IPs are becoming more commonly used in recent years. The convenience that instant pots add to cooking provides quick, efficient, and tasty meals in less time. Plus, you don’t have to be a fancy chef to use them! They’re an excellent tool for beginners in the kitchen. Seasoned chefs and busy parents can enjoy the perks of instant pots as well.
The best part about instant pots is the number of recipes they’re capable of cooking. Try out the different available cooking methods as a way to spruce up your meals throughout the week.
They’re able to slow cook, pressure cook; you name it! So, what do you do with an instant pot? You can cook anything from desserts to full meals. The options are limitless with this kitchen tool.
Check out the list below of 26 yummy IP chicken recipes for your next meal. These tasty meals won’t disappoint!
1. Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
Craving Asian food, but don’t want to go out to eat?
Give this easy dinner a try! The sweet, salty, tangy, sticky sauce covers the chicken pieces making it an irresistible dish that your family will love.
The unexpected ingredient in this dish? The apple cider vinegar. It adds in a slightly sweet, tangy flavor that brings the sauce together perfectly.
Try adding in rice vinegar instead if you’re seeking a slightly less sweet taste. It will still add a yummy tanginess to the sauce!
2. Instant Pot Honey Mustard Chicken
This recipe is a great way to use the pressure cooker feature on your new IP! Creating dishes that are pressure cooked provides incredibly tender, fall off the bone meat.
Expect your dinner guests to fall in love with this recipe with the first bite.
The secret ingredient in this meal is lemon juice. You can try swapping it out for either lime juice or mixing it with some orange juice for a sweeter dish.
3. Instant Pot Whole Chicken
Looking for a yummy IP chicken dinner recipe? Look no further! This tasty dish incorporates fresh herbs, a buttery seasoning mixture, and gravy for the ultimate juicy chicken meal.
Chicken broth is the surprise item in this recipe. It helps create the delicious sauce that the chicken is served in.
If you’re looking for a different flavor or don’t have chicken broth, you can swap it out for beef, pork, or even vegetable broth. Either way, you’re looking at an amazing meal.
4. Instant Pot Honey Mustard Chicken
Can’t get enough honey mustard chicken? Here’s another version that will knock your socks off! Here’s the difference between the first recipe and this one – the seasonings are different, and your chicken will have a thick, sweet yet tangy sauce.
The surprise ingredient? That would be the cornstarch in the sauce. It helps create that thicker sauce that you’re looking for.
Flour can easily be substituted instead of cornstarch as a sauce thickener. Add the final product over noodles for a complete meal.
5. Instant Pot Chicken Breasts
Instant pots are also great for creating healthier alternatives. This IP chicken breast dish provides a flavorful final result without a heavy sauce or gravy. It’s the perfect way to whip up chicken for meal prep.
Surprisingly, pineapple juice is used to add sweetness to the dish. Not only does it sweeten the taste, but it also adds a yummy flavor.
For those who aren’t into sweet chicken dishes, you can use chicken broth instead. This will also help cut the calories.
6. Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Ready for a chicken noodle soup that you’ll want to eat year-round? This is one of the tastiest stovetop recipes. Get ready for an herby flavored broth with chicken breast and egg noodles – the ultimate soup combo.
Have you ever tried chicken noodle soup with parsley before? It adds a surprising touch of freshness that brings the whole dish together. In this dish, it’s used as a garnish/topping.
Try it with cilantro instead for a unique flavor combination. Add it to the soup once it has been doled out in bowls.
7. Healthy Tuscan Chicken Pasta
Can you have too many healthy chicken dishes to serve to your family? The answer is no, of course! Fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, and a creamy sauce all served over pasta make this a new family favorite.
Unexpectedly, Greek yogurt helps make the sauce creamy without adding in heavy cream. Plus, it adds a slight tang which works well with the other ingredients.
Try it with low-fat cream cheese for a slightly richer and cheesier taste. You’ll want to note this dish down as one of your favorite weekly stovetop recipes.
8. Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowls
What’s better than tacos? Chicken taco bowls! You’ll get the same taco flavors you love in a less messy setting.
This dish surprisingly, or maybe not surprisingly, includes white rice. This helps create the ultimate taco experience. It also adds heartiness to the dish.
Instead of white rice, buy or make some tortilla strips. This will add a beautiful crunch to the chicken taco bowls. Make sure to set up your family’s favorite taco toppings to add on top of these taco bowls!
9. Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Burrito Bowls
If you only have half an hour to whip up the meal, you’ll have plenty of time for this recipe. These chicken burrito bowls are everything you want and more. They include black beans, corn, tomatoes, chilies, rice, and chicken in one meal.
The unexpected ingredient is the bell peppers that are added to the mix. You’ll feel as if you’re eating something between chicken fajitas and a tortilla-less burrito.
Craving more heat? Switch the bell peppers with poblano peppers. It will add a very small amount of heat to the meal.
10. Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice
Want a yummy dish to go with the honey garlic chicken? This is an excellent choice – you’ll truly feel like you’ve picked up a meal from your local restaurant.
Sesame oil adds an unexpected nuttiness to the dish. Plus, it helps create some crispy rice pieces. I don’t know about your family, but our household fights over those tasty bits!
Don’t have sesame oil? You can, of course, use olive oil. If you want a slightly nutty flavor, try peanut oil instead.
11. Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken
This is easily one of the best dinners. Your friends will be begging you to make it for every get-together! This buttery, creamy, garlicky chicken dish pairs perfectly with mashed potatoes.
Bet you weren’t expecting there to be spinach hidden in this dish! The creamy sauce offers an easy way to include some extra veggies.
If you’re not interested in spinach, you can switch it with a thinly sliced zucchini. Zucchini will easily absorb the flavor of the yummy sauce.
12. Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
If you follow a keto or paleo diet, don’t fret! You can use your IP for plenty of recipes that fall into that category – including this one. These spicy meatballs work well with your favorite keto sides dishes like cauliflower mac and cheese.
Almond meal is the unexpected binding agent in this dish. It helps keep the meatballs from separating while they cook.
If you have a nut allergy, you can also use flaxseed flour as a substitute. This will help the meatballs stay perfectly formed.
13. Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
Shredded chicken recipes are a fantastic way to use your instant pot. This one, in particular, provides a neutral flavor for the chicken. That way, you can use your favorite flavoring.
The surprise ingredient is the chicken. Why? It’s the only ingredient you need to make shredded chicken.
Our vegetarian friends can substitute chicken for cauliflower. Use this as a base for dishes that normally incorporate shredded chicken. Or, you can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs for a richer dish.
14. Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and dumplings have always been a household favorite. It’s chicken noodle soup but taken to the next level. No one can turn down these delectable dumpling morsels.
Biscuit dough is the unexpected part of this dish. It’s a convenient way to create dumplings in a short amount of time. It will still achieve the desired results; you’ll need to slice them into small pieces.
Feel like adding a more homemade touch to this soup? Try making the dumplings from scratch. It’s easier than you think and only adds a few additional minutes to the cooking time.
15. Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
Nothing is as tasty as BBQ chicken. This particular dish has all of the flavors you crave when eating a bbq meal. You’ll find the flavor to be sweet, tangy, spicy, and of course, delicious.
The secret ingredient is dried mustard powder. This helps create the spicy taste that most people crave in BBQ dishes.
Can’t find mustard powder in your cabinets? You can also use Dijon or even yellow mustard as substitutes. You’ll be using a
BBQ sauce of your choice, so you can include that as a way to alter the flavor.
16. Pressure Cooker Chicken Broccoli
Trying to come up with other ways to use your instant pot? This recipe is one to try – it’s reminiscent of a sesame chicken dish you might find at a Chinese restaurant. Consume it with white rice or the fried rice recipe above.
Brown sugar is the surprise item in this dish that creates the yummy, sweet flavor. It turns this Asian-style chicken meal into a saucy dish.
The flavor will be slightly different. However, it will be just as sweet and tasty as using brown sugar.
17. Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Potatoes
This garlic parmesan chicken and potatoes is an absolute winner for meals. Anything that has a garlic parmesan flavor combination is incredibly tasty. Whoever thought to combine them in the first place deserves an award!
The Italian seasoning helps flavor this chicken dish. It’s the secret ingredient included in the meal.
Try adding your favorite seasoning blend to change up the taste. This could be anything from a spicy chipotle blend to a fresh herb combo. Or, keep it simple with just salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
18. Instant Pot Garlic Herb Chicken and Rice
Want a yummy way to make IP chicken thighs? This recipe combines seasoned chicken thighs with a delectable spicy, garlicky, buttery sauce. Oh, and it’s all served over rice.
Chili powder is the surprise ingredient that gives the dish some heat. It takes the dish from good to excellent.
If you want to add a different flavor to this meal but want to keep the heat, you can substitute it with smoked chili powder.
That extra smokey flavor makes this a perfect weekday dinner.
19. Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
How does a new take on chili sound? That sounds like a yes to me! White chicken chili is not only aesthetically pleasing; it offers that same chili flavor we all know and love.
Standard chili is typically created from beans, ground meat, spices, and tomatoes. This yummy chili dish uses a secret ingredient – half and half. It turns ordinary chili into a creamy unforgettable experience.
If you want an even richer dish, swap the half and half for heavy cream. It’s the perfect dish to keep you warm all winter long.
20. Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie
A chicken pot pie recipe made in an instant pot? Say no more! This recipe makes you feel like you’re eating homemade chicken pot pie in your grandma’s kitchen.
It’s recommended that you use frozen mixed vegetables to make the prep time quicker. This will save you time as you’ll be able to avoid chopping up the carrots and green beans.
Of course, you can always sub this out for fresh vegetables or vegetables of choice. Keep in mind this will add prep time, so plan accordingly.
21. Perfect Instant Pot Baked Ziti
How do you make baked ziti even better than it already is? By turning it into a 15-minute instant pot recipe. This dish tastes exactly like a baked version would, in way less time!
Crushed tomatoes are the surprise food item in this dish. By using crushed tomatoes and seasoning, you’ll get that sauciness that ziti is known for.
Forgot to grab a can of crushed tomatoes? Use a jar of marinara sauce. Make sure to adjust the seasonings so the flavor is not overwhelming with the added spices.
22. Instant Pot Lemon Pepper Chicken and Rice
Lemon pepper chicken and rice are some of the yummiest dinner ideas. Its tasty, creamy, and lemony flavor combination is one for the books. Plus, you only need eight ingredients to make this delightful dish.
One of those ingredients, surprisingly, is the condensed cream of chicken soup. It creates the base for the sauce in this meal.
A quick fix for not having a can of condensed cream of chicken soup on hand is sour cream. You will want to add a bouillon cube or some similar chicken flavoring to it. Otherwise, the dish could turn out bland.
23. Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken tortilla soup is such a tasty dish. It’s one of those soups that gives you a little bit of everything – veggies, protein, heat, and crunchy tortilla strips. This version combines chili powder, cumin, and paprika for the ultimate blast of flavor.
Pinto beans add some texture to this soup. It’s the unexpected ingredient you didn’t know you needed in tortilla soup.
You can also substitute black beans or any similar beans instead of pinto. The only note – make sure they are rinsed and drained before being added to the soup.
24. Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Stew
Creamy stews are the ultimate comfort food. This soup is so good; it’ll put a smile on your face even on a bad day. It’s a stunning rich dish that is yummy on its own or served with a crusty loaf of bread.
How is it so creamy? Well, that would be due to the secret ingredient – sour cream. This also adds a slight tang to help offset the buttery richness.
If you want a healthier substitute, try using Greek yogurt instead. It will add a slight tang and creaminess to the stew. Use an unflavored and unsweetened version.
25. Spicy Honey Instant Pot Chicken
By this point, you should know what IP chicken is. If not, it’s any yummy chicken dish you make in your instant pot! This version of honey IP chicken has a nice kick of heat to keep you on your toes.
Surprise! The heat comes from the added sriracha in the recipe. It adds a pleasant, sweet heat to the spicy honey chicken.
Of course, you can sub your favorite hot sauce to the dish. Aim for a hot sauce with some sweetness to keep the dish closer to the recipe.
26. Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken
How can you go wrong with teriyaki chicken? It’s a dish that you can prepare when you’re not sure what to cook for dinner. Plus, the sauce is beginner-friendly – invite your kids to prepare it with you!
There’s a nice heat to this dish that most other teriyaki meals don’t have. It’s due to the surprise ingredient, which is red pepper flakes!
If your heat tolerance is low (no judgments here!), you can take out the pepper flakes. Add garlic powder or even pressed garlic cloves into the sauce. This creates a yummy garlic teriyaki dish.
Grab your instant pot and get cooking! These yummy IP chicken dishes won’t cook themselves. Which ones are you most excited to try?
26 Best IP Chicken Recipes For Your Next Dinner
Instant Pot Honey Mustard Chicken
- 1 pound small red
- 12 ounces medium carrots (5 to 6)
- 1 medium red onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 1/2 teaspoons divided kosher salt
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1/4 c fresh parsley leaves
- 1 medium lemon
- Cut your potatoes and carrots in fourths, the onion into eighths, and mince the garlic.
- Season your boneless, skinless chicken breasts (2 lbs) with 1 tsp of salt and ¼ tsp of black pepper.
- Whisk ¾ chicken broth, 3 tbs dijon, 1 tbs honey, and 1 tsp dried thyme together in a small bowl until combined.
- Hit the saute button on your IP. Add in 2 tbs of melted butter, the remaining salt, onion, and garlic in. Stir until the onions are soft.
- Turn the IP off while you add in the chicken broth mixture. Make sure to scrape any bits off of the bottom of the IP. Add your chicken in one layer, then place the potatoes and carrots on top.
- Close the IP and vent, set to the pressure cooker setting, and cook for eight minutes on high. It will take about 15-20 minutes for the pressure to build. In the meantime, slice a lemon into wedges and chop ¼ cup parsley leaves.
- Allow the pressure to release for five minutes, then use quick release for the rest of the pressure. Remove the chicken and vegetables and set them on a plate.
- Bring the sauce to a boil in saute mode. Boil for about 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens, then pour over the chicken and vegetables.