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Citrus Herb Basque Chicken Made in The Instant Pot!

This delightful dish is full of spicy chorizo, sun-dried tomatoes, sweet and tangy orange juice, floral thyme and salty olives. It's meant to be shared family style with those you love.

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Art of Great Cooking with Your Instant Pot by Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy dinner recipe, Instant Pot
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri


  • 3 Tablespoons grass fed butter, ghee, or avocado oil, divided 43g
  • 4 bone in chicken thighs
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt 4g
  • 1 medium yellow onion thickly sliced
  • 4 fresh garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • 5 fresh thyme springs leaves removed and stems discarded
  • 1/2 pound chorizo, casing removed 230g
  • 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes 18g
  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives 67g
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 79ml
  • 3/4 cup chicken bone broth 177ml
  • Handful fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Add 2 tablespoons (29 g) of healthy fat of choice to the Instant Pot and press “Sauté.” Once the fat has melted, add the chicken thighs, sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of sea salt and brown for about 2½ minutes per side. Remove the browned chicken to a plate and set aside.

  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon (14 g) of healthy fat of choice, onion, garlic, thyme leaves and the remaining ¾ teaspoon of sea salt, sautéing for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chorizo and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, olives, orange juice and bone broth. Give it a good stir. Add the browned chicken, making sure it’s submerged and some of the liquid is ladled over it. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, making sure the steam release valve is sealed. Press the “Poultry” setting, then increase the time using the “+” button until you reach 20 minutes.

  4. When the Instant Pot is done and beeps, press “Keep Warm/Cancel.” Using an oven mitt, “quick release” /open the steam release valve. When the steam venting stops and the silver dial drops, carefully open the lid.

  5. Serve immediately, topped with fresh cilantro.

Recipe Notes

This meal is delicious served alongside simple roasted vegetables.