Instant Pot Chimichurri Chicken

Chimichurri is an herb infused sauce that hails from Argentina. It typically combines parsley, olive oil, flavored vinegar and a few basic spices to create something very special that goes beautifully over a protein (in this case, chicken), rice and everything nice. Easy peasy and quickly made, this Chicken Chimichurri will have you shimmy in a hurry! Goes great over yellow rice.

Chimichurri Chicken
Shallots
Take some shallots…
Shallots diced
…and dice ’em up.
Chicken breasts
Then take some boneless/skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)…
…and cut into bite-size pieces
Adding oil to Instant pot.
Add some olive oil to the Instant Pot and heat it up.
Adding shallots to pot
Toss in the shallots…
Sautéing shallot
…and sauté until softened.
Adding chicken to pot
Add the chicken…
Sautéing chicken
…and sauté until pinkish-white in color.
Adding broth to pot
Pour some broth in the pot, secure the lid and cook at high pressure.
Adding olive oil to blender
While the chicken’s cooking, make the chimichurri sauce! Take a food processor or blender and add in some olive oil…
Adding parsley to blender
…some flat-leaf parsley
Adding garlic to blender
…whole cloves of garlic…
Adding balsamic and red wine vinegar to blender
…some balsamic and red wine vinegar…
Adding spices to blender
…and some basic spices.
chimichurri sauce
Blend until puréed and you’ll have the perfect chimichurri sauce! Set aside.
Removing chicken from pot with slotted sppon
When done pressure cooking, remove the chicken with a slotted spoon (making sure the broth stays in the pot – you can discard this or refrigerate/freeze it for future use)…
Placing chicken in serving dish
…and transfer the chicken to a serving dish.
Pouring chimichurri over chicken
Pour that wonderful chimichurri sauce all over the chicken…
Coating chicken in sauce
…and mix until all the chicken’s coated.
Man showing food
Just look at this simple, tasty and healthy dish you’ve created!
Man tasting food
Taste the chimi…
Man shimmying
…and then give a SHIMMY!
Instant Pot Chimichurri Chicken
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Instant Pot Chimichurri Chicken

Instant Pot Chimichurri Chicken

Chimichurri is an herb infused sauce that hails from Argentina. It combines parsley, olive oil, flavored vinegar and a few basic spices to create something very special that goes beautifully over a protein (in this case, chicken), rice and everything nice. Easy peasy and quickly made, this Chicken Chimchurri will have you shimmy in a hurry! Goes great over yellow rice.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

The Chicken

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or avocado oil)
  • 2 large shallots, roughly chopped
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts and/or thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (I use low sodium)

The Chimichurri Sauce

  • 1 cup packed fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to the Instant Pot, hit Sauté and Adjust so it's on the More or High Setting. After 3 minutes of heating, add the shallot and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until softened.
  2. Add the chicken and sauté for 2-3 minutes longer, until it's pinkish-white in color.
  3. Add the broth. Secure the lid, move the valve to the sealing position, and hit Cancel. Then hit Manual or Pressure Cook on High Pressure for 4 minutes. Quick release when done.
  4. Meanwhile, as the chicken's cooking, add all the chimichurri sauce ingredients to a food processor or blender. Blend until puréed into a sauce.
  5. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked chicken from the Instant Pot to a serving dish. (NOTE: you can either discard the broth in the pot or refrigerate/freeze it for a rainy day as a great starter to my Chicken Noodle Soup)
  6. Pour the chimichurri over the chicken, toss to coat and serve. Goes great with Spanish rice!

Jeffrey's Tips

The chimichurri sauce goes amazingly over any protein, grain, vegetable or even pasta! So feel free to make just the chimichurri on it's own and double or triple should you desire!

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