Easy Pressure cooker Chicken Puttanesca Recipe is a breeze to make in your Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker.
It’s a gluten free variation of the Italian dish Spaghetti alla puttanesca. My Instant Pot Chicken Puttanesca is made with chicken, tomatoes, olives, and herbs.
What is Puttanesca Sauce?
Puttanesca sauce hails from Naples, Italy and is typically made with tomatoes, black olives, capers, anchovies, onions, garlic, and often fresh herbs including oregano and parsley.
Like any great recipe there are some regional variations, sometimes the anchovies are left out (I don’t have them in this recipe) and chili peppers are sometimes included. I have of course added chicken to it to make a really hearty, easy weeknight dinner.
The sauce usually served over spaghetti or another pasta variety. I thought it would be great served over zucchini noodles instead of pasta, but you can choose whatever suits you best if you’re not following the paleo or Whole30 diet.
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How to make Pressure Cooker Chicken Puttanesca
This is a recipe that is easy enough to make on a weeknight for your family, but fancy enough to serve at a dinner party so that’s a win win in my book!
I like to saute the chicken thighs skin side down to crisp and brown them up a little before I cook them, even though they lose most of the crispiness when they are added to my Instant Pot they still retain a bit of the color.
The chicken is cooked easily in the pressure cooker for only 15 minutes at high pressure. It’s important you let the pressure drop naturally as directed, so that you don’t end up with a tough piece of chicken!
Kitchen items you’ll need for Instant pot Chicken Puttanesca
You’ll need a pressure cooker to make this recipe, while it will work in any version the timings are for an electric pressure cooker. If you don’t have one already I highly recommend choosing one of the Instant Pot brand of pressure cookers, I have two of them!
I have a helpful post that lists my top ten Instant Pot accessories so make sure you take a look at that too.
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Pressure Cooker Chicken Puttanesca
This easy Pressure cooker Chicken Puttanesca Recipe is a breeze to make in your Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker, it's a gluten free variation of the Italian dish Spaghetti alla puttanesca.
- 6 chicken thighs , skin on
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic , crushed
- salt and freshly milled black pepper
- 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes , or to taste
- 14 1/2 oz canned chopped tomatoes , 400g
- 6 oz pitted black olives , 175g
- 1 tbsp capers , rinsed and drained
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil , I used basil in a tube as no fresh available
- 3/4 cup water , 190 mls
Turn on the 'saute' function in your Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker and add the oil. Wait 1 minute (don't wait until the display says hot) and add the chicken pieces skin side down, a couple of pieces at a time until they are browned and no longer stick to the bottom of the pot, about 5 minutes or so. Remove all browned chicken to a plate.
With the saute function still on, add the chopped tomatoes, water, olives, garlic, capers, chopped basil, red chili flakes, and some salt and pepper. Stir everything well, bring it up to a gentle simmer, then replace the chicken thighs in the pot.
Turn saute function off.
Lock the lid, turn the vent to 'sealing' and using the manual setting, adjust it to cook for 15 minutes at High Pressure.
When the cook time time is up, allow the unit to reduce pressure on its own without opening the steam release vent (Natural Release) for at least 12 minutes.
After 12 minutes you can carefully and slowly release the rest of the pressure.
Serve with a side of vegetables, I used zucchini noodles. You could also serve with gluten free pasta if you are not following the paleo or whole30 diet.
Adapted from Delia Online