Instant Pot Italian Chicken Stew

A fantastic recipe for hearty Italian Chicken Stew made in the Instant Pot pressure cooker. Low carb, keto, paleo, and gluten free.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Natural Release 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 230 kcal


  • 12 ounces boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 14 ounce can unsalted diced tomatoes
  • 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives pitted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Select the saute mode on the pressure cooker for medium heat. Add olive oil to coat the bottom of the pot.
  2. When the display reads HOT, add onion, celery, and carrot. Cook for about 5 minutes to soften them, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add diced tomatoes including liquid in the can, chicken broth, basil, tomato paste, bay leaves, oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir to dissolve the tomato paste. Turn off the saute mode.
  4. Add chicken thighs and submerge them in the liquid. Secure and seal the lid. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes, followed by a 10 minute natural release. Manually release remaining pressure.
  5. Uncover and use tongs to transfer the chicken to a plate. Discard the bay leaves, if desired. Turn on the saute mode for low heat.
  6. As the liquid simmers, use 2 forks to shred the chicken and return them to the pot. Add kalamata olives.
  7. Continue simmering until the liquid reduces to a stew consistency, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off the saute mode, and add salt and pepper as needed. Serve while hot.

Nutrition Info

This recipe yields 7.5 g net carbs per serving (1 cup of stew or 1/4 of entire recipe).

Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Calories 230  
Total Fat 15g 23%
   Saturated Fat 1g 5%
   Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 390mg 16%
Potassium 80mg 2%
Total Carb 10.5g 3%
   Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
   Sugars 5.5g  
Protein 16g  
Vitamin A 71% · Vitamin C 32% · Calcium 4% · Iron 11%