Chicken Piccata
By :Instant Pot Miracle
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There is something irresistible about the combination of tangy lemon, briny capers, fresh herbs, and the rich flavor of butter—which is perhaps why this dish retains its popularity. Serve with pasta or rice and fresh steamed green beans or sautéed spinach.
Votes: 68
Rating: 4.25
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Capers, Chicken, Chicken Broth
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts skinless, boneless, 1 1/2 pounds to 1 3/4 pounds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brined capers drained
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley chopped fresh
  • Hot cooked pasta or rice
  • Lemon slices
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Capers, Chicken, Chicken Broth
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts skinless, boneless, 1 1/2 pounds to 1 3/4 pounds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brined capers drained
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley chopped fresh
  • Hot cooked pasta or rice
  • Lemon slices
Votes: 68
Rating: 4.25
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Instructions
  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Select sauté on the Instant Pot and adjust to normal. Heat oil in pot; add chicken and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side until browned.
  2. Add broth. Press cancel. Secure the lid on the pot.
  3. Close the pressure-release valve. Select manual and cook at high pressure for 3 minutes. When cooking is complete, use a quick release to depressurize. Press cancel.
  4. Use tongs to remove chicken to a serving platter; cover to keep warm.
  5. Add lemon juice to cooking liquid in pot. Select sauté and adjust to normal. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes to reduce. Press cancel.
  6. Whisk butter into sauce; add capers and parsley.
  7. Pour sauce over chicken. Serve over pasta or rice. Serve with lemon slices.
49 replies
  1. Seanhutch
    Seanhutch says:

    New to the whole instant pot but i made some changes to make it work for me. The chicken breasts were a little large so i added to minutes to the pressure cooking time. When making the sauce, I wanted it a little thicker so i aded a bit of flour. I then split my breasts so hey were thinner and let them hamg out in the sauce for about ten minutes. Awesome!

  2. Mondo
    Mondo says:

    This was my first IP trial recipe. Quick and easy! I followed the recipe exactly and served over brown rice with a side of steamed green beans. I will likely make this again and would add flour to the sauce as suggested by the previous review.

  3. Slamb28
    Slamb28 says:

    Easy and really tasty! Next time i mght actually use a pan to brown the chicken because it was a little tight teying tibrown 4 chicken breasts in my 6QT.

  4. Dfrederick
    Dfrederick says:

    I made this for dinner tonight! I cannot tell you how delicious it was! I served it with zoodles, since we are eating low carb. I added a lityle thickener and more of the broth for more sauce, and it was perfect!!!!

  5. allisony24
    allisony24 says:

    Just made this for lunch with angel hair pasta. Loved it. I would add more lemon… the hubby and I love lemon. I had four larger chicken breasts so I pressure cooked the chicken for 5 minutes.

  6. gboultbee
    gboultbee says:

    I made this dish twice last week. We tried it and rhen cooked it fo friend. It is light and delishes!

  7. ibshaun
    ibshaun says:

    Easy to make – followed instructions as written – only added a tad more lemon. I dont know if this really saves that much time over the stovetop but sometimes 15-20 min makes a difference. Saved to make again.

  8. caleyann88
    caleyann88 says:

    I made this for the first dinner I made for my boyfriend’s mother…. huge success!! The chicken was also amazing on salad the next day 🙂

  9. Paige5779
    Paige5779 says:

    Very good! I cut the lemon amount in half the second time I made it because the capers make it salty.

  10. MMerkel
    MMerkel says:

    Very easy. I would be sure to use chicken of equal size or pound out to same size. I made with jasmine rice as shown. Very good

  11. Offwhitemage
    Offwhitemage says:

    This was my first instant pot attempt and I am a convert! I served this with bean threads and zucchini noodles.

  12. Fraukegf
    Fraukegf says:

    This was my first dish with the InstaPot. Sorry to say that I think it would have been easier to make in a pan.
    I would also cut the lemon juice in half next time.

  13. SoCalDude
    SoCalDude says:

    I made with angel hair pasta and the whole meal was very delicious. However, next time I’ll try to reduce the sauce a bit more—it seemed too thin for my liking.

  14. renicpon
    renicpon says:

    My husband and I made this dish tonight and it was delicious. The only thing I changed was I thickened the sauce.

  15. Msansone
    Msansone says:

    Made this one. Followed the recipe and even with only 3 minutes under pressure breasts turned out dry. If i do it again I’ll use thighs.

  16. Crappycook
    Crappycook says:

    This recipe was very good. I did find the chicken a little dry so will try pressure cooking it for a little less time.

  17. Laurelea
    Laurelea says:

    Made this dish…amazing taste…served with basmati rice.
    Only change made was to thicken the lemon sauce with a tbsp of cornstarch.

  18. PBJinsta
    PBJinsta says:

    Our first Instapot meal and it was great! Like others, I was naturally inclined to add a lot more seasonings to the chicken. (Garlic and onion powder, etc). Chicken cooked perfectly and was very tender. Sauce was just like in restaurants (its supposed to be thin and light)! Clean up was a breeze. I’m sold one the one pot approach.

  19. Lolajeha
    Lolajeha says:

    Im no pro whrn it comes to instant pot but i have a feeling that chicken recipes are much cooked on a stove or bbq… This recipe was a failure even though i added flour to the sauce and added more time cooking the chicken still it tastes off

  20. apetrino
    apetrino says:

    I made this tonight and it was super easy and delicious! Made it with extra lemon juice and capers since i like my chicken piccata more on the tangy side. Served with mini bowtie noodles and green beans!

  21. laceycaye
    laceycaye says:

    This came out very tasty and I would make again! I did not have parsley so I seasoned with oregano and red pepper, and added a little cornstarch to thicken the sauce some. The chicken was cooked perfectly. I served with what I had – penne pasta and sauteed veggies (bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, onions).

  22. Golfmanfl
    Golfmanfl says:

    Was ok. No astounding flavor. I should have added some cornstarch to the watery gravy i had. I did add some artichokes and was pleased with that.

  23. ToriS
    ToriS says:

    Easiest recipe so far for me. Tasted great. Definitely a do again but agree with others that sauce needs a little thickening.

  24. Scjmc2
    Scjmc2 says:

    Easy recipe for my first time pressure cooking chicken. I subbed the capers for green olives because we like them better, plus i added some minced yellow onion and a little crushed red perpper.

  25. LoriDFox
    LoriDFox says:

    Love this recipe! Tried it stove top first, and made it 2 nights in a row it was so good! I add lemon zest – about 1 lemon, and ive thickened the sauce as well. My husband and twins request this often! Serve with rice or pasta or roasted potatoes and green beans or roasted brussel sprouts and its awesome!

  26. Flakeyone
    Flakeyone says:

    I flatten the chicken before searing. Added artichoke hearts. Served over angel hair pasta. Will use a little cornstarch next time to thicken the sauce a bit. Delicious

  27. Bonusmommy2
    Bonusmommy2 says:

    The chicken wasn’t quite done. I would butterfly chicken or cook an additional 3 minutes. Also place lemon slices in pot while chicken pressure cooks to incorporate more flavor.

  28. Penplanstocook
    Penplanstocook says:

    Great Recipe! Made it as written except I didn’t measure salt and pepper. I served it over spagetti squash. Easy and delicious. Flavors were well balanced. The sauce was thin and flavorful as it should be. This was a low carb healthy meal the whole family enjoyed.

  29. hayleytoews
    hayleytoews says:

    This was just okay. The lemon soured the whole dish and the sauce just tasted off. Chicken was barely done as well and the ratio of chicken to sauce is off.

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