Instant Pot Chicken Breast


by: Joanna Cismaru

Instant pot Chicken Breast – these juicy, flavourful chicken breasts are ready in 30 minutes and are perfect for lunch or dinner! They are so versatile and can be incorporated into your favourite dish or served as is, paired with your favourite sides – you can’t go wrong!

sliced up chicken breasts on a cutting board

Chicken is a staple in most meals and this easy instant pot recipe will make it a staple in your life as well. Tender, juicy, mouthwatering chicken prepared and ready to serve in 30 minutes thanks to the instant pot? 

I’ve made chicken many different ways and I must say chicken breast is probably one of the hardest that I notice people struggle with because most of the time it ends up dry. Cooking it in the Instant Pot, you are pretty much guaranteed with juicy and moist chicken breast every single time.

Can I Use Frozen Chicken Breasts

You can absolutely use frozen chicken breasts, but there are a couple things to keep in mind. In this recipe I first sear the chicken breast for extra flavor, if using frozen chicken you won’t be able to do that, so just skip that step.

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The second thing to keep in mind is that for frozen chicken, while the cooking time will be the same, it will take longer to come to pressure, and it will take longer for the pressure to naturally release.

overhead shot of ingredients needed to make chicken breasts in the instant pot

Can I Use Bone-In Skin-On Chicken Breasts

Absolutely! All you really need to do is cook it a little bit longer. Go ahead and sear the breasts the same way, and instead of 5 minutes, it will take 10 minutes to cook the chicken on high pressure. Follow the rest of the steps as instructed.


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  • Chicken Breasts – Boneless and skinless work best.
  • Spices – I used Italian Seasoning, garlic powder and smoked paprika. These are usually my go to spices for cooking chicken.
  • Salt & Pepper – To taste.
  • Olive Oil – If you don’t have olive oil you can use sunflower, safflower, avocado or vegetable oil.
  • Chicken Broth – I opt for low sodium or no sodium added.
process shots showing how to make instant pot chicken breasts

How to Make Chicken Breast in the Instant Pot

  1. Combine Spices – In a small bowl combine the spices and rub the spice mix generously over each chicken breast.
  2. Sear Chicken – Set the Instant Pot to the Sauté setting and add the olive oil to heat. When the olive oil is hot add the chicken breasts and sear on all sides. You might have to do this in 2 batches. Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and set aside.
  3. Cook Chicken – Pour the chicken broth into the Instant Pot, then place the trivet inside. Place the chicken on top of the trivet and close the Instant Pot lid. Seal the valve and set the Instant Pot to Manual/High Pressure for 5 minutes. Let the Instant Pot release naturally for 10 minutes, then release remaining pressure.
  4. Serve – Transfer the chicken to a cutting board or serving platter. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing or serving.

How To Make Gravy

I actually love to make some gravy with the leftover liquid in the Instant Pot. Trust me there is a lot of flavor there and it’s wonderful over this chicken breast.

To make the gravy, simply make a slurry with 2 tbsp of water and 1 tbsp of cornstarch. Set the Instant Pot to the Saute setting and bring the leftover liquid to a boil. Add the cornstarch slurry and whisk well. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until thickened. That’s all!

overhead shot of sliced chicken breasts on a cutting board

What to Serve With Chicken Breast

Chicken is so universal. You can pair it with almost anything, which is why this recipe is great! It can be served as is or accompanied by your favourite side dishes. You can use these chicken breasts in a variety of different recipes such as quesadillas, casseroles, pastas, and more! Here are some side dishes that I love to pair with these instant pot chicken breasts:

How to Store Leftovers


You can keep your left over chicken sealed for up to 4 days in the fridge. This is great for quick lunches and dinners for the rest of the week!

If you’d like to keep your chicken for longer – store in the freezer in an airtight container, freezer bags, or wrapped tightly in aluminum foil or freezer wrap.

When thawing from frozen: it’s best to leave your chicken in the fridge overnight and then you can reheat in the microwave or oven. If you don’t want to use your microwave; keep in mind when reheating your chicken in the oven, you want to keep it covered so it doesn’t dry out. Cover the chicken and cook at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

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sliced chicken breast with gravy and mashed cauliflower on a white plate

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