Chicken Parmesan on a weeknight? This Instant Pot recipe is all you need

Looking for an easy weeknight dinner that you can cook in your Instant Pot with little prep? That’s the intention behind every recipe in cookbook author and New York Time writer Melissa Clark’s latest book “Comfort in an Instant”. In this SalonTV extra, Clark joins SalonTV’s Manny Howard in the SalonTV kitchen to cook her Instant Pot version of chicken Parmesan (ready in 20 minutes).

Watch and read the recipe and check out Clark’s full episode on SalonTV for an easy guide to cooking gourmet dishes in the Instant Pot. For more recipes and culinary tips, visit Salon Food.

*Weeknight Chicken Parmesan*

Active Time: 15 Minutes

Pressure Cook Time: 3 Minutes

Total Time: 20 Minutes

Yield: 2-3 Servings


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 ½ cups prepared marinara sauce

3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Freshly ground black pepper 4 thin chicken cutlets (10 to 12 ounces total)

½ teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste

½ teaspoon dried oregano

4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, grated

Chopped basil, for garnish (optional)


1. Using the sauté function (on low, if possible), heat the oil in the pressure cooker pot. Stir in the garlic and cook until just turning golden, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in the marinara sauce, 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Increase the sauté heat to medium.

2. Season the chicken with the salt, oregano, and pepper to taste. Nestle the cutlets into the sauce, overlapping as little as possible, then spoon the sauce over to cover the chicken.

3. Lock the lid into place and cook on low pressure for 3 minutes. Manually release the pressure.

4. Sprinkle the mozzarella and the remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan evenly over the chicken. Cover the pot with the lid (but don’t lock it on) and let it sit for 4 to 5 minutes to melt the cheese. Serve as is or, for deeper flavors and a little bit of crispiness, broil the cheese until golden and bubbling: Heat the broiler with a rack 4 inches from the heat source. Scoop the chicken and sauce into a greased small rimmed baking sheet, trying to keep the cheese on top. Broil until the cheese has browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with basil, if desired.

The following recipe is reprinted from “Comfort in an Instant” Copyright © 2018 by Melissa Clark. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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