Instant Pot Saucy Italian Chicken – Flavor Mosaic

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Instant Pot Saucy Italian Chicken is an easy chicken breast recipe in a light Italian sauce that makes for a quick and easy weekday dinner.

When topped with capers and three types of cheeses, and served over garlic pasta, it has a full dinner.

If you’re looking for a low-carb option, set aside pasta and serve it with a small green salad for a delicious weekday dinner.

This easy Italian dinner is much easier than you appreciate, but it can still create an awesome family dinner that everyone will love.

It truly is one of the best and easiest chicken recipes you will ever make

, as well as one of the easiest Italian recipes you will ever make.

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  • What You’ll Need
  • to Make This Recipe How to Make Instant Pot

  • Saucy
  • Italian Chicken

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  • Variations
  • What to Serve with Instant Pot Italian Chicken
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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  • Why you’ll love
  • this recipe

  • Easy. The Instant Pot makes this amazing chicken recipe so easy to make, and results in a tender and juicy chicken. It’s a dump and go recipe.
  • Italian flavor. The tomato sauce with the three cheeses and capers gives it that wonderfully inspired taste in Italy.
  • Spicy. The sauce is amazing. Spending a few extra minutes using the sauté function thickens the sauce very well.

Why this

  • Dump and Go Meal recipe works. You literally dump your ingredients into the Instant Pot and let it work its magic.
  • Few simple steps. There are a few simple steps and dinner is served.
  • Simple instructions. Step-by-step instructions make this recipe easy to follow to help ensure success.
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What you’ll need to make this

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Instant Pot

  • Duo60 6-Qt – This is the Instant Pot model I use and I love it. It is a medium-sized model and is one of the best-selling models.


I discuss the ingredients and possible substitutions in case you don’t have a specific ingredient. However, if you’re looking for the specific measurements of each ingredient, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this article, just above the comments, for the printable recipe card, which includes all the ingredients and specific amounts of each.

  • Chicken breasts. You can use fresh or frozen chicken breasts or chicken thighs. It is a very versatile recipe.
  • Chicken broth. You can use water. However, I used some chicken broth to give it more flavor and add the Instant Pot first to provide liquid for pressure cooking and to avoid any possible “burn message” from the Instant Pot.
  • Diced tomatoes. I used canned diced tomatoes. I like Italian-style diced tomatoes for the added flavor.
  • Italian seasoning. I like to use the Italian Seasoning spice blend.
  • basil. I recommend using fresh basil as it tastes best. However, you can add dried basil if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Salt. To taste. Everyone’s taste preference for salt is very different.
  • Garlic. You can use fresh garlic or buy the pre-chopped garlic.
  • Red pepper flakes (optional). For those who love a little spicy, add some red pepper flakes, the amount will depend on how spicy you like it.
  • Capers. These little capers give an extra flavor and a little salt. However, you can use green olives if you prefer.
  • Mozzarella cheese. You can use grated mozzarella cheese, or for a more unique experience, try using burrata cheese balls from
  • Parmesan cheese. If it is an Italian dish, then you must have Parmesan cheese. It is an unwritten rule.
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How to Make Instant Spicy Italian Chicken

NOTE: For more detailed instructions, scroll down to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this article, just above the

comments section.


  1. Pour 1/4 cup of water or chicken broth into the inner pot of
  2. the instant pot. Add

  3. the chicken breasts (fresh or frozen) below
  4. .

  5. Add diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, basil, salt, garlic and red pepper flakes in the instant pot. DO NOT scramble.
  6. Put the instant pot on high heat for 6 MINUTES AT HIGH PRESSURE for fresh chicken and 8 minutes for frozen. (NOTE: It will take about 10 minutes for the pressure to build up before the timer starts.)
  7. NATURAL RELEASE. Allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally, which means DO NOTHING while the Instant Pot releases the pressure. Then carefully remove the lid.
  8. To thicken the sauce, remove the chicken, press the SAUTE button and let it cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
  9. Pour the thick sauce over the chicken. Top with capers, mozzarella, parmesan and/or burrata cheese balls (open open). Serve over pasta.

Pro Recipe Tips

  • Thicken the sauce. Immediately, after cooking the chicken under pressure, the sauce can be very thin. After removing the chicken after pressure cooking, press SAUTE and let the sauce simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until thickened.
  • Cheese trifecta. I like to use the three types of cheese, mozzarella, parmesan and burrata. The burrata gives a little creaminess to the dish.
  • Fresh or frozen chicken is fine. I used frozen chicken for this recipe and it cooks in the same amount of time.
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Recipe Variations

  • Mexican Chicken. With a few minor changes, you can turn this into a Mexican dish.
    • Instead of Italian-style diced tomatoes, use diced tomatoes and chiles canned into cubes.
    • Instead of Italian seasoning, use

    • taco seasoning
    • . Instead of basil, use

    • fresh cilantro. Instead of
    • mozzarella, parmesan, or burrata, use a Mexican Blend grated cheese.
    • Serve with

    • cilantro rice or Mexican rice.

What to serve with

Instant Pot Italian

  • Chicken Salad
  • Garlic
  • Bread Pasta
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Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long can I refrigerate

  • Instant Pot spicy Italian chicken?
    • You can refrigerate the chicken for up to five days.

    How long can I

  • freeze the chicken?
    • When stored in an airtight freezer-safe container, it can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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