Braised chicken thighs are cooked in a vegetable and white wine sauce and served over pasta, risotto or mashed potatoes. This Instant Pot chicken osso buco recipe is easy to make.
What is Osso Buco?
Osso buco is a traditional Italian dish made with veal shanks. The veal is braised with vegetables in a white wine sauce that is traditionally served over saffron risotto or polenta.
I used chicken thighs in this recipe for a twist on the classic recipe that is easier and more approachable for everyday cooking. No flavor is lost in this dish as the chicken is still braised similar to when veal is used. This recipe can be made in the InstantPot for a quick weeknight dinner.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Chicken thighs- this recipe uses bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, but you can use boneless if you wish. Bone-in chicken thighs just add more flavor.
- Flour- this recipe uses all-purpose flour, but you can substitute gluten-free flour if needed.
- Mirepoix- onion, carrot and celery.
- Tomato paste
- White wine- use dry white wine for this recipe, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris. If you don't want to use alcohol, you can use extra chicken broth instead or white wine vinegar.
- Chicken broth
- Thyme- can use fresh or dried.
- Rosemary- can use fresh or dried.
Let's make this chicken osso buco!
Begin by dicing the vegetables. Next, season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and dip the chicken into flour to coat all sides.
Brown the chicken thighs on both sides. Remove the chicken from the pot and place it on a plate for later.
Next, cook the vegetables until soft and add tomato paste and garlic cloves.
Add the chicken thighs back to the pot and pour in the wine and the chicken broth.
Cover the pot, and cook for 20 minutes.
Dredging the chicken in flour. Make sure to use just enough to coat the chicken and shake off the excess flour.
Don't skip browning the chicken. This adds complex flavors to the chicken you don't want to miss!
Cooking with wine. Traditionally a dry white wine is used in this recipe, however, red wine should be a fine substitute
You can substitute the wine with extra chicken broth and a splash of white wine or red wine vinegar if you don't want to cook with alcohol.
To make this in a Dutch oven, follow steps 1-4 in the recipe card, but in your Dutch oven instead of Instant Pot. Cover the pot, and cook for about 45 minutes on the stove.
If using a slow cooker, brown the chicken and the vegetables before slow cooking. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours.
Serve the chicken osso buco with your favorite pasta or spaghetti, risotto, mashed potatoes or polenta. A simple green salad or roasted green vegetable, such as asparagus also pairs great with this chicken.
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Instant Pot Chicken Osso Buco
- 1 ½ pounds bone-in, skin on chicken thighs
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 1 carrot peeled and diced
- 1 celery stalk diced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 cup dry white wine*
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- Season the chicken thighs with a ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Add the flour to a small bowl and dip the chicken into the flour to coat on all sides. Shake off the excess flour.
- Set the Instant Pot to sauté on high and add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs and brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pot and place it on a plate for later.
- Add the diced onion, celery and carrots to the pot and season with a ½ teaspoon of salt. Cook until the onion is translucent, about 6-8 minutes. Add in the tomato paste and garlic cloves and mix well to combine.
- Add the chicken thighs back to the pot and pour in the wine and the chicken broth. Season with rosemary and thyme.
- Cover the pot, set to pressure cook on high for 20 minutes. Quick-release the pressure and serve over your favorite pasta, risotto or mashed potatoes by placing one chicken thigh on the plate and topping with the sauce. Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy!
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.