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Instant Pot Chicken Breast

The Instant Pot gives you tender and juicy chicken breast in just minutes.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Western
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 234kcal


  • 24 ounces (696g) chicken breast 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon powdered onion
  • 1 cup (225g) chicken broth or water


  • Combine the chicken breast with the oil and seasonings in a bowl until coated.
  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode, heat the oil, the add the chicken and brown for about 3 minutes on each side.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot, remove the chicken, and set aside on a plate. 
  • Pour 1 cup of chicken broth into the Instant Pot and scrape any bits that have stuck to the bottom of the insert, then place the trivet inside.
  • Set the browned chicken breasts on top of the trivet. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, turn the valve to sealing, and set to manual pressure / high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • When done, allow for a natural pressure release of 7 minutes (or 10 minutes thicker breasts), then manually release any remaining pressure.
  • Let the chicken breast rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.



  • Browning the chicken adds great flavor and color, but it's okay to skip this step if short on time.
  • Note that the chicken will not be cooked through after browning. 
  • Select chicken breasts that are even in thickness or pound the chicken to a uniform size so it cooks evenly. 
  • Make sure the chicken breasts are in a single layer, not overlapping.
  • If cooking from frozen, make sure each chicken breast is separated. 
  • You can use the cooking liquid at the bottom of the Instant Pot to make a flavorful gravy.
  • Use a digital meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature of the chicken is at least 165 degrees F / 74 degrees C before serving.
  • Storage - keep cooked chicken in an airtight container inside the fridge for 4 days.
  • There is 1 Blue Plan SmartPoint in one serving of this.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 995mg | Potassium: 721mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 914IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg