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Instant Pot Chicken Breasts

he juiciest Instant Pot Chicken Breast ever! Whether you have fresh or frozen chicken, this is the perfect pressure cooker chicken breast recipe for weekly meal prep, a quick dinner, or to freeze ahead of time for all those recipes that call for chicken!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot chicken breast
Servings: 4


  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup chicken broth water, or juice
  • salt pepper, garlic powder or seasoning to taste


  • Place chicken breast in the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
  • Add in 1 cup of liquid. Depending on the flavor you want to achieve use chicken stock, water, pineapple, apple, or orange juice.
  • Season with salt, garlic powder, and pepper or desired seasonings. 
  • Place lid to locked position and turn the valve to sealed position.
  • FRESH or THAWED - Cook 6 to 8 Minutes**
  • FROZEN - Cook 10 to 12 Minutes**
  • Once cook time if done, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes and then do a quick release by opening the seal with a wooden spoon or set of tongs.
  • Remove the chicken from the cooking liquid and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • To shred- leave ½ of cooking liquid with the chicken and shred with two forks or a mixer.


Cooking Time Rule of Thumb:

6 ounce breast: 6 minutes for fresh / 10 minutes for frozen
8 ounce breast: 7 minutes for fresh / 11 minutes for frozen
10 ounce breast: 8 minutes for fresh / 12 minutes for frozen


Serving: 1Servings