Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Recipe

This delicious, Instant Pot spinach chicken recipe is a simple, delicious and nutritious meal straight from your Instant Pot!

A single white plate holding a servings of this Clean Eating Instant Pot Spinach Chicken.

As many of you who follow me on Facebook already know, I purchased an Instant Pot this past holiday season along with the rest of the world. And while I would normally take the time to try some recommended recipes from the appliance cookbook just to get the hang of it, I just haven’t had the time. So I’ve been sort of shooting in the dark on this one. But so far so good!

I took a cue from one of my older recipes and updated it to this simple, 4 ingredients, Instant Pot recipe and it turned out better than I ever expected!

The truth is, I put the four ingredients in the pot, turned it on, and then remembered that the IP usually needs more liquid. This is why many recipes call for added water. But I knew the sauce was definitely enough to cover that 1 cup requirement, so I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.

A single white plate holding this Clean Eating Instant Pot Spinach Chicken sits in front of an Instant Pot.

Not only did the chicken cook absolutely perfectly, it was perfectly delicious! Simple, easy to put together, and fast! That’s always a winning combination for me! In fact, I’m considering the possibility of just taking along an Instant Pot with me if I ever have to be out someplace for lunch. Just plug it in and bam! Healthy lunch in minutes! Although in truth, this would be equally perfect for dinner served with brown rice and some veg. Either way, it’s yummy!!

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Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Recipe

Clean Eating Pressure Cooker Spinach Chicken Recipe

Instant Pot Spinach Chicken

A simple, delicious and nutritious dinner straight from your Instant Pot!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Natural Release: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 269kcal



  • 2 tbsp. olive oil (optional)
  • ¾ lb. frozen chicken breasts (can be slightly more or less – 2 medium breasts)
  • 1 cup frozen spinach (4 cups fresh)
  • 1 pint marinara (I used the one mentioned above, but any will work)


  • Pour the olive oil into the bottom of the IP insert if using. (optional, but adds some flavor)
  • Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of the pot.
  • Layer the spinach over the chicken,
  • Pour the marinara over the top.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and steam valve
  • Cook on Manual for 10 minutes.
  • Allow for Natural Release of steam. (About 20 minutes)
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with a side of brown rice or whole grain pasta and a salad for a complete meal.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 996mg | Potassium: 1121mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 6815IU | Vitamin C: 15.3mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. Cheryl hammer says:

    If using fresh (not frozen) chicken, how much time for the recipe?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cheryl – I haven’t tried it yet, but you could start with 6 minutes. I would check the temp with a meat thermometer though to be sure.

  2. Loved this!!! Made it with 4 frozen chicken breasts, and just doubled everything else. Served it with a side of cauliflower rice, which was able to absorb the flavors of the sauce, and topped it all with Parmesan cheese and. . . YUM!! Easy, healthy and delicious! My favorite kind of meal 🙂 Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Silvia – Fantastic!! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 😀

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you so much! We had a great dinner, very last minute! Tonight I used store bought marinara, but now I will check out your recipe so I’m prepared next time.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cindi – So happy you liked it! And I use store-bought all the time. I don’t get a huge chance to make my own. At least not at the volume I use it at! If the ingredients are clean, I say use it! 🙂

  4. If I double the chicken, do I need to change the cook time?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Victoria – I’ve never tried it, so I can’t be 100% sure. Your best bet is to cook according to the recipe and then check the chicken for doneness. Use a meat thermometer as well to be sure the chicken is at least 165 F.

  5. The numbered instructions never mention the olive oil. Hopefully it doesn’t really need it, as mine is cooking right now and I forgot to add it. I was worried it was to be on the bottom to keep it from sticking, but it looks like it just gets poured in there, so fingers crossed…!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Marisa – Sorry about that! You did fine though. I fixed the recipe. The oil is optional. Hope you enjoyed it! 🙂

      1. It was great and soooo easy! The missing oil didn’t seem to make any difference! I was able to quickly cook (my Instant Pot is my new BFF! lol) and send some with hubby and daughter as they headed to the mountains. We added some extra sauce when we were eating it. Love having tasty quick recipes in my back pocket for when things get super-hectic!

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Marisa – Fantastic!!! So happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

  6. margarita says:

    why does it say cook time is 40 mins?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Margarita – Sorry for the typo. It’s all fixed now. 🙂

  7. Looks so yummy! Do I need to add water for it to come to pressure?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Karen – I found the marinara added plenty of liquid. But the thickness of your marinara could matter. If it’s super thick, about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water could be in order.

  8. Bonnie MCDONNELL says:

    5 stars
    Super easy and delicious. I used Costco White Linen marinara sauce

  9. 5 stars
    This is super delicious and the chicken comes out tender every time. It’s so good and flavorful, I don’t miss the noodles one bit. It’s so easy to make and cooks real fast. It’s become one of my go-to meals. Thank you.