Instant Pot® Piccata Israeli Couscous

If you're a fan of chicken piccata, you're going to love piccata Israeli couscous. Its bright, fresh lemony flavor is enhanced by the briny capers, and it's incredibly easy to make.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons diced shallot

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 cup Israeli couscous

  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons capers

  • 1 teaspoon caper brine

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese, or more to taste

  • 4 lemon wedges


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as an Instant Pot®), and select Saute function. Heat butter and oil until butter is melted. Add shallot, lemon zest, and garlic; cook until garlic is translucent, 1 to 2 minutes. Add couscous and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and toasted, about 2 minutes. Turn off Saute function.

  2. Pour in chicken broth and lemon juice. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 5 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Carefully release pressure using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid, and stir in the capers and caper brine.

  4. Garnish with parsley and Parmesan cheese. Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

61 Calories
5g Fat
4g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 235mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 19mg 96%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 66mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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