15 Insanely Delicious Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Instant Pots are absolute time savers. They cut oven time in half and cut down even more on slow cooker times by hours. They are simple to clean and make delicious one-pot meals the whole family will love. If you happen to have some chicken in the fridge, chances are you have dinner in the bag or on the table, as it were. These fifteen Instant Pot chicken recipes are all crazy delicious, make enough to feed the whole family (or give you plenty of leftovers for future meals), and definitely will not disappoint. From soups and sandwiches to curries and stews, there is something here for everyone.

1. Chicken Sliders

A single chicken slicer on a white plate.
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These chicken sliders aren’t just for parties and big groups. Make them for dinner using your Instant Pot and enjoy a saucy, flavorful barbecue chicken sandwich with minimal effort. Pair some fries or onion rings with these, or try a green salad or bowl of soup if you want to keep things healthier. Use any bun you prefer.

2. Instant Pot Chicken Soup

An overhead view of a white mug filled with chickens out. A spoon sits in the soup.
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Instant Pot chicken soup is a delicious, tummy-warming soup that you can enjoy with rice or pasta and a side of crunchy garlic bread. It’s full of delicious flavor, comforting, and an amazing option for dinner tonight. It freezes well for future meals and travels well for a bagged lunch, too.

3. Instant Pot Chicken Stew

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Instant Pot chicken stew is quick, easy, flavorful, and totally satisfying. It’s a breeze to make, and you can serve it with garlic bread or cornbread if you wish. It’s also great served over rice or pasta and freezes well for future lunches or dinners. This has a wonderful, home-cooked flavor that makes you feel cozy all over.

4. Butter Chicken

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Love butter chicken? This homemade recipe is better than most. It’s simple to make, your Instant Pot does all the hard work, and all you have to do is make a little rice to serve it with. You can also serve this with naan or dal as sides for a more authentic Indian meal. This is Instant Pot comfort food at its finest.

5. Cilantro Lime Chicken

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken served over quinoa and garnished with jalapeno pepper slices, lime slices, onions and black beans.
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Cilantro Lime Chicken is an easy dinner that just needs some sides. Add some fresh toppings like rice or quinoa, fresh cilantro, sliced jalapenos, freshly chopped onions, or any toppings you like best, and dig in. You can even use this in tacos or burritos. This freezes really well and can even make a delicious chicken wrap for lunch the next day, toppings and all.

6. French Onion Chicken

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French onion chicken tastes just like the famous soup and it is so easy to prepare. You can serve it with rice or pasta and a side of veggies to complete the meal. A green salad would also go really well with this. It’s a warm and comforting dish that can be as cheesy as you want it to be.

7. Italian Chicken

An overhead view of a ladle lifting out some crockpot Italian chicken from a slow cooker crock.
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This Italian chicken recipe takes just 5 minutes to prep for the freezer thanks to using pre-frozen ingredients. Then you dump it frozen into your Instant Pot, and dinner will be ready fast. This can be enjoyed by itself but is just as good served over rice or with pasta. Drain off a bit of the broth and use this for stuffing wraps for delicious lunches. You can also serve this over lettuce with salad fixings for a delicious salad that works well for work or school lunches.

8. Honey Mustard Chicken

The finished Honey Mustard Chicken served in a white bowl.
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This honey mustard chicken is a delicious dish you can make in minutes with minimal prep or cooking time. Your Instant Pot does almost all the work, and you’ll get dinner on the table fast. This is great as a salad topper, inside a sandwich or wrap, over rice, mixed with pasta, or any other combination you care to use for this. It freezes well, so you can freeze in small portions to use with other recipes.

9. Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

A closeup of a Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken sandwich topped with creamy coleslaw on a whole grain bun.
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If you’re in the mood for an epic sandwich, get ready for these Carolina Gold BBQ chicken sandwiches. The Instant Pot cooks the chicken to perfection, so all you have to do is supply the coleslaw and the bun. Even store-bought slaw will work well here if you want to make this even easier. Freeze small, sandwich-sized portions for future lunches or dinners.

10. Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Serve on buns and drizzle with ranch.
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Making dinner for a few people? Make these Buffalo chicken sandwiches. It’s an easy meal to serve to others and wins them over every time. Serve with your favorite sandwich sides, such as chips, fries, onion rings, salad, or vegetable sticks. You can also freeze small portions for up to six months for future meals.

11. Chicken Ropa Vieja

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This Cuban chicken Ropa Vieja is a delicious Cuban dish that is often served over rice with a green salad or other Cuban sides. You can also put it in tacos or burritos. This is a great option to feed a crowd, or to meal prep for future meals. It’s a versatile dish that can make anything from soup or salads to sandwiches or wraps.

12. Egg Roll In A Bowl

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Egg Roll In A Bowl cooks up in your Instant Pot from start to finish, including sautéing the veggies. It’s a delicious “one-pot” meal and is great served on its own or with rice or quinoa. It’s great on its own, though, and absolutely delicious with a drizzle of soy sauce or coconut aminos.

13. Mexican Chicken

An overhead view of a white bowl filled with instant pot Mexican chicken topped with fresh tomatoes, avocado and cilantro.
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This Mexican chicken cooks up in the time it takes to make your rice and chop any fresh toppings you want to use. It’s delicious, and leftovers can be turned into tacos or burritos. Serve it over rice or quinoa, add it to a green salad, or create any number of dishes with this delicious recipe.

14. Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti

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Instant Pot chicken spaghetti is a creamy, comforting, delicious way to serve spaghetti tonight. It’s almost like having a pasta version of chicken pot pie. It’s total comfort food that you can serve with any number of side dishes to round out the meal. A salad, some garlic bread, soup, or whatever suits your fancy will work well as a side dish here if you even want one. This is a full meal all on its own.

15. Instant Pot Stir Fry

An overhead view of a bowl filled with Instant Pot stir fry.
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Instant Pot stir fry is a great way to enjoy an Asian-style meal for dinner tonight. This is a wonderful main course that can be served with things like miso soup, a side of avocado roll, or even just a cup of green tea. It’s a simple dish to make that is packed with flavor and is delicious topped with a sprinkle of soy sauce or coconut milk.

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Want more ideas for dinner tonight? These chicken and ground turkey recipes will give you tons of ideas, so you’ll never have to stress over the “what’s for dinner” question again.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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