10 Amazing Instant Pot Chicken Recipes


Instant Pot Orange Chicken


Dinner is the one thing on my to-do list I forget about at least once a week. It catches up with me though, right about 5:30 in the form of very hungry kids. Fortunately, instant pot chicken recipes are the perfect solution for times like this.

Chicken Instant Pot Recipes

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My go-to “oops” mom didn’t take out anything for dinner used to be pizza …. not anymore!

My instant pot changed the dinner game completely in my house! Frozen chicken breast? No Problem!

Throw it in the instant pot and within 30 minutes dinner is on the table and nobody in my family is wise to the fact that mom forgot about dinner.

I bought my instant pot here.

I was very skeptical about the Instant Pot. I was afraid meat cooked in it would be tough or chewy.

We don’t like our food to fight back, so I did put off getting one for a long time. I’m so glad I finally got one!

The instant pot has simplified dinner so much…….one less thing to worry about!

*** A few notes about these recipes. I modified some of them to suit my family’s tastes and based them on what ingredients I had on hand. Feel free to modify them as you see fit.

One way to save time on some of these recipes would be to use a store-bought sauce for chicken. I have done that several times and dinner was just as good.

Tip: You’ll want to buy some Instant Pot accessories that will make your Instant Pot even more versatile and useful. You can check out instant pot accessories here.


10 Amazing Instant Pot Chicken Recipes:


Instant Pot Orange Chicken – A Fork’s Tale

This was so good! I didn’t cut my chicken into smaller pieces, so I increased my cook time to 9 minutes on the chicken tenderloins and it was perfect!

I served it with brown rice. (I usually make my rice in a rice cooker, but you can make it in the instant pot.)

I put the rice on before I start the chicken and it all ends up done at the same time.

This is a great instant pot brown rice recipe. If you want to skip making the sauce you can use a bottled orange sauce.

The Panda Express Orange Sauce is a crowd-pleaser and keeps things really simple. Instant pot chicken recipes will definitely become a favorite among your household.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken


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Spicy Honey Instant Pot Chicken – The Typical Mom

When it comes to instant pot chicken recipes, this has become a favorite in our house! The only modification I make is tossing the sauce on the stove and letting it brown up a little. This is not necessary … the recipe is amazing straight out of the pot! I just like my chicken a little “crispier” when I have the time.

Instant Pot spicy Honey Chicken

Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken – Six Sister’s Stuff

This is my forgot-to-take-out-anything-for-dinner recipe! It’s so easy to make.

I use chicken tenderloins which decreases the cooking time to 9 minutes, though I do saute the sauce a little longer to darken it up.

Just a personal preference, it’s not necessary as the recipe is a killer straight out of the instant pot. I serve this with white rice which you can easily make in the instant pot. Here is a great instant pot white rice recipe.

Instant Pot Honey Sesame chicken

Instant Pot Crack Chicken – Adventures of a Nurse

They call it “crack” chicken for a reason… it’s addictive! I make this two ways:

The first is exactly as the recipe says and is served on rolls or as a stand-alone if we are cutting our carb intake a little.

The second way is to add cheese tortellini and turn it into “Pasta Chicken Crack”. Either way, it’s crazy good and will likely be a family favorite!

A quick tip: If you have a mixer use it to shred the chicken! 

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

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10 Amazing Instant Pot Recipes For Chicken

The pic above is my instant pot working hard on cooking the chicken breast for the crack chicken recipe.

Do you know who was not working hard on making dinner? Me.

That was one of the best things for me about reading blogs and being on social media.

I was able to see all these other moms who were just as busy as I was, but they had all these little household helpers that saved them so much time.

It was extra time they could spend with their kids. I admit I went on a buying spree. 

Now that I blog I get to share all the amazing tips and tools that make mom life so much easier!

Best Instant Pot Deals on Amazon! 

When the chicken breasts are cooked, you can pull out them out and shredded them in your mixer …. so much easier than doing it by hand!

I use my Kitchen-Aid Mixer, we call her “Red Betty”. It shreds the chicken breasts in a few seconds. This was another kitchen must have that I put off getting for years!

If you do not own a stand mixer, you need one in your life!

I added the chicken back into the pot and stirred it up with the sauce on the bottom of the bottom.

Then I added the cheese and cooked tortellini, gave it a good stir and dinner was served. Crack chicken is one of my favorite classic instant pot chicken recipes.




Instant Pot Crack Chicken

This is the version with cheese tortellini:

Instant Pot


Instant Pot Kung Pao Chicken – Life Made Sweeter

This is another winner recipe! I used cashews in the version I made below (it’s what I had on hand).

If you are in a rush, you can use a bottled Kung Pao sauce. I recommend the one from Panda Express.

All of my local grocery stores carry it, hopefully, yours does too!

Instant Pot Kung Pao Chicken

Instant Pot Sweet Chili Chicken – The Skinny Fork

We love Sweet Chili Chicken. This Instant Pot recipe is FAST!

A pure joy to have Sweet Chili Chicken for dinner whenever we want it!

Instant Pot spicy honey Chicken

Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken – Jessica Gavin

We eat a lot of Balsamic Chicken and this recipe is so good! I made a few modifications in the version pictured below, but the taste was the absolute same! Amazing!

I served it on top of purple sweet potato, which can easily be cooked in the Instant Pot. Recipe for Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes.


Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken


Instant Pot Chicken Pesto Pasta – Food Lovin Family

Pesto should be considered as a food group. There is little I love more than fresh pesto and chicken together!

I usually make my own pesto and have included the recipe below.

But as always, this is about simple and fast to make your mom life easier, so feel free to use store-bought pesto.

Trader Joe’s has an excellent pesto sauce that works perfectly in this recipe!

The whole point to using the instant pot and my purpose in sharing these instant pot chicken recipes is to make your life easier.

Do what works best for your family and your time.

Instant Pot Chicken Pesto


Instant Pot chicken Pesto

Fresh Pesto Recipe – Cooking Classy

I have been using this recipe for a few years and I really do think it is the best fresh pesto recipe out there!

Instant Pot Chicken Pesto


The best way to make the chicken pesto pictured above is to make it with fresh pesto!

It is so easy with a food processor!  Confession time: It took me 20 years to buy a food processor.

Which is just crazy because now I use my food processor ALL the time!

We love to make fresh pesto, but we use it to make all kinds of salsa recipes too! It is perfect for making homemade baby food and super fast at getting the job done.

I got a great deal on this food processor (pictured below) on Amazon. It gets great reviews and is an Amazon Best Seller! (Read all the reviews here)

Instant pot recipes for chicken HB food processor


Fresh Pesto

Fresh Pesto Instant Pot Chicken

Recipes that look amazing but have not tried…yet!

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In all of the instant pot chicken recipes above, I used chicken that was not frozen. The beauty of the Instant Pot is that you can cook frozen meat and it is fast and delicious.

Forgot to take out the chicken to thaw? Not a problem thanks to the Instant Pot! It cooks frozen chicken perfectly too!

It is no surprise that the Instant Pot is quickly becoming a culinary favorite among families large and small. The instant pot chicken recipes listed above can be a game-changer when your time is limited!

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