Platter of turkey scallopini with lemon and capers.
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Turkey Scallopini with Capers and Lemon

This is a pretty easy dish that packs a lot of flavor. The tanginess from the capers and lemon juice go so well with the mild flavor of the turkey, and the sauce left in the pan is great drizzled on top. I served this with marinated butternut squash and some leftover bourbon cranberry sauce.

Platter of turkey scallopini with lemon and capers.

Turkey Scallopini with Capers and Lemon
Gourmet February 2000

1 1/2 pound (1/4-inch-thick) sliced raw turkey cutlets
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chicken broth
1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Pat turkey dry and season with salt and pepper. Dredge half of turkey slices in flour, shaking off excess. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté turkey until browned on both sides and just cooked through, about 4 minutes total. Transfer to a platter and keep warm, covered. Dredge and sauté remaining turkey with another 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in same manner.
Add remaining tablespoon oil to skillet and cook garlic over moderate heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broth and deglaze over moderately high heat, scraping up brown bits. Boil until broth is reduced to about 3/4 cup. Stir in lemon juice, capers, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Return turkey to skillet with any juices on platter and simmer until heated through, about 1 minute.

Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Merut

    I love lemon and capers. I’ve mixed it with fish and chicken, but never thought about turkey. Great idea and it looks delicious!

  • Loren

    Thanks… I needed something to do with my turkey cutlets. Thanks for coming through with a good idea for us. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  • Loren

    Update… I got it started and set up. Michael finished it while I while I was out. The turkey took a little longer to cook than expected (maybe the pan should have been hotter?), but the result was great.

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