Spicy chicken goulash is a hearty meal that can be made in your instant pot or crock pot in one easy step, just dump the ingredients and go! With onions, tomatoes, chicken, and broccoli slaw—it’s as healthy as a salad!
Spicy chicken goulash is one of my husband’s favorite meals. While it’s not my fave, I enjoy it (though with significantly less spice).
Be forewarned that with the recipe as-is (2 tsp cayenne pepper) it’s my opinion that it taste like burning. But if you love super-spicy, this is your dish!
If spicy isn’t your jam, simply omit the cayenne pepper. Feel free to add some seasonings of your choosing to give it a little extra complexity. Or keep it simple to enjoy the subtle flavors of the dish.
If you haven’t used broccoli slaw before, you can find it in the produce section of the grocery store. It’s shredded broccoli, carrots, and cabbage.
I love using this ingredient in my instant pot meals because it’s healthy, already shredded (less work for me, yay!), versatile, and holds up well to pressure cooking.
Not all grocery stores carry broccoli slaw—the grocery store where I always shop just stopped carrying it.
I imagine it’s because people don’t know what it is, so they don’t purchase it as much as other vegetables. So call ahead, ask for the produce department, and see if your store carries it.
If not, call your local health food stores—they typically have it. If you use your Instant Pot frequently, it’s worth the effort—you may find it’s a great staple vegetable for your cooking.
SPICY CHICKEN GOULASH
- 1 Onion (chopped)
- 6 Tomatoes (quartered)
- Broccoli Slaw (one 12 oz container or bag)
- 2 Lbs Chicken Breasts
- 1.5 Cups Water
- 1/4 Cup Ghee
- 5 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Pepper
- 2 tsp Cayenne
- 3 tsp Garlic Powder
- Add onion, tomato, broccoli slaw, water, and chicken to instant pot.
- Select poultry setting, 20 minutes, normal pressure.
- When it’s done, let it sit for about 15 minutes, then vent it.
- Use fork and knife to shred the chicken.
- Add ghee, salt, pepper, garlic, and cayenne. Stir well.
- Serve over rice or eat alone as a stew!
Quantities are for a 6 quart instant pot. If you want to cook this in a crock pot, simply add the ingredients to your crock pot and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
If you can’t find vine-ripe tomatoes, Roma tomatoes work well! Just eyeball the difference—you may need a few more tomatoes to get the same overall amount. Also, try replacing the garlic powder with minced garlic cloves.
Spicy chicken goulash is delicious over rice, but it’s also good as a stand-alone stew!