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This Instant Pot Italian Chicken recipe with mushrooms, onions and goat cheese is delicious dinner.  Easy enough for the weeknights, elegant enough for company, it’s also prep ahead friendly which is great for entertaining.   While this says it’s Italian, you won’t find any tomato sauce.  This is more like Chicken Marsala but without the wine.

Because this is Instant Pot Italian Chicken, you end up with very little hands on cooking time, and a delicious dish that tastes like you slaved for hours.   Avoid the temptation to add extra Thyme, it’s a strong herb and can over power the dish.  I prefer to use fresh herbs when they are available, and have include measurements for both dried and fresh.

Seared chicken breasts with mushroom, onion, goat cheese sauce and a sprinkle of chopped parsley on a square white plate.
Italian Chicken with Mushrooms & Onions

The fresh herbs are especially nice in the summer, when you can just pick them from your garden!  I love that.

Suggested sides for Instant Pot Italian Chicken

Serve with Parmesan Herbed Rice Pilaf and a green vegetable of your choice for a complete meal that’s ready in no time.  If you really want to go all out, Ciabatta Garlic Bread with Gruyere pairs amazingly well with this dish.

On the other hand, if you want to keep this meal low carb and Keto friendly, I highly recommend my Loaded Cauliflower Casserole as a side dish.   It too can be prepared ahead of time and simply baked in the oven.  It’s so rich and savoury no one will notice that you’re missing a starch or grain!

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Seared chicken breasts with mushroom, onion, goat cheese sauce and a sprinkle of chopped parsley on a square white plate.

Instant Pot® Italian Chicken Breasts

This Instant Pot Italian Chicken recipe with mushrooms onions and goat cheese is delicious dinner, easy enough for the weeknights, elegant enough for company. 
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  • 2-3 T. extra virgin olive oil divided
  • ½ medium red onion diced
  • 8 oz. baby Portobello mushrooms cleaned and sliced thin
  • 4 6 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 c. chicken broth preferably organic
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 t. dried thyme leaves or 2 T fresh
  • 1 T. dried rosemary leaves or 2 T fresh
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 oz. goat cheese cut into chunks
  • 3 T. fresh parsley chopped


  • Add one tablespoon olive oil to Instant Pot® and select the Sauté function. Set to high and once the display reads “hot,” add red onion and Portobello mushrooms. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions soften and mushrooms start to release their liquid, approximately 5-6 minutes. Transfer veggies to a bowl and set aside.
  • Add another tablespoon olive oil to unit. Working in batches, if necessary, add seasoned chicken to the Instant Pot® without overcrowding. Brown on both sides, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Remove browned chicken from unit and repeat process with remaining olive oil and chicken breasts, as needed.
  • Return mushrooms and onions to Instant Pot® and add chicken broth, garlic, thyme, and rosemary. Stir to combine.
  • Place the metal trivet that comes with the Instant Pot® into the cooking container. Place chicken breasts on top of the trivet and cover. Lock the lid and set the pressure valve to “Sealing.” Press the “Manual” button and adjust setting to “high.” Set cook time to 10 minutes.
  • When cook time is finished, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then do a quick release for any remaining pressure. Turn the unit off and remove lid. Transfer chicken to a serving platter and rest for 5 minutes.
  • Add the goat cheese to the cooking liquid and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired.
  • Serve immediately with some of the mushroom sauce spooned over each chicken breast. Enjoy!
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By on January 7th, 2019
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