These Instant Pot chicken recipes will give you 30 new ways to serve the humble protein.
The Instant Pot is an all-in-one kitchen appliance that can steam, saute, boil, and pressure cook food in no time.
It’s so convenient, it can even cook chicken straight from the freezer – no thawing needed!
Whether you’re looking for a quick, budget-friendly dish to add to your weekly meal rotation or something party-worthy for a special occasion, this round-up has you covered.
You’ll get endless options from a healthy burrito bowl to a delectable curry.
There’s even a recipe for a dip on this list, which makes for a fantastic appetizer.
It’s hard to pick a favorite, so just try them all.
1. Instant Pot Chicken With Mushrooms
You can’t go wrong with moist and tender chicken bathed in a rich and creamy mushroom sauce.
It seems like a complex dish, but with the Instant Pot, your lunch or dinner will be ready in just 30 minutes.
Serve it with a side of rice or mashed potatoes for a hearty meal. If you want something light, this dish also pairs wonderfully with a green salad.
2. Instant Pot Whole Chicken
Why buy rotisserie chicken when you can cook it yourself? Cooking a whole chicken is a lot easier to pull off than you think.
Plus, this way, you can flavor the chicken however you please. It’s a lot cheaper than buying it from the store, to boot.
This recipe doesn’t only tell you how to season and cook your chicken perfectly.
It also comes with instructions on how to whip up a delectable gravy. It’s the whole package!
3. Honey Garlic Instant Pot Chicken Breasts
The breast is my least favorite part of the chicken. The number of times I’ve messed up this fleshy white meat is too darned high!
But, with this recipe (and the Instant Pot), you can say goodbye to dry and dull chicken breast for good.
Besides its moistness and juiciness, you’ll also appreciate the flavors in this dish. After all, honey and garlic are a tried and tested flavor combination.
4. Instant Pot Chicken Thighs (Fresh or Frozen)
These chicken thighs will be ready for the dinner table in just 30 minutes! It’s the perfect solution to a busy weekday.
Seasoned with onions, paprika, parsley, and garlic parsley salt, the flavors in this dish will get you hooked.
The textures are also very much on point. With crispy skins and moist and juicy meat, this might just be your newest favorite dish.
5. Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
When recipes call for shredded chicken, I usually opt for leftover rotisserie chicken.
It’s a lot easier than cooking from scratch, and it adds a depth of flavor to whatever dish I’m making.
But if you’re craving a good bowl of chicken soup, salad, or a buffalo chicken dip, but have no more leftover chicken in the fridge, this is the recipe for you.
As long as you use the Instant Pot, cooking perfectly seasoned shredded chicken has never been easier.
6. Chicken Burrito Bowls
Over the past years, burrito bowls have taken the culinary world by storm.
The popularity of this healthier version of the Mexican classic continues to sky-rocket, and for good reason.
How can you say no to this bright and colorful bowl? The sheer variety of components alone is enough to tantalize the tastebuds.
In this chicken burrito bowl, you’ll get a mix of rice, chicken, corn, black bean green chiles, and salsa. It’s a wonderful explosion of colors, flavors, and textures.
7. Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo
Chicken Alfredo is a pasta dish that’s already easy to make, as it is. Use the Instant Pot and it gets even laughably easier.
The best part? The finished product is just as delicious as any chicken Alfredo.
The pasta noodles are perfectly al dente, the white sauce is creamy and cheesy, and the chicken breasts are tender and bursting with flavor.
It doesn’t get any better than this.
8. Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
The thought of these tacos makes me so happy.
Nothing beats the goodness of flour tortillas, taco chicken, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and avocado slices. Each element is good, but together, they’re epic.
The colors alone will make your mouth water. As varied as the flavors and textures may be, they’ll all work together to make one irresistible dish.
9. Instant Pot Thai Red Curry Chicken
When it comes to curry, green and yellow might be the more popular choices, but the red one isn’t to be underestimated, either.
What’s the difference among the three, you ask? It’s all in the chili. Yellow curry uses yellow chilies, green uses green, you get the point.
As red is the spiciest of the three chilies, expect this Thai red curry to be fiery! It’s the ideal dish for those who can handle the heat.
10. Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice
Rice is often served as a side dish, but this recipe is not to be sidelined.
In fact, this dish is hearty enough to be a meal on its own. Chicken and rice together make a wonderful lunch or dinner.
Flavored with tomato paste, chicken stock, herbs, and spices, it’s not just filling, but wildly tasty as well.
11. Instant Pot Green Chili and Chicken
Any keto dieters out here? This one’s for you.
This green chili and chicken is creamy and meaty with a kick.
Serve it on its own or with a side salad for a light meal. Or, if you’re not on a low-carb diet, a bed of rice makes a wonderful pairing.
You can also use this as a filling to sandwiches or tacos and burritos.
12. Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip
If your corn or tortilla chips are feeling a little lonely, this dip is the perfect companion.
It’s a decadent mix of shredded chicken, ranch dressing, buffalo wing sauce, green onions, and a medley of cheeses.
This combination is just like buffalo wings but in dip form.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself eating it with a spoon.
13. Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas
Chicken carnitas is a simple dish that can amp the flavors of your tacos, nachos, and burritos, or burrito bowls.
Seasoned with cumin, oregano, chili powder, and lots more herbs and spices, this carnitas is packed with savory, earthy, and spicy flavors.
The best part? It’s gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and Whole30-approved. It’s a healthy and tasty meal everyone can enjoy.
14. Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken
Whenever I dine at a Japanese restaurant with teriyaki chicken on their menu, it’s what I’m ordering, for sure.
That’s how obsessed I am with this sweet and sticky, tender and juicy dish.
My favorite is to eat with a bed of steaming white Japanese rice.
But that’s not the only way you can enjoy it. One of the things I love about teriyaki chicken is how versatile it is.
You can use it as a sandwich filling or a replacement for a burger patty. You can shred it and add it to tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas.
Or you can chop it up and toss it with a salad or top it on pizza.
With a little bit of creativity, there’s nothing you can’t do with this terrific dish.
15. Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup is comfort food at its best. One bowl of this rich and hearty treat is enough to warm your heart and soul.
With a rich broth, savory chicken, and hearty egg noodles, this soup is all it takes to turn a bad day around.
16. Instant Pot Thai Chicken Noodles
If you’ve never had Thai chicken noodles before, take this as the sign to try them.
These noodles are sweet, salty, spicy, and umami-rich all at the same time. The scrumptious peanut and lime sauce makes it so.
The mix of noodles, peanuts, chicken, and vegetables also give this dish such vibrant colors and various textures.
By the sound of it, this dish seems too complex to make at home. But when have I ever recommended a difficult recipe?
This one comes together in just one pot!
17. Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken tortilla is another rich and hearty soup that never disappoints.
Its familiar flavors and textures always provide warmth and comfort, making it an ideal dish on a sad and gloomy day.
Flavored with cumin, oregano, chili powder, and more, the broth alone is a star on its own.
Loaded with shredded chicken, black beans, corn, tortilla strips, this chicken soup will instantly cure your sickness and blues.
18. Instant Pot Sesame Chicken
In the mood for Chinese? No need to order from Panda Express – this recipe is all you’ll need.
Bite-sized chicken chunks are coated with a thick glaze of honey, soy sauce, garlic, ketchup, and ginger and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds for extra crunch.
How outrageously delectable does that sound?
You can spice up the sauce with hot sauce, but sriracha adds a better flavor.
19. Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Getting bored with the usual creamy chicken salad? Give the sandwich filling a sweet and smoky twist!
These sandwiches are packed with shredded chicken cooked in barbecue sauce and pineapples.
The result is a sweet, savory, and smoky delight.
Served with coleslaw inside two Ciabatta buns, this sandwich will instantly take you to breezy and beautiful Hawaii.
20. Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
As fantastic as regular chili is, the white chicken chili also deserves the spotlight.
While not as colorful as the original, this version of chili is just as bursting with flavor.
Spices such as oregano and cumin make even just the broth itself seriously delicious.
One spoonful gives you flavors and textures from chicken, vegetables, white beans, corn, green chilis, and more.
21. Instant Pot Cashew Chicken
This homemade stir-fry is just as excellent as any! It’s so good it tastes like it came straight out of an Asian restaurant.
The combination of chicken, cashews, broccoli, and a sweet and savory sauce makes this dish overwhelmingly delicious.
It’s also surprisingly nutritious. If you’re looking for ways to add vegetables to your kids’ diets, this dish is your answered prayer.
22. Instant Pot Jerk Chicken Recipe
If exotic flavors are what you’re after, this recipe is calling out your name.
Jerk chicken is a Jamaican dish that’s bursting with earthy and spicy flavors.
Jerk is a method of cooking where meat is marinated in jerk seasoning.
It’s a combination of Scotch bonnet peppers, all-spice, onions, cloves, ginger, brown sugar, and soy sauce, to name a few.
The seasoning gives the chicken such wonderfully complex flavors that you definitely won’t want to miss.
23. Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken
With a combination of lemon and garlic flavoring this dish, expect nothing short of greatness.
Seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and cooked in a lemon butter sauce. It’s a very straightforward dish, but the flavors are phenomenal.
24. Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala
Craving Indian food? This recipe is here to the rescue.
Chicken tikka masala is a saucy dish made of chicken swimming in a thick, tomato and cream sauce.
The sauce is flavored with a myriad of spices, including garlic, garam masala, and cumin, giving it a distinct taste you’ll surely crave.
Serve this terrific dish with steaming Jasmine rice or a piece (or two) of buttery naan.
25. Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes with Green Beans
Too busy to cook more than one thing for lunch and dinner? Don’t worry, this one-pot dish is the complete meal you’re looking for.
Complete with tender chicken, starchy potatoes, crunchy green beans, and a rich and earthy ranch seasoning, this dish isn’t only hearty, but delectable and nutritious, as well.
26. Instant Pot Coq au Vin
It may sound intimidating, but coq au vin is actually a cinch.
Meaning “chicken in red wine,” coq au vin is a French stew full of flavors and textures.
The traditional method requires a bit more effort, so here’s a simplified version instead.
With this easy iteration, your scrumptious stew will be at the table in just a little over an hour.
27. Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie is another fantastic comfort food that’s impossible to resist.
Savory chicken, green peas, and chunky carrots and potatoes swim in a rich and creamy broth.
You can enjoy it on its own or with rice. Or you can pour it onto a pie crust and bake for a traditional pot pie.
28. Instant Pot Chicken Wings
Yes, it’s possible to cook chicken wings in the Instant Pot. That’s how versatile this kitchen appliance is!
And mind you, these wings aren’t soggy and bland. Quite the contrary, in fact.
They’re crunchy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, and coated with a sweet, earthy, and smoky barbecue glaze.
They’re delicious as can be, but are a lot easier to make.
29. Coconut Curry Chicken (Instant Pot)
Coconut and curry is a match made in heaven. Something magical happens when these two unite.
The creaminess and mild sweetness of the coconut cream mixed with the spiciness and richness of curry create a delectable sauce you’ll want to bathe yourself in.
Honestly, it’s good enough even without the chicken! Pour it on a bed of rice or dunk some naan in it and you’re golden.
30. Instant Pot Crack Chicken
This Instant Pot crack chicken is so delectable it’ll get you hooked.
How can it not, when it’s cooked with cream cheese, cheddar, and bacon? These ingredients are already delectable even on their own, let alone combined.
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