Instant Pot Country Captain Chicken

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Servings : Prep Time : Cook Time : Ready In : This recipe for Country Captain Chicken is a cinch to make in your instant pot or slow-cooker. Set it and forget it while all the lovely Indian flavors cook and mingle creating a delicious low-fat meal

Instant Pot Country Captain Chicken

This recipe for Country Captain Chicken is a cinch to make in your instant pot or slow-cooker. Set it and forget it while all the lovely Indian flavors cook and mingle creating a delicious low-fat meal

Instant Pot Country Captain Chicken


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 2 large cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste0
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes (lightly chopped)
  • 1/2 cup mango chutney
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 large bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Garnish

    Minced fresh parsley
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds


Step 1

Set your instant pot* to sauté. When hot, add the oil along with the onions and bell pepper; sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, tomato paste, curry powder, thyme, paprika, and cayenne. Saute for about 2 minutes, then add the tomatoes, chutney and chicken broth. Stir well, then nestle the chicken thighs into the sauce.

Change Instant Pot setting to slow cooker - low.

Cover and cook for 4 - 6 hours on low.

Step 2

Serve chicken and sauce with white rice; sprinkle the parsley, apple pieces and almonds on top.

Step 3

*Cooking without an Instant Pot

If you don't have an instant pot, no problem. You can either sauté the ingredients in a small skillet on top of the stove, then add to the slow-cooker OR microwave the onions, pepper, tomato paste, curry powder garlic, oil, thyme, paprika and the cayenne in a microwave safe bowl, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes total (set for 2 minute intervals) and then add to the slow-cooker.

Step 4

No Instant Pot OR Slow-Cooker?

Use a Dutch oven with a heavy lid. Heat the oven to 325°F. Make the recipe as done for the instant pot, then place in the oven to cook for about 1 1/2 hours. If you prefer a longer cook time, take the oven temperature down to 250°F. and cook for 3 hours.

Wine Recommendation: We tested, for your benefit, both a light red and a white wine with this dish and found both worked very well due to the heartiness of the sauce, and the Indian flavors. Try with a Rhone-style red, or Alsace style dry Riesling for a great wine pairing.


{The making of – Instant Pot Country Captain Chicken}


Image Instant Pot Country Captain Chicken LindySez


A year ago, BB gave me an Instant Pot* for Christmas.

Yes. He often buys me cooking items for Christmas. And most times I don’t object to the object he gives.

What is an Instant Pot?

For those of you not familiar with an “Instant Pot” it is a combination of every pot you have in your kitchen – practically. It’s a slow-cooker, pressure cookers, rice maker, risotto maker. It browns, sautés, simmers.

It practically makes dinner all by itself.


And it’s the #1 search right now in recipes because everyone got an Instant Pot (or another brand of electric slow-cooker/pressure cooker) and everyone is looking for what to do with it.

BB thought it would be good in my kitchen as, while I do use my pressure cooker(s) a lot, I rarely, if ever, use the slow-cooker (formerly known as a Crockpot). The main reason for not slow-cooking in the slow-cooker is, I find at the end of the day, everything in the cooker has lost its individual taste and texture. Plus, I like to brown my ingredients before adding to a slow-cooker, which requires another pot or skillet. Well, if I’m needing another pot or skillet, then I may as well brown in my Dutch oven, put into the oven oven, and cook long and slow with low-oven heat.

Turns out better that way in my opinion.

Or, conversely, just speed everything up and use my pressure cooker. Stews are done tender in less than an hour.

But an Instant Pot has a browning function eliminating my need for additional cookware. So I started experimenting with slow-cooker recipes using the Instant Pot.


Image Instant Pot Country Captain Chicken LindySez


To my cookbooks, I go, looking for recipes that would work well with the Instant Pot – as a slow-cooker – when I came upon a recipe for Country Captain Chicken. Reading through the ingredients list I thought, this sounds right up my taste alley and could easily be converted to a slow-cooker and especially the Instant Pot as the opening ingredients need to be sautéed.

Armed with the idea for a recipe, then on to do my due diligence – looking and reading at least 5 more recipes of the same name and then deciding what I do like and don’t like about each one, then adapting the components to create the most delicious, easiest to prepare, Instant Pot Country Captain Chicken meal I can.  And I do this all for you. Because I love you. You’re welcome.

Country Captain Chicken – The Origins

Country Captain originated in India as a poultry or game recipe involving onions and curry. The dish, known as one of the first Anglo-Indian recipes, was introduced by seamen to the southern United States. One theory is that an early 19th-century British sea captain, working in the spice trade, introduced the dish to the American South via the port of Savannah.

The “country” part of the recipe’s name dates from when the term country referred to things of Indian origin instead of British. It is therefore assumed the term “country captain” would have meant a captain of Indian origin or a trader along the coasts of India. Others claim that the word “captain” in the title is simply a corruption of the word “capon” which may have been used in the dish.


Variations of Country Captain Chicken

Variations abound. Although generally, they all include chicken, curry powder, and raisins or another dried current, along with almonds, some, including mine use tomato and bell pepper. I found many recipes online that included bacon. While I’m not sure this is an original ingredient; and while I love bacon, I find bacon can take over a dish, and for this reason decided not to use any.

Another variation of my recipe is replacing the raisins with mango chutney. While there are no raisins in chutney, I find it added a “depth of flavor” that I could not replicate otherwise.

If you want to add raisins to the dish, go ahead. About 1/4 cup should be sufficient.


Image Instant Pot Country Captain LindySezChicken


Country Captain Chicken is a perfect blend of sweet, spicy, hot, sour. Traditionally served with white rice, I decided to pay homage to the “country” portion of the dish and served with Basmati rice. It just adds a degree of nuttiness.

I like being a nut.

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by mary on October 14, 2017

    Lovely recipe but where are the details about the instant pot!!!!!!!

    • posted by LindySez on October 14, 2017

      Hi Mary, I think it’s generally there, I’m surprised you didn’t see it. I am not promoting a particular pot or device, it’s not a sponsored post and there are many fine brands out there, so for specific info on each pot, you need to read their reviews and specifications. But they all work close, just like the old crock-pots do, did. Cheers ~Lindy

  2. posted by Melissa on January 6, 2018

    I’m so confused. I thought this was a recipe for the Instant Pot – pressure cooker. Not for a slow cooker. My Instant Pot doesn’t have a setting to go to a slow cooker. I was hoping this was a recipe for an actual pressure cooker but it doesn’t look like it is.

    • posted by LindySez on January 6, 2018

      Melissa, so sorry you are feeling confused. There are many types and brands of “instant pots” some have multiple settings. Mine does. You can make this dish in your pressure cooker. If you did, follow the directions but only cook, at pressure, for about 30 minutes. Generally speaking, any recipe made in a pressure cooker takes about 1/3 of the cooking time as normal. I do hope you try it with these new instructions. Cheers ~Lindy


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Nutritional Info

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  • Calories
  • Fat
    15g (2g Sat, 7g Mono, 3g Poly)
  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Cholesterol
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  • Nutritional values may vary

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