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Instant Pot Chicken Breast

Learn the secrets to this Easy Zero-Minute Method to cooking Instant Pot Chicken Breast. A very versatile recipe that yields juicy & tender chicken breast you can slice, shred, or dice for salad, sandwiches, wraps, and more!
Servings 2 - 8
Total Time 30 mins


  • 1 - 4 (300g - 1200g) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups (1L) cold running tap water
  • 1 teaspoon (0.8g) dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon (0.9g) dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon (1g) dried thyme
  • 2 (0.5g) bay leaves
  • 5 teaspoons (35g) fine sea salt


  • 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: This amount of salt won’t make the chicken breasts too salty. You can skip the salt & spices if you're planning to add your own dressings, spices, or sauces to the chicken breast for salads, sandwiches, or other chicken recipes.
    Pour in 4 cups (1L) cold running tap water in Instant Pot.
    add spice and salt in Instant Pot
  • Pressure Cook Chicken Breast: Add 1 - 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts in Instant Pot. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 0 minute (zero minute), then 9 - 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 and "Depressurize" Stage to cook the chicken breast in Instant Pot.
    pressure cook chicken breasts 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.
    check chicken breasts internal temperature with food thermometer
  • Serve: Once the chicken breast has reached 165°F (74°C), slice and serve immediately. You can also shred the chicken breasts, add your favorite dressings, sauces, or seasonings, then serve them in salads, sandwiches, or wraps. Enjoy~
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*For Frozen Chicken Breasts: follow the step-by-step instructions here
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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 190kcal


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