Instant Pot® Split Chicken Breasts


Split chicken breasts made in the Instant Pot® are so juicy and tender. They are made even more perfect by quickly crisping the skin up in the broiler.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (about 2 pounds total)

  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, or more to taste

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 cup chicken broth


  1. Sprinkle chicken breasts with Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper.

  2. Place a trivet in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®). Pour in chicken broth and add chicken breasts. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 10 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  4. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  5. Place cooked chicken breasts on a baking sheet and broil until skin is nicely browned, about 4 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Any spice blend you like may be used in place of the Cajun seasoning.

You do not need to use a trivet; you may place the chicken directly into the broth.

I made 3 chicken breasts and still used 1 cup of broth, and I increased the cooking time to 12 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

304 Calories
12g Fat
3g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 304
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 747mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 43g
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 366mg 8%

* 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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