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20 Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Got an instant pot? Check out these healthy instant pot chicken recipes that taste delicious and are full of nutrition.

instant pot chicken recipes

What does an Instant Pot and chicken add up to? A winning combination.

With an Instant Pot, you can get a meal on the table in an instant. In fact, it’s often faster than takeout.

As an added bonus, with an Instant Pot, your chicken is always juicy and moist. You can forget about chicken that is as hard as bricks here.

What’s more, chicken is good for you too. It’s rich in protein, which keeps you full.

It also contains B vitamins, which are good for your brain. And it’s an excellent source of selenium, a potent antioxidant.

So, today I’m sharing 20 Instant Pot Chicken Recipes. They’re not only convenient but tasty too.

You’ll need an Instant Pot, so make sure you have yours handy. If you don’t have one, you can get a high-quality one at a reasonable price here.

1. Lemon Garlic Instant Pot Chicken & Potatoes

Lemon Garlic Instant Pot Chicken & Potatoes


Looking for the perfect post-workout dinner? This is a great option.

Tender, juicy chicken breasts are cooked in a lemon garlic sauce. The sauce is buttery, creamy, and tastes amazing- you’ll be licking your plate.

Aside from being delicious, this dish is good for you too. One serving contains a whopping 54 grams of protein.

This helps your muscles recover after your workout. It also keeps you full too.

This dish is also rich in Vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy immune system. It also contains potassium, which is vital for healthy blood pressure.

Serve with roasted asparagus.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 563
  • Fats: 18g
  • Protein: 54g
  • Carbs: 45g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 2g

2. Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs


Are you looking for a dish that won’t break the bank? Try this dish.

Chicken thighs are a cost-effective alternative to chicken breasts. And because they contain more fat, they’re tastier too…just saying.

These Instant Pot Chicken Thighs don’t disappoint.

They’re moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. And the gravy that you make using the chicken juices is super flavorful- much better than that packaged stuff you get at the grocery store.

To make the gravy, you’ll be using a couple of spices. So, crack out those measuring spoons. I like these ones here because they’re made with stainless steel. This makes them very durable.

What’ more, this dish takes only 35 minutes to make. So it comes in handy for busy weeknight dinners.

Besides being high in protein, this dish is also low in carbs. Perfect if you’re on a low carb diet.

To mop up all that yummy gravy, you’ll want to serve it with some cauliflower rice. For additional convenience, you can simply use prepackaged cauliflower rice like this.

But to save even more money, you can make yourself. Making it is quite simple.

Start by cutting your cauliflower into small pieces. Add them to a food processor and process until rice-like. This food processor should come in very handy.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 239
  • Fats: 19g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Carbs: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g

3. Chicken Burrito Bowls Meal Prep

Chicken Burrito Bowls Meal Prep


Are you tired of having sandwiches for lunch? These Chicken Burrito Bowls provide a welcome change.

They have lots of Mexican Flava. There’s spicy rice, black bean, chicken, tomatoes, and arugula.

All tossed in a creamy dressing.

What I like most about these bowls is that you can eat them cold. So, you can kiss the lineup for the microwave goodbye.

To keep them fresh longer, it’s essential to store them in good quality airtight storage containers.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 520
  • Fats: 13g
  • Protein: 37g
  • Carbs: 64g
  • Fiber: 9.5g
  • Sugar: 4.2g

4. Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Instant Pot Butter Chicken


Craving Indian takeout? Have this instead.

It’s creamy, rich, and tastes so delicious. Yet, even though it’s rich, it’s low in calories.

In fact, one serving contains less than 200 calories. So, you can go for seconds and not worry about a thing.

Now, this butter chicken is moderately spicy. So, if you don’t like the heat, you can skip the chili powder- it will still taste delicious.

To mop up all that yummy sauce, serve with some naan bread or basmati rice.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 199
  • Fats: 21g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbs: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g

5. Instant Pot White Chicken Chili Verde

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili Verde


When it’s blustery outside, you just want to bundle up. And you want to chow down on some chili.

This chili is tasty, warming, and oh so comforting. The anaheim peppers and serrano peppers add some heat.

This chili is just what the doctor ordered.

You’ll definitely want a second helping. And since one serving contains only 221 calories, you can do just that.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 221
  • Fats: 9g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbs: 9g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 2g

6. Instant Pot Chicken Posole

Instant Pot Chicken Posole


Are you a big fan of Mexican food? You’ll love this Chicken Posole.

In case you don’t know, Chicken Posole is a Mexican stew made with chicken and hominy. Hominy is simply a food made from dried corn kernels.

This Chicken Posole is loaded with flavor. The tomatillos add acidity, which is balanced by the earthiness of the hominy.

You’ll definitely want this Posole on your weekly meal rotation.

Besides adding acidity to the stew, tomatillos are nutritious too. They contain immune-boosting Vitamin C.

They’re also good sources of Vitamin K, which helps your blood clot.

This Chicken Posole is excellent on its own. However, feel free to add your favorite toppings.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 209
  • Fats: 9g
  • Protein: 24g
  • Carbs: 8g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 4g

7. Keto Italian Chicken Stew

Keto Italian Chicken Stew


Here’s another stew for you. You can never have too much stew, right?

The chicken is so tender that it falls right off the bone when cooking. And the sauce is so amazing- it’s finger-licking good.

What’s more- it tastes even better the next day. So, it’s great for meal prep.

What I like most about this stew is that it doesn’t contain a ton of sodium. That’s because you’re using low-sodium chicken stock and low-sodium diced tomatoes.

This dish is also naturally low in carbs. Perfect if you’re watching your carbs.

To keep the Italian flare, you’ll want to serve it with some low-carb pasta. This low carb pasta here contains only one gram of net carbs per serving. It also contains zero calories.

Or, to add freshness, you can serve the stew with some zucchini noodles. These are really easy to prepare.

Start by removing the ends of your zucchini. Then put your zucchini in a spiralizer. This spiralizer here makes easy work of even hard veggies like butternut squash.

Once you’ve got your zucchini noodles, sautee them in some olive oil, and top with Parmesan cheese. Buon appetito!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 237
  • Fats: 9g
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbs: 11g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 6g

8. Shredded Chicken Salad

Shredded Chicken Salad


Do you hate having salad for lunch? This salad may change your mind.

The cherry tomatoes and carrots add sweetness, while the scallions add a light heat. Meanwhile, the chicken and chickpeas make it pretty filling.

You definitely won’t feel like you’re starving after eating this salad.

Besides being rich in protein, chickpeas are excellent sources of fiber. Fiber is not only good for your gut, but it also helps you feel full.

Chickpeas are also rich in manganese, which is essential for healthy bones. And they’re good sources of folate, which you need to make DNA.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 330
  • Fats: 13.7g
  • Protein: 37.4g
  • Carbs: 15.6g
  • Fiber: 5.4g
  • Sugar: 4.1g

9. Mexican Meal Prep Bowls With Cauliflower Rice

Mexican Meal Prep Bowls With Cauliflower Rice


Are you on a low carb diet? If so, you may be missing your Mexican food.

That’s because Mexican food tends to rely a lot on carb-heavy foods such as tortillas and rice.

These Mexican Meal Prep Bowls are sure to put a smile on your face. They have all the flavors of Mexican food but with way fewer carbs.

So, you can feel good about eating them. The green bell peppers add sweetness.

Meanwhile, the heat of the Mexican rice is balanced out by the creaminess of the avocado.

To keep it low carb, use cauliflower rice instead of rice. Besides being low carb, cauliflower rice is also low in calories.

And it’s an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy immune system. It even contains antioxidants, which have health benefits. So, eat up that cauliflower rice.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 406
  • Fats: 17g
  • Protein: 48g
  • Carbs: 17g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugar: 6.2g

10. Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup


After a stressful day at work, you just want to change into your pajamas. And you want to binge-watch your favorite TV show.

This soup is sure to put a smile on your face. It’s creamy, yummy, and pretty comforting- just like a warm hug when you need it.

And unlike a pack of potato chips or a tub of ice cream, this soup is good for you too.

The carrots and baby spinach add Vitamins A and C.

To give the soup some additional texture, you’ll be shredding your chicken. You can use a fork to shred it or make it easier; you can use a meat shredder like this instead.

This soup is yummy on its own. But if you like, you can serve it with some crusty bread. Yum!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 251
  • Fats: 3.3g
  • Protein: 27.5g
  • Carbs: 27.4g
  • Fiber: 3.4g
  • Sugar: 4.7g

11. Instant Pot French Onion Chicken

Instant Pot French Onion Chicken


Wondering what to make for date night? Try this French Onion Chicken.

After all, Paris is the city of love. So, you can’t go wrong with something French, right?

It looks fancy and tastes great too. Your partner will think you got it from a fancy restaurant.

The chicken breasts are juicy, and they’re perfectly seasoned and topped with Provolone and Swiss cheese.

And the sauce is perfect for dipping some French baguettes in too.

Best of all, this dish takes less than 30 minutes to make. So, you spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your partner.

Bon appetit!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 543
  • Fats: 30g
  • Protein: 54g
  • Carbs: 12g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 2g

12. Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken


Do you love Taco night? I do too.

But all that ground beef can be fatty. Not to mention, it also has a high carbon footprint.

This salsa chicken works great for taco night. It’s light and flavorful.

The chunky salsa complements the taco-seasoned shredded chicken perfectly. You definitely won’t miss the beef.

It’s also good for you too. It’s high in protein, which is filling.

To add texture, you will be shredding your salsa chicken. Then, just assemble your taco using your salsa chicken and your favorite toppings.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 220
  • Fats: 10g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbs: 6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 3g

13. Easy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup


Craving more Mexican flavors? Try this Chicken Tortilla Soup.

This soup has tons of delicious flavors, from the green chiles’ spiciness to the corn’s sweetness to the lime juice’s tanginess.

The creaminess of the avocado balances out the heat of the green chiles. The ooey-gooey cheese keeps you coming back for more.

And the black beans add creaminess.

Aside from adding creaminess, black beans are quite satisfying too. That’s because they’re rich in protein and fiber.

They are also excellent magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese sources, which are vital for healthy bones.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 197
  • Fats: 3g
  • Protein: 24g
  • Carbs: 20g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 3g

14. Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


I love having guests over for dinner, as I’m sure many of you do too. But I’m not a fan of all the work it takes to make good food.

This dish makes entertaining so easy. It’s ready in only 20 minutes.

Yet it tastes like it was cooking for ages. Yay!

Sweet potatoes are stuffed with a yummy mixture of tender, spicy chicken, with a cooling topping of ranch dressing.

The celery adds a nice crunch and freshness. And the coconut aminos add a nice umami flavor.

You’ll also be happy to know that this dish is nutritious too. It’s rich in protein and low in carbs.

So, it won’t leave you and your guests in a carb coma. It’s also rich in immune-boosting vitamins such as Vitamins A and C.

To fancy things up, be sure to serve your stuffed potatoes on some lovely dinnerware. I recommend these dinner platters here.

They’re made of porcelain, which makes them very durable. So, you can even put them in your dishwasher, oven, or microwave.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 501
  • Fats: 41g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbs: 7g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 2g

15. Instant Pot Lemon Poached Chicken Breasts

Lemon Poached Chicken Breasts


Chicken breasts are perfect if you’re on a diet. They’re high in protein, which keeps you full.

Yet, they’re low in fat. So, chicken breasts contain fewer calories, than say, chicken thighs.

But because chicken breasts contain less fat, they can taste really bland. And if cooked too long, they can get quite rubbery also.

These chicken breasts are cooked to perfection. They’re juicy and tender.

And they’re infused with flavor from the thyme, peppercorns, chicken stock, and lemon.

Best of all, they take only 10 minutes to make. So, there’s no excuse for you to order takeout.

To make it a meal, just add some tomatoes, leafy green greens of your choice or steamed veggies.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 225
  • Fats: 5g
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbs: 11g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 4g

16. Instant Pot Chicken Curry

Instant Pot Chicken Curry


Are you tired of your same old chicken dinner? Try this Chicken Curry.

It’s creamy, rich, and full of authentic Indian flavors. The garam masala, curry powder, and cayenne pepper add warmth.

Meanwhile, this is tempered by the creaminess of the coconut milk. The tomatoes balance things out with some acidity.

You’ll definitely want some naan bread to enjoy all that delicious sauce.

Do you prefer your sauce creamier? Feel free to use coconut cream instead of coconut milk.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 241
  • Fats: 14g
  • Protein: 23g
  • Carbs: 5g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 2g

17. Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas

Chicken Carnitas


Do you love shredded pork? Then you’ll love these Chicken Carnitas.

In case you don’t know, carnitas is simply a Mexican version of shredded pork. For this carnitas, you’ll be using chicken instead.

This shredded chicken is a party in your mouth. It’s tender, sweet, savory, and has a bit of heat.

And the chicken is fork-tender, just as if you’ve been slow cooking for hours. However, it takes only 20 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot.

So, it’s a meal you can whip together when you’re busy.

And you can use your chicken carnitas in so many ways. They’re fantastic in tacos and burritos.

You can even use them in soups or add them to rice. The possibilities are endless.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 208
  • Fats: 6g
  • Protein: 26g
  • Carbs: 12g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 6g

18. Instant Pot Pumpkin Chicken Chili

Pumpkin Chicken Chili


Fall is the time of the year when you enjoy the bounty of fall. And one such food is pumpkin.

Pumpkin is low in calories yet packed with nutrition. It has immune-boosting properties because it has a lot of Vitamins A and C.

It also contains Vitamin E, which is good for your skin. It even has manganese, which promotes bone health. So eat up that pumpkin.

This pumpkin chili tastes great. The pumpkin puree and maple syrup add natural sweetness.

The sweetness is balanced by the acidity of the diced tomatoes. Meanwhile, the chili powder and jalapeno peppers add some heat.

And the kidney beans and ground chicken make it filling. You’ll definitely be satisfied with just one bowl.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 318
  • Fats: 9g
  • Protein: 23g
  • Carbs: 38g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 11g

19. Instant Pot Chicken Ramen

Chicken Ramen


Want to enjoy a healthier version of ramen noodles? Try this Chicken Ramen.

It tastes very much like sweet and sour soup. The red onions and carrots add sweetness.

Meanwhile, the ginger and chili paste add some heat. And the green onions and bok choy make it vibrant.

Best of all, this Chicken Ramen contains less sodium than your typical ramen. That’s because you’re removing the seasoning packets and using your own seasoning.

So, you have more control over the sodium content.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 218
  • Fats: 8g
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbs: 19g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 2g

20. Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup

Buffalo Chicken Soup


Tired of boring old chicken soup? You’ve got to have some of this soup.

It’s creamy, cheesy, spicy, and chunky. And there’s even cauliflower in it, too…but you won’t guess that.

That’s because once you’re done cooking your cauliflower, you puree it with cheese, cream, and some of the broth.

So, it’s an excellent soup for tricking, ahem, getting your kids to eat their veggies. Just use less hot sauce if you’re serving it to your kids.

This soup is brimming with nutrition. Not only is it high in protein, but it also contains Vitamins A, C, and calcium.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 477
  • Fats: 37g
  • Protein: 29g
  • Carbs: 6g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 2g


Which one of these instant pot chicken recipes are your favorite? Let me know!