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Instant Pot Chicken (From Thawed or Frozen)

If you are wondering how to cook tender chicken breasts in the Instant Pot you have found the perfect recipe! Start with thawed or frozen to create the most perfectly cooked chicken you will ever make!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make instant pot chicken breasts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 385kcal


  • 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.


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