Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan

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This Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan makes melt-in-your-mouth tender chicken and you’ll only have ONE pot to clean. What’s not to love?!

This Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan makes melt-in-your-mouth tender chicken and you'll only have ONE pot to clean. What's not to love?!

This meal is an easy weeknight dinner and a great way to make the most out of your Instant Pot. You can use the sauté feature to brown the chicken, then switch right on over to pressure cooking all in the same pot. This ensures you don’t lose any of the little browned bits in the bottom of the pan that add so much flavor.

When breading the chicken for this recipe, no eggs are required. Find a good quality olive oil and dredge your chicken in the olive oil, then in the breadcrumb mixture. First you’ll use the sauté function to brown the chicken on each side and then switch to a manual setting with the lid on to complete the cooking process. If you don’t feel like breading and browning chicken tonight you can always make this easy Chicken Cacciatore instead.

My biggest tip when using the Instant Pot is: don’t fear it. The steps are easier than you might think and the machine isn’t hard to use once you use it a couple times. Allowing the pressure to naturally release once the 15 minutes is done is a key step. You’ll want it to naturally release for at least 10 minutes so the chicken doesn’t get tough.

Timing this step is super easy because once the food is done cooking the timer starts counting up instead of down. Then you can switch the valve to venting. Once the pressure is released, remove the lid and place the cheese on top to let it melt.

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Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan

This Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan makes melt-in-your-mouth tender chicken and you’ll only have ONE pot to clean. What’s not to love?!

  • Author: Tawnie Kroll
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Italian panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 oz. parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 68 chicken thighs
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar tomato sauce
  • 6 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. In a medium size bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, flour, salt and pepper together. Pour 1/3 cup olive oil in a separate bowl. Take the chicken thigh and dunk both sides into the olive oil and then coat in the dry mixture. Place on plate and repeat with all chicken thighs.
  2. Place 2 tablespoons oil in the Instant Pot and turn it on sauté mode. Then, sauté prepared chicken thighs on each side for 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Pour in tomato sauce and place lid on pressure cooker. Set to pressure cook on high for 15 minutes. Be sure valve on Instant Pot is turned to sealed.
  3. When the pressure cooking cycle is completed, let the pressure naturally release for at least 10 minutes. Then turn valve to venting.
  4. Once pressure is fully released, remove lid and add the mozzarella on top. Put lid back on for 1-2 minutes to let it melt. Then, check the internal temperature of chicken using an instant read thermometer. It should be at least 165ºF). Top with additional cheese and serve with pasta is desired.

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This Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan makes melt-in-your-mouth tender chicken and you'll only have ONE pot to clean. What's not to love?!

Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Thanks for supporting The Cookful!

This Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan makes melt-in-your-mouth tender chicken and you'll only have ONE pot to clean. What's not to love?!

Tawnie Kroll

Tawnie Kroll is a California based food blogger and healthy recipe developer. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a lover of cooking and baking! Follow her blog for recipes, healthy living tips and practical scientific evidenced-based advice to help you improve your health and well being.