These are the best tried and true Instant Pot Chicken Recipes! From Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipes to Instant Pot Chicken Thigh Recipes, to soups and chili, you are sure to find a recipe for chicken that will be perfect for cooking in your Instant Pot tonight!
If you want to make perfect instant pot chicken, follow my tips and give these recipes a try–you won’t be disappointed.
I am asked for easy, healthy, Instant Pot Chicken recipes several times a week.
Chicken is often a staple in most homes. It is affordable, versatile, and lends itself to a healthy diet. It also cooks up quickly, especially if using the Instant Pot.
However, chicken is also the easiest protein to mess up. It can quickly overcook and get dry and tough. Also, if not seasoned correctly, it can be extremely bland.
I have worked hard at perfecting Instant Pot chicken recipes that are easy, healthy, and can be made in all sizes and models. These recipes are tried, true, and have not only been given my family’s stamp of approval, they have been given your stamp of approval as well!
Tips for Cooking Chicken in the Instant Pot
I bet you have mumbled it yourself or heard someone, somewhere say, My food tastes so bland when I make it in the Instant Pot. Or maybe you have experienced dry, rubbery instant pot chicken. This does not need to be the case. If you follow my tips, you will have delicious, tender, juicy, flavorful chicken.
- Flavor is Key! Whether using a flavorful cooking liquid or adding a seasoned rub to the chicken, chicken needs seasoned. Chicken is incredibly bland on its own–just think about poached chicken. A flavorful liquid, like juice, stock, beef, or wine really are great liquids to use for cooking chicken. And adding spices or herbs also is key to adding incredible flavor to the chicken.
- Do Not OVERCOOK! Chicken cooks incredibly fast in the Instant Pot, especially boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs. It may seem crazy at first that you cook 6-ounce chicken breasts in 6 minutes or a 3-pound chicken in 18 minutes, but you will quickly see that the instant pot can cook the chicken MUCH faster than other methods. Remember chicken is fully cooked when it reaches 165 degrees.
- Do not use QR–or quick pressure release. Doing a quick release of pressure as soon as cook time has elapsed is a way to guarantee tough chicken. Immediately releasing pressure causes the meat to seize up, get a weird texture, and dry out–NOT good! Instead, be sure to let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes before releasing the pressure.
Instant Pot Chicken Recipes
Instant Pot Chicken Breast
This is the chicken breast recipe to beat all chicken breast recipes. It has been visited over 10 million times in two years and the reviews speak for themselves! While the ingredients may shock you, this is the BEST way to prepare chicken breast in the instant pot.
One reader shared, Literally the best chicken I’ve ever made in my life, I never comment on recipes but I had to thank you for putting this out there. I am sooooo grateful to have found this. Thank you!!!!
Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken
While this may not be a traditional recipe for rotisserie chicken, this recipe is for a whole chicken is so easy and so flavorful.
One reader shared, Have tried this recipe several times…it is my “go-to” recipe for chicken.
Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
This has to be one of the EASIEST, most affordable instant pot chicken recipes. Just 5 ingredients is all you need for flavorful chicken taco meat.
One reader shared, Made four lbs of chicken taco meat tonight. Some for dinner and extra to freeze. It was full of flavor and enjoyed by all. The lime does add a nice extra layer of flavor. Thank you for sharing!
Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
Talk about flavor! Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken makes a great base for sandwiches, wraps, party dips, tacos, or pizza!
One reader shared, Ah may zing!!!!!! I’m loving it thanks for bringing this to my life.
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
What is better than Chicken Noodle Soup–Chicken soup made in less than 30 minutes!! All the classic flavors of chicken noodle soup, but made SUPER fast in the Instant Pot.
One reader shared, I doubled this recipe in the 8 qt., and was really glad I did. The soup was yummy and I wanted leftovers. This a fairly low volume recipe, so doubling it didn’t make a ridiculous amount.
Instant Pot Chicken Wings
Gameday perfection!!! These Buffalo seasoned chicken wings cook up PERFECTLY in the instant pot. They become so tender. Finish in broiler for crispy skin–these are addictive!
One reader shared, We have made these quite a few times now and they’re a huge hit with family and friends! LOVE them! Our favorite hot sauce to put on these is Franks RedHot Chile ‘n Lime!
Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings
A rich, thick soup with fluffy dumplings–this Instant Pot recipe is total comfort food!
One reader shared, My family loves chicken and dumplings, and this is by far the best recipe we’ve ever tried! Thanks so much for sharing!
Instant Pot Chicken Chili
This Chicken Chili recipe is a lot like Chicken Tortilla Soup–just much thicker and heartier, as it is filled with chicken and beans. It makes a great dish to serve alone, but it also is fabulous served on rice.
One reader shared, I made this recipe last week using dried black beans because that’s what I had- I also added frozen chopped peppers. It was so delicious! Kind of a mix between chili and black bean soup. So so yummy and easy, and I love that I could whip this up with ingredients I already had.
Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
Creamy, rich, and super flavorful, this white chicken chili can be made with dried or canned beans.
One reader shared, I LOVE this recipe and have made it regularly since first trying it!
Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
Made in a rich, hearty tomato sauce seasoned with capers, tomatoes, peppers, and onions, this Chicken Cacciatore recipe is easy and delicious–just like the classic recipe, just made much faster in the instant pot.
One reader says, Easy recipe to make in instant pot. This is an excellent, flavorful dish to make with little effort and little clean up. Thank you for sharing.
Instant Pot Chicken Stock
Whenever you have leftover chicken bones, making homemade chicken bone broth in the instant pot is a MUST. It is super easy to make and so much better than store-bought stock.
One reader shared, Love this recipe! I used to discard the carrot peelings and the ends of the celery stalk but love the tips to throw them in soup. I just scrubbed the carrots and thoroughly washed the end of the stalk. Love being able to use everything and reduce waste. I also used the rotisserie chicken carcass after making chicken salad with the meat that was left. Thank you!
Instant Pot Chicken Thighs
This is a fool-proof, simple recipe for chicken thighs. There are ideas for different flavor variations as well.
One reader shared, Your advice worked perfectly! It came out so tender and juicy. Wow!
Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken
Such simple ingredients–such AMAZING results. This chicken is great served over rice, in burritos, or in salads.
One reader shared, I didn’t have an onion so I substituted onion salt and even with that, this was amazing. The honey is an absolute game changer. Thanks for the recipe!
Instant Pot Orange Chicken
Such a simple recipe for a classic take-out favorite. This Instant Pot Orange Chicken is full of flavor and so simple to make.
One reader shared, OUTSTANDING! I can’t tell you how many of your recipes we have enjoyed since Christmas! I got my instant pot as a gift and fortunately discovered you right away. I love all of the recipes that we have tried so far. The orange chicken was simply amazing. We had NO leftovers, it was a huge hit with my family and certainly one we will be making on a regular basis. Thank you so much for your website, you are an outstanding cook and I am so thankful for you sharing them with us.
Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken
You can permanently put down the take-out menu, and enjoy a more wholesome version of Sweet and Sour Chicken thanks to the Instant Pot! This is a family favorite.
One reader shared, Just made this for the first time and it was a hit!!! Great recipe and video. Will definitely be trying your others.
Instant Pot Butter Chicken
This recipe delivers all the traditional flavors of Butter Chicken just in a fraction of the time thanks to the pressure cooker!
One reader shared, My family LOVES this recipe! It makes a great weeknight dinner!
Instant Pot Chicken Marsala
In less than 30 minutes you can have homemade Instant Pot Chicken Marsala that is worthy of restaurants
One reader shared, This was a fantastic hit with my family! My 15yr old said I could cook this every day.