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Instant Pot Caprese Chicken

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This Instant Pot Caprese Chicken is a colorful and delicious dinner everyone in the family will love. Full of fresh, Italian flavors, this Instant Pot chicken recipe is comfort food you won’t feel guilty eating.

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I’m a big fan of recipes that aren’t complicated and that my kids cheerfully eat. This Instant Pot Caprese Chicken is one of those recipes.

You only need a few simple ingredients you can easily find at your local grocery store. And, the flavors are all prominent in two of kids’ favorite foods (pizza and spaghetti!) so they usually won’t protest this dinner if you sell it right.

caprese chicken in a white bowl on a blue and white striped linen with an instant pot and another bowl of chicken in the background

What Does Caprese Mean?

Typically “caprese” is used to describe a salad. A caprese salad contains fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil and topped with olive oil.

The word is derived from Capri, the island off the coast of Italy near Naples. So, it’s quite common to find caprese salads on the menu in Italian restaurants.

Of course, the components of a caprese salad are common in many Italian dishes. For this recipe, I paired these classic Italian flavors with chicken, which is so adaptable given its subtle taste.

caprese chicken in a white bowl on a blue and white striped linen with an instant pot and another bowl of chicken in the background

How to Make Instant Pot Caprese Chicken

You’re going to love how fast and easy this dish comes together!

Step 1: Brown the Chicken

Because it’s fresh basil and tomatoes that make caprese so amazing, to make this Instant Pot Caprese Chicken, we’ll have to cook the chicken before adding those yummy flavors.

Cut your chicken into pieces and saute the pieces in your Instant Pot.

chicken pieces cooking in an instant pot

Step 2: Add Diced Tomatoes

If you’re going to serve your Caprese Chicken over pasta, you’ll want to create a great sauce. So, we’re going to add some diced tomatoes to the chicken.

diced tomatoes and chicken in an instant pot

Step 3: Pressure Cook

Now it’s time to cook the chicken and sauce. Pressure cook for 7 minutes and do a quick release of the pressure.

When the pressure is completely released, carefully remove the lid. Stir in some heavy cream to create a nice, thick and creamy sauce.

chicken and sauce in an instant pot with a black spoon in it on a blue and white linen on a white table

Step 4: Finish the Sauce

Finally, it’s time to add those traditional caprese ingredients. Prepare the grape tomatoes by cutting them in half. Coarsely chop the basil so the pieces aren’t too large. And cube the mozzarella.

sliced grape tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella on a white plate

Then, carefully add the fresh ingredients to the chicken and tomatoes in the pot.

sliced grape tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella on a white cutting board being added to chicken and sauce in an instant pot on a white table

Give it a good stir to mix the tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella into the sauce.

caprese chicken in an instant pot on a blue and white striped linen

Spoon a generous dose over some spaghetti and your Instant Pot Caprese Chicken is ready to eat! You might also like this Olive Garden Crock Pot Chicken.

caprese chicken in a white bowl on a blue and white striped linen with an instant pot and another bowl of chicken in the background

If you’re really loving the caprese flavors in this dish, you can serve it with these Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms.

three Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms on a white plate on a brown table

Here’s the recipe card with exact measurements for the ingredients in this Instant Pot Caprese Chicken:

📋 Recipe

Instant Pot Caprese Chicken

Corinne Schmitt
This recipe will make you feel like you're in Italy!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 1853 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup fresh Mozzarella cheese cubed
  • 10 heirloom grape tomatoes halved
  • ½ cup fresh basil coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Additional Mozzarella cheese basil and tomatoes to garnish
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Pasta prepared according to package directions to serve over


  • Cut chicken into 1-2 inch chunks.
  • Turn Instant Pot onto sauté mode and add oil. Add chicken and sauté on each side for a minute.
  • Turn off sauté and add in diced tomatoes. Seal the Instant Pot lid and turn the pressure valve to sealed.
  • Set manual pressure time on high for 7 minutes.
  • When the pressure cooking time has finished, do a quick release.
  • Turn the sauté setting back on and add in Mozzarella cheese, grape tomatoes, basil and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in heavy cream to thicken the sauce.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot and serve Caprese Chicken over your favorite pasta. Garnish with additional Mozzarella, basil and tomatoes.


Weight Watchers Freestyle = 5 Points per serving for 2 servings depending on type of pasta used


Calories: 1853kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 256gFat: 80gSaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 795mgSodium: 1045mgPotassium: 4789mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2337IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 320mgIron: 9mg
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    • Yes, if you use whole wheat pasta or one made from legumes. If you use anything else, you’ll need to adjust.


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