Pressure Cooker Italian Chicken and Sausage with Peppers

"I love the restaurant Chicken with Sausage and peppers with pasta. This is a fast version of my recipe that basically takes all day!"
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  • Heat the oil in the pressure cooker.
  • Prick the skin of the sausages in several places with the tines of a fork.
  • Add the sausages and chicken to the oil and cook until well browned on all sides.
  • While the chicken is cooking, dice the onion.
  • Cut the green peppers into 3/4" thick strips.
  • Mince the garlic.
  • When the chicken and sausages are browned, remove them from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the onion, green peppers and garlic to the cooker to cook, stirring often, until they begin to soften, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the vinegar and stir up the browned bits from the bottom of the cooker.
  • Add the chicken and sausages, tomatoes, basil, fennel, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Close pressure cooker and bring up to full pressure.
  • Reduce heat to stabilize pressure and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Release pressure and adjust the seasoning.

Questions & Replies

  1. Is any water added to the pressure cooker because I've never used one and I don't understand how you can cook potatoes and peppers and all that stuff without water I don't understand this please help
  2. Ummmn instructions aren't that good. Rise the pressure then lower the pressure to stabilize it? Lower it to what? Do I lower it to medium Heat do I lower it to a number 5 or two? I have no idea


  1. This was great! Inspired by a similar recipe, I added cut-up red potatoes and about 1/2 c red wine, and 8 oz of mushrooms. This made for a very yummy stewlike one-pot meal with a delicious rich broth. The fennel is a great touch--I think it's a sadly underutilized herb.
  2. Wonderful weeknight meal, served with Recipe #513049. Used 4 chicken thighs and 3 hot Italian sausages, which fed us 2 seniors. I saved the remaining sauce, from which I will discard the congealed fat before topping tomorrow's potatoes. There may be more gourmet recipes, but this smelled wonderful while cooking and satisfied us completely. I will definitely make this again. Note: used Chef Essentials 6-qt. electric pressure cooker, so extended time at pressure to 12 minutes; after starting cooker's climb to pressure, I began measuring and rinsing rice for Recipe #513049, which completed before this recipe finished releasing pressure naturally. Made for Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup tag game.
  3. This was great! I used 3 leg quarters cut into pieces, and 1 pound of sausage. Served over spaghetti with parmesan on top. Yum!
  4. This is a great recipe, both hubby and I enjoyed it. I had to make a few changes: I didn't have a pressure cooker - so cooked it in the oven for about 2 hours (this recipe prompted me to go buy a Pcooker-- I LOVE it!). Since I only had hot Italian sausage handy, I eliminated the red pepper flakes, but I could of left them in -- not too spicy for this TX gal. Also used a frozen bag of chopped green peppers in lieu of fresh peppers. Served with Dreamfield's low-carb pasta -- great since we are both diabetics. Yummy!
  5. The BF really enjoyed this - although he said it needed more veggies. think I'll increase the amount of the peppers next time and serve it with zucchini or spaghetti squash. I'll be making this often.


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