Easy Chicken Breast
By :Instant Pot Staff
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Easy chicken breast recipe to either enjoy on its own or to add to any recipe.
Votes: 9
Rating: 4.11
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Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Chicken Breast
Prep Time 1 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 5 chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup water or chicken broth
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Chicken Breast
Prep Time 1 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 5 chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup water or chicken broth
Votes: 9
Rating: 4.11
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper add any additional seasoning to your liking.
  2. Pour water or chicken broth into inner pot.
  3. Place chicken breasts in liquid or on trivet.
  4. Option 1 Fresh Chicken Press Pressure Cook/Manual and use +/- buttons to set for 8 minutes. Once the cooking time is complete, set the steam release to “venting” for Quick Release.
    If a crispier finish is preferred, you can swap out the pressure cooker lid for an Air Fryer Lid and cook for 1 minute, or sauté for 1 minute on each side.
  5. Option 2 Shredded Chicken Press Pressure Cook/Manual and use +/- buttons to set for 10 minutes. Once the time is complete, set the steam release to “venting” for Quick Release. Drain the liquid and shred chicken breasts with forks.
  6. Option 3 Frozen Chicken Breast Press Pressure Cook/Manual and use +/- buttons to set for 12 minutes. Once the cooking time is complete, set the steam release to “venting” for Quick Release. If a crispier finish is preferred, you can swap out the pressure cooker lid for an Air Fryer Lid and cook for 1 minute, or sauté for 1 minute on each side.
27 replies
  1. KitchenMaven
    KitchenMaven says:

    Sprinkled a mixture of Italian herbs and garlic powder on breasts before cooking. They were most and tasty.

  2. Glen Laney
    Glen Laney says:

    There seems to be there are no recipes for the Instant Vortex plus. It`s must be they just want us to think there is a thousand recipes for it.

  3. Karen
    Karen says:

    I tried to make cranberry chicken breasts and added a cup of broth. The thick sauce I use was nothing but water and chicken was dry and tough.
    My pot was a gift and am trying to use it but nothing is cooking right

  4. CMCMCL
    CMCMCL says:

    well,, this didn’t get off to a very good start. I bought my air fryer today and hoped to use it for making chicken breasts for dinner. SInce there was no recipe book in the box (! other models seem to include one), I went online to the site that was on the box — I followed the links from PRODUCTS to AIR FRYER to RECIPES to POULTRY to CHICKEN BREAST — I was ready to cook! Welllll, when i saw that the recipe called for a cup of water or broth – I knew this couldn’t be right! Turns out it was a recipe for the pressure cooker!
    Thinking that I’d followed the links incorrectly, i went back and did it again – SAME THING.
    THat does not inspire confidence on my part to trust this appliance!

  5. Ross
    Ross says:

    Lousy recipe information for the air fryer lid. Why? Very disappointing, why should I have to buy another cook book just to learn how to use this thing? It’s going back. Even the link on the getting started guide book doesn’t give any recipes. Will note this in my review of the product on Amazon.

  6. Casey Barbosa
    Casey Barbosa says:

    I followed the instructions perfectly, only 2 chicken breasts, it did not cook my chicken at all. Completely raw inside

  7. Jim
    Jim says:

    It would be nice if they stated what size Instant Pot the recipe is for. I’m assuming all the recipes are for the 6QT sinc that is there most popular size.

  8. Mannie
    Mannie says:

    Not any recipes for the vortex air fryer. Hate that I spent this amount for no ideas. Very unhappy with my purchase

  9. Miss Taylor
    Miss Taylor says:

    I made this recipe with two chicken breasts & followed directions, they were not cooked at 8min. I cooked them again at 15 min & still not cooked through. I suggest finding another recipe.

  10. Mighty_Mikey
    Mighty_Mikey says:

    People who complain about not being fully cooked must not be waiting for the pressure cook Option to heat up before the time actually starts followed the instructions with 5 huge breast all cooked fully and saved me the unfreeze time for the breast

  11. urserenity52
    urserenity52 says:

    Cooked 5 thick frozen chicken breast fine. I can seared when done, just because i like the look.

  12. hdeneeclark
    hdeneeclark says:

    I made this tonight. I used a small can of chicken broth instead of water & seasoned my chicken with olive oil, Louisiana seasoning. I placed them on 2 trivets and cooked for 30 minutes. It was fabulous!!!! I made a gravy with the juices, then served over rice. Needless to say my boys ate every bit of it!

  13. Puss and Boots
    Puss and Boots says:

    I like to make a two meal pot and was wondering how much the time changes in the recipe I see here.

  14. johnathon dipietro
    johnathon dipietro says:

    I agree with the other posts about cook time. I just cooked 2 chicken breasts, 3.24 lbs to be exact, but it took closer to 30 mins to be fall off the fork tender not 8 like it says here. And yes I waited for it to preheat, had the pressure up to max and did everything I was supposed to. After all was said and done the chicken was perfect, but not in 8 mins.

  15. Bottles
    Bottles says:

    5 breasts at 3.5 lbs … mine where fresh and seasoned. I used the 12 min from frozen option from my wifi and it came out perfect

  16. Dustin Jurewicz
    Dustin Jurewicz says:

    Followed the recipe to the letter twice now. Both times the chicken came out perfectly cooked and easy to shred!

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