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Easiest Instant Pot Chicken Fricassee

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Instant Pot Chicken Fricassee (fricase de pollo in the instant pot) is a hearty, tomato-sauce-based, Cuban-style chicken stew that’s sure to be a comfort food hit with the entire family.

instant pot fricassee de pollo

What is Fricassee de Pollo?

Fricasse (French) translates to a cooking method which combines sautéing and stewing.

And, pollo simply translates to chicken.

Now, let’s make fast and easy one pot Cuban chicken Fricassee right in the Instant Pot!

instant pot with pollo en fricase

Cuban / Puerto Rican – style fricassee de Pollo

This Cuban style chicken fricassee combines Goya seasonings and is sometimes called “Pollo en fricassee.”

If you’re ever in Kentucky, stop by Havana Rumba in Louisville, KY. They have an amazing, made-from-scratch Chicken Fricassee.

Fricassee de pollo reminds me of a hearty beef stew, but with chicken.

Serve it over fluffy white rice for a real treat.

cuban chicken stew served over rice

Can I make chicken and potatoes in the Instant Pot?

This hearty chicken stew is easy to make right in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.

how to make Instant Pot chicken fricassee

First, start out by marinating your chicken in a ziplock bag with mojo sauce (I use Goya brand).

Pre-cook your white rice (Instant Pot recipe in recipe card below).

Next, sauté onions until translucent.

Then, place all other ingredients into the pressure cooker/ Instant Pot.

Now, you’ll cook at high pressure for 18 minutes and it’s done! IP chicken stew, baby!

fricasse de pollo over rice with carrots potatoes

Can I freeze fricassee de pollo?

Use an air-tight freezer bag to seal leftovers and keep in the freezer for up to three months. Be sure to thoroughly thaw overnight before reheating.

I find that the chicken and rice thaw better than the veggies, so I like to just save those parts.

I typically add in my veggies after I’ve thawed and during stovetop cook time.

instant pot fricassee de pollo

Instant Pot Chicken Fricassee

This Cuban / Puerto Rican inspired Instant Pot Chicken Fricassee is the ultimate comfort stew.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Spanish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 323kcal
Author: Amber


  • Pressure Cooker (like Foodi or Instant Pot)


  • cup mojo sauce to marinate chicken, optional
  • 1 cup white rice pre-cooked
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 chicken thighs bone-in, skin removed
  • 4 carrots chopped
  • 3 Yukon gold potatoes quartered
  • ¾ cup manzanilla olives with ¼ cup olive juice
  • ¾ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp Adobo seasoning
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf



  • Pre-cook 1 cup of white rice (in pressure cooker, that's 1 c. water to 1 c. rice at high pressure for 3 minutes, then natural release for 10 minutes).
    cooked white rice
  • Marinate chicken in mojo sauce for at least 2 hours.
    marinating chicken thighs in mojo criollo

Instant Pot Chicken Fricassee

  • On sauté setting, add olive oil and onion and sauté until translucent.
    sautéed onions in instant pot
  • Add chicken thighs (without mojo), carrots, olives, potatoes, seasonings, tomato sauce, bay leaf and broth. Veggies and chicken should be submerged.
    submerged veggies and chicken pressure cooker
  • Pressure cook on high for 18 minutes with 10 minutes natural release, then vent.
    instant pot with pollo en fricase


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 496mg | Potassium: 657mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5292IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

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