Instant Pot Chicken Recipes


See my guide on how to use an Instant Pot.


The best Instant Pot chicken recipes to make dinner quick, easy and delicious! From healthy Instant Pot chicken breast recipes and Instant Pot chicken thigh recipes, to how to cook frozen chicken in your Instant Pot, this list of Instant Pot chicken recipes has it all!

collage of instant pot chicken recipes photos

By now you probably know how much I love my Instant Pot. It makes dinner prep so quick and easy! The Instant Pot is the best for developing rich flavors in a fraction of the time.

Your Instant Pot can cook the best moist, tender and juicy chicken breasts and chicken thighs.

You know how when you cook chicken breasts in your slow cooker they tend to fall apart and often have that “slow cooker taste?” That is not the case at all with Instant Pot chicken!

Chicken breasts cooked in an Instant Pot will hold their shape and are perfect for slicing. Unless you cook them for a really long time, of course. In that case you are making shredded chicken.

If you are looking for new ways to cook chicken in your Instant Pot, you’re going to love the Instant Pot chicken recipes in this roundup! I’ve included my favorite simple Instant Pot chicken thighs recipe and my most popular Instant Pot chicken breasts recipe. There are one pot casseroles and soups, plus recipes for the basics like shredded chicken for meal prep.

You are going to want to add so many of these delectable Instant Pot chicken recipes to your collection. They’re simple, easy, and many of them are healthy.

 

Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Chicken

  • When cooking chicken breasts in your Instant Pot, the size of the individual breasts (not the total quantity of chicken) will determine the cook time. The beauty of the Instant Pot is that if you overcook your chicken a bit, it will still be tender and delicious.
  • The best way to check if your chicken is done is to use an instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature. It should be 165° F at the thickest part.
  • If your chicken is not done after pressure cooking, you can either (a) do a second pressure cooking cycle or (b) finish cooking the chicken using the Instant Pot’s sauté function.
  • You do not need to thaw frozen chicken before cooking it in your Instant Pot. Since the Instant Pot cooks quickly at high pressure, it is perfectly safe to cook frozen chicken in your pressure cooker!
  • You can thicken sauces or sauté veggies for your meal right in your Instant Pot using the sauté function. It is so easy and convenient!

Also see 29 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes here!

If you’re new to Instant Pot cooking, read my quick-start Instant Pot Manual to learn the basics. If you’re looking to buy an Instant Pot, see my guide on which Instant Pot to buy.

Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

This Instant Pot Whole Chicken recipe makes the best rotisserie-style whole chicken. It’s easy to prepare and the chicken always turns out moist, juicy and so flavorful!

whole chicken cooked in an instant pot

When you forget to thaw your chicken, this method for cooking juicy Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts is a lifesaver!

chicken cooked from frozen in the instant pot

One of our most popular recipes, Honey Garlic Instant Pot Chicken Breasts are tender and juicy with the best honey garlic sauce.

instant pot honey garlic chicken breast served with rice and broccoli

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs can be cooked from fresh or frozen. The chicken thighs are seasoned with a delicious blend of seasonings.

instant pot chicken thighs served with potatoes

When you’re craving comfort food, Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings is just the meal you need. The easy homemade dumplings cook up tender and fluffy in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings in a white bowl with a spoon.

This Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore is an easy dinner idea, with tender chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms and bell peppers.

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Lemon and garlic bring lots of flavor to this Instant Pot Lemon Chicken recipe.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is a hands-off way to make juicy shredded chicken. Add it to salads and sandwiches, or use it in your favorite recipes that call for cooked chicken.

instant pot shredded chicken in a white bowl

This creamy Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta is a family favorite pasta and chicken dinner idea!

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta

These Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are so quick and simple to make! The salsa chicken is the perfect filling for tacos, or use it to make enchiladas or burrito bowls.

Close up of Instant Pot chicken tacos, with salsa chicken, lettuce, cheese and avocado.

Instant Pot Butter Chicken is a comforting meal made with chicken and a richly flavored tomato-based curry sauce. It’s especially delicious served with rice and naan.

instant pot butter chicken with rice in serving bowls

Instant Pot Chicken Stew with Farro is a wholesome dinner idea, made with chicken, vegetables and whole grains.

Instant Pot Chicken Farro Stew

This Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup is comfort food at its best. This nourishing soup is perfect for a cold day.

instant pot chicken noodle soup in an instant pot with a ladle

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice is an easy one pot meal, made with brown rice, chicken breasts and vegetables. The whole family will love this delicious dinner idea!

instant pot chicken and rice cooking in an instant pot

This flavorful Pressure Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken & Noodles offers a spicy Thai peanut sauce, tender chicken and noodles.

Pressure Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken Noodles

This Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my most popular Instant Pot chicken soup recipes. It’s full-flavored and you can adjust the spice level to your preference.

instant pot chicken tortilla soup with avocado, sour cream and tortilla chips

Garlic Sesame Chicken is an easy meal that has a quick preparation time. The combination of sweet and savory flavors is so delicious!

Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken

With chicken, vegetables and rice, this Pressure Cooker Pineapple BBQ Chicken is a flavorful 30 minute meal.

Pressure Cooker Pineapple BBQ Chicken

This Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is simple to make using either fresh or frozen chicken breasts. 

two bowls of instant pot white chicken chili next to an instant pot

Instant Pot Cashew Chicken is a healthier version of the takeout favorite. It’s simple and quick to make!

Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

Instant Pot Chicken and Mushrooms has tender chicken thighs, mushrooms and orzo pasta. It’s a weeknight favorite!

Instant Pot Chicken and Mushrooms after cooking, in an Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Chicken Fricassee is an easy way to make this classic French chicken stew with a hearty broth and vegetables. 

Instant Pot Chicken Fricassee

Instant Pot Bone Broth can be used in soups or sipped as a nourishing beverage.

instant pot bone broth in large mason jars

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Stew is a hearty and wholesome meal. It’s loaded with flavor and veggies!

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Stew

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken is a 30 minute meal. You’ll love the sweet and savory sauce!

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken is perfect for enjoying in burrito bowls with beans and rice.

Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

Instant Pot Orange Chicken has a delicious sticky-sweet orange sauce. Serve it over rice with a vegetable for a complete meal.

instant pot orange chicken served over white rice, topped with green onions

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken makes the best BBQ chicken sandwiches and is perfect for feeding a crowd!

pulled chicken in instant pot with bbq sauce

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