One of my favorite combination of flavors involves lemon, butter, olive oil, and garlic…but really, who wouldn’t like that? This Instant Pot chicken piccata recipe is a simple one pot meal that combines the functions of sautéing and pressure cooking to create the most delectable chicken and juices to pour over your favorite pasta, rice, or veggies.
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut thin or in strips (I bought tenderloins)
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
1 clove garlic, minced
2 small shallots, finely diced
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup capers, rinsed and drained
Salt and pepper, to taste
- Pat chicken dry. If it is a thicker breast, butterfly it and slice it into thinner pieces. I used chicken breast tenderloins and they worked perfectly!
- Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place flour on a plate. Toss the seasoned chicken in the flour to coat.
- Place your Instant Pot in “saute” mode. Melt the butter and pour the olive oil in the pot until hot. Brown the chicken in the oil and butter until golden/brown on the outside (will not be fully cooked through yet). About 2-3 minutes per side. Do this in batches, if necessary.
- Remove chicken to a plate.
- Quickly add shallots and garlic to the hot oil and butter. Stir around for about 30 seconds – 1 minute until fragrant–be very careful not to burn them!
- Add chicken broth into the Instant Pot to deglaze (be sure to scrape off any stuck brown bits from the bottom of the pot during this step –this will prevent a “BURN” notice when pressure cooking).
- Squeeze in the juice of one lemon and layer slices from the other lemon in the liquid.
- Add chicken back into the pot and stir together.
- Close your Instant Pot with the lid and set the top valve to “Sealing” mode. Set to High Pressure for 4 minutes (more time may be needed for a thicker piece of chicken).
- Once 4 minutes has completed, allow for a natural pressure release for 5 minutes (don’t touch anything, pot will read LO:05).
- Release the pressure carefully, add in the rinsed and drained capers, and serve over pasta, rice, or veggies!
**NOTE: I do not thicken the sauce because I like to pour it over pasta as a lemon/butter sauce. Feel free to thicken it with additional flour at the end!**
Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 6 points per serving of chicken with sauce (add more for whatever you serve it with). This recipe makes 4 servings total. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.
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