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Close-up view of sliced chicken breast cooked in the Instant Pot being pierced by a fork.

Instant Pot Chicken Breast

Perfectly juicy chicken breasts cooked in the Instant Pot in just 15 minutes for a fast, easy, nutritious dinner that's super versatile.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy dinner recipe, high protein, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 196kcal


  • Paper towels
  • Instant Pot
  • rubber or silicone spatula
  • Instant Pot trivet



  • Pat chicken breasts completely dry with paper towels. Liberally season all sides of chicken breasts with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and paprika.
    3 chicken breasts on a plate, seasoned liberally with salt, pepper, paprika, and Italian seasoning.
  • Set Instant Pot to Sauté and add 2 tablespoons olive oil to Instant Pot. When oil is hot and shimmering, place seasoned chicken breasts directly in Instant Pot, working in batches as needed to avoid overcrowding.
  • Quickly sear chicken breasts for 2 to 3 minutes, then flip and sear other side 2 to 3 minutes. Remove chicken from Instant Pot and repeat with any remaining chicken breasts.
    Seared chicken breasts in Instant Pot with olive oil and seasonings.
  • Turn off Instant Pot. Pour chicken broth into pot to deglaze and use spatula to scrape up any browned bits from bottom of pot.
  • Place trivet in Instant Pot and arrange all seared chicken breasts on trivet. Secure lid on Instant Pot with valve in sealing position.
    3 chicken breasts on trivet in Instant Pot over chicken broth.
  • Set Instant Pot to Manual High Pressure for 5 minutes. After 5 minute cook time is up, carefully Quick Release pressure and remove lid. Serve chicken warm with desired sides.
    Sliced Instant Pot chicken breast on a oval wooden cutting board.


  • Feel free to change up the seasoning you use each time you make this recipe.
  • All appliances behave differently, so double-check your chicken with a food thermometer before serving to make sure it's fully cooked. It should read 165° Fahrenheit internally. You may need to adjust the cook time slightly depending on the age of your Instant Pot.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 306IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg