Chicken Piccata for Pressure Cooker

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 32 mins

Italian chicken with full lemon flavor. It is important to use fresh lemons. When I follow Toula Patsalis in "The Pressure Cooker Cookbook", I never go wrong! Serve with sauteed green beans topped with toasted slivered almonds.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Lightly dust chicken pieces with flour (easily done by putting flour in bag, then chicken and shaking; excess flour can be shaken off).
  2. In pressure cooker, heat oil. Add chicken breasts, two at a time, and saute in hot oil until brown on all sides, using long-handled tongs to turn. Set aside.
  3. Add shallots and garlic and saute in oil, scraping bottom of pan to loosen browned particles remaining from chicken. Stir in broth, lemon juice, sherry, salt, pepper, basil, and olives. Mix well.
  4. Add chicken pieces skin side down. Secure lid. Over medium-high heat, develop steam to high pressure. Reduce heat to maintain pressure and cook 10 minutes. Release pressure according to manufacturer's directions. Remove lid.
  5. Stir chicken mixture, then transfer chicken to serving platter, and cover to retain heat.
  6. Whisk sour cream and starch together. Stir into cooking liquid and cook over medium heat 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  7. Spoon sauce over chicken. Sprinkle with cheese and garnish with lemon slices.
  8. Makes 6 servings.
Most Helpful

I made this for dinner tonight using my electric pressure cooker. It turned out great! I made a few changes though. We don't like olives so I used artichokes. I didn't have any sherry so I used (white) pinot gris. Also, I cut the chicken up a little before browning it because it is easier to eat that way. My husband and I both liked it. I think it tastes just like Macaroni Grill's chicken piccata since I used the artichokes....just needed a side of rosemary bread. :o)

Jewel0401 March 22, 2012

I love using my pressure cooker and this recipe is a perfect reason why. I used white wine for the sherry and garlic jalapeno stuffed olives. I was impressed that the breading on the chicken stayed perfectly intact after cooker! I served over a wild rice blend and with a side a peas. THANKS for telling the book's author! I just ordered myself a copy. Roxygirl

Roxygirl in Colorado January 31, 2010

YUM! I followed this to the letter and used fat free sour cream - it was divine!! I even served it with sautéed green beans topped with toasted almonds. I had some brown butter in the fridge, so I mixed it with olive oil for the bean sauté - a very decadent taste. Mmmm... Next time (because I will be making this again) I will cut back on the salt, as I find the olives add quite an intense saltiness of their own. Thank you for posting this great, unique recipe!!

barrdbarrbarr January 07, 2010