25 Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipes

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I don’t know about you, but we’re always on the look out for tasty and quick ways to cook chicken, because it’s the ultimate dinner staple that you can always count on having on hand. Over the years we’ve made some really awesome Instant Pot chicken breast recipes and we wanted to put them all in one spot so you can quickly find what excites you for dinner tonight.

Here are 25 of our best Instant Pot chicken breast recipes. For some of these, you don’t even have to defrost the chicken first! That’s a huge time saver. And it often only takes about 10-12 minutes in the Instant Pot to cook chicken.

» You might also like this Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Pasta and Instant Pot Green Beans.

Olive Garden chicken pasta, chicken fried rice, and bourbon chicken.

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How To Cook Chicken Breast in

frozen chicken breast in the Instant Pot

Chicken breasts can be used in so many recipes that its nice to have a quick and easy way of cooking them. There is really no easier method for cooking chicken breasts than in the Instant Pot.

All you need is a cup of water, the chicken you want to cook, some salt for seasoning, and the trivet to set them on.

  1. Pour one cup of water (or chicken broth) into the inner pot.
  2. Set the trivet inside.
  3. Season the chicken with just salt, or with salt and pepper. Place the chicken breasts on the trivet.
  4. Lock the lid and turn the vent to sealing (if that is necessary for your model).
  5. Press the “pressure cook” or “manual” button and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes for small pieces or 10 minutes for larger pieces. If cooking from frozen, use 12 minutes for smaller pieces or 15 minutes for larger pieces. Make sure the pieces are separated and not frozen together, or they won’t cook properly.
  6. When done, allow a 5 minute natural pressure release, then release remaining pressure. Verify that the internal temp of the chicken is at least 165° F. If they haven’t reached this yet, replace the lid and cook on high pressure for one more minute, followed by a quick release.

Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipes

Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup (ala Olive Garden)
This Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup will remind you of the creamy, delicious Olive Garden version, with pieces of tender fluffy gnocchi, veggies, and chicken in a creamy broth.
A bowl of chicken gnocchi soup
Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta
This Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta is pure comfort food with penne pasta and a cheesy creamy and delicious buffalo sauce. Best of all it takes less than 40 minutes to make.
A bowl of buffalo chicken pasta
Instant Pot French Onion Chicken
Instant Pot French Onion Chicken is a fun way to enjoy everyone's favorite French soup in main dish form, with chicken, sautéed onions, beef stock, butter, and melted Gruyere, cooked to perfection in the Instant Pot.
French onion chicken
Instant Pot Chicken Pad Thai
Instant Pot Chicken Pad Thai is a delicious combination of chicken, noodles, and sauce cooked together to taste just like a classic takeout Pad Thai.
Chicken Pad Thai
Instant Pot Chicken Salad
Instant Pot Chicken Salad is just like any other chicken salad, with crunchy celery, creamy mayonnaise, and a lots of tender chicken, but it's a much faster way to cook the chicken, so your lunch is ready in no time.
Chicken salad on a croissant
Instant Pot Chicken & Rice Soup
Instant Pot Chicken & Rice Soup is a quick soup made with chicken, rice, and vegetables, and seasoned with thyme and rosemary. This is one of the simplest and nutritious soups you can make in your pressure cooker.
A bowl of chicken and rice soup
Easy Instant Pot Shredded Buffalo Chicken
Instant Pot Shredded Buffalo Chicken is cooked to tender in the Instant Pot in just 10 minutes, then mixed with your favorite buffalo hot sauce and butter to make a flavorful shredded chicken.
Shredded buffalo chicken sandwich
Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken
This recipe for Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken, using chicken breasts, garlic, ginger, and a few pantry ingredients, makes for a wonderfully savory weeknight meal.
Teriyaki chicken with rice
Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta
This Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta copycat is so creamy and delicious, made with the original Olive Garden salad dressing, cream cheese and sun dried tomatoes.
A plate of chicken pasta in front of the Instant Pot
Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice
Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice is packed with chicken and veggies, with a satisfyingly tasty sauce that pulls it all together.
A bowl of chicken fried rice
Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken
Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken is rich and tasty Cajun-inspired dish that combines bourbon with soy sauce and ketchup to make tender pieces of chicken in a sweet and savory sauce.
instant pot bourbon chicken
Instant Pot Chicken Chili
This Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is a delicious, hearty, and rich soup, packed with beans, chicken, and chili spices. 
White Chicken Chili
Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts
You can easily cook frozen chicken breasts in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot, in just 10-12 minutes, which will enable you to get food on the table fast, with very little effort.
Sliced Cooked Chicken
Instant Pot Chicken & Broccoli
Instant Pot Chicken & Broccoli is a great dinner when you're looking for an easy, savory, and delicious meal that will come together within an hour.
Chicken and broccoli with rice
Instant Pot Pulled BBQ Chicken
This quick shredded chicken is a snap to make in the Instant Pot and has so many uses.
bbq pulled chicken
Jalapeño Cheddar Chicken
Jalapeño Cheddar Chicken is a delicious, spicy Instant Pot creamy chicken recipe. Made with jalapeños and chili powder, this recipe is mildly spicy but can be made even spicier with more jalapeños.
Jalapeño Cheddar Chicken
Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
These Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are a fast and easy weeknight dinner for the family after a long day. Cook chicken from fresh or frozen!
Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe
Easy Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken made in under 30 minutes! This quick keto-friendly recipe is perfect for busy weeknights.
Lemon garlic chicken in the Instant Pot
Instant Pot Chicken Stroganoff (With Egg Noodles)
Instant pot chicken stroganoff is a one-pot meal with bite-sized boneless chicken and mushrooms in a creamy sauce. The egg noodles are cooked right along with the other ingredients in the pot, and the whole dish comes together in 30 minutes. A quick and easy dinner for busy weeknights that everyone will love!
Chicken Stroganoff
Instant Pot Mexican Casserole
This easy Instant Pot Mexican Casserole is made with chicken breasts, enchilada sauce, corn, black beans, corn tortillas, and cheese for a delicious meal that the whole family will love!
Mexican casserole
Instant Pot Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Cups
This light but satisfying recipe brings all of the flavors of shawarma to your plate. Thanks to the Instant Pot it's simple, quick, and weeknight friendly!
chicken shawarma lettuce wraps
The Best Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip
This delicious Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip is made from scratch in under 40 minutes, with just 10 minutes of hands-on time. Hot sauce, sour cream, chicken and blue cheese make this a buffalo lover's spicy dream!
The Best Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip
Instant Pot Chicken & Mashed Potatoes
If you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner mid week, try my Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipe. The chicken cooks quickly and easily in the instant pot. The creamy mashed potatoes are flavored with garlic and fresh sage for a tasty dinner that can be cooked and on the table in no time.
chicken breast with mashed potatoes
Instant Pot Butter Chicken
Instant Pot butter chicken is a one-pot dinner that is bursting with authentic flavors that will rival anything you’d order at your favorite Indian restaurant. Making it from scratch at home has never been easier with this 30-minute fragrance-infused recipe!
butter chicken with rice
Instant Pot Chicken Chili (with a Buffalo Kick!)
If you love hearty game day recipes like buffalo chicken dip, you’ll dig this super-easy Instant Pot chicken chili recipe.
chicken chili
Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas
This recipe uses simple fresh ingredients combined with homemade fajita seasoning to bring together Mexican-inspired flavors for an easy and healthy weeknight meal. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a tasty fajita filling made
Instant Pot chicken fajitas
Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie
This Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie is full of tender chicken with lots of veggies in a creamy, flavorsome sauce. Topped with crispy pastry, the whole family will love this classic comfort food!
chicken pot pie
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken (with Fresh or Frozen Chicken)
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken requires only 4 ingredients to create a delicious dinner main that you can use for tacos, rice bowls, and more!
salsa chicken

Cooking Fresh VS Frozen Chicken

It’s possible to cook chicken from fresh or frozen in the Instant Pot for many recipes. This makes the process very versatile, in case you forget to defrost chicken and you’re in a hurry.

As a general rule, whole frozen chicken breast will take an extra 2-3 minutes of high pressure cooking with a 5-10 minute natural release over fresh. If the chicken is frozen in cubes, it will take just 1 extra minute to cook.

Always check your chicken with a meat thermometer to make sure it is cooked to at least 165° F. If it isn’t quite there yet, just put the pot back on Keep Warm and close the lid until the chicken reaches that temperature. If it’s 10 or more degrees short, you can turn on Sauté mode to cook the chicken faster.

There is often no reason to put the chicken back under pressure, which might compromise other parts of the dish.

Can I Stack Chicken Pieces in the Instant Pot?

before and after cooking

If you’re cooking whole chicken breast, like the Instant Pot French Onion Chicken or Lemon Chicken featured above, you shouldn’t stack them on top of each other, if at all possible, because they need space to absorb all of the flavor and cook evenly.

However, you can cook a whole pot full of chicken breasts or chicken tenderloins at the same time, stack on top of each other, as long as you don’t exceed the fill line. There is usually no extra time needed to do this. If you are cooking them from frozen, see our recipe for cooking frozen chicken breasts for the proper timing.

Why Use An Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. And there are many accessories that will help you get more out of your Instant Pot.

If you don’t have one yet, check out our guide on which one to buy. Also see our guide to How to Use an Instant Pot for more information.

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