This Recipe includes
|Red and Green bell peppers*|
|* Eggplant to replace the bell peppers if you dislike bell peppers|
|(Optional) chopped bacon or lardons|
Spices, herbs and flavoring ingredients:
|Salt and pepper|
Accents for the sauce:
|Dry white wine|
Why we love it
A chicken provencal recipe is one of the easiest to prepare especially with the Instant Pot and a few herbs of provence, for that summery French-Riviera feeling.
The traditional cuisine around here is very distinctive with its use of local ingredients of herbs, tomatoes, and olives. The combination of flavors dates back to when the Greeks and Romans installed themselves in Marseille around 600 BC.
A chicken provençale combines all those flavors in a classic meaty stew, with all the typical ingredients from that classic French pantry. Enough for a meal hearty enough to serve a family with hopefully some portions leftover for the next day. So let’s get to it, shall we? Allons-y!
The Chicken Provençale is a pretty flexible recipe, that you can adapt as you wish.
Red & Green Peppers: The traditional recipe includes red and green peppers, but I know that those have a rather strong flavor which may not be to everyone’s taste. I have a rather picky eater at home who won’t eat peppers, so I sometimes substitute it for eggplant.
Potatoes: If you want to make the chicken provençale even hardier, you can also add 4-5 potatoes into the Instant Pot.
Frozen Chicken: You can use frozen chicken, but keep in mind that the skin will probably not taste as good and fall off. If you do decide to leave the chicken frozen, you don’t need to add any additional time. The Instant Pot will take longer to heat up, so just leave the cooking time the same.
Bacon Lardons: These tiny pieces of bacon are very versatile, so French people tend to throw them into every recipe. They are optional in a chicken provencal.
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Recipe without alcohol
The Chicken Provencal recipe below includes about 1/2 cup of dry white wine, to give it that extra tone. But unlike the Coq au vin, which really should include wine since it has “vin” in the name, the traditional Poulet à la Provençale doesn’t insist on wine.
You can easily leave it out, especially if you are using a good quality chicken stock.
What side dishes should you serve with Chicken Provençale?
The traditional French accompaniment is tagliatelle pasta or mashed potatoes. But there are many other possibilities as well such as white rice, brown rice, bulger, polenta, or even a chickpea salad.
What drinks should you serve with it?
How to store it?
Chicken provencal is one of those recipes that does well the next day. It also does well frozen as long as you let it cool to room temperature before freezing.
Let it cool, and then place in an airtight glass container.
Chicken Provencal Recipe
- 3 pounds of chicken approx. 8 pieces
- 1 minced white onion
- 1 cup of tomato coulis
- 1 chopped red pepper *
- 1 chopped green pepper *
- 10 black olives chopped in half
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 cube of chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 crushed cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 2 leaves of basil
- 1 tablespoon of flour
- Pinch of dried parsley flakes
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup of bacon lardons
- 4-5 potatoes
- Press Sauté on the Instant pot and sear the chicken lightly for 5 minutes.
- Once the chicken is browned, remove temporarily from the pot and sauté the onions for a couple of minutes.
- Add the chicken and the rest of the ingredients (except the flour) back into the Instant Pot and cook at High Pressure for 12 minutes.
- Once the countdown has finished, let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes.
- Mix in the flour with a tablespoon of water to make a slurry. Add the slurry to the Instant Pot.
- Press the Sauté button again for 5 minutes to let the sauce thicken.
- Let the Chicken Provencal rest for 10 minutes on the Keep Warm function.
- Taste to add salt and pepper if necessary.
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