Instant Pot Chicken Breast


Use this Instant Pot chicken breast recipe any time you need cooked chicken on hand. Cooking chicken breasts in your Instant Pot (or other multicooker) is an easy, hands-off way to enjoy chicken during the week for easy lunches and dinners. Slice chicken for a salad, or shred and use in your favorite chicken salad recipe. This recipe calls for the dried seasoning blend of your choice, so you can vary the basic recipe according to what you want to make. For example, use Italian seasonings to make chicken for a Mediterranean-style salad or choose to cook the chicken breast with chili powder for tacos, nachos or chicken chili.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 (8 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 teaspoon salt-free dried seasoning (such as herbes de Provence, ancho chile powder or Italian seasoning)

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ cup water


  1. Select Sauté setting on a programmable pressure multicooker (such as an Instant Pot). Select High temperature setting and allow to preheat. (Times, instructions and settings may vary according to cooker brand or model.) Add oil and heat until shimmering. Sprinkle chicken evenly with dried seasoning, salt and pepper. Add to the cooker; cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn the chicken over; add water.

  2. Press Cancel. Cover the cooker and lock the lid in place. Turn the steam release handle to Sealing position. Select Manual/Pressure Cook setting. Select High pressure for 10 minutes. (It will take about 5 minutes for the cooker to come up to pressure before cooking begins.)

  3. When cooking is complete, carefully turn the steam release handle to Venting position and let the steam fully escape (the float valve will drop; this will take about 2 minutes) before removing the lid from the cooker. Serve the chicken immediately, or let cool completely, about 10 minutes.


To make ahead: Refrigerate cooked chicken for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

154 Calories
6g Fat
0g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 154
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Vitamin A 16IU 0%
Folate 3mcg 1%
Sodium 346mg 15%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 22mg 5%
Potassium 191mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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