25 Best Instant Pot Chicken Recipes
The Instant Pot is now as common in homes as your basic coffeemaker or standard blender. These time and energy-saving countertop appliances have changed the way we are all cooking, and often for the better. Chicken is still the number one protein in this country, and the Instant Pot means that you can get any number of chicken dishes on the table on a busy weeknight. But even better, the fast pressure cooking keeps chicken — especially chicken breasts, which can often get dry, tough, and stringy with other cooking methods — tender and juicy every time. Here are some of our favorite Instant Pot chicken recipes to add to your arsenal.
Instant Pot Chicken and Farro Soup
A classic chicken soup is a perfect dish, but this updated version gets the addition of some farro, a terrific nutty whole grain that is a satisfying and delicious addition to a healthy diet.
Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
Stews in the Instant Pot are always perfect and fast, and this traditional Italian cacciatore, or hunter’s stew, is no exception.
Instant Pot Jambalaya with Shrimp and Chicken
Want some of that Creole magic in your repertoire but without the fuss? Look no further than this Instant Pot jambalaya with chicken and shrimp and laissez les bon temps roulez!
Instant Pot Thai Red Curry with Chicken
Want to try something a little more exotic? This Thai red curry with chicken brings complexity and depth of flavor, while still as easy as any Instant Pot stew. Serve with jasmine rice for a really authentic taste.
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken and Leek Alfredo
Sometimes you just want some serious comfort food, and this super-quick creamy chicken Alfredo pasta will fill that need! Leeks bring some sophistication and vegetation to the party.
Instant Pot Bacon-Ranch Chicken Thighs
You know what they say, when in doubt, put some ranch on it! If chicken ever had better pals than ranch and bacon, I don’t know what they would be. This dish brings them all together for some deeply satisfying grub.
Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice Bowls
Chicken and rice have always been a classic combo, this version brings in some Mexican flavors for spice, a wonderful way to shake up your chicken rut.
Instant Pot Green Chili Chicken and Rice
If you really love the heat, don’t get out of the kitchen! This green chili chicken has three different peppers in it for both firepower and flavor.
Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Stracciatella
Somewhere between a soup and a stew, this old-school Italian stracciatella is a bowl full of love, and the cure for what ails you. Make it when someone has a cold… or a broken heart.
Instant Pot No-Stress Buffalo Chicken Dip
If you are entertaining, a great hot dip is always welcome. This buffalo chicken dip couldn't be faster or easier, and will be a crowd pleaser every time.
Instant Pot Chicken and Gravy
Sometimes you don’t want new, you want something really traditional, and you want it fast. Chicken and gravy couldn’t be more basic, but in all the best possible ways.
Instant Pot Crispy Chicken Carnitas
Is it taco Tuesday at your house? Try a new twist and swap out the traditional pork carnitas for this fast chicken version!
Pressure Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
If you are craving takeout but trying not to order in, having recipes for some of those dishes you crave can make all the difference. This chicken teriyaki will scratch that itch faster than anyone could deliver it to you.
Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings
Southern food is notorious for slow-simmered all-day goodness. If you don’t have time for that, try this Instant Pot chicken and dumplings for all the flavor without the time commitment.
Instant Pot Lemon-Garlic Chicken
Chicken, lemon, and garlic are a combination you see in cuisines all over the world, and for good reason. They are a trio that is pretty perfect. This version is no different.
Instant Pot Keto Chicken Thighs in Lemon-Garlic Cream Sauce
"If you love lemon and garlic, you'll love this chicken main dish recipe whether you're on a keto diet or not," says fabeveryday. "It's delicious with roasted asparagus on the side."
Instant Pot Coconut Curry Chicken
"This is a rich, creamy coconut curry dish that comes together quickly in an Instant Pot," says Helene Choi. "Customize the taste by using more or less curry powder and sugar. Delicious over jasmine or basmati rice! Garnish with chopped chives, if desired."
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
"An Instant Pot makes an easy weeknight meal even easier!" says Tammy Lynn. "Frozen chicken breasts are combined with taco seasoning and salsa for a tasty Mexican-themed meal. You can use the meat for tacos, burrito bowls, or as a topping for baked potatoes. So many possibilities! I used this the first night for chicken quesadillas. The second night I used it as a topping for baked potatoes with shredded cheese, pickled jalapenos, and sour cream."
Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie
"Make this delicious, flavorful, chicken pot (no pie) pie in your Instant Pot pressure cooker," says Jane Cooks It Up. "Not necessary to pre-sauté the chicken or onions. No crust, wheat free, gluten free. Serve in bowls."
Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
"Shredded chicken for tacos made simple thanks to the Instant Pot," says Soup Loving Nicole. "Add your favorite toppings like shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, chopped tomato, chopped onion, cilantro, sour cream, jalapeno, and guacamole."
Instant Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice
"This delicious arroz-con-pollo-esque dish is so easy to make with the Instant Pot," says Diana71. "Colorful, appetizing, and nourishing, this meal comes together in a flash and is chock full of flavor! I hope it becomes your next favorite weeknight meal. Squeeze lime or lemon wedges over if you like!"
Instant Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken
"A classic take-out dish made simple in your Instant Pot," says Soup Loving Nicole. "Don't forget to pick up some fortune cookies and feel free to leave out the sriracha if sensitive to heat. Serve over rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds."
Instant Pot Red Thai Curry Chicken
"Thai red curry chicken is a quick and delicious soup with chicken, onions, and bell peppers," says Jessica DiPonziano. "Enjoy hot with jasmine rice. If you like, add Thai basil leaves."
Instant Pot Chicken Risotto
"No more standing over a stove stirring and stirring to get creamy risotto! Once you make it in an Instant Pot, you'll never make it any other way."
Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice
"Traditional chicken fried rice cooks faster in your electric pressure cooker. This Instant Pot method gives you a fluffy and flavorful meal, but eliminates the need to start with already-cooked rice," says Buckwheat Queen.