Pressure Cooker Italian Chicken Recipe

Pressure Cooker Italian Chicken Recipe

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Y'all I am back in the kitchen and so excited to share my latest concoction.  My pressure cooker Italian chicken recipe featuring Hunt's San Marzano Style Tomatoes is one of my favorite easy meals because it is great right out of the pot and also makes phenomenal leftovers. It features complex flavors but is super simple to make. Recipe includes five ingredients and ends with shredded tomato chicken that can be served over rice or pasta. This pressure cooker Italian chicken recipe is truly a delight for any weeknight!

Start by turning your pressure cooker to the saute function.

While it is heating up, add about one tablespoon of olive oil and roughly chop one medium onion.

Next, add your onions to the pot.  Let them cook until they are translucent.

While the onions are cooking, season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.

When the onions are translucent add one tablespoon of jarred minced garlic or about 4 cloves. Make sure that you stir this often so that the garlic doesn't burn.  Burned garlic tastes very very bitter.

After about 30 seconds, move the garlic and onions to one side and add the chicken to the bottom of the pot.

Brown the chicken for about two minutes on each side then turn off the saute function. Next, open and add your 28oz jar of Hunt's San Marzano Style Tomatoes.

I love San Marzano Style Tomatoes because they have maximum flavor and thicker juice.  They are picked at the peak of ripeness then steam peeled and go from field to can in 8 hours. Hunt's takes pride in the fact that their San Marzano Style Tomatoes are all-natural, non-GMO project verified, and use simple ingredients. You can find San Marzano Style Tomatoes at your local Walmart.

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Finally, add two tablespoons of Italian spices mix and give everything a good stir.

At this point, it's already smelling delicious! Place the lid on your instant pot and turn the valve to seal. Press pressure cook and set the timer to 30 minutes.

Once the instant pot is finished, quick release the pressure by turning the vent lever. Be careful, the steam will come out hot and very fast.

This is what you will see when you remove the lid. Don't the San Marzano Style Tomatoes look beautiful?

When you are done admiring the beautiful colors, shred the chicken using two large forks. Taste the chicken and add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over your favorite starch. I prefer rice or gluten-free pasta.

Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy!

Pressure cooker Italian chicken recipe features complex flavors but is super simple to make. It is gluten and dairy-free and truly a delight!

Pressure Cooker Italian Chicken Recipe

  • Yield: 4-6 Servings
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 TBSP minced garlic or 4 cloves
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 28oz can Hunts San Marzano Style Tomatoes
  • 2 TBSP Italian spices
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Set the pressure cooker to saute function.

  2. Add olive oil to the pressure cooker.

  3. Roughly chop the onion and add to the instant pot. Let soften. (2-3 minutes)

  4. Add garlic and stir to mix with onions.

  5. Season chicken breasts with the salt and pepper. Add to the pressure cooker with onions and garlic.

  6. Add San Marzano Style Tomatoes and Italian spices. Stir to combine.

  7. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and turn the valve to seal. Turn on "pressure cook" setting and set for 30 minutes.

  8. After the timer goes off, quick release the pressure on the instant pot. Remove lid.

  9. Shred the chicken and serve over rice or gluten-free pasta. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.


Recipe can be made in the slow cooker. Modify time to two hours on high or 4 hours on low.