Turkey piccata with lime sauce

August 22, 2016

Turkey piccata with lime sauce is a variation on the classic chicken picatta that is made with lemon, butter, salt and pepper and capers. It is a quick dish to make and full of flavour.

How often do you eat turkey? Just at Christmas or more often? We are all familiar with a Christmas roast turkey but how often do you use it in other recipes? Turkey is a very versatile meat and has a number of health benefits. It is rich in protein, low in fat and eating it regularly can help lower cholesterol.

British Turkey and Red Tractor

British turkey have recently teamed up with Red Tractor  and invited bloggers to create delicious, innovative and tasty recipe using quality British turkey and a minimum of two non-meat Red Tractor approved ingredients.  If you read my blog regularly you know I love nothing more than a good cooking challenge so I was happy to get involved.  The theme of the challenge is best of British and I created turkey piccata with lime sauce.

Turkey piccata with lime sauce

As well as the turkey the other Red Tractor approved ingredients included in the recipe were onions and butter.  If you buy a product with the Red Tractor logo on the packet it indicates that the product has met the responsible production standards set by the Red Tractor food assurance scheme.  The standards cover on food safety, hygiene, animal welfare and the environment amongst other things. Buying Red Tractor products is also a way to support British farmers.

Turkey piccata with lime sauce

Piccata is an Italian recipe although it is unclear if it originated in Italy or was a creation of Italian immigrants arriving in America. The word picatta is Italian and refers to the preparation of the meat. The meat is cut into slices and  seasoned with flour and spices before being browned in olive oil or butter. Traditionally the dish is made with veal but the use of chicken has become more popular.  I thought that turkey would work well with a tart lime sauce and I was right. The finished dish was full of flavour.

Turkey picatta with lime sauce

Turkey piccata with lime sauce recipe

To prepare the turkey I cut it into strips and rolled it in plain flour that was seasoned with herbs and black pepper. I chose to use rosemary, basil and oregano as those are all growing in my garden at the moment. Fry the turkey in the butter until it is cooked though and golden brown.  Next set the turkey to one side while you make the sauce.

Turkey piccata with lime sauce

The sauce is just a mixture of lime juice, white wine, cider vinegar, soy sauce, tobacco sauce and capers. Add these to the pan and cook for a few minutes until the sauce thickens.  Place the turkey back into the sauce and cook until it is warm again.  Serve the turkey topped with the sauce and with plain white rice.  It is a quick and easy meal to make, perfect for a mid week supper.

Turkey piccata with lime sauce

Servings 4
Author Alison


  • 4 turkey breast steaks
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 onion
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 150 ml white wine
  • ¼ tsp cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp tobasco sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp capers


  • Chop the herbs into small pieces and mix in a bowl with the flour and black pepper.
  • Cut the turkey into strips and coat each strip with the flour mixture
  • Peel and chop the onion into small pieces
  • Heat the butter in a non stick pan
  • Add the onion and sauté until soft
  • Add the turkey and brown each side for three to four minutes until cooked.
  • Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add the lime juice, wine, cider vinegar, soy sauce, tobasco and capers to the pan
  • Cook for a couple of minutes until the sauce thickens
  • Add the turkey back to the pan and warm though

Have you ever cooked piccata? What did you think?

Why not pin the recipe to make later?

Turkey picatta with lime sauce

If you are looking for other turkey recipes then turkey al kabsa is a lightly spiced turkey dish with a Persian flavour which is another great mid-week meal. For warmer days a warm Mexican turkey salad is a great treat. Jasmine rice with ginger soy turkey is another quick and easy mid week meal.

I am linking up to the Kitchen Clearout linky on Madhouse Family Reviews as I managed to use up half a jar of capers that has been in my fridge for ages.

kitchen clearout

This is my entry into the British Turkey and Red Tractor recipe competition. If I can find my receipt I will be reimbursed for the ingredients but it’s more than likely that it has disappeared into the black hole that is my handbag.

6 responses to “Turkey piccata with lime sauce”

  1. We really don’t cook with turkey enough in our kitchen, but we both really enjoy it. The sauce sounds delicious too.

  2. Suze - Luxury Columnist says:

    The lime sauce sounds delicious and I bet that the capers add a lot of flavour

  3. Lovely combination of flavours – this sounds really fresh and vibrant 🙂

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