Instant Pot Basque Chicken

One of the reasons I love my Instant Pot [Amazon affiliate link] is the ability to cook chicken from frozen. I made this entire recipe start to finish in under an hour.



  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs – frozen
  • 1 796mL can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp each. of black pepper, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, and kosher salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 green peppers
  • Green onions, to garnish



  1. Using a mallet, work your frozen boneless skinless chicken thighs apart, so they aren’t frozen in one big chunk.
  2. Put frozen chicken thighs in the instant pot with 1 796mL can of diced tomatoes.
  3. Add garlic, salt, smoked paprika, cayenne, and black pepper.
  4. Add approx. 1 cup of water.
  5. Set on MANUAL for 25 minutes.
  6. Allow the instant pot to do a natural release while you make rice. I used Uncle Ben’s Spanish Rice and added peas.
  7. When the pressure valve has dropped, open the instant pot and turn on SAUTE. Add green peppers to soften.
  8. Serve the chicken and peppers in sauce over the spanish rice and garnish with green onions.




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