Turkey Cutlets With Lemon

turkey cutlets with lemon and caper sauce
Turkey cutlets with lemon. Diana Rattray
Ratings (4)
  • Total: 24 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 14 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
293 Calories
15g Fat
17g Carbs
22g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These turkey cutlets are flavored with lemon juice and capers. It's a piccata style turkey dish, perfect for a light and tasty meal. Add some dry white wine to the sauce mixture of use extra chicken broth. 

Feel free to omit the capers; add a few tablespoons of green onions or add some sliced fresh mushrooms to the skillet along with the turkey.

This makes a tasty and surprisingly easy dish. It's wonderful with diced roasted potatoes or hot cooked rice. If you're trying to keep carbs to a minimum serve the turkey with roasted cauliflower or summer squash "pasta" and a steamed vegetable or tossed salad. 


  • 1 1/2 pounds turkey cutlets
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2/3 cup chicken stock (unsalted or low sodium)
  • 2 lemons (juiced)
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine (or more chicken stock)
  • 2 tablespoons capers (drained and chopped roughly)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Steps to Make It

  1. Put turkey cutlets between sheets of plastic wrap and gently pound to about 1/2-inch thickness.

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

  3. Put 3 tablespoons of the flour in a wide, shallow bowl or plate. Dredge the turkey cutlets in the flour, then saute 2 to 3 cutlets for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked through. Repeat with the remaining cutlets.

  4. Remove browned cutlets to a plate and keep warm.

  5. Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, and wine to the skillet and bring to a boil.

  6. In a small bowl or cup, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of flour with the remaining 1 tablespoon of soft butter; stir until the mixture is smooth. Whisk the butter and flour mixture into the broth and lemon juice mixture and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the capers and parsley.

  7. Pour the sauce over the turkey cutlets and serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • Replace the turkey cutlets with chicken breast cutlets, thinly sliced chicken breasts, or chicken tenders.

  • Saute about 4 to 6 ounces of sliced mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of butter before you add the turkey to the skillet.

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