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Instant Pot Chicken Breasts – If you’ve ever wondered how to cook chicken breasts in the Instant Pot, this is your recipe! These deliciously seasoned, perfectly tender and juicy chicken breasts can be made with fresh or frozen chicken breasts.

Tender and Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts - How to cook deliciously seasoned, perfectly tender and juicy chicken breasts in the Instant Pot! Can be made with fresh or frozen chicken breasts.

THE BEST WAY TO COOK CHICKEN BREASTS IN THE INSTANT POT

This flavor packed chicken breasts recipe is the solution to all your busy weeknights, my friends. Thanks to the beloved Instant Pot, you can take all the stress out of making dinner with this easy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts recipe.

The chicken breasts are so tender and juicy, and it all takes only about 20 minutes, from start to finish.

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Tender and Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts - How to cook deliciously seasoned, perfectly tender and juicy chicken breasts in the Instant Pot! Can be made with fresh or frozen chicken breasts.

CAN YOU USE FROZEN CHICKEN BREASTS in the INSTANT POT?

Absolutely! The one tip I have is that you separate the frozen chicken breasts; that is, do not place them in the Instant Pot all glued together, but rather separate them and arrange them in one single layer.

Even when using fresh chicken breasts, I advise not to pile up the chicken. One single layer will ensure even cooking, and keep the chicken breasts moist.

Also, for frozen chicken breasts, it will take longer for the pressure to build in the Instant Pot; about 15 minutes. It takes 8 to 10 minutes for fresh chicken breasts.

Tender and Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts - How to cook deliciously seasoned, perfectly tender and juicy chicken breasts in the Instant Pot! Can be made with fresh or frozen chicken breasts.

HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT CHICKEN BREASTS

  • SEASON the chicken breasts; I use a combination of Italian seasoning, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil to create a paste that I can rub all over the chicken breasts.

Tender and Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts - How to cook deliciously seasoned, perfectly tender and juicy chicken breasts in the Instant Pot! Can be made with fresh or frozen chicken breasts.

  1. Press the sauté button on the Instant Pot and warm up the olive oil.
  2. Add seasoned chicken breasts to the pot and sear on both sides just until browned. Remove chicken breasts.
  3. Pour pineapple juice (you can also use water or chicken broth) in the Instant Pot and scrape up the bits.
  4. Place the trivet inside the Instant Pot and arrange the chicken breasts on the trivet in a single layer. If you do not have a trivet, make 5 or 6 aluminum foil balls and place them inside the pot; then arrange the chicken breasts over the foil balls.
  5. Close pot, set valve to sealing, select the manual or pressure cook button (this depends on your Instant Pot model), select high pressure and set the timer to 5 minutes.
  6. When the 5 minutes are up, let the pressure release naturally for 8 minutes; then, release any remaining pressure.

Tender and Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts - How to cook deliciously seasoned, perfectly tender and juicy chicken breasts in the Instant Pot! Can be made with fresh or frozen chicken breasts.

  • Remove chicken from pot and let rest for 5 minutes.

HOW TO MAKE GRAVY IN THE INSTANT POT

Optional, but highly recommended: DO NOT throw away the liquid and make a gravy/sauce, instead.

  • After removing the chicken breasts and trivet from the Instant Pot, press the SAUTÉ button and bring the liquid to a boil.
  • Make a slurry with water and cornstarch and add that to the pot; let cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until thickened to a desired consistency.
  • Pour over chicken breasts and serve.

Tender and Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts - How to cook deliciously seasoned, perfectly tender and juicy chicken breasts in the Instant Pot! Can be made with fresh or frozen chicken breasts.

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Tender and Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts - How to cook deliciously seasoned, perfectly tender and juicy chicken breasts in the Instant Pot! Can be made with fresh or frozen chicken breasts.
Tender and Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Resting Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

How to cook deliciously seasoned, perfectly tender and juicy chicken breasts in the Instant Pot!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken breast dinner, easy chicken breast recipe, instant pot chicken recipe
Servings: 4 Serves
Calories: 226 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 (about 6 ounces each) large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup pineapple juice, (you can also use low sodium chicken broth or water)
Instructions
  1. Rinse and pat dry the chicken breasts; set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine Italian Seasoning, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and fresh ground pepper.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the seasonings and mix until thoroughly combined into a paste.
  4. Rub the paste all over the chicken breasts.
  5. Press the sauté button on the Instant Pot and heat 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  6. Once olive oil is hot, add the chicken breasts and brown on both sides; about 2 minutes per side.
  7. Remove chicken from the Instant Pot and set aside.
  8. Add pineapple juice ( or chicken broth, or water) to the Instant Pot and scrape up any bits stuck to the bottom.

  9. Place a trivet inside the Instant Pot and arrange the chicken breasts on the trivet in one single layer.
  10. Close pot, set valve to sealing, select the manual or pressure cook button (this depends on your Instant Pot model), select HIGH pressure and set the timer to 5 minutes.

  11. When the 5 minutes are up, let the pressure release naturally for 8 minutes; then, release any remaining pressure. (For frozen chicken breasts, it will take longer for the pressure to build in the Instant Pot; about 15 minutes.)
  12. Remove chicken from pot and let rest for 5 minutes.
FOR THE GRAVY (OPTIONAL)
  1. After removing the chicken breasts and trivet from the Instant Pot, press the SAUTÉ button and bring the liquid to a boil.
  2. Make a slurry with 2 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon cornstarch; mix it up and add that to the pot; let cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until thickened to a desired consistency.
  3. Pour over chicken breasts and serve.

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Recipe Notes

HOW TO STORE COOKED CHICKEN BREASTS

Let the cooked chicken breasts cool completely. Refrigerate cooked chicken breasts in an airtight container, or wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Properly stored, cooked chicken breasts will last for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

HOW TO FREEZE COOKED CHICKEN BREASTS

Wrap cooked chicken breasts tightly in plastic wrap. I also add a layer of aluminum foil over the plastic wrap. Place the wrapped chicken breasts in a freezer bag. Seal the bag, pushing down on the bag to press out as much air as possible. Place the bag in the freezer toward the back where it is the coldest. When ready to use, remove from freezer and set in the fridge overnight to thaw out.

COOK'S NOTES:

FOR FROZEN CHICKEN BREASTS:

  • Separate the frozen chicken breasts - do not place them in the Instant Pot all glued together, but rather separate them and arrange them in one single layer.
  • IF using frozen chicken breasts, it will take longer for the pressure to build in the Instant Pot; you'll need about 15 minutes, instead of the 8 to 10 minutes that it takes for fresh chicken breasts.
  • IF you do not have a trivet, make 5 or 6 aluminum foil balls and place them inside the pot; then arrange the chicken breasts over the foil balls.

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 4 

Reduce the WW Points to 2 points by using fat free, low-sodium chicken broth OR water, in place of the pineapple juice.

Nutrition Facts
Tender and Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts
Amount Per Serving (1 Chicken Breast)
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 133mg6%
Potassium 496mg14%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Vitamin C 7.3mg9%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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31 Responses
  1. You have to let your pot pressure go up. Right?So after pressure builds you cook 5 min. Or so. With pressure build is more like 15 to 20 according to pressure timing. My pot has Manuel and pressure. Also adjust but the buttons will not make it move like it says. So everything medium. I hope to get a answer about building pressure soon. I want to try this tonight.

    1. Hi!

      So, let me know if this is not how your IP works, but when you set the valve to “sealing”, press the manual button, select HIGH pressure, and set the timer to 5 minutes. Once it starts, it should take its time to come to pressure (15 minutes), then it will start to count down 5 minutes. Once that’s finished, do a “natural pressure release” for 8 minutes, then do a quick release and all should be done. I hope this will help, but please let me know.

    1. Linda

      You must not be setting it correctly because it will go higher. YouTube instructions for your brand pot.
      I set mine to pressure cook (if you press it more than once it will change from low to medium to high each time. I keep mine on high. Then select your minutes. I have the 8 qt instant pot.

  2. Susan

    My husband loved this one. I appreciated the freestyle points values. Do the points include the sauce? I did use the pineapple juice in the sauce – well, half, which is what I had, and half water – and it was very good. Cooking time was more than enough – I weighed my chicken breasts, because size is important (thickness) for cooking time. They were perfectly done according to the recipe in my 6 quart Lux, and next time I might just try 4 minutes, for a tad less firmness, or use larger breasts at 6 minutes. Every pot is a little different, I think. I had let the chicken sit with the seasoning rub for a time before cooking, so the flavors could better infuse the meat. I served these with a potato carrot medley, which also got a topping of sauce. i have been requested to put this into the permanent rotation!

  3. Sarah

    I followed this recipe exactly. However i was confused when it said let it release naturally for 8 mins. My chicken came out over done and rubbery 😢. Any tips? What did I do wrong? The gravy is so good and so is the seasoning !

  4. Molly

    We were disappointed. It just didn’t have enough flavor. I don’t know if doubling the rub ingredients would have helped, but there really wasn’t quite enough to get more than an thin coating all over the chicken. I did use pineapple juice and made the gravy and that helped. It was okay, just not great. I doubt anybody will be asking for this one again.

    1. Bob McBoberson

      If you have the model like mine, manual is high pressure. 5 minutes didn’t sound like enough for me so I just set mine to meat which did for 15 minutes, and I let natural release for 8 minutes like it said in the recipe. Mine came out way over 165F which is the recommended setting, but tasted great. You could try 10 minutes to hit the sweet spot.

      Only other thing I did different was I made the gravy with a roux a separate pot.

      Best chicken recipe in instant pot I’ve tried so far. Was worried steaming the chicken would leave it tasting bland, but it actually kept it from drying out and gave it an excellent texture, so I will be searing and steaming again in the future.

  5. Tara Kuczykowski

    My Instant Pot came with a trivet, but I love your tip for using foil if you don’t have one. It definitely makes a difference!

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