Easy Instant Pot Harissa Chicken Recipe

Today, we’re diving into an exciting culinary adventure with an Easy Harissa Chicken Instant Pot Recipe. As a Registered Dietitian on a mission to help you lose weight while enjoying your food, improve your health, and foster a positive relationship with your body. I promise this mouthwatering recipe will tick all the boxes. Grab your aprons, because you’re about to embark on a quick and delightful cooking experience that’ll leave you feeling empowered and nourished!

Cooking isn’t just about creating delicious meals; it’s a celebration of self-care and a gateway to optimal health. By taking charge of your kitchen and culinary choices, you empower yourself to make informed decisions about what goes into your body. Through cooking, you cultivate a deeper connection with the food you eat, forging a positive relationship with nourishment and your own well-being.

This delightful dish strikes the perfect balance between fiery spice, without too much heat, but giving you enough flavor to want to make this chicken over and over again. Plus, with the magic of an Instant Pot, you’ll have a scrumptious meal on the table in no time! The best part? You don’t need to be a culinary expert to whip up this masterpiece – it’s easy, quick, and perfect for those busy days when time is of the essence.

How to create the perfect meal with this recipe?

  1. Add to a salad with chickpeas, cucumbers, and Tzatziki sauce.
  1. You can also add this harissa chicken to a bowl – add rice, chickpeas, cucumbers, harissa chicken, and Tzatziki sauce and you have yourself a fantastic meal!

A lot of people ask for quick and simple meals and this is it. One of the biggest obstacles is tackling the protein part of the plate. Eating a sufficient amount of protein throughout the day is VERY important for obtaining and maintaining lean muscle mass, increasing fullness, stabilizing blood sugars and mood, and managing your weight more easily.

Chicken is one of the most common forms of protein that my clients eat. There are many ways to eat chicken, but a common mistake is rotating the same 3 chicken recipes. This is WHY you’re over chicken!

Personally, I like my chicken either shredded or marinated and grilled. I don’t find baked chicken as appealing unless it’s thin. I know I’m not alone in this, but I don’t want my chicken to taste like chicken! You should be enjoying your food because this is what helps you stay consistent in your nutrition journey. If you’ve read my blog before, you know I’ve said that MANY times, but it’s the truth!

This instant pot recipe will help you not only cook your chicken in 15 minutes, but also have a tasty meal without you worrying about what to cook after work. It can also be converted into a crock pot recipe. Most people don’t know that most recipes, that are instant pot recipes, can be converted into a crock pot recipe by adjusting the heat setting and cooking time.

Recipe Tips

  1. In the instant pot, you can use frozen chicken! It will just need a few minutes longer to cook.
  2. The instant pot NEEDS moisture to cook and create that high pressure. If you are cooking chicken on the bottom of the pot without the rack, make sure you add AT LEAST 1 cup of sauce to the pot. If you don’t add enough liquid to the pot, the instant pot will alert you that you need to add more water, otherwise, it will burn.
  3. The best shredded chicken comes from the instant pot. If you’re not a fan of shredded chicken, you can still enjoy your chicken whole. With this recipe in particular, I think it’s easier to spread the juices around after it’s shredded.
  4. Which brings me to my next tip, don’t discard the juice! Shred your chicken and add the leftover liquid from the instant pot to the bowl!
  5. Lastly, the harissa chicken is delicious, but if you want a more flavorful taste, add the Tzatziki sauce. They pair SO WELL together and I don’t think you should pass up on this combination! *Also the tzatziki sauce is made from Greek yogurt and can add a little bit of protein to your meal!

Don’t feel defeated if this doesn’t come out perfect – I’m speaking to my people who love food, but cook out of necessity for survival. Add more sauce the next time. Add more spices that you like. Get creative and let me know how it comes out!

So, roll up your sleeves and get to cooking!

Easy Harissa Chicken Instant Pot Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Calories 175 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Instant pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp Olive oil, optional
  • 1.5 lbs Chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • 1 jar Mina Harissa Sauce
  • 1 dash Salt, to taste
  • 1 dash Pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Add olive oil to pot before adding the chicken. This is optional. You can also use a nonstick spray if you would like.
  • Lay chicken flat in the instant pot (do not stack).
  • Add a dash of eat salt and pepper. You can always add more after cooking.
  • Open the Harissa sauce and add half of the sauce to the pot. If you are using more than 1.5 lbs of chicken, I'd advice you use most, if not all, of the jar to prevent burning.
  • Place the lid on the instant pot and cook on high for 15 minutes.
  • Quick release the pressure and allow the steam to come out until it stops. Open the instant pot and remove the chicken into a bowl.
  • Shred the chicken until you achieve the desired size pieces. Add juice from instant pot to keep the chicken moist!
  • Serve immediately on a bed of lettuce or in a bowl with rice, chickpeas, cucumbers, and tzatziki sauce (see tips in blog post for more info) & enjoy!

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