Instant Pot Bone-In Chicken Breasts

Instant Pot Bone-In Chicken Breasts (From Fresh or Frozen)

If you need a delicious dinner in a flash, this Instant Pot bone-in chicken recipe is for you. Easy and tasty, this chicken is unbelievable juicy!

Instant Pot Bone-In Chicken Breasts

Whether you’re an Instant Pot pro or scored one during the holiday season, you’ll love this tender chicken breast recipe. Maybe you’re thinking, chicken breast is always so dry. Think again! This method leaves your chicken tender and succulent. Even if you forgot to thaw your meat ahead of time (oops!), in under half-an-hour this bone-in chicken breast will be ready to eat (Instant Pot can cook chicken straight from frozen).

Bone-in skin-on chicken breast easy recipe

Bone-in skin-on chicken breast tends to retain moisture better than boneless skinless one. With just a dash of salt and pepper, this dinner-time favorite goes into the Instant Pot. No need for standing over a frying pan, marinating, or pounding. This dish is as easy as seasoning and placing your chicken breasts into the Instant Pot. That’s it!

Package of bone-in skin-on chicken breasts

This easy-to-prepare Instant Pot bone-in chicken is great for those who meal prep. You don’t have to spend hours every weekend in the kitchen to prepare healthy meals for the week ahead. With this quick and delicious recipe, you can prepare bone-in chicken in no time. Chicken is a wonderful source of lean protein. This recipe doesn’t add in extra fats or carbohydrates, making it a healthy and easy choice in the kitchen!

Dry chicken breasts are a thing of the past with this fast and easy recipe. Tender and juicy, this chicken breast provides lean protein while tasting great. This Instant Pot method is my favorite way to cook chicken breasts, you’re sure to love it, too.  Rich in vitamins and minerals that boost immunity and regulate digestion, chicken has a reputation for being bland. Not with this recipe! Using this Instant Pot recipe makes flavorful, juicy chicken breasts that will satisfy and amaze. If you haven’t tried cooking your chicken in an Instant Pot, this recipe will leave you impressed. Juicy and tender, this bone-in chicken breast recipe will be done in no time. If you’re hesitant to cooking chicken without oil, think again. Your chicken doesn’t have to be fried to taste incredible. Keep it healthy and quick without sacrificing flavor using your Instant Pot.

Instant Pot bone-in chicken breast recipe

It only takes minutes to go from freezer to table with this dish. With only four easy steps, this bone-in chicken is tasty and filling without the fuss of breading. Start with rubbing your chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Next, add water and your bone-in chicken breasts to the Instant Pot then close and seal the lid. Fresh bone-in chicken breast only takes ten minutes on High pressure! Even frozen bone-in chicken breast is quick, taking only twenty-five minutes to cook on High pressure. Naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes before quick releasing the remaining steam and you’re done!

How to cook bone-in chicken breast in Instant Pot

Looking for some added crispy skin? Broil your bone-in chicken breasts for three to five minutes and you’ll feel like you’re eating fried chicken without the added mess and oil.

Pressure Cooker Bone-In Chicken Breast

Once you cooked this bone-in chicken breast in your Instant Pot, you can chop it up and transform into these meals:

Also, save the bones from these bone-in chicken breasts and use them to make Instant Pot bone broth!

Browse my whole Instant Pot recipe collection for Instant Pot recipes that always work!

Instant Pot Bone-In Chicken Breast (From Fresh or Frozen)

This Instant Pot bone-in chicken breast is amazing! So tender and juicy, it never dries out! Instant Pot is my favorite way of cooking chicken breast! It works with fresh or frozen chicken breast!
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, instant pot
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 155kcal


  • 2 bone-in skin-on chicken breasts
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Rub the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  • Add water and chicken breasts to the Instant Pot (you can use the trivet or put them directly in the water).
  • Close the lid of the Instant Pot and turn the valve to a Sealing position. Set the time to 10 minutes on High pressure for fresh chicken breasts or 25 minutes for frozen.
  • When it's done cooking, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release (QR) the remaining steam.


If you'd like browned crispy skin, put the cooked chicken breasts under the broiler for 3-5 minutes.


Calories: 155kcal | Protein: 18g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 198mg | Vitamin A: 75IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.7mg


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6 replies
  1. PattiAnn
    PattiAnn says:

    You hit this recipe right on. Pulled the skin off, meat fell right off the bone, sliced nicely. Moist, succulent meat. I cooked 12 mins ’cause I’m at altitude. Also my breasts were huge ( we refer to them as “dinosaur ” breasts!) Made in 3qt mini, 1 breast, plenty for 2.
    Thank you, Melanie

  2. Steve Turton
    Steve Turton says:

    I used the Trivet…I thought they might be waterlogged if cooked/boiled directly in the water. The Breasts turned out perfect. I then put BBQ sauce on them…and under the broiler, about 4 minutes on each side.

  3. Mary Suma
    Mary Suma says:

    I made these breasts last night and they were excellent! Thanks.

    Also, I must say you chose the very best chicken. I buy “Pine Manor” chicken at my Whole Foods in Chicago. It is the absolute best tasting chicken I’ve had in years. I think it is from Iowa. I haven’t found it at other Whole Foods only Lincoln Park Chicago.

  4. Ryan
    Ryan says:

    Very moist and perfectly cooked bone-in chicken breasts made w/o trivet. Skin wasn’t mushy soft so didn’t broil. Second time, marinated 2 breasts with bottled Italian salad dressing for 4 hours, placed two breasts on trivet, added 1 cup water with a splash of salad dressing and white wine. Quartered 3 medium size Yukon golds and placed on top of breasts. Sauce steamed through potatoes giving them an herbed taste. Melanie, your recipes are the best and cook times are spot on! Thank you!

  5. Roger
    Roger says:

    Perfect, I used 1 cup of white wine and a lot of seasoning, and after cooking in pressure cooker I broiled them until skin was crispy, the liquid left over made an excellent sauce with a bit of thickening, served with steamed kale and Quinoa


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