Instant Pot® Chicken and Gravy


All the flavor of a slow-cooked roasted chicken dinner from the oven, but done in a fraction of the time using your Instant Pot® or pressure cooker! Serve with mashed potatoes for the perfect comfort meal.

close up view of sliced Chicken and Gravy with fresh herbs on a white plate
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
2 servings


  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • teaspoon sage

  • 2 (10 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • aluminum foil

  • 2 tablespoons cold water

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Combine salt, paprika, thyme, pepper, garlic powder, and sage in a small bowl.

  2. Pound thicker end of chicken breasts to about 1-inch thickness. Sprinkle with seasonings and rub on both sides.

  3. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function and high heat. Heat olive oil and cook chicken breasts until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate. Add chicken stock to the pot, scraping up any browned bits off the bottom. Turn off the pot. Place a trivet inside the pot and lay chicken breasts on top. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 5 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  4. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, for 10 minutes. Switch to the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions to release remaining pressure, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Remove chicken to a clean plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

  5. Combine water and cornstarch in a small bowl and stir to dissolve. Switch pot to Saute function and medium heat. Slowly whisk in enough of the cornstarch mixture to thicken the gravy to your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and serve gravy over chicken breasts.

Cook's Notes:

For smaller breasts, naturally-release pressure for 8 minutes instead of 10.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

418 Calories
14g Fat
9g Carbs
60g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 418
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 165mg 55%
Sodium 1674mg 73%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 60g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 517mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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