Instant Pot Chicken for the Fastest Most Tender Chicken

Instant Pot chicken means tender chicken, cooked in record time for a variety of recipes. I LOVE that you can start with fresh or frozen chicken. Chicken is the basis for so many recipes. Keep reading for the best instructions on different ways to cook chicken, recipes to use chicken and more…

Benefits of Instant Pot Chicken

  • Tender chicken with minimal cooking time  
  • Endless recipes and combinations so you won’t get bored
  • Most dishes just put chicken and flavorings in and let the Instant Pot do the rest

Instant Pot Chicken

Why Instant Pot Chicken is a Great Dinner Option

Dinner prep can become a dreaded time for many.  People can get stuck in the same dinner rotation simply because they want meals that are effortless and fast. We end up eating out or eating junk because we don’t have anything planned and are too tired to make something nutritious. Instant Pot Chicken provides a quick dinner solution without a lot of effort.  Throw a chicken breast in with some liquid and chicken can be done in a short amount of time so you don’t even need to plan ahead.

Also, chicken is a protein that pairs nicely with a variety of flavors and ethnic spins. Coconut, lemon, Italian spices, and curry are just some of the many flavors that work well with chicken.  

Instant Pot Options 

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and WarmerInstant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Instant Pot LUX60V3 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Muti-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and WarmerInstant Pot LUX60V3 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Muti-Use Instant Pot Ultra 6 Qt 10-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and SterilizerInstant Pot Ultra 6 Qt 10-in-1 Multi-UseInstant Pot DUO Plus 60, 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and SterilizerInstant Pot DUO Plus 60, 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi- Use 

How to Cook a Whole Chicken

Obviously a whole chicken, due to size will take longer than a chicken breast.  This doesn’t mean cooking it will take forever though.  

Method 1:  Rub the chicken with olive oil and then brown the chicken on each side for about three minutes on sauté mode.  Once that is done, put about a cup of liquid in and place chicken on top of trivet in the Instant Pot.  Manually cook for 25 minutes.

Method 2: This method eliminates the preliminary step of sautéing and times are specifically tailored for a whole chicken that is frozen.   Pour the usual 1 cup of water in the bottom of your instant pot, rub chicken with melted butter and preferred spices, place chicken on trivet, and set time for 50 minutes.   Once timer goes off, let pressure release for 15 minutes and then switch to venting.

Notes:  Some recipes that require sautéing differ in sautéing times.  Also some many only sauté chicken on one side.  Recipes may call for manually setting the time, while others use the poultry mode.  Similar cooking approaches but with slight variations.

Important Cooking Tips:

  • Add about a cup of liquid to your instant pot.  Liquid can be water, broth, lemon juice, or basically whatever is your personal preference.
  • If cooking a whole chicken, you will need your trivet.
  • Most recipes suggest using a cooking thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat when cooking a whole chicken.
  • Pay attention to the recipe’s pressure release recommendation.  Many suggest naturally releasing the pressure.  Quick release will extract the moisture from the chicken and leave the chicken more dry.
  • Cooking times may slightly vary due to the size of the chicken.  Good rule of thumb is to add about 2 minutes per pound to the recommended time after 5 pounds of chicken.

Here are exact recipes

Instructions for Cooking Chicken Breasts in an Instant Pot

Cooking times may vary slightly when cooking a chicken breast, depending on amount of chicken and personal preference.  

Basic Chicken:  Pour 1 cup of water in your instant pot and place defrosted chicken breasts on a rack inside,  cook your chicken on high pressure for five minutes, and natural release for around 7 or 8 minutes.

Frozen Chicken: Pour 1 cup of water in your instant pot, set chicken breast on rack inside, set timer on poultry setting for 20 minutes, and once timer goes off let pressure release for about 15 minutes or less.

Flavorful Chicken Recipes: A variety of options are available.  Coconut chicken, Thai chicken, chicken with salsa and taco seasoning are just a few of the many dinner combinations you can make in your Instant Pot.

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More Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Now you have chicken and broth. You can freeze it to use in future meals. Now you just need recipes to use your chicken in! 

Zaycon chicken recipe

Here are some more very popular Instant Pot chicken recipes:

Photo Source: Foodie Crush blog

Have you made chicken in your Instant Pot? If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, make sure to click this Instant Pot link to learn more about the different models you can choose from.

Also check out my other posts: Instant Pot hard boiled eggs or Instant Pot bone broth.

3 thoughts on “Instant Pot Chicken for the Fastest Most Tender Chicken”

  • Thank you so much for featuring my low carb sesame chicken in your roundup! People always want good chicken recipes and a roundup like this can be super helpful for folks trying to get dinner on the table.

  • Hi Urvashi,
    I made your recipe for low carb Italian Sausage soup last week. I LOVED it!! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes (I saw you first on a blogging group). Thanks for the comment and great recipes.
    Blog on,

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