How to Cook Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot

Use your Instant Pot to cook chicken breast in no time. You’ll love coming home to premade protein on busy weeknights. And you won’t believe how tender and juicy it turns out.

Use your Instant Pot to cook chicken breast in no time. You'll love coming home to pre-prepped protein on busy weeknights. And you won't believe how tender and juicy it turns out.

Sure, you can premake chicken breast in your slow cooker, but cooking chicken breast in an Instant Pot (like this one) is one of my favorite ways to make it. Just check out the difference in an Instant Pot vs. Slow Cooker to see why. Hint: It’s so quick!!!

I make a batch each week to have on hand for easy meals. We use it for toppings on salads, for taco night, a quick protein option for lunches and dinner, making chicken salad and more.

Not only is it cheap for a family (or a fiancé that eats a lot like mine), but it couldn’t be easier to make in the Instant Pot. To make Instant Pot chicken, all you need is a couple pounds of chicken breast, water and your seasonings of choice.

You can use fresh or frozen chicken breasts – it really doesn’t matter. When using frozen chicken breasts, you do need to make sure they are individually frozen and not frozen together in one big chunk. A big chunk of chicken will not cook evenly. But if they’re individual pieces, just pop them right in there as instructed. The cooking time is slightly longer for frozen.

To cook the chicken breasts, add about one cup of water to your Instant Pot insert. Add chicken, season with seasonings of choice, seal up the pressure cooker, set it for 10 minutes for fresh chicken breasts and 12 minutes for frozen chicken breasts. Then let it do its thing.

Once you start cooking your chicken in the Instant Pot, you won’t go back to any other way. It makes easy family meals even easier.

Instant Pot Chicken Breast

Yield: 8-10 servings

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Use your Instant Pot to cook chicken breast in no time. You'll love coming home to pre-prepped protein on busy weeknights. And you won't believe how tender and juicy it turns out.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 - 2 and 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, fresh or frozen
  • salt and pepper, to taste (or seasonings of choice)

Directions:

  1. Pour water into the insert of your Instant Pot.
  2. Add chicken breasts and sprinkle them with seasonings.
  3. Close the lid and make sure it is locked and the valve is set to sealed.
  4. Select ‘Poultry’ then select 10 minutes for fresh chicken breast or 12 minutes for frozen chicken breasts.
  5. Once the chicken has completed the cook cycle, let the pressure release naturally for 10-15 minutes. Then turn the valve to venting.
  6. When the pressure button is lowered, open the lid and remove chicken breasts. Save liquid to use as broth or stock, if desired.

Use your Instant Pot to cook chicken breast in no time. You'll love coming home to pre-prepped protein on busy weeknights. And you won't believe how tender and juicy it turns out.
Use your Instant Pot to cook chicken breast in no time. You'll love coming home to pre-prepped protein on busy weeknights. And you won't believe how tender and juicy it turns out.

Kelly Nardo

Kelly is the girl behind Eat the Gains, a food and fitness blog dedicated to providing wholesome and delicious recipes that fuel both workouts and everyday life. She is also a nutrition and CrossFit coach and runs a meal prep delivery service in Austin, TX. Her favorite color is orange and she has never met a vegetable she didn’t like - if you know, send it her way!