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Tender Instant Pot Chicken Breasts Recipe

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.

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

Katerina | Diethood
How to cook deliciously seasoned, perfectly tender and juicy chicken breasts in the Instant Pot!
4.75 from 28 votes
Servings : 4 Serves
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Resting Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins

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
 

  • Rinse and pat dry the chicken breasts; set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine Italian Seasoning, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and fresh ground pepper.
  • Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the seasonings and mix until thoroughly combined into a paste.
  • Rub the paste all over the chicken breasts.
  • Press the sauté button on the Instant Pot and heat 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • Once olive oil is hot, add the chicken breasts and brown on both sides; about 2 minutes per side.
  • Remove chicken from the Instant Pot and set aside.
  • Add pineapple juice ( or chicken broth, or water) to the Instant Pot and scrape up any bits stuck to the bottom.
  • Place a trivet inside the Instant Pot and arrange the chicken breasts on the trivet in one single layer.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Remove chicken from pot and let rest for 5 minutes.
FOR THE GRAVY (OPTIONAL)
  • 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 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.
  • Pour over chicken breasts and serve.

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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

Serving: 1 Chicken Breast | Calories: 226 kcal | Carbohydrates: 8 g | Protein: 24 g | Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 72 mg | Sodium: 133 mg | Potassium: 496 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 155 IU | Vitamin C: 7.3 mg | Calcium: 21 mg | Iron: 0.8 mg | Net Carbs: 8 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken breast dinner, easy chicken breast recipe, instant pot chicken recipe
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62 comments on “Tender Instant Pot Chicken Breasts Recipe”

  1. Made it tonight and it was absolutely delicious! It was sooo tasty and juicy! I used frozen chicken breasts and it didn’t take too long for the pressure to build. I also added natural pineapple juice. Thank you for the recipe!!

  2. This was so easy, so tasty and the gravy was DE-licious! After reading some reviews about the chicken being overcooked, I decided to only cook for 4 mins + 5 min NR. We all thought the chicken was still dry, so next time I’d try a cook time of 3 min + 4 min NR. I’m sure it’s just a matter of getting the right timing with whichever IP you have. No biggie!

    I used a combo of unsalted chicken stock and pineapple juice. YUM! The gravy needed some extra seasoning for our taste (salt, pepper, garlic powder), and I added just a little bit of Gravy Master, too. Dinner was a hit! This will definitely be in our rotation! 🙂

  3. 2nd time making this! One of our new favorites! Chicken is so tender and juicy…..gravy is delish! Won’t make chicken any other way!

  4. Can I cut breasts directly in 1/2 and then place them on trivet or would this dry them out and cause the cooking time to change?

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Right. If they’re too thin, they’ll need less time to cook. Since I haven’t tested the recipe with thin cut chicken breasts, I don’t really know about how long you’d need to cook them for.

  5. This quickly became one of my “go to” chicken recipes. It’s so easy and the results are always amazing.

    Thank you for sharing this!

  6. I followed the recipe exactly and it was even better than I imagined. The sauce at the end actually became a gravy that my family loved! Can’t wait to have it again! This time with mashed potatoes!

  7. I want to make this tonight but only need two chicken breasts (they are pretty thick). Would you suggest I change anything?

  8. I just bought my first Instapot Duo 6 QT. I am a single mom and was scared to try to cook in it. SO I already had chicken that was defrosted and my daughter was asking what was for dinner. I said I dont know, maybe I can try to make some chicken in the Instapot. So I did, but I had to tweak it a little bit with the seasoning and pineapple juice. I did not have ANY of the ingredients so I just used what I usually use for seasoning. I also had to use chicken broth. I also made the gravy. The chicken did come out just a tad dry, but with the gravy it was fine to my liking. I was really impressed with how easy it was from start to finish. Thank YOU. This meal was MY FIRST in the instapot

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    Carmen Orrego

    I just made this and it turned out great! I had pineapple juice on hand and the gravy turned out delicious. The chicken was a tad dry, should I cook it for less than 5 minutes next time? I will definitely make this again! thanks for sharing another great recipe!

  10. Loved this recipe. I was surprised that people said it had no flavour; perhaps their herbs and spices are old 😂. I used Massell chicken stock instead of pineapple juice, but will try this again with fruit juice to see what it tastes like (maybe orange juice)

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