10 Easy Instant Pot Chicken Dinner Recipes

updated Jun 5, 2019
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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, here are 10 ways your Instant Pot can make your next chicken dinner even easier.

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Break out your Instant Pot, and just 35 minutes (including the prep time!) stands between you and this cozy, spiced bowl of saucy chicken. It’s light on cooking time, but bursting with so much flavor.

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While this traditional tangy, salty, umami-packed braise can take more than an hour of cook time, the Instant Pot can get this toss-and-go chicken adobo dinner on the table in a fraction of that.

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This dinner staple cooks up perfectly every time in the Instant Pot. You can aim for firm but juicy chicken for cubing, or let it cook a little bit longer for tender shredded chicken.

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

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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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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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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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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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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 with lightning speed.

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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.