Did you get a new Instant Pot for Christmas? Or are you a die-hard fan of the old-school Crock Pot? Either way, you can enjoy this easy Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Chicken with Peppers and Onions for a healthy Italian-inspired dinner!
I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a pressure cooker when I couldn’t pass up a great Black Friday deal. But then the challenge was on — I had to figure out how to use the thing!
I’ve done some experimenting in the kitchen over the past few weeks, and I’ve found a great Instant Pot Chicken recipe that I can confidently share with you!
But don’t worry — you definitely don’t need a pressure cooker in order to prepare this meal. It works beautifully in the slow cooker, too!
Now that I think about it, this Instant Pot Chicken is actually a lot like Chicken Cacciatore. The tender boneless, skinless chicken breasts are swimming in a tomato-based broth that’s loaded with nutritious veggies and Italian seasonings.
No matter what you call it, this dish is so darn versatile! You can serve it over pasta or rice (or over zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice for grain-free options). If you use a slotted spoon and leave most of the broth in the pot, you can serve the chicken and veggies on top of hoagie rolls (toasted with melted Provolone, of course!), or on top of flatbread or pizza.
Best of all, it’s an easy and healthy slow cooker or Instant Pot chicken dinner that the whole family will love!
SLOW COOKER OR INSTANT POT CHICKEN WITH PEPPERS AND ONIONS
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Chicken with Peppers and Onions
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 24 ounces total)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 red bell peppers seeded and sliced
- 1 sweet onion sliced
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 8 ounces crushed tomatoes
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper add more for a spicy dish or omit entirely for a mild dish
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Garnish: chopped fresh basil or fresh parsley
- For serving: pasta rice, zucchini noodles, or cauliflower rice, etc.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Press “sear” or “sauté” on the pressure cooker. Add oil to the pot and brown chicken for about 2-3 minutes per side. Turn off sear function.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Close the top properly and select “Poultry” or “Manual” setting. Set the time to 8 minutes for fresh chicken breast, or 13 minutes for frozen chicken breast. (These times are for typical 6-8 ounce chicken breasts. If yours are larger, add a couple of minutes.)
- When done, let the pressure naturally release for at least 5 minutes. After that, you can turn the valve to "vent" for quick release if you're in a hurry, or continue natural release for the most tender texture.
- Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Serve chicken, vegetables, and sauce with a slotted spoon over pasta, rice, zucchini noodles, or cauliflower rice, if desired. The meat is also great in hoagies (toasted with melted cheese on top) or as a topping on pizza or flatbread. Garnish with fresh herbs just before serving.
Alternative slow cooker method:
If you have time to sear the chicken in a hot skillet for a few minutes per side before placing it in the slow cooker, I think that gives the meat great flavor. If you don't have time to brown the chicken first, that's okay too!
Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir to combine.
Cover and cook on “LOW” setting for 3-4 hours, or until chicken is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve chicken, vegetables, and sauce with a slotted spoon over pasta, rice, zucchini noodles, or cauliflower rice, if desired. The meat is also great in hoagies (toasted with melted cheese on top) or as a topping on pizza or flatbread. Garnish with fresh herbs just before serving.
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