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Instant Pot Chicken Piccata

Instant Pot Chicken Piccata consists of seared & dredged chicken cutlets smothered in a butter, lemon & capers Piccata sauce. This easy Chicken Piccata recipe will never fail to impress!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American-Italian, Italian
Keyword: Chicken Piccata Instant Pot, Healthy Chicken Piccata Instant Pot, Instant Pot Chicken Piccata
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 418kcal
Author: Meghna
Cost: $5


For the Piccata Sauce


  • Pound & Season Chicken: Begin by patting dry the chicken breasts with kitchen tissue and than pound them gently. This will prevent them from curling up when seared. Now, season the chicken breasts both sides with paprika, crushed black pepper & salt and rub them well.
    pounding chicken breast inside a ziplock bag
  • Dredge chicken breasts: Now, dredge the seasoned chicken breasts nicely with all-purpose flour both sides. Shake off excess flour and set them aside on a clean dry plate.
    dredging chicken breast with flour
  • Sear dredged chicken: Set the Instant Pot on SAUTE function & set it on HIGH heat. Add butter & oil. When it becomes hot gently add the chicken breasts and sear both sides until golden. Set them aside.
    searing dredged chicken in instant pot
  • De-glaze pot: Now, add the capers in the same pot and saute them for just 30 seconds, crush a few capers with the back of your ladle. This will help them release a lot of flavor. Pour the white wine, chicken stock and de-glaze the pot very well scraping the sides & the bottom of the pot with the help of your spatula. This will help loosen any stuck food particles & prevent the BURN error! Also, add the garlic powder & lemon zest, little salt and stir to mix well. CANCEL the SAUTE.
    poring chicken stock in instant pot to deglaze it
  • Pressure Cook: Now, transfer back the seared chicken breasts into the pot and layer them in a single layer. DO NOT stir or mix. Secure the lid, seal the valve & pressure cook on HIGH for 4 mins. Once, the cooking cycle is over allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 mins and than release the rest of the pressure manually by moving the valve from the SEALING to the VENTING position. Open the lid carefully!
    seared chicken cutlets in instant pot ready to be pressure cooked
  • Prepare Piccata Sauce: Next, fish out the cooked chicken breasts with the help of a tong and set them aside. Hit back the SAUTE function & set it on NORMAL heat. Throw in the diced fridge cold butter (important) and stir until the butter is fully incorporated into the sauce. Simmer the buttery piccata sauce for 1 minute. TURN OFF the instant pot and add the lemon juice. Mix well. Piccata sauce is ready!
    piccata sauce in a ladle
  • Serve Chicken Piccata: Now, transfer back the cooked chicken breasts into the pot. Coat them with the Piccata sauce. Allow them to rest for 5 mins and than serve them hot with the piccata sauce poured on top. Enjoy! Tastes best when served immediately from pot to plate!
    instant pot chicken piccata



  1. How to make it in stove top: Instructions provided in the post.
  2. Thickening the piccata sauce: You can always add more butter to thicken the sauce and more stock to thin it out.
  3. Spicy chicken Piccata: Add red pepper flakes after adding the cold butter. 
  4. Can I make it with chicken thighs: Yes, you can make chicken piccata with chicken thighs. The recipe would remain the same. The cook time would be 6 mins high pressure followed by 5 mins natural pressure release. Use boneless skinless chicken thighs and don't forget to lightly pound them.
  5. Gluten free chicken piccata: Skip dredging the chicken with flour or you can lightly coat the chicken with corn flour (naturally gluten free) and than sear the chicken cutlets.
  6. I don't have capers what can I use? There's no sub for capers in this recipe, capers are the star ingredient to make an amazing piccata sauce.
Calorific details are provided by a third party application & are to be used as indicative figures only.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chicken Piccata
Amount Per Serving
Calories 418 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 140mg47%
Sodium 645mg28%
Potassium 673mg19%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 492IU10%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Read our privacy policy - Calorie information is provided as a courtesy only and should be leveraged as an estimate rather than a guarantee.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 645mg | Potassium: 673mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 492IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg