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Instant Pot Grilled Chicken Recipe

You can cook Instant Pot grilled chicken to simulate the tender, perfect chicken that comes from the grill. Start with thawed or frozen!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 385kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • Instant Pot


  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts thawed or frozen
  • 14.5 oz chicken broth or stock, or 2 cups water


  • In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and olive oil. Mix together and rub over the entire surface of the chicken breasts.
  • Place a trivet into Instant Pot and pour the chicken broth into it. Place the chicken breasts in a single layer on top of the trivet.
  • Place the cover on the pot and set timer to 5 minutes (for thawed breasts) or 10 minutes (for frozen breasts) on high pressure (pressure cook setting). It will take the IP around 10 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
  • When cooking time is done, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes then set to Quick Release. Let the float valve drop and remove the cover.
  • Remove chicken from the pot and serve! Pour liquid from the pot over the tops, if desired, or shred and add back to liquid.


Can You Cook Frozen Meat in an Instant Pot?

One of the perks of using a pressure cooker to cook meat is being able to throw it in straight out of the freezer. When you bake frozen meat, it can become dry. When frozen meat is cooked in an Instant Pot it comes out tender and juicy.
To perfectly cook frozen chicken breasts, separate the pieces first then cook in the Instant Pot for 10 minutes on high pressure. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then set to quick release.

Making Shredded Chicken in the Instant Pot

When the chicken breasts are done cooking, remove them from the Instant Pot and place on a cutting board. Use two forks to shred the chicken and add the shredded meat back to the Instant Pot with the liquids. Stir and let the meat heat up for a few minutes. Serve on buns or as a chicken tacos or taco salad filling.


Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 930mg | Potassium: 918mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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