I love Chili and I love my Instant Pot pressure cooker. So this Instant Pot Hearty Chicken Chili is right up my alley. If you are a chili fiend like I am, you will love this recipe.
If you look at the list of ingredients you see Hominy listed. I think hominy is seriously underrated. I've used hominy once before for my Mexican Black Bean and Hominy Salad. Since then I seem to use them more frequently. I have quite a few recipes that call for Hominy and will post them over the next few months.
💭 What is Hominy
If you've never heard of hominy, It's basically corn (not off the cob) that has been treated with alkali. Hominy kernels are a little bigger than kernels of corn and hominy can be suitable for a gluten-free diet.
For more of my delicious Chili recipes, visit my collection of Chili Recipes. If you are looking for more recipes to make in your Instant Pot, simply check out my nice assortment of Instant Pot Recipes.
For one of my favorite chicken dishes, try my Chicken Tikka Masala recipe. An awesome chicken dish.
🐓 How to Handle Raw Chicken
Leave the chicken in the fridge until ready to use.
Be careful of dripping juices. Clean up immediately.
Do not wash raw chicken (which prevents cross-contamination).
Wash all utensils and cutting boards (if applicable).
If marinating the chicken, make sure you toss the juices before you cook. Don't ever use the juice from the marinade.
Wash your hands after handling raw chicken.
🌶 How to Handle Hot Peppers
The capsaicin in hot peppers is what makes peppers hot. If you handle hot peppers gloveless, it’s a guarantee that you’re in for a nasty case of chili burn, both on your fingers and anywhere you rub. Like your face. Ouch!
Even if you wear disposable gloves, be careful about what you touch. The gloves are going to protect your fingers, but touching any part of your body with the gloves after you’ve handled hot peppers can lead to severe chili burn. Resist the temptation to rub your eyes. Wait until you’ve removed your gloves and washed your hands thoroughly with soap.
🌡️ How Hot are the Peppers
The Scoville Scale is the measurement that tells you the spiciness of a given type of pepper.
|Pepper Type||Scoville Rating (Heat)|
|Tabasco & Cayenne||30,000-50,000|
💭 Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
The Instant Pot is a combination pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer with a few other capabilities. With an Instant Pot, you can make some recipes in minutes compared to hours the traditional way. While not always the case, it's a very handy appliance if you are always on the run.
The Instant Pot comes with several safety features. If you happen to encounter an error message on the display of your IP, I suggest you visit Instant Pot's Official Customer Care Center.
If you frequently use your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, you've probably experienced a "smelly" lid. Here's a simple way to get rid of the smell. Fill the Instant Pot with 2 Cups of White Vinegar. Seal the lid. Use the steam setting for 2 minutes. Remove the rubber ring from the lid and let dry completely before using it.
I also recommend you try my other chili recipe you can make in your Instant Pot - White Bean & Chicken Chili. For more great recipes you can make in your Instant Pot, check out my nice collection Instant Pot Recipes.
An alternative to using chicken broth is Better Than Bouillon. I often use it when I don't have broth on hand.
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📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this Chicken Chili recipe in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker (see recipe card for quantities): Vegetable Oil, Yellow Onion, Jalapeño, Garlic Cloves, Chili Powder, Salt, Ground Cumin, Dried Oregano, Ground Black Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes, Low Sodium Chicken Broth, Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces, Mexican Hominy and Pinto Beans. Optional: All Purpose Flour, Fresh Cilantro, Lime Wedges.
🥣 How to Make this Instant Pot Hearty Chicken Chili
Press Sauté and heat oil in Instant Pot. Add onion, cook and stir 3 minutes or until softened. Add jalapeño, garlic, chili powder, salt, cumin, oregano, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir for 30 seconds. Stir in broth, cook 1 minute. Add chicken, hominy and beans. Mix well.
Secure lid and move pressure release valve to sealing position. Press manual; cook at high pressure 6 minutes.
When cooking is complete, use a natural pressure release (NPR) for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure.
Instant Pot Hearty Chicken Chili
- 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- 1 Yellow Onion, finely chopped
- 1 Fresh Jalapeño, minced
- 1 Garlic Clove, minced
- 1 ½ teaspoon Chili Powder
- ¾ teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Ground Cumin
- ½ teaspoon Dried Oregano
- ½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 Cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- 1 ½ lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 30 oz Mexican Hominy, rinsed and drained
- 15 oz Pinto Beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon All Purpose Flour
- Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
- Lime Wedges, Quartered
- Press Sauté and heat oil in Instant Pot. Add onion, cook and stir 3 minutes or until softened.
- Add jalapeño, garlic, chili powder, salt, cumin, oregano, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir 30 seconds. Stir in broth, cook 1 minute. Add chicken, hominy and beans. Mix well.
- Secure lid and move pressure release valve to sealing position. Press manual; cook on high pressure 6 minutes.
- When cooking is complete, use natural release for 10 minutes, then release remaining pressure.
- For a thicker chili, stir 1 tablespoon flour into 3 tablespoons of the cooking liquid in small bowl until smooth. Press sauté; add flour mixture to chili. Cook for about 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
- Garnish with Cilantro and Lime wedges.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.