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Instant Pot Chicken Breast

  • Author: Lauren Kenson
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 31 min
  • Total Time: 36 minutes
  • Yield: 6 chicken breasts 1x
  • Category: Meal Prep
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Easy recipe for cooking chicken breast in your Instant Pot – works for fresh or frozen chicken! This Instant Pot Chicken Breast recipe has only 3-ingredients – making it perfect for making a lot of protein at one time! Perfect to use in salads, stir fries, and macro bowls!



  • 4 c chicken broth
  • 6 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. ADD INGREDIENTS TO POT: Layer in the chicken breasts, sprinkle with salt, and then pour enough broth to just cover the chicken (for me this is anywhere between 3 and 4 cups, depending on the size of the chicken breasts).
  2. PRESSURE COOK: Lock the lid into place, make sure the knob is set to “sealing”, and set to Pressure Cook on High for 11 minutes (or 13 minutes for frozen chicken). May take up to 20 minutes to reach pressure. When the cooking time has finished, make sure the cooker is turned off (and not to keep warm). You can opt to do a quick release or 10 min natural release – I’ve done both and the chicken comes out great either way.
  3. CHOP / SLICE CHICKEN (or store whole): Remove chicken from the pot to a cutting board, and chop into large chunks. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week. You can strain the broth and store in a separate sealed container to use for other recipes throughout the week, but do not store the chicken and broth together (the meat will get soggy and turn into mushy shredded chicken instead). You can also opt to keep the chicken breasts whole so you can use them in multiple recipes throughout the week


  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast