Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Chicken Piccata and Italian Green Beans

So I got an Instant Pot for Christmas.  I was honestly terrified when I opened it.  Don’t terrorists use these things to make bombs?!?!?! I CAREFULLY opened it, stared at it for a long time, read the instructions (something I NEVER do…EVER!) and watched several YouTube videos. Still scared!  Never has an appliance intimidated me this much.  Finally I went for it!

I cooked oatmeal in it first…terrible! Mushy and inedible.  I tried stone ground cheese grits…wonderful!  Then I tried my Mississippi Roast recipe.  The directions said an hour!  An HOUR to make a roast.  Results?  Tough and chewy.  Done, but I prefer the slow cooker method.

Never one to give up…I kept going.  Honey Chicken…terrible (I used chicken thighs…the husband HATES chicken thighs).  Next time I will use chicken breasts and it will be perfect.  Then I cooked this Creamy Garlic Tuscan Chicken (recipe in a later post) and I heard angels sing!  If this is the only success, I will be a happy girl but fortunately  for me, I found another good recipe.

Chicken Piccata



Chicken Piccata with Italian Green Beans
  • 1 T Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts (I’ll flatten them next time or buy the thin sliced ones)
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 minced shallot
  • fresh juice and zest from one lemon
  • 1/2 C White Wine
  • 1/2 C Chicken Stock
  • 1 t cornstarch dissolved in 1 T Chicken Stock
  • 1 T Sliced Green Olives
  • 1 T Capers
  • 1 T Chopped Fresh Parsley
  1. Preheat the pressure cooker, add the oil and heat 2 minutes.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the chicken breasts and brown in oil.
  3. Add shallots, lemon juice and zest, wine, and stock and secure the lid.
  4. When pressure is achieved, set timer for 10 minutes.
  5. When cook time is complete and pressure is fully released, open lid and remove chicken.
  6. With the lid off, stir in the dissolved cornstarch until the sauce thickens.
  7. Add the olives, capers and parsley. Pour over the chicken and serve hot.

*I placed the chicken and sauce over thin spaghetti pasta!


Italian Green Beans

I couldn’t find fresh green beans so I used canned! Two cans of French Style Green Beans, minced shallots and garlic and sliced cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste! Fabulous!  Even the husband liked it!

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