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.

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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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Paul

Firstly, can I say a big Thank You for what’s quickly becoming my ‘go to’ site for IP recipes. I tried this for some chicken to go into a few curries, and the results were superb, tender chicken. My question is, if I wanted to do a batch of say 10-12 breasts, would it be OK to ‘totally’ submerge the breasts at the bottom of the pot, as they obviously wont all fit in my 6QT pot without stacking them on top of each other? If so, what adjustments should I make do you think (or should I just do… Read more »

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Donna

Everyone of your recipes that I’ve tried has been great. I’ve made this one several times with excellent results. What changes should I make for frozen chicken breasts?5 stars

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Heather

Hello! I am trying really hard for super moist breasts in the IP. Made this for the first time tonight. 4 breasts, 9 min NPR. They were better than usual, but way to salty. Ok to put in less salt for next time? And should I do less time for NPR if the temp on the breasts when done was coming in at 200ish? Many thanks for your advice!5 stars

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Becky

HELP! I’ve made this recipe before and loved it. It was delicious and pretty tender. However, I thought it was overcooked because the temperature was around 185. So this time I cooked four breast and did a 6 minute NR. The temperature of the chicken was still a little high, but the strange thing was that the chicken was very tough and chewy. The cold leftovers were almost to tough to eat. The only other thing I did differently from the first time was I reduced the salt because the broth was so salty. We make soup from it and… Read more »

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Karv

Hi Amy & Jacky,

We tried this tonight with 4 chicken boobs in our 5qt pot (IP-Duo50), natural release for 9 minutes — they have good flavour but came out dry. Any ideas what we can do to achieve better results?

Thanks!

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Amanda Straight

I cut my chicken breasts in half…does this affect the time at all?

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Beatrice Cavazos

I was a bit confused about when the timing should start for 9 minutes as I cooked 4 chicken breasts. Is it when the pressure has started? I winged it and the chicken turned out great!5 stars

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IVETTE

Should “keep warm” be on or off durimg the release?

Lucifer

Set pressure cooking time to zero, and start cooking. after the IP reaches pressure, it will beep to let you know that your cooking time is up and automatically start counting for you if you have the keep warm function on (on by default)

Werra Watson

You have done it again. Thank you for this recipe. I was so tired of getting rubbery chicken and I don’t always need it to be shredded. I was skeptical of the 0 Minutes. Once again you having questions and answers here made it easy for me to find that my Bone In Chicken needed 3 extra minutes of Natural release. I always refer people to your recipes because you are so quick to answer questions and have the best Instant Pot Recipes there are. Thank you thank you thank you. I was never a cook before the Instant Pot… Read more »

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P T

Poached a whole 61/2 pound chicken in my Instant Pot.8qt….browned it using the Mealthy Crisplid…juiciest, tastiest chicken ever ….both white and dark meat cooked to PERFECTION as advised by Amy + Jacky! Expect the breast to be the same!5 stars

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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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