Here's a collection of some of the best Instant Pot chicken recipes that are quick, easy and simply delicious. From restaurant classics to everyday dinner, this list includes a variety of chicken breast recipes and chicken thigh recipes from various cuisines! Learn how to cook the juiciest chicken in your Instant Pot using tried and tested tips!
Tips for Chicken in Instant Pot
- Chicken breast: For cooking chicken breast, the cook time is based on the thickness of the breast as opposed to the total weight. For perfectly cooked chicken breast that is about 1-inch thick, cook for 9-10 minutes at high pressure for firm texture, or 11-12 minutes for shreddable texture, followed by a 10-minute natural pressure release. For breast thicker than 1-inch, add another 2 minutes to the cook time.
- Bone-in chicken: For bone-in chicken breast, cook them for 10-12 minutes, followed by natural pressure release. I cook bone-in chicken thighs and drumsticks for 12 minutes, followed by natural pressure release.
- Checking for doneness: The most reliable way to ensure that the chicken is cooked through is to insert a meat thermometer at the thickest part. If it reads 165 degrees F or higher, chicken is done.
- Frozen chicken: You can use frozen chicken in Instant pot recipes without thawing it. Simply follow the recipe instructions and cook times.
- Curry and Stews: After pressure cooking, most curries and stews often have more liquid than desired. You can simmer it on saute mode and reduce it to your preferred consistency.
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Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipes
Learn how to cook the most juicy, tender and flavorful chicken breast in the Instant Pot. Enjoy this variety of soups and curry recipes:
Instant Pot Chicken Thigh Recipes
Ground Chicken Recipes
Whole Chicken & Wings
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can use frozen chicken in instant pot recipes. You do not need to thaw it before cooking since the Instant pot adjusts the cook time automatically.
You do not need to make any adjustments, the instant pot adjusts the cook time automatically. You can simply set the cook time mentioned in the recipe, just know that the Instant pot will take longer to come to pressure, thereby increasing the total cooking time.
If your chicken ends up with a rubbery texture, it is slightly undercooked and needs to be cooked a few minutes longer.
No. For most recipes you can set the same cook time even if you double the recipe.
Yes, You can add raw (fresh or frozen) boneless or bone-in chicken breast, thighs, or ground chicken in the instant pot and cook it per recipe instructions.
For perfectly cooked chicken breast that is about 1-inch thick, cook for 9-10 minutes at high pressure for firm texture, or 11-12 minutes for shreddable texture, followed by a 10-minute natural pressure release. For breast thicker than 1-inch, add another 2 minutes to the cook time.
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