cooked instant pot chicken breasts on serving platter
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Instant Pot Chicken Breasts

Learn how to make simple Instant Pot Chicken Breasts that are perfectly cooked, juicy and delicious every time with this easy recipe!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, instant pot, instant pot chicken breasts
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 132kcal
Author Dee


  • 4 medium chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon herbes de provence can use Italian seasoning also
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth or water


  • 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