Now you may think I have a lot of recipes from Provence, but it is actually because cuisine provençale is very popular in France and bien répandu (widespread). And within that, a chicken provencal recipe is one of the easiest to prepare especially with the Instant Pot and herbs of provence, for that summery French-Riviera feeling.
The traditional Cuisine Provençale 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 600BC. A Chicken provençale combines all those flavors in a stew, with ingredients from that classic French pantry, to serve a family with hopefully some portions leftover for the next day.
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.
☞ READ MORE: Classic French Recipes remade in the Instant Pot
Cooking 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.
☞ READ MORE: Easy Guide to the French Wines
Frequently asked questions
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, or polenta.
What drinks should you serve with it?
Can you freeze it?
Yes, this is one of those recipes does well frozen, as long as you let it cool to room temperature before freezing. Put aside portions in a sealed air-tight container and put it in the freezer.
- 3 pounds of chicken (approx. 8 pieces)
- 3 minced white onions
- 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 parley 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.
Note: If you don't like red and green peppers, substitute with one eggplant instead, chopped into large cubes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1826Total Fat: 107gSaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 68gCholesterol: 707mgSodium: 717mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 183g
Note: We are not certified nutritionists and these estimates are approximate. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. This website is written and produced for informational purposes only.
☞ READ MORE: ABC of French Cuisine (the Food Dictionary)
If you enjoyed that, check out our other classic French recipes with instant pot that are easy to prepare.
Bon appétit and à bientôt !
Did you enjoy that article? Save it for later!
Check out our Substack and subscribe to get the latest posts and what’s happening in Paris and across France, straight to your inbox. À bientôt!