Picatta without the Chicken

Vegan "Chicken" PicattaSubmitted by: Patricia Sheehan

Hungry for a bit of chicken picatta, but don’t want to “ruffle the feathers” by using poultry? Seitan is a vegan protein source made from wheat gluten. Seitan is more chewy and springy than other meat alternatives, making it a wonderful substitute in dishes that call for poultry.


Yield: 6-8 pieces

  • 6-8 pc Seitan (made with tomato paste, tamari, paprika, onion powder, lemon juice)
  • ½ cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Freshly ground pepper
  • ½ tsp Paprika, or to taste
  • 3 Tbsp Margarine
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • ¼ cup Vegetable broth or water
  • 3 Tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 6-8 Thin lemon slices
  • 3 Tbsp Capers


  1. Cut seitan in half the long way; about ¼ inch.
  2. In a bowl combine flour, salt, pepper, and paprika; coat seitan well.
  3. Heat butter and olive oil in a large pan.  Sauté seitan in batches, about 3 minutes on each side.
  4. Drain off all but 2 Tablespoons of fat.
  5. Stir in vegetable broth, scraping to loosen browned bits.
  6. Add lemon juice and heat through.
  7. Return seitan to the skillet with the lemon slices; heat until sauce thickens. Add capers. Serve with your favorite pasta.

Nutritionals (1 piece)*

Calories: 484; Total Fat: 37 g; Saturated Fat: 13 g; Cholesterol: 23 mg; Sodium: 1510 mg; Carbohydrates: 20 g; Fiber: 2 g; Sugar: 0 g; Vitamin A: 28% DV; Vitamin C: 33% DV; Calcium: 3% DV; Iron: 11% DV

*Note: nutrition may vary with brand of seitan

6 Responses to “Picatta without the Chicken”

  1. Susan Lewis

    I have a real problem with posting a supposedly healthy recipe that contains 37gms of fat, 13gm of saturated fat and 1500mg sodium!!! This contains the amount of saturated fat and sodium that people with heart disease are recommended to have for ONE DAY. Also, this is not vegan as it contains butter. Also, I do not understand the parentheses after setian – made with . . . . .

  2. roberto carrasco

    let’s not be judgmental, we should just use this dish judiciously, that’s all. It is much better than the original animal protein rich dish. You can control the amount of fat by serving more of pasta and possibly cooked vegetables and less of the fried seitan. Enjoy your food!

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