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Learn how to make simple Instant Pot Chicken Breasts that are perfectly cooked, juicy and delicious every time with this easy recipe!

instant pot chicken breasts with lemon on white platter

This is my favorite basic Instant Pot chicken breast recipe, and it’s super easy. You can make these Instant Pot chicken breasts for a low carb, healthy dinner or use them in any recipe that calls for cooked chicken. It’s perfect for meal prep and works for most diet plans — low carb, keto etc!

We probably eat chicken for dinner more than anything, so I’m always coming up with easy chicken recipes. Even though I love making oven baked chicken breasts, pressure cooking chicken is perfect when you don’t want to turn on the oven.

Since we eat a ton of chicken salad in the summer, this simple Instant Pot boneless chicken recipe is a game changer. Right now, it’s one of my most-used Instant Pot recipes!

How to Cook Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

This recipe is different from plain, poached chicken. The chicken cooks on the trivet — not directly in the liquid — so it has a lot more flavor and a better texture for slicing.

How do you keep chicken from drying out or becoming rubbery?

I like to brown the chicken first, using the SAUTE setting, before pressure cooking it. This helps lock in the juices and enhances the flavor.

First, season the chicken with a mixture of sea salt, pepper and garlic powder. Then, add olive oil, and brown the chicken on both sides. You may have to do this in batches.

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts in instant pot

After browning all of the chicken, place it on a plate, and cover it. Then, add some chicken broth or water, and deglaze the pot.

Next, place the trivet into the inner pot, and place the chicken on top of the trivet. Sprinkle a little herbes de Provence seasoning on top, and  you’re ready to pressure cook the chicken.

How Long do you Cook Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot?

It depends on the size of the chicken. I look for chicken breasts that are not too thin or too large. So for average-sized chicken breasts — around 5 ounces each — 10 minutes with a 5 minute release is perfect for chicken in the 6 quart IP.

I tested this recipe in both my 8 quart and the 6 quart pressure cookers, and the 8 quart takes longer to heat up and release, so the chicken cooks longer. I found 8 minutes with a 5 minute release worked best.

If you have extra large chicken, you may have to cook it longer. Honestly, I recommend always using a good meat thermometer to make sure the temperature of the cooked chicken is at 165 degrees.

Can you use the IP Poultry Setting?

You can. However, I find using the PRESSURE COOK or MANUAL setting to be more accurate.

cooked chicken breasts on trivet in instant pot

After the chicken is done, you can serve it right away or let it cool slightly before cutting it up for chicken salad or other recipes. If I’m serving the chicken right away, I like to make a quick lemon butter sauce with the cooking liquid. It’s optional, but so good!

Can you Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot?

Yes, you can. But this recipe works best with fresh chicken.

cooked instant pot chicken breasts on serving platter

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Basic Instant Pot Chicken Breasts Recipe

5 from 7 votes

Instant Pot Chicken Breasts

By: Dee
Learn how to make simple Instant Pot Chicken Breasts that are perfectly cooked, juicy and delicious every time with this easy recipe!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 medium chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon herbes de provence can use Italian seasoning also
  • ¾ cup chicken broth or water
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  • Season chicken with sea salt, garlic powder and pepper, and press SAUTE on the Instant Pot
  • Add oil to pot, and place chicken in pot. Cook chicken on both sides for about 2 minutes per side or until light brown. Depending on how much chicken you are cooking, you may have to do this in batches
  • Remove chicken to plate, and cover. Deglaze bottom of pot with broth or water, then hit CANCEL
  • Place trivet in pot, and add chicken on top of trivet. Sprinkle with herbes de Provence, and place lid on pot
  • Set valve to Sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 10 minutes. Pot will take a few minutes to pressurize, then begin cooking. When pot beeps, allow a 5 minute natural release
  • Turn valve to Venting to release remaining pressure. When pin drops, open pot, and check that internal temperature is 165, according to meat thermometer
  • Remove chicken to platter, and cover. Optional -- Hit SAUTE, add 1 tablespoon butter, a squirt of lemon juice and cook for about 5 minutes for a tasty sauce to serve over chicken


Recipe written for 6 quart Instant Pot. For 8 quart, cook 8 minutes with 5 minute release and use 1 3/4 cups broth or water.
Use meat thermometer to check for doneness.
Extra thick chicken will take longer to cook, and extra thin chicken will take less time.


Calories: 132kcal, Protein: 19g, Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 699mg, Potassium: 369mg, Vitamin A: 25IU, Vitamin C: 3.5mg, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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  1. THR33plusMe says:

    I have made many of your delicious IP recipes and you have official become my favorite food blogger/recipe creator/chief chef ever, as your recipes have always led to a table full of smiling faces, full bellies, and second helpings. As a single mother raising 14 year old triplet boys, there are no words to express my gratitude for the time, effort, and dedication you have invested into creating a website where budget conscious moms, like myself, can always find recipes that make feeding a houseful of (growing) picky eaters simple, cost-effective, and oh so delicious.
    One of my boys asked me a questions tonight that I didn’t know the answer to, which I wanted to ask your opinion about. He asked what difference it makes to cook chicken breasts directly in the liquid in the bottom of the IP, (boiling the meat in liquid) versus placing the chicken on top of a trivet, (steaming the meat) suspended above the liquid. I have only used the trivet on top of chicken in the IP as a pot-in-pot method for making rice at the same time. How does it effect the texture, flavor and juiciness of the chicken when cooked in top of a trivet vs directly in the bottom with the liquid? It seems to me the chicken wouldn’t be as flavorful since it would only be infusing the flavors using steam, instead of cooking in the flavor filled broth directly, no? What are your thoughts on the two methods?5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words — You’ve made my week! Cooking chicken directly in the broth will definitely add more flavor. I really only use the trivet when I need plain chicken to use in other recipes — casseroles etc. I hope this helps. 🙂

  2. Sandra | A Dash of Sanity says:

    This looks worth a try! Looks so easy!5 stars

  3. James says:

    Simple and so tender! Hsve made these twice now and all of the left over possiblities!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad you like the recipe, James!

  4. Melanie Bauer says:

    Sounds fantastic! Love how super easy to make this and incredibly delicious, need to try this soon!

  5. Beth Pierce says:

    I love cooking chicken with our Instant Pot! It’s quick and easy during busy weeks; these chicken breasts look perfect!

  6. Allison says:

    Thank you for this! I needed all these tips – very helpful!

    1. Dee says:

      You’re very welcome, Allison. Thanks! 🙂

  7. Catalina says:

    These chicken breasts look so easy to make! I love it!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      They are super easy to make! 🙂

  8. Bee says:

    This is the absolute best instant pot chicken breast recipe I’ve found. You have so much great info in this post. Thank you for including so many tips and tricks!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      You’re making me blush! Thanks, Bee! 🙂

  9. Chrissie Baker says:

    This is my favorite recipe for cooking chicken breasts in the Instant Pot, and I have tried quite a few recipes. The chicken is flavorful and moist. Yum!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much, Chrissie! I love this method for cooking chicken. 🙂

  10. Jade Manning says:

    Winner Winner Chicken dinner! Looks delicious!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Jade! We love IP chicken. 🙂