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instant pot chicken parmesan sandwiches
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Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

If you love chicken parmesan, you will love this! All the flavors of the classic chicken parmesan made into an easy Instant pot dish that makes a delicious sandwich filling. This Instant pot chicken parmesan sandwich is cheesy goodness.   
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 sandwiches
Author: Maria Doss



  • 2 tablespooons olive oil
  • 1 and ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs


  • ¾ cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 large garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 and ½ cups jarred marinara sauce, I used Prego (tomato, basil & garlic)
  • salt and pepper, as required (refer notes)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning


  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Additional ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon salt
  • 6 burger buns


Make instant pot chicken parmesan

  • Set Instant pot to saute mode. When hot, add olive oil and then place chicken in a single layer (try squishing them to fit in a single layer). Cook for about 3 minutes, until no longer pink on the bottom. 
  • Press cancel and turn chicken over. Add all group-2 ingredients, toss to distribute well.
  • Close Instant pot, lock lid (making sure that valve is set to seal). Set on manual for 10 minutes and then let pressure release naturally. 
  • Open lid, press saute mode and remove only the chicken onto a large plate. Let sauce come to a boil (stirring occasionally) and reduce until very thick. In the mean time, shred chicken using two forks. 
    Add shredded chicken back into the sauce and give a good toss. You can taste for salt at this point and adjust accordingly. Continue to cook until all the sauce has evaporated. 
  • Press cancel, sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan on top, cover and lock lid to melt cheese in the residual heat. Let hang out for 5 minutes, until cheese has fully melted. 

Prep burger buns

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 
    Stir melted butter, garlic powder and salt together in a small bowl. Brush cut sides of the burger buns with this butter and place cut side up on a baking sheet. 
    Bake for 10-13 minutes or until golden. 

To serve instant pot chicken parmesan sandwiches

  • Spoon cooked chicken with some of the melted cheese on the bottom bun, close and enjoy. 


Salt - The salt depends on the type of marinara sauce and your taste. I used Prego (tomato, basil, garlic) sauce and used 1 and ¼ teaspoon salt. 
Bread- Other great alternatives for burger buns —> garlic bread / dinner rolls / texas toast / brioche buns / ciabatta