20 Best Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Welcome to the best Instant Pot chicken recipes.

Easy and taste recipes with step-by-step images and video guide especially for you.

Great for beginners! So.. let’s get started:

The most popular chicken recipe on Corrie Cooks! It’s delicious, quick and easy to prepare, and quite non pretentious.

In fact, in less than 30 minutes (including the meal prep & cooking time) you get to feel like you’re in a fancy Chinese restaurant!

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

One of the best one-pot meals you can have. Saute the chicken, add the pasta and sauce and enjoy the perfect dinner.

Instant Pot Japanese Curry

This dish provides a brilliant flavor, a mix of sweet and savory, with incredible aromatics. You can use any curry paste and yet get an amazing result 🙂

Instant Pot Chicken And Rice

Simple one-pot meal that works great with frozen veggie mix or fresh ones. For best results, use Jasmine rice or basmati rice.

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken breast cooked in an incredible curry sauce. Don’t forget the coconut milk.

Instant Pot Chicken Nuggets

Homemade snack you can make easily. Much better than takeout since we are using the Air Fryer Lid instead of deep frying the nuggets.

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

You can make big batches and freeze it for up to 2 months. Then use it for tacos, sandwiches, dumplings, soups and anything you like.

Instant Pot Chicken Curry

Easy and healthy recipe that use can serve with brown rice, lentils or even quinoa.

Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs

Who doesn’t like meatballs? On this recipe we are using ground chicken to make them from scratch, but you can use frozen as well and just cook them in the delicious sauce.

Instant Pot Chicken and Broccoli

You can use chicken breast or chicken thighs. Anyway you will get a great main dish you can serve with rice or zucchini noodles.

Looking for more? We have plenty of chicken recipes you can make using your pressure cooker.

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Why I Like Chicken Recipes

It’s very simple… my grandmother used to make me her special chicken noodle soup recipe every time I’ve gotten a little bit sick. It didn’t matter if I had a cold or a tummy ache (or that she didn’t have an instant pot pressure cooker), she considered this chicken recipe a universal treatment for all sorts of ailments.

As a result, I now associate the chicken soup and other similar dishes (like chicken and rice or chicken and potatoes) with the love and care of a maternal figure (hence the multitude of Instant Pot chicken recipes on my blog).

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Even today, as an adult with a family, whenever I feel a bit down, I make a large Instant Pot of chicken soup (nana’s recipe). Of course, I do the same for my wife and kids, so, this Instant Pot chicken recipe will live on!

But it’s not just about the soup recipe. In fact, all chicken recipes have a special place in my heart. Chicken is among the easiest and most versatile meats to include in a recipe (right up there with rice and potatoes). It also has a very privileged spot in my kitchen because I associate it with my favorite childhood foods.

And I know I’m not the only one!

The Instant Pot chicken recipes section is one of the most popular on the blog because so many of my readers enjoy this flavorful, light meat for dinner or lunch. As such, I want to make sure I do the Instant Pot Chicken section justice, by providing you with more information and easy access to a wide range of delicious recipes.

Does it Really Have a Health Value?

As expected, the most popular recipe on the Instant Pot chicken recipes section of the blog is the Classic Chicken Noodle Soup. It’s easy to make, it’s light, and it’s the best-tasting cold medicine I’ve known as a child.

But does it really stand any ground from a scientific point of view?

As it turns out, our mothers and grandmothers were right to use their cooking as a remedy. According to several studies, the dish does have a beneficial effect. The steam helps clear and release nasal congestion while the warm liquid helps hydrate and clean the throat from thin mucus membranes (make it easier to swallow and breathe). In addition, the recipe seems to have mild anti-inflammatory effects, which can help ease the symptoms.

Of course, cooking a pot of soup can only be seen as a remedy and can’t replace proper treatment (recommended by a medical doctor).

Instant Pot Chicken Recipes – Nutritional Value

If you’re ever on a diet, chicken recipes will be your main course (whether you’re cooking it in a pot or a pan). This happens because chicken meat is light in calories and fats, but it’s important to understand that different parts have different nutritional values.

Chicken Breast (one piece – 170g):

  • 284 Calories
  • 53.4g of proteins
  • 0g of carbs
  • 6.2g of fat

Chicken Thighs (one thigh – 50g):

  • 109 Calories
  • 13.5g of proteins
  • 0g of carbs
  • 5.7g of fat

Chicken Wings (one wing – 21g):

  • 43 Calories
  • 6.4g of proteins
  • 0g of carbs
  • 1.7g of fat

All the pieces mentioned above are cooked (no added oils or fats), skinless, and boneless. In addition, you can use either of the mentioned parts to make a wide range of Instant Pot chicken recipes.

side note: the bone is also a nutritional element, so don’t throw it away! In fact, the bone from the thighs, wing, or breasts can be used to cook a delicious broth (here you can find the recipe of the broth I made using my Instant Pot). Since the bone is a hard material, it will require a cycle of pressure and release, which can take up to 45 minutes, but it is worth it!

Skinless Chicken vs. With Skin

For most of my Instant Pot chicken breasts, the skin is removed (unless you’re making crispy wings or drumsticks) because it contains significant storages of fat.

For instance, one piece of skinless chicken breast contains 80% protein and 20% fat, but the numbers change if you leave the skin on. The new proportion is 50% protein and 50% fat. So, depending on your goal and dish, the skin can be removed.

Quick note: most of the chicken skin is unsaturated fat, but at least 1 ounce of chicken skin contains about 3 grams of saturated fat.

Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

You all know I’m a huge instant pot fan. So, it is only natural that I combine my two passions in the kitchen: the Instant Pot and chicken recipes!

For instance, one of the most popular chicken recipes on the blog is the Instant Pot Orange Chicken. It’s fancy, quick and easy to prepare, and quite non pretentious. In fact, in less than 30 minutes (including the meal prep & cooking time) you get to feel like you’re in a fancy Chinese restaurant!

The Instant Pot Chicken Recipes of My Childhood

An easy Instant Pot dish is the Chicken and Broccoli, which is a recipe my mom used to cook in order to trick me into eating broccoli. Spoiler alert – it was so good I ate everything from my plate and asked for seconds!

Another recipe that I still love to this day is the Chicken Alfredowhich is also a one pot meal.

Furthermore, there are two ways to cook chicken for this instant pot recipe:

  • Cut it into cubes and cook it right before the pasta (in the Instant Pot)
  • Use shredded chicken which you can prepare in advance (with the Instant Pot or a slow cooker)

To make this recipe, you’ll also need penne pasta, cream, and parmesan. But the ingenious element is that you cook everything in one pot, which allows all the flavors and textures to mix and intertwine.

Now, if you want an Instant Pot chicken recipe that’s a classic, you can’t forget about chicken and potatoes (for dinner or lunch)! This dish is something that can be cooked time and time again, without ever getting bored of it. Here are a few variations that work with an Instant Pot:

  • Chicken with mashed potatoes (extremely flavorful)
  • Purple with garlic – go amazingly well with a pot of creamy potatoes
  • Salt and pepper baby potatoes – you can have a pot of these ready in no time

Lastly, another delicious dish from my childhood is chicken and rice. This dish is extremely versatile since you can make it with chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or any other parts of the chicken! In addition, you can also mix rice with sweet potatoes, which is a fantastic way to bring something fresh to the table!

For instance, you can try this herbed Instant Pot chicken breasts recipe in combination with the Jasmin rice recipe and you’ll get yourself a whole new chicken and rice recipe! And you can cook it all in one pot – just perfect for dinner.

Furthermore, chicken and rice is a dish that can be accompanied by a light salad or steamed vegetables (it only takes about 5 minutes of cook time in the Instant Pot). Considering the level of versatility, there’s no wonder there are so many variations of this dish in the Instant Pot chicken recipes section!

Cooking Frozen Chicken in an Instant Pot

Ever since I got a pressure cooker, I like to keep some frozen chicken in my freezer (mostly chicken breasts), for those times when there’s no time to go shopping for fresh foods and dinner time gets close.

And, before you ask, yes you can cook with frozen chicken using the pressure cooker settings on your Instant Pot! All you need is an Instant Pot and 1 cup of water or liquid! However, you will have to let the pot come to pressure (it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to 10 minutes). Of course, you should also factor in the pressure release (which could get a bit longer – between 5 mins and 15 minutes).

The high pressure will defrost and cook the chicken just right for the meal prep phase of the recipe. Once it’s cooked, depending on the dish, make sure to add salt and pepper, and maybe some garlic powder (to get things a bit spicier).

In short, cooking chicken that was frozen (without defrosting it first) is not that complicated. It all starts with a pressure cook cycle that’s adjusted according to the size of your pot and chicken breasts or thighs.

Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken

More Exotic Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Chicken dishes don’t have to be a variation of chicken and rice or chicken and pasta! If you browse through my Instant Pot chicken recipes, you’ll notice there are quite a few dishes that sound complex and exotic.

Let me tell you a little secret – they only sound like it would take a lot to cook! In reality, these Instant Pot chicken recipes are just as quick and easy to make as the other ones. In addition, some use the other Instant Pot features, not just the pressure cooker (like the slow cooker or the saute functions), which is quite fun to try.

Let’s get Adobe chicken, a dinner dish that many people avoid cooking because they think it’s complicated. Thanks to my Instant Pot, I managed to prove otherwise, as it only takes about 30 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breasts (cooking time & meal prep included).

Also, if you are a dim sum fan, you can cook your own chicken dumplings, following my recipe and a few instructions. Yes, I went that far as to add Asian dishes to my list of favorite Instant Pot chicken recipes, and I love it!

Overall, chicken is an extremely versatile ingredient that can be combined and integrated into a wide range of recipes from all over the world. You just need to get a pot that’s both a high pressure cooker and a slow cooker to make them all!

So, start browsing my list of Instant Pot chicken recipes and choose the ones you like!

  • Choose your favorite chicken recipe from the list.

  • Organize all the ingredients.

  • Make a delicious Instant Pot Recipe and serve 🙂

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