Welcome to Slow Cooker Week! We’re sharing all our favorite Crock Pot recipes, tips, tricks, and advice this week—and including the Instant Pot, of course, since it slow cooks too. Here, we’ve collected the best Instant Pot chicken recipes around to ensure you’re never far from an easy weeknight meal—or a stress-free dinner party recipe.
Whether it’s a meal for one or a main course for 10, preparing dinner can often feel like a hassle or never-ending task. But thanks to the invention of the Instant Pot, executing any meal can be a breeze. With the push of a button and very few ingredients, we can make stews, soups, and other savory (or sweet) dishes in minutes.
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As for what to put in the pot, chicken is an incredibly versatile protein that can be the perfect front-and-center showcase for your next meal, whether it’s feeding a family of rambunctious kids or preparing an elegant dinner party with friends. Think of the possibilities: weeknight tacos, creamy Indian curries, and whole chicken with a sweet and spicy Thai glaze or simply garnished and prepared with a homemade rub. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Instant Pot chicken recipes that will make you fall in love all over again with your prized kitchen appliance and that good old standby…chicken.
Create this savory, fall-off-the-bone-tender dish with chicken thighs and creamy umami mushrooms, which are full of antioxidants. Serve over rice or spaghetti or with a buttered, crispy baguette, which is perfect for sopping up the juicy broth; any way you pair it, it makes a hearty weeknight dinner. Get the Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken recipe.
This whole chicken is made with a tangy Thai glaze composed of red Thai curry paste and coconut milk and comes out super juicy and tender. Serve with a Thai papaya salad and some white rice for a delicious dinner. Get the Thai Instant Pot Whole Chicken recipe.
The purpose of the Instant Pot is to make your life easier by cooking foods as quickly as possible. So what could beat taking frozen chicken wings and turning them into a hearty meal in just 11 minutes? This quick dinner may become your new favorite weeknight dish, and your kids will love the tangy BBQ sauce and sweet honey combination. Get the Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Wings recipe.
If buffalo chicken is your jam, then you will love these easy-to-make shredded chicken sandwiches. After cooking the chicken in a spicy buffalo marinade for just a few minutes, simply shred and assemble sandwiches with sliced cabbage and ranch or blue cheese dressing. Get the Instant Pot Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches recipe.
Cook this sweet chicken dish with potatoes and vegetables, such as bell peppers or string beans, for a balanced one-pot dinner. Honey, garlic, and soy sauce create an intoxicating sauce, with a slight spicy kick from the Sriracha. Get the Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken recipe.
If you crave comforting Indian dishes, then this chicken korma incorporating nutritious sweet potatoes and red peppers may become a staple this season. Made in under 30 minutes, this aromatic curry features warming garam masala and ginger, and is creamy from coconut milk. Get the Chicken Coconut Korma recipe.
Another Indian favorite, butter chicken is ultra creamy and absolutely delicious. Here is an iteration that suggests marinating the chicken upwards of 24 hours—but 15 minutes works, too. After the chicken is marinated, saute the onions with spices and cook the chicken with all the ingredients for just 10 minutes. Afterwards, add in the cream and top with coriander leaves. Pairing it with rice or naan goes without saying. Get the Instant Pot Butter Chicken recipe.
Who can resist tacos filled with tender, shredded chicken luxuriating in salsa verde, a tangy Mexican salsa made of tomatillos, parsley, cilantro, peppers, and onions? This recipe is a simple and genius weeknight dinner that the whole family will love. Simply dump a jar of salsa verde in with the chicken, and voila, you’re basically done. Serve in your favorite tortillas and have the kids (or adults) take charge of adding all sorts of toppings: sour cream, cheese, guacamole, black beans, cilantro, and freshly diced tomatoes. Get the Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos recipe.
Roasting a whole chicken in an Instant Pot in just 45 minutes is a true game-changer. Add your favorite spice mixture and rub onto the chicken with some olive oil and salt. Saute the chicken to sear the skin, then add more stock and cook the bird in the Instant Pot. Feast on your chicken immediately, or slice and save for later to create chicken salad or chicken quesadillas (or anything you’d do with a rotisserie chicken). Get the Instant Pot Whole Chicken recipe.
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