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Instant Pot Chicken (Ultimate Guide)

Instant Pot Chicken is life changing. It’s a game-changer. With my ultimate guide to cooking chicken in the Instant Pot, you will be able to make awesome chicken dishes in a fraction of the time. That’s right, dinner is no longer a task to dread, but one to conquer!
Course Meats
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Natalya Drozhzhin



  • Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.
    Chicken breast on a plate with salt and pepper
  • Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot, insert the trivet. Place chicken on top of the trivet.
    chicken breast in an instant pot
  • Set the Instant Pot to high pressure for about 60 seconds per ounce of chicken, plus about 10 minutes of natural release. For example, a 16-ounce chicken breast would require 16 minutes of cooking and 10 minutes of natural release. (see recipe notes for frozen chicken)
    Cooked chicken breast in an instant pot
  • Once done, shred the chicken apart by using a fork or a blender. Enjoy with your favorite dish!
    Chicken breast in a bowl