10 Easy Instant Pot Chicken Dinner Recipes

10 Easy Instant Pot Chicken Dinner Recipes

Kelli Foster
Apr 28, 2017
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Not only has my Instant Pot upped my meal prep routine, but this handy appliance has also been a game-changer on chicken-for-dinner night. Operating as an electric pressure cooker and slow cooker in one, it comes with the potential to speed up dinner, tackle still-frozen meat, and really take charge of the heavy lifting for getting dinner on the table. From weeknight chicken tikka masala to quick cacciatore to slow-simmered soups, here are 10 ways your Instant Pot makes tonight's chicken dinner even easier.

1. Instant Pot Weeknight Chicken and Rice Burrito Bowls

The is my go-to Instant Pot dinner with I want something quick and comforting. The key to getting these burrito bowls just right is layering the ingredients in pot, with the dry rice on the top, to prevent burning and ensure it cooks up tender and fluffy.

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2. Freezer-to-Pressure-Cooker Chicken Curry

Thanks to the pressure-cooker function, this otherwise slow-simmered curry comes together fast without sacrificing any flavor. Want to get a head start? This recipe shows you how to prep the meal for the freezer, and then when it's time to cook, the whole thing goes straight from the freezer into your Instant Pot.

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3. Instant Pot Whole Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

Yes, you can even cook a whole chicken (with a silky sauce to match!) in your Instant Pot. While it won't pick up that crackly skin you get from the oven, it's hard to pass up the speed and convenience of this method.

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4. 30-Minute Pressure-Cooker Cacciatore Chicken

You know that feeling of dread when you realize the chicken you planned to cook tonight is still frozen solid in the freezer? This is the saucy chicken dinner that eliminates that feeling once and for all since it starts with frozen thighs and drumsticks.

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5. Kerala Coconut Chicken Curry

With the help of your Instant Pot, this wildly fragrant chicken curry could not be easier to bring to the dinner table.

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6. How To Make Chicken Tikka Masala in the Electric Pressure Cooker

You can skip the take-out the next time your craving for creamy tikka masala calls. Using the pressure-cooker function on your Instant Pot, this ultra-tender, flavorful favorite hits the table in lightning speed.

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7. How To Make Slow Cooker Fajitas

Leaning on your Instant Pot's slow-cooker function, these chicken and veggie fajitas are the fun and easy way to give Taco Tuesday a totally delicious recharge.

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8. Slow-Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Filled with shredded chicken, toothsome wild rice, and classic soup veggies like celery and carrots, this comforting classic is a set-it-and-forget-it recipe that asks little of you and lets you go about your business for as long as eight hours.

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9. Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This hearty Tex-Mex soup earns extra flavor by swapping lean chicken breast for fattier thighs, and relies on the slow-cooker function to do all the heavy lifting to bring it to life.

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10. Slow-Cooker Chicken Tacos

Upping your taco game isn't about fancy ingredients, an obscure recipe, or extra time in the kitchen — it's all about the slow-cooker function on your Instant Pot, a few spices, and the toppings of your choice.

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