisfy all.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 264 kcal


  • 2 chicken breasts Halved so that you have four pieces
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 grapefruits Juice of 1 and the other cut into wedges.
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup parsley Fresh, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp salt Plus more to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • One at a time, place halved chicken breasts under plastic wrap and pound or roll until thin. Place on a plate and season with salt and pepper
    Flattened chicken
  • Dredge each chicken piece in flour and shake off the excess.
    Flour-dredged chicken
  • Heat a skillet or dutch oven (I like to use a dutch oven for the high walls in case of splatter) over medium high heat and add 2 tbsp of butter and 2 tsp oil. Add two chicken pieces at a time and cook for four minutes on each side until browned and coked through (about 8 minutes).
    Chicken into the pan to cook four minutes on each side
  • Add 2 more tbsp of butter and remaining oil and cook last two pieces of chicken just as we did the first two. Remove from heat and turn down skillet to medium. Pour in stock, capers, juice of one grapefruit and grapefruit slices.
    Broth and grapefruit juice added
  • Allow to simmer and then add chicken pieces back in and cook for another five minutes. Taste and season as needed.
    Chicken after cooking both times
  • Remove chicken, add remaining two tbsp of butter to the pan and bring to a gentle simmer. Spoon reduced sauce and capers over chicken, garnish with parsley and serve.
    Chicken Piccata
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Piccata with Grapefruit
Amount Per Serving
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 877mg38%
Potassium 739mg21%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 4232IU85%
Vitamin C 51mg62%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 264kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 27gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 877mgPotassium: 739mgFiber: 4gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 4232IUVitamin C: 51mgCalcium: 77mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Abby Allen Recipes, Chicken Piccata
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