Instant Pot Chicken Breasts & Gravy (Step-By-Step)

In this beginner-friendly recipe, we are going to teach you how to make super easy Instant Pot chicken breasts and gravy. With detailed instructions, step-by-step photos and cooking tips, you will have perfectly cooked, succulent chicken and flavorful gravy all prepared in one pot. Great for dinner with your favorite side or as part of meal prep. Please, leave a rating or comment at the bottom of this post if you’ve made this recipe or have any questions!


Cooking chicken breasts in the Instant Pot is super easy, although there are a few little tricks to make sure your meat is succulent and full of flavor. As well as making the chicken, this recipe includes Instant Pot gravy made using the cooking broth which you make once the meat is done. 

Pressure cooking chicken breasts is fast and easy and you will be surprised by how tender the meat is. You can serve the chicken sliced and topped with gravy or you can make shredded chicken to use up in various dishes. While we did include gravy in the recipe, you don’t have to make it. Oftentimes, you might want to just make the chicken as part of meal prep, which you can then use in salads, sandwiches, wraps and so on.

 

SERVING INSTANT POT CHICKEN BREASTS

If you do make this Instant Pot chicken and gravy as we did here, you can serve it with your favorite side dish such as our easy mashed potatoes or simple white rice. For a low-carb or Whole30 version, you could serve some steamed garlic broccoli or green beans on the side. 

Instant Pot Chicken & Gravy (Step-By-Step Recipe)

You will find an easy everyday recipe for mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot just below or you can jump to detailed step-by-step photo instructions under the recipe card. These are especially handy if you’re an Instant Pot beginner.

 

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Chicken Breasts In Instant Pot With Gravy


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Instant Pot Chicken Breasts & Gravy

Instant Pot Chicken Breasts & Gravy

  • Author: Instant Pot Eats
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: British
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

Learn how to make easy, succulent Instant Pot chicken breasts and gravy with our beginner-friendly recipe. Find step-by-step photos and instructions below this recipe card. Serve as a main for dinner or make this chicken recipe as part of meal prep.


Ingredients

Scale

3 chicken breasts (skinless/boneless, about 0.5 lb / 270 g each)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon sweet or mild paprika powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 cup low-sodium chicken stock

2 bay leaves

3 garlic cloves

To finish:
1 tablespoon butter (or ghee for Whole30)

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (see notes for other options, like Whole30-friendly)

1 tablespoon lemon juice


Instructions

  1. Prep. Season the chicken breasts evenly with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic and onion powders on both sides. Leave to come to room temperature if you just took them out of the refrigerator, about 15 minutes. This will ensure even cooking. 
  2. Add ingredients. Add the chicken stock, garlic cloves and bay leaves to the Instant Pot. Place the trivet on top with handles facing up. Place the chicken breasts on top of the trivet. 
  3. Set & cook. Secure and lock the lid; make sure the pressure handle is pointing to Sealing on Duo Classic. Select Manual/Pressure Cook and adjust the timer to 10 minutes on HIGH pressure. After a few beeps/seconds, the ON sign will come on indicating the pot is heating up and the pressure is building; pressurizing will take about 5-7 minutes and then the 10-minute timer will begin.
  4. Once the timer is done, allow the pressure to release naturally for about 5 minutes. Then use the quick release method to let off the remaining pressure (press the steam knob down or point to Venting on older models).
  5. Prepare the gravy. Carefully open the lid and use the handles to remove the trivet with the chicken. Place the chicken on a plate or a cutting board and cover with foil or a lid to keep warm. 
  6. Press the Saute button once, it will say 30 minutes as a default timer. Allow the broth liquid to come to simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring a few times. This will evaporate some of the liquid and thicken it. 
  7. Press Cancel to stop the Saute function at this stage. While still very hot, scoop a couple of tablespoons of the liquid into a small bowl. Dissolve a tablespoon of flour or cornstarch in this liquid; pour and stir back into the stock. Add the butter and lemon juice and stir again.
  8. Finish and serve. Slice the chicken breasts into thick pieces and pour the gravy on top or serve on the side. 

Notes

  1. Storage: You can store the chicken for up to 3 days in the refrigerator or freeze it for up 3 months. If storing or freezing, keep the gravy in a separate container, then defrost/reheat and use once serving. 
  2. Flour options: You can use all-purpose or plain flour cornstarch to thicken the gravy; gluten-free flour can also be used; and, for a paleo/Whole30 version, swap with tapioca/arrowroot flour.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4-5 oz chicken meat + gravy
  • Calories: 294
  • Sugar: 0.3 g
  • Sodium: 691.6 mg
  • Fat: 8.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 46.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 153.6 mg

Keywords: Chicken, Chicken Breasts, Gravy, Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker

 

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN BREASTS IN INSTANT POT

Here are step-by-step instructions for making chicken breasts in the Instant Pot. We used Instant Pot Duo Nova 6-quart pressure cooker for this recipe.

Step 1. Season the chicken breasts evenly with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic and onion powders on both sides. Leave to come to room temperature if you just took them out of the refrigerator, about 15 minutes. This will ensure even cooking. 

Step 2. Add the chicken stock (we used a stock cube and water), garlic cloves and bay leaves to the Instant Pot. Place the trivet on top with handles facing up. Place the chicken breasts on top of the trivet. 

Preparing chicken breasts to cook in the Instant Pot pressure cooker

Step 3. Secure and lock the lid; make sure the pressure handle is pointing to Sealing on Duo Classic. Select Manual/Pressure Cook and adjust the timer to 10 minutes on HIGH pressure. After a few beeps/seconds, the ON sign will come on indicating the pot is heating up and the pressure is building; pressurizing will take about 5-7 minutes and then the 10-minute timer will begin.

Pressure cooker chicken breasts settings

 

Step 4. Once the timer is done, allow the pressure to release naturally for about 5 minutes. Then use the quick release method to let off the remaining pressure (press the steam knob down or point to Venting on older models). Carefully open the lid and use the handles to remove the trivet with the chicken. Place the chicken on a plate or a cutting board and cover with foil or a lid to keep warm. 

Step 5. Now we’re ready to prepare Instant Pot gravy using the cooking broth leftover in the pot. Press the Saute button once, it will say 30 minutes as a default timer. Allow the broth liquid to come to simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring a few times. This will evaporate some of the liquid and thicken it. 

How to cook chicken breasts in the Instant Pot

Step 6. Press Cancel to stop the Saute function at this stage. While still very hot, scoop a couple of tablespoons of the liquid into a small bowl. Dissolve a tablespoon of flour or cornstarch in this liquid; pour and stir back into the stock. Add the butter and lemon juice and stir again.

How to make Instant Pot gravy for chicken

Step 7. Slice the chicken breasts into thick pieces and pour the gravy on top or serve on the side.

Instant Pot chicken & Gravy - Finishing steps

 

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  1. I’ve made this many times for the fam! Everyone loves it. I add more broth to make more gravy. One tip about the cornstarch is that it’s better to dissolve it in some cold water, NOT the hot broth or you’ll end up with clumps of starch that are hard to mash down.

  2. Excellent! Tender chicken & the gravy was a great compliment. Quick fix and absolutely delicious…will definitely make it again.

  3. I did 7 min on low pressure (only 2 breasts) and followed everything else. Chicken was tasty but a little dry. Hadn’t used trivet before – usually just let chick cook in down liquid & it seems to come out better (IMO).

  4. I am an old cook but new to using the instant pot so I appreciate your detailed recipes including the pictures. Can I use frozen chicken breasts?

    1. Hi Julie,

      Yes, you can. You will need to increase the cooking time by around 5-7 minutes (depending on the size/amount). When seasoning, salt and pepper etc might not stick to the meat as well when it’s frozen so you might have to adjust those once the breasts are cooked.

      IPE team

  5. The recipe is great -but your idea of a picture of every move is, in my estimation, the the ultimate Dumbing Down of America -unnecessary -annoying and just plain silly -but then I suppose it does provide work for your photographer friends-

    1. Dear MaryAnn,

      We surveyed our readers and Instagram followers and a very large percentage of them are intimidated to use the Instant Pot because they are beginner cooks and aren’t sure which button to press or which setting to use etc. As we mention at the start, this recipe was created specifically for beginners and step-by-step photos are provided after the recipe, so if you’re a proficient cook, you don’t need to look at them. Our photos are shot in house by our team (1 person actually) and NOT by some photographer friends. We take pride in the amount of effort we choose to put in to help those readers that need more guidance.

      I hope this clarifies WHY our beginner-designed recipes have such detailed picture instructions.You don’t have to use them.

      IPE team

      PS. Our audience is not just Americans 😉

      1. Thank you for publishing recipes for beginners and those very new to cooking in an Instant Pot! I like the step by step pictures, and I do not think it is dumbing down the cooking at all. If it helps someone get comfortable cooking in their IP, it’s worth it. Everyone starts somewhere. As the recipe states, this is for beginners. There are many recipes out there for the more advanced cooks without step by step pictures. Keep up the great recipes for all of us!

    2. I guess MaryAnn didn’t notice the full recipe written out without pictures BEFORE any pictures appear. You can choose to view whichever version suits your needs. Chill!

      P.S. Thank you for the wonderful research and recipes you provide.

        1. This recipe is absolutely phenomenal. The flavors of the chicken and that gravy work so well together. Thank you for creating such an easy and tasty dish. Now I’m searching your site for tomorrow night’s dinner!

  6. Did you really nean to say stir corn starch into hot liquid to thicken sauce? Corn starch should never be stirred into hot liquid. Use cold water and corn starch and add that to sauce to thicken the sauce.

    1. We mean to stir the corn starch slurry into the hot liquid in the pot. To be honest, from our experience of using corn starch or flour to thicken the sauce, you can actually make the slurry using cornstarch and the hot liquid from the pot if you wanted to, it works just as fine.

  7. This looks amazing!! Can you use frozen chicken breasts, and what would change in the recipe if using? Thanks!

    1. Hi Robin, you could use frozen chicken breasts. You won’t be able to season them prior to cooking in the same way as the meat will be frozen and the seasoning won’t stick, so you might need to season afterwards. Increase the cooking time to 12 minutes and natural release to 10 minutes. If they are very large breasts, then maybe 13-14 minutes at HIGH.

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