Instant Pot Chicken Breasts

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Learn the Secrets on how to cook the Most Tender & Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Breast. Super Easy & Quick Game-Changing Method yields moist & sliceable pressure cooker chicken breasts for salad, taco, sandwiches and more!

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Ever since we’ve published our Whole Chicken Recipe, many of you have reached out to ask if the same method works for cooking chicken breasts in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

So, our experiment goal is to create a very versatile basic Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipe that yields juicy, tender, and moist chicken breasts for you to slice, shred, or dice.

Get ready for some Juicy Tender Chicken Breast in Instant Pot! 😀

You can serve this sliceable chicken breasts in a salad, or make shredded chicken for taco filling, chicken sandwiches, chicken enchiladas, wraps…

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Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Chicken Breast

1. 4 cups (1L) of Water is not a typo!

For this recipe, we’re using the deep poaching method in Instant Pot to cook the chicken breasts. So it’s critical to ensure all your chicken breasts are at least 95% submerged in the salted water.

What is Deep Poaching Method?

The Deep Poaching Method involves cooking food submerged in liquid at a relatively low temperature.

This method allows the proteins to denature without pulling out too much moisture out of the food. That’s why poached food comes out so moist and tender!

Poaching is most commonly used for cooking delicate or fragile food that might easily fall apart or dry out using other cooking methods, such as eggs, fish, or poultry.

2. Pressure Cook at High Pressure 0 Minute

Yes! You can “pressure cook” at 0 (zero) minute! How can that be?!

We’re setting the pressure cooking time to 0 (zero) minute because we’re using the heat generated during the “building pressure” stage AND the “depressurizing” stage (i.e. when Instant Pot is natural releasing) to cook the whole chicken.

Ensure to measure your chicken’s internal temperature with a Food Thermometer, and the chicken breast’s internal thickest part reaches at least 165°F (74°C) after resting.


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Instant Pot Chicken Breast

Super Easy & Quick Game-Changing Method to make the Most Tender & Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Breast. Very versatile basic Instapot Chicken Breast Recipe for you to slice, shred, or dice to serve in salads, or taco filling, chicken sandwiches, chicken enchiladas, or wraps.
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Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 - 8
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add Spice & Salt: Add 5 tsp (35g) fine sea salt, 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp (1g) dried thyme, 1 tsp (0.9g) dried rosemary, and 1 tsp (0.8g) dried oregano to Instant Pot. (*Note: Don't worry! This amount of salt won’t make the chicken breasts too salty. You can skip the salt & spice if you are dressing up the chicken breasts after pressure cooking). Pour in 4 cups (1L) cold water in Instant Pot.
  • Pressure Cook Chicken Breasts: Add 1 - 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts in Instant Pot. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 0 minute (zero minute), then 10 - 12 minutes Natural Release.


    -For 1 Chicken Breast: Natural Release for 12 minutes
    -For 2 Chicken Breasts: Natural Release for 11 minutes

    -For 4 Chicken Breasts: Natural Release for 9 minutes

    *Note: 0 minute (zero minute) is not a typo! We're using the heat from the "Pressurize" Stage + "Depressurize" Stage to cook the chicken breast in Instant Pot.
  • Check Chicken Breasts' Internal Temperature: Place chicken breasts on a chopping board, then check internal temperature at its' thickest part with an accurate thermometer. 
    *Note: The USDA recommends 165°F (74°C) as the safe internal temperature for cooked chicken. If the temperature is off by more than 10°F, quickly place the chicken breasts back in Instant Pot. Close the lid, then let the residual heat in Instant Pot cook the chicken breasts for 1 - 2 more minutes. If not, let the chicken breasts rest until it reaches 165°F (74°C). For Reference, our chicken breasts jumped to 165°F (74°C) after resting for 3 minutes.
  • Serve Chicken Breasts: Once the chicken breasts have reached 165°F (74°C), slice and serve immediately. You can also shred the chicken breasts, then serve them in sandwiches. Now you know the secrets to cook juicy Instant Pot Chicken Breast! Enjoy!~ 🙂
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Nutrition:

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 601mg | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.7mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: World
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Step-by-Step Instant Pot Chicken Breasts Guide

Here are the ingredients for cooking Chicken Breast in Instant Pot:

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1

Add Spice & Salt


Add 5 tsp (35g) fine sea salt, 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp (1g) dried thyme, 1 tsp (0.9g) dried rosemary, and 1 tsp (0.8g) dried oregano to Instant Pot.

*Note: Don’t worry! This amount of salt will not make the chicken breasts too salty.

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*Pro Tip: You can skip the salt & spice if you are planning to dress up the Instant Pot Chicken Breasts after pressure cooking.

Pour in 4 cups (1L) cold water in Instant Pot.

2

Pressure Cook Chicken Breasts


Add 1 – 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts in Instant Pot.

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Close lid and turn Venting Knob to Sealing position.

Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 0 minute (zero minute), then 10 – 12 minutes Natural Release

  • For 1 Chicken Breast: Natural Release for 12 minutes
  • For 2 Chicken Breasts: Natural Release for 11 minutes
  • For 4 Chicken Breasts: Natural Release for 9 minutes

*Note: 0 minute (zero minute) is not a typo! We’re using the heat from the “Pressurize” Stage + “Depressurize” Stage to cook the chicken breast in Instant Pot.

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3

Check Chicken Breasts’ Internal Temperature


Place chicken breasts on a chopping board, then check internal temperature at its’ thickest part with an accurate food thermometer.

Instant Pot Chicken Breast | Instapot Chicken Breast | Pressure Cooker Chicken Breast: check chicken breasts internal temperature with food thermometer

*Note: The USDA recommends 165°F (74°C) as the safe internal temperature for cooked chicken.

*Pro Tip: If the temperature is off by more than 10°F, quickly place the chicken breasts back in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Close the lid, then let the residual heat in Instant Pot cook the chicken breasts for 1 – 2 more minutes.

Our single chicken breast (below photo) recorded at 157°F (69°C), then it jumped to 165°F (74°C) after resting for 3 minutes.

Instant Pot Chicken Breast | Instapot Chicken Breast | Pressure Cooker Chicken Breast: check chicken breasts internal temperature with food thermometer

Our double batch of chicken breasts (below photo) recorded at 156°F (69°C), then jumped to 165°F (74°C) after resting for 3 minutes as well.

Instant Pot Chicken Breast | Instapot Chicken Breast | Pressure Cooker Chicken Breast: check chicken breasts internal temperature with food thermometer

4

Serve Instant Pot Chicken Breast


Once the Instant Pot Chicken Breasts have reached 165°F (74°C), slice and serve immediately.

You can serve this sliceable instapot chicken breasts in a salad, or make shredded chicken for taco filling, chicken sandwiches, chicken enchiladas, wraps…

Now you know the secrets on how to cook juicy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts!

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Enjoy your Juicy & Tender Instant Pot Chicken Breast!~ 🙂

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Stuart
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Stuart

Hi Amy & Jacky-Great recipes! A quick question, just to be clear: the Greater the number of breasts, the Shorter the Natural Pressure Release time? Thanks!

Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 0 minute (zero minute), then 10 – 12 minutes Natural Release

For 1 Chicken Breast: Natural Release for 12 minutes
For 2 Chicken Breasts: Natural Release for 11 minutes
For 4 Chicken Breasts: Natural Release for 9 minutes

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Hello.
Even though I gifted my sis with an IP last Xmas (she chose 8 qt), I held off buying my Duo 6 qt until Prime Day 2019. I am SO grateful your site was the first I happened upon come IP testing day: I followed this recipe and it was a great – and very encouraging – first success! Thank you so much for your clear and precise instructions. Thank you for all your hard work which made it easy for me!
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Chris
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Chris

I have an 8 at, how do I cook 4 frozen larger Costco chicken breasts? I never prepare and thaw them out. I don’t use my pot much because if it. Plus my son is lactose intolerant and lots of dishes have dairy. 🙁 help!

Nicole
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Nicole

This is the best! I hate the word “moist” with a passion but that’s exactly how this chicken comes out. Best chicken I have ever made. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!

Sue T.
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Sue T.

Is this recipe for frozen or thawed chicken for us? In The earlier replies it seems like it’s thawed but in the later replies it seems like it was frozen. Thank you for this recipe!

Lisa Gay
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Lisa Gay

I buy chicken breasts in bulk and vacuum seal them for the freezer. How much extra pressure cooker t8me should I add? Thanks!

Lisa Sleszynski
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Lisa Sleszynski

Wow! This was wonderful. The favor of the chicken was spectacular!

John
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John

I really like to sear my chicken first when I cook it in the Instant Pot. I love the flavor that searing adds to the final meal.

Is there a way to incorporate searing the chicken breasts for 2-3 minutes a side before pressure cooking them with this recipe?

Meghan
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Meghan

I have made this a couple of times. Chicken is juicy and is okay for slicing. However, it has never shred easily. Any suggestions? It doesn’t seem like the meat protein in broken down enough.

Becky
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Becky

Update on this recipe. I saved the broth and my husband added onion, celery, carrots, uncooked Amish noodles, a little olive oil, and some water and made chicken noodle soup. No extra herbs were needed even though he added some water. It was the best chicken soup! ?

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