Chicken is a protein staple and one of the easiest things to pressure cook, even from frozen! Here are 20+ tasty Instant Pot chicken breast recipes for you to try. We’re covering recipes with boneless chicken breasts but you can repurpose many of these pressure cooker dishes for poultry meat with the bone in.
Take a peek into the fridge or the freezer, and chances are, you’re going to find some chicken breasts. It’s a protein staple in any omnivorous house, and of course, it’s one of the easiest things to pressure cook – even from frozen!
It goes with just about everything. Citrus and fresh herbs bring it to life. You can stir it into a soup. You can recreate takeaway poultry dishes with it. Shredded chicken is one of the most versatile foods for healthy meal prep. You can prep it plain at the beginning of the week to dip, toss on a salad, or toss into a taco or burrito during the week when you need dinner fast.
Chicken breasts can be known as “boring” food, but it’s only boring if you make it boring. But, if you browse through our selection of chicken recipes below, you will agree that it can be exciting if you make it so.
CHICKEN BREAST DISHES TO MAKE IN THE INSTANT POT
Before we get into our top recipes, we wanted to give you a quick rundown of using boneless chicken breast in the Instant Pot and what it works best for:
- Cook it whole with your favourite seasoning and spices. Most people either cook the chicken breast in the broth or on top of a trivet. Then slice it or serve it whole.
- Shredded chicken is a fantastic thing to use your Instant Pot for. Simply cook the chicken breasts whole, then shred and store. You can add a little of the cooking broth to the shredded chicken to keep it moist.
- Diced chicken breast can be used in curries, stews, soups, chicken and rice or potato dishes and so on.
- Sliced chicken breast can be added to Instant Pot pasta and risotto dishes. While the bigger slices or whole fillets can be partially cooked in the pressure cooker and then finished in the oven or under the grill with melted cheese or sauce.
Here are some of our favourite Instant Pot boneless chicken breast recipes. Want more? Find all of our Instant Pot chicken recipes here.
1. Instant Pot Chicken & Potatoes
Don’t you love a good one-pot meal and with the Instant Pot, you can make this tasty and rustic meal of chicken and potatoes with minimal cleanup. Plus, cooking the potatoes and chicken at the same time allows for the flavors of the poultry, leeks and vegetables to infuse the spuds, while the starch in them thickens the broth and makes it rich and hearty. It also happens to be gluten-free and can be dairy-free (minus the butter), making it a great all-rounder for those with dietary restrictions. Recipe on our blog here.
2. EASY Savory Chicken
This dump and cook Instant Pot savory chicken recipe is super simple and delicious. It’s great for meal prep and batch cooking, it’s Whole30, gluten-free and paleo-friendly and you can serve it in a variety of ways. You can use boneless chicken breast or thigh meat and it’s a must-have Instant Pot chicken recipe!
3. Creamy Chicken & Noodles
Looking for a quick and easy dinner that can be done in no time and using chicken and veggies from the freezer? This hearty meal of Instant Pot chicken and noodles is it! It’s creamy, delicious and will please the whole family. Get the recipe on our blog here.
4. Instant Pot Orange Chicken
Orange chicken is commonly found on the Chinese takeout menu, but why not make it at home? You can whip this dish up in just around a half an hour. It’s healthier than takeout, and it requires just one pot. Plus, it makes delectable leftover material to use throughout the week. Orange juice and soy sauce are the magic umami in this dish. Recipe from Peas and Peonies.
5. Chicken Tacos With Pineapple Salsa
Tacos night, anyone? These Instant Pot BBQ chicken tacos are both healthy and delicious. Made with shredded, saucy chicken breast meat and topped with zesty and sweet pineapple salsa for that unforgettable tropical twist. Recipe on our blog here.
6. Thai Chicken Rice Bowls
There’s something about a bowl meal that’s just so satisfying. You can really pile it up and dig right in. This recipe is chock full of Thai flavour with sweet chili sauce galore, and you can cook the meat and rice at the same time in the Instant Pot. Score! Recipe from Wonder Mom Wannabe.
7. Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken
Are you ready to meal prep? If you weren’t before, now you are! This recipe makes a nutritious, protein-packed meal to take with you on the go. Teriyaki flavour brings that sweet and savoury balance to the mix. You can easily pair it with steamed veggies and rice from the IP, too. This recipe includes substitutes for a paleo version as well. Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken
8. CREAMY Curry Chicken Salad
Perfect for spring and summer, potlucks and picnics, this Brazilian-inspired curry chicken salad with raisins, sweet corn and creamy dressing is super simple to make, especially with the help of your Instant Pot pressure cooker.
9. Simple Seasoned Chicken Breasts
If you want to keep things simple, or you just have a hankering for plain chicken breasts, it’s a good skill to have knowledge how to make ’em in the Instant Pot. These are great for pairing up with meals throughout the week. You can slice them or warm them up in the oven for easy dinners alongside steamed veggies. The seasoning on these is versatile. Recipe from A Pinch of Healthy.
10. Lemon Garlic Chicken
Lemon and garlic just belong with chicken. They’re the dynamic duo when it comes to cooking chicken. Even the most novice cook could make this one work, and those chances of success just about double with the Instant Pot. Check out this recipe for your lemon-garlic needs. These are fantastic for slicing over a salad or pairing with roasted broccoli sprinkled in Parmesan. Recipe from Predominantly Paleo.
11. Soy-Ginger SESAME Chicken HIBACHI
Made from fresh or frozen, this delicious Instant Pot soy-ginger chicken hibachi recipe is a great Japanese-inspired dish that you can serve with rice, cauliflower rice, quinoa, noodles or green vegetables. The chicken is stir-fried in a soy ginger and sesame based sauce and a dollop of butter. It’s simple, healthy and only needs a few ingredients. Recipe on our blog here.
12. Chicken Enchiladas
This recipe for the Instant Pot takes the tough work and labour out of making enchiladas. Of course, you’ll have to do some assembly and baking, but for enchiladas… what wouldn’t you do?! You can make the perfectly cooked chicken for the filling easily for this dish, and enchiladas tend to freeze beautifully for simple, thaw-it-out leftovers later. Recipe from Number 2 Pencil.
13. Instant Pot Adobo Chicken
Adobo is made possible with a spicy blend of ingredients. Trust us – this recipe isn’t for the faint of heart! You get your adobo seasoning which features turmeric, oregano, cumin, garlic, and chili powder. Then you add some green chiles and fire-roasted tomatoes to the mix. The flavour is on point with this one. Recipe from Cooking With Curls.
14. Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts
These Honey Garlic Instant Pot Chicken Breasts are always moist, tender and flavorful! These pressure cooker chicken breasts cook perfectly in minutes from fresh or frozen. Serve your honey garlic instant pot chicken breast with rice or quinoa and veggies for a complete, quick dinner! Recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen Blog.
15. Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Just check these stacks out! Gorgeous, warm buns are ready to take on this buffalo chicken hot out of the Instant Pot. The spicy zest is cooled down with thin, shredded cabbage for a nice bite and crunch, plus the obligatory bleu cheese. Fresh is best! If you don’t love it, add some ranch to the mix instead. Either way, this buffalo chicken will disappear fast. Recipe from Amanda Frederickson.
16. Chicken Cacciatore
This Italian dish is a spin on the traditional chicken cacciatore. Instead, this recipe uses zoodles making it grain-free, paleo-friendly, and Whole30-compliant. Don’t worry – it’s not slacking on that standard flavour though! The braised chicken is the star in this dish amongst the tender mushrooms and green peppers. The Italian herbs really bring it all together. Recipe from Wholesomelicious.
17.Greek Chicken Lemon Soup
Creamy and hearty yet healthy and light, this Greek Instant Pot Chicken Lemon Soup is also known as avgolemono. Thickened with fragrant and tangy lemony egg sauce, this luxurious soup with shredded chicken and orzo is silky and rich with no cream or dairy in sight. Recipe on our blog here.
18. Crispy Chicken Carnitas
Usually, carnitas are reserved for pork. This recipe is changing the game though. Chicken is delicious piled into tacos carnitas-style. The only effort you have to put in is fruitful – browning that plate of meat in the oven! The mouthwatering crisp is totally worth a few extra minutes. Recipe from Little Spice Jar.
19. Pulled Tandoori Chicken
If you’re looking to get your Indian food fix, look no further. This is tandoori-style in all of its glory, except this chicken meat is pulled. It’s a great contender for cauliflower rice, a bed of steamed rice, a side of steamed veggies, or in a wrap. You could even serve it cold over some fresh slaw. The possibilities are endless with flavour this big. Recipe from Rebooted Mom.
20. Chili Lime Instant Pot Chicken
This shredded chicken is best served with a slice of cool avocado and a garnish of cilantro. Chili and lime are the perfect fresh and zingy blend to get you excited about leftovers. This would be tasty in grilled burritos, rice bowls, or over a big bed of shredded cabbage and carrots. Recipe from Our Best Bites.
21. Chicken Tikka Masala
You know we couldn’t leave you without a solid Instant Pot chicken tikka masala recipe. Skip your favourite lunch buffet in favour of this light and healthy adaptation you can make at home quicker than you can order takeout. Recipe from Eating Instantly. You can also try our Instant Pot butter chicken recipe here.
22. Honey Curry Chicken
Sugar, spice, and everything nice – that’s what curry is made of! This honey curry is unique using mustard, butter, honey, and curry powder for a humble and minimalist blend that really bursts with every bite. This one’s a party for your taste buds. Recipe from Kitchen Joy Blog.
22. Beer Can Chicken & Rice Bowls
What’s beer got to do with it? If you’ve ever made a beer can chicken, standing in the oven, then you probably know what this recipe is talking about. The good news? You don’t have to stick a beer can in a chicken! It’s also totally safe to stick it in your Instant Pot instead. Perhaps the cherry on top with this dish is the bacon tossed throughout. Mmm… bacon! Recipe from Cook Fast, Eat Well.
23. Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken
General Tso’s would be hard-pressed for anyone to consider it a “health food.” This dish, though? Well, it counts in our book. It’s grain-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free, but it still encompasses everything you love about this Chinese cuisine staple! Recipe from Wholesomelicious.
24. Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan
This quick and easy Italian-inspired Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan dish is the answer to your weeknight dreams!! And since it’s made in the Instant Pot, it’s ready in minutes! Recipe from Skinny Taste.
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