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This is my tried and true method for making Instant Pot chicken breasts that are tender, juicy and delicious! | APinchOfHealthy.com

Instant Pot Chicken Breasts

This is my tried and true method for making Instant Pot chicken breasts that are tender, juicy and delicious!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, chicken breast, instant pot
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 170 kcal
Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy


  • 1 Tablespoon oil (I use avocado, but you can use coconut or canola - something with a high smoke point is best!)
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (uncooked)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt per chicken breast (or you can use just garlic powder and regular salt)
  • dash black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup water


  1. Preheat the sauté function on the Instant Pot at the highest setting, and add oil to the pot.

  2. Season one side of the chicken breasts.

  3. After the display reads "hot," carefully add the chicken breasts, seasoned side down, to the pot. I use tongs to avoid hot oil splatter.

  4. Add seasoning on the second side.

  5. Cook about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, and remove from pot with the tongs.

  6. Add 1 cup water to the pot (may need more for 8 quart pots), plus the trivet.

  7. Place the chicken on the trivet.

  8. Lock the lid, and cook on manual high for 5 minutes.

  9. Allow the chicken to naturally release for 5 minutes, and then quick release the rest.

  10. Remove the chicken from the pot, and allow to rest for about 5 minutes before serving for maximum juiciness.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Note: Regarding chicken breast sizes, each breast was between 6 and 8 ounces. (6.7, 7.3 and 7.7 to be exact!) Also, butterflied (halved) chicken breasts or chicken cutlets will not have the same cook time as whole chicken breasts. I recommend using whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chicken Breasts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 329mg14%
Potassium 418mg12%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.