This instant pot chicken recipe is a super flavorful chicken recipe that is amazingly easy to make in your instant pot! A delicious and hearty meal, full of tender chicken, bell peppers, and other deliciousness.
Total Time: prep 10 - cook 20 minutes
8 chicken legs and/or thighs
2 teaspoons sea salt, use more as necessary for coating chicken and seasoning at the end
2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, use more as necessary for coating chicken and seasoning at the end
2 tablespoons avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, sliced into thin strips
1.5 red pepper, diced medium
1/2 pound mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped or 1-2 drops Basil essential oil
1 bay leaf
1 cup chicken broth or bone broth
(2) 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes in juice
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, plus more to garnish
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary or 1 drop rosemary essential oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Pat chicken dry and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Set the pressure cooker to the saute setting at high heat. Add in oil. Working in batches sear chicken until golden brown, about five minutes on each side, adding more oil as necessary. The chicken should not be fully cooked at this stage but the skin should be nicely browned. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
Add onion, peppers, and mushrooms to the pressure cooker and saute until vegetables are soft, scraping up browned bits, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add bay leaf, chicken broth, tomatoes, fresh rosemary, fresh parsley, and balsamic vinegar.
Return chicken to pressure cooker and press into tomatoes until they are mostly covered.
Place lid on pressure cooker and lock in place.
Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. Release pressure using quick release valve and remove lid.
Remove bay leaf.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. (If a thicker sauce is desired, you can remove the chicken to a plate and simmer sauce until it is the desired thickness. Do this before seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.)
Garnish with parsley or rosemary and serve over cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash.