Instant Pot lemon garlic chicken breasts cook with soft, buttery potatoes and carrots for an easy one-pot meal. This is healthy home-cooked comfort food.
Here's what I love about Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken Breasts with Potatoes and Carrots: The entire meal cooks in one pot, it's healthy home-cooked comfort food and I usually have leftovers.
Leftover, cooked chicken breast in my refrigerator always make me happy.
Another thing I love about this meal? Melted butter and chives. If you haven't had this combination in awhile, I highly recommend it over potatoes and carrots.
Most of the time I cook chicken thighs in my Instant Pot, because they are much harder to overcook and are a juicier, more flavorful cut of chicken. That's why I use chicken thighs in this recipe for Instant Pot chicken and white rice and for this Instant Pot chicken and brown rice recipe.
It took several tries to make chicken breasts with vegetables in my Instant Pot before I was completely happy with the results. I wanted juicy, flavorful chicken and soft, buttery potatoes and tender, bright carrots.
This recipe delivers all of those things.
Follow this recipe, and you're guaranteed a satisfying home-cooked meal for dinner tonight.
Here's how you do it:
Make Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken Breasts
- Pour 1 cup water in the Instant Pot
- Put in the Instant Pot trivet and lay the chicken breasts on top
- Season chicken breasts
- Layer potatoes and carrots on top
- Cook for 10 minutes on high pressure
Tips for Cooking Moist and Flavorful Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot
- Buy chicken breasts that weigh no more than 8 ounces. I’ve found that no matter how you cook really large chicken breasts (over 8 ounces), they almost always turn out dry and flavorless.
- Cook chicken breasts on a trivet setting above water or broth. This steams the chicken breasts and helps keep the meat moist and tender. Cooking the chicken breasts directly in liquid boils the chicken, which often makes it tough and overcooked.
- Season liberally. Don’t be shy with the salt, pepper, herbs and spices!
- Let the chicken rest for 5 to 10 minutes after cooking and before slicing.
How Long Does it Take to Cook Chicken Breasts in an Instant Pot?
Check out a few recipes online and you'll see a wide range of cooking times for Instant Pot chicken breasts, within a range of 5 to 12 minutes. Confusing, right? According to the official Instant Pot booklet that came with my Instant Pot, chicken breasts (fresh, not frozen) take 8 to 10 minutes to cook in an Instant Pot.
Just remember that chicken should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 F.
For this recipe, I chose 10 minutes as the cooking time to ensure that all three ingredients - chicken, carrots and potatoes - are cooked to my liking.
Easy Meal Prep
Leftover cooked chicken breasts can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. As you know, cooked chicken is very handy for lunches, salads and quick dinners. To freeze cooked chicken breast, either whole or sliced, simply put the cooled chicken in a freezer ziploc bag. Seal the bag almost all the way, then squeeze out as much air as possible. To defrost frozen cooked chicken, place in the refrigerator overnight.
More Instant Pot Dinners
- Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta
- Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken and Rice
- Instant Pot Sausage and Lentil Soup