Instant Pot Pepperoni Chicken
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
“Chicken, meet pizza. Pizza, meet chicken. Y’all should hang out in the slow cooker for awhile.” Giggle, this is an amazing Instant Pot chicken with pizza sauce and pepperoni. You could add other pizza “toppings” into the sauce, if you’d like.

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 4 - small boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 - cup(s) hot water**
  • 1 1/2 - cup(s) pizza sauce
  • 20 - pepperonis
  • 1 - cup(s) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • - Salt and pepper
  • Garnish: - grated Parmesan cheese**
  • Side: - pasta**
  • Side: - veggies**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Place the chicken breasts in the electric pressure cooker insert with the hot water and pour the pizza sauce directly over the chicken. Add the pepperonis around and on top of the chicken.
  2. Steam valve: Sealing.
  3. Cook on: Manual/High for 15 minutes.
  4. Release: Natural or Quick.
  5. Add the shredded mozzarella cheese right onto each piece of chicken. Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken and drain the juices. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.
  6. Cook the pasta as directed.
  7. Prepare veggies.
  8. Serve Instant Pot Pepperoni Chicken over pasta rice with veggies.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

    To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie in a round bowl/dish, add the following ingredients:

    • 4 boneless chicken breasts
    • 1 1/2 cups pizza sauce
    • 20 pepperonis

    Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

    Freeze & Thaw Instructions

    Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before adding contents of bag plus water to electric pressure cooker insert. Pressure cook as directed.

    Special notes

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    Add 5-10 minutes of pressure cooking time, if cooking from completely frozen or mostly frozen. Note that preheat time and release time may vary by appliance.

    Dairy-Free Modifications

    Unfortunately, there is not a great dairy-free option for this meal.

    Gluten-Free Modifications

    Recipe is gluten-free if served with gluten-free pasta.

    Printable Label Recipe Title

    Instant Pot Pepperoni Chicken

    Printable Label Instructions

    Thaw, add hot water to Instant Pot and then add contents of baggie. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes with sealed valve; then natural release.
    Add the shredded mozzarella cheese over the chicken. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.
    Serve over pasta with veggies.

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