This is one of my favorite recipes to make.  It makes chicken breasts unbelievable soft, juicy and tender without running the risk of it becoming dry and flavorless.  I’ve made this several times since I’ve had my pressure cooker and it’s time I share it here on the blog.  I think I would rate the difficulty level at about a 6 because of the list of ingredients and the amount of prep work before pressure cooking.

My HB had a canyon drive in his NSX over the weekend with all his NSX club members.  Then afterwards, they went to an indoor go-carting track.  At about 4pm he calls to tell me that HE’S HUNGRY!  ALL HE HAD WAS JUST CEREAL AND 2 SLICES OF PIZZA ALLLLLL DAY!!!  Boo hoo hoo!  Poor baby was starving!!!  HA!

So I scrambled to make him dinner so by the time he got home, it would be done.  So I apologize for the photos I frantically tried to take as I cooked.  It was evening by then so I had no natural light and the photos may be slightly blurry, and there are ingredients missing from photos too.  I’m just absentminded that way.


– 1 Small-Medium Yellow Onion (Chopped)
– 1-2 Cups of Mushrooms (Chopped)
– ¼ Cup of Red Wine (I used Marsala wine cause that’s all I had)
– ½ Cup of Chicken Stock (Not pictured)
– 1 Tbsp of Crushed Garlic
– 3 Cups of Marinara or Spaghetti Sauce (I used spaghetti sauce cause I like to cheat)
– 1 Cup of Shredded Parmesan Cheese (Not pictured)
– 4-6 Chicken Breasts
– ¼ Cup White Flour
– ¼ Tsp Dried Rosemary
– ¼ Tsp Dried Basil
– ¼ Tsp Garlic Powder
– Salt & Pepper to taste
Chop up all the mushrooms and onion into small pieces.  Throw them all into the main cooking pot of the Pressure Cooker and press START.  This will start the Browning function in the machine.  Add a bit of olive oil and sauté them until they are slightly cooked though.  Press CANCEL to turn the pressure cooker off.

Now take the white flour, rosemary, basil and garlic powder and mix them up in a shallow dish.  Dip the chicken breasts into the mixture and coat each breast well.  You can choose to mix up one egg and make the batter thicker but I chose not to.  It makes my fingers all sticky with batter.  Pan fry the chicken breasts with olive oil on a hot pan on the stove.  It should be just about 2-minutes on each side to get it nicely browned and a bit crusty.  Remember you’re not going to “cook” the chicken on the pan, just get it browned.  The center of the chicken should still be raw.

While the chicken is browning on the pan.  You can go back to the mushroom and onion mixture.  Add the marinara sauce, chicken stock, red wine, half of the parmesan cheese and crushed garlic all into the pot.  Give it a nice mix.You can now take the chicken breasts from the pan and transfer it into the red sauce in the pressure cooker.  Coat each breast with the sauce evenly.

Close the lid of the pressure cooker, turn to lock it.  Program the machine to cook for about 8-10 minutes depending on how many chicken breasts you’re cooking and how thick they are.

This shouldn’t take very long.  I took this opportunity to clean up the kitchen. Cause you know, that’s how I roll.  I just love to clean!  (Throw in sarcastic eye-roll.  I love to cook, but I hate to clean).  You can also take this time to prepare some pasta or rice or whatever you want to use as a side to serve the chicken with.  I made some spaghetti noodles.

When the pressure cooker has finished the cooking cycle, it will beep and go to Keep Warm.  The Keep Warm light will actually be blinking, which means that the pressure cooker is dropping down in pressure on its own.  Usually, I get too impatient and I turn the valve to Exhaust right away to release the pressure myself.  But for this recipe, I actually let the machine drop in pressure on its own.  It will take about 5 minutes or so.  The Keep Warm light will stop blinking when the pressure has released. When it’s ready, just in case, set the valve to Exhaust to make sure there is no left over pressure.

The float valve should’ve also dropped and the lid can now open freely.

Mmmmm……everything smells DELICIOUS!!!  Actually, the whole house smells delicious!!!
Take the leftover half cup of parmesan cheese and sprinkle it over the top of each chicken breast.  Shut the lid again for like 60-seconds to melt all the cheese.

My HB was home by this time and was hovering in the kitchen.  Hurry and plate the food for your family before they mob you and start throwing sticks.

Serve over spaghetti, other pasta, rice or quinoa.  The chicken comes out so moist and infused with all the flavors and ingredients used.  My HB usually hates eating chicken breasts, but ever since I started making them in the pressure cooker, he enjoys it immensely.  (But then again, he eats whatever I make him…if he knows what’s good for him!)

And oh how I love having leftovers for work the next day!  YAY!!! 


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  1. patee333 on the 07. Dec, 2010 remarked #

    Hi Laura. I just adapted this recipe from somewhere, don’t remember where. I love your blog! Great photos!

  2. Scott on the 11. Feb, 2012 remarked #

    Mmm sounds great, think I need to do… Pressure beef stew beeping so I have to bolt.

  3. Jan on the 16. Sep, 2014 remarked #

    I tried your recipe and it was the best ever! The only way I’m making my chicken parm from now on. DELISH!!!!

  4. Judy on the 30. Sep, 2014 remarked #

    This looks so good! I think it would also be yummy with some slices of mozzarella on top of the parm at the very end. Thanks for the recipe!:-)

  5. Lynn Arana on the 18. Jan, 2015 remarked #

    This is a very attractive and flavorful dish. My husband and I loved it! I followed Judy’s suggestion and added some mozzarella in addition to the parmesan cheese at the end. I put it under a broiler until the cheese was bubbly and slightly browned. Only bumped into one problem — the sauce started to scorch after only 1 minute of cooking on HIGH pressure. I don’t know why — maybe the sauce was too thick. So I just poured the sauce and chicken into a baking pan and finished cooking it in the oven. Sure was tasty!!

  6. Gigi smith on the 28. Jan, 2015 remarked #

    I am not sure I like this any better than a regular pressure cooker. I am not sold yet.

  7. Georgia on the 05. Sep, 2015 remarked #

    Is it possible to cook a pasta right in the pressure cooker with the chicken?

  8. sandy on the 03. Dec, 2015 remarked #

    I just got a pressure cooker two days ago. I made this tonight and it was soooo good!!!! Thank you!!!!

  9. kim on the 06. Dec, 2015 remarked #

    going to try this recipe the week. Sound great.

    I’m looking for an easy chicken stew recipe.

  10. Christy on the 21. Feb, 2016 remarked #

    I’m going to try this with rotini or something in the pressure cooker with the sauce. The pasta came out great when I did the baked ziti recipe so why not with chicken?

  11. Laurie on the 24. Dec, 2016 remarked #

    If I cut the recipe in half and use thin chicken breasts how long should I cook under pressure

  12. Karen on the 07. Feb, 2017 remarked #

    This recipe didn’t work at all. The pot never would come to pressure, so when I checked the inner pot, the food had scorched to the bottom. I emptied it, scrubbed the pot, put everything back in, and tried again. Same thing happened. I ended up cooking it in the oven.

  13. Sandi Brumfiel on the 15. Feb, 2017 remarked #

    I was so looking forward to this recipe, but after only a few minutes, my instapot pin lowed and it began steaming. What happened?

    • patee333 on the 15. Feb, 2017 remarked #

      I’m sorry. I’m not familiar with how to use the Instant Pot. You may have to contact their customer support.

    • Karen on the 16. Feb, 2017 remarked #

      It may have scorched in the bottom of the pot.

      • Laurie on the 16. Feb, 2017 remarked #

        If you don’t have enough liquid (minimum of 1 cup) it’ll stop working.

  14. on the 15. Apr, 2017 remarked #

    Here is a variation which keeps the chicken really moist. grill on pan for the time suggested, then move to a roasting pan. pour a little chicken stock over to coat and cover bottom of pan, then bake 8-10 minutes. The chicken will be very moist while still cooking thoroughly.

  15. Janie on the 28. May, 2017 remarked #

    Just joined and I am asking if you could add the number of servings. I just purchased a 10 qt. to use on Sundays for family dinners and was hoping to understand how to double a recipe, etc. During the week there are only 2 of us and on Sundays there are 10 or more!

  16. Jennifer Hebble on the 19. Jul, 2017 remarked #

    More liquid is needed to sauce or it burns…and possible not enough to keep pressure. I’m not a professional at the IP yet but I’m going by recent information I’ve gathered. I’m going to try this but cook my noodles as well. When cooking noodle you need to add water for them. I suggest watching youtube on how to cook pasta dishes. I’ll be winging it so can’t inform you on details.

  17. Candy C on the 13. Nov, 2017 remarked #

    What a nice recipe! Thank you!

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