How to Cook Instant Pot Chicken Breasts (from Fresh or Frozen)

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot chicken
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 6 cups chicken
Calories 129 kcal


  • 3 chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5-6 whole peppercorns


  1. Place the chicken and the water in the insert of a 6-quart Instant Pot or pressure cooker and sprinkle with the kosher salt and peppercorns.

  2. Select High Pressure and set the timer for 10 minutes. When the timer sounds, use the Natural Pressure release, and allow the valve to drop and carefully remove the lid.

  3. Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and shred, dice, or slice. Serve hot or chill to use for later.

Recipe Notes

Like any pressure cooker recipe, allow extra time for the pressure cooker to come up to temperature. This typically takes about 5 to 7 minutes, but depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts and how many you stack in the insert, it could take longer. I don't have the exact time for this since each of you are different, so you will have to play with it.

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Instant Pot Chicken Breasts (from Fresh or Frozen)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 230mg10%
Potassium 418mg12%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 34IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.