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1Jan, 23
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Best Instant Pot Juicy Chicken Breasts

This past year, I’ve received countless requests for a good Instant Pot Chicken Breast recipe. It’s so simple that it’s not the most exciting or colorful recipe to post about, but sometimes these are the very recipes we REALLY need as the base to create many of our beautifully balanced meals easily throughout the week.

This recipe is very SIMPLE. Just a few (perfect) ingredients and some time for marinating, you’ll have absolutely delicious juicy chicken breasts to enjoy for your meal or as meal prep later in the week.

Add it to salads, soup, wraps, or any of your favorite shredded or chopped cooked chicken recipes! You’ll be so happy you have it on hand and lean on this method often!

When it comes to protein, chicken is at the top of many people’s go-to lists.

It’s lean, you can use it in lots of ways, and it’s one of the most widely available forms of protein.

💪You probably already know that protein has tons of benefits for your body: it helps build muscle, strengthen bones, and can keep you feeling full and satisfied long after you finish eating.

But chicken also contains the amino acid tryptophan, which can boost your mood. MAJOR BONUS.

4 servings


  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts fresh or frozen
  • 2 Tbsps olive oil or avocado oil
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsps dried thyme
  • sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup water or bone broth


Place the chicken in a large Ziploc bag or glass bowl together with the oil, garlic, thyme, sea salt, and pepper. Combine well to evenly coat each chicken breast. Cover or seal, then allow the chicken to sit at room temp for 20-30 minutes or refrigerate overnight.

Once (if) you take your marinated chicken out of the fridge: Before cooking, the chicken needs to sit on the counter for 20-30 minutes to almost reach room temp. This will help it cook more evenly.

Place the trivet inside of your instant pot and add in the water or broth.

Close the lid and seal. Press Pressure Cook on High for 10 minutes (under 2″thickness) for fresh, or 15 minutes (over 2″ thick) for fresh and frozen chicken breasts.

Manually release the pressure and carefully remove the lid.

Serve the chicken immediately or use it as meal prep for the week ahead.

Cooked chicken stays good for up to 4 days in a sealed container in the fridge.



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