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How to Cook Boneless Chicken Breasts in the Pressure Cooker

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Thanks for visiting today, I’m really excited to share how I cook Boneless Chicken Breast in the pressure cooker!  (Nothing better than having pre-cooked chicken on hand for speedy weeknight recipes.)

How to cook Chicken in the Pressure Cooker

Boneless Chicken Breasts in the Pressure Cooker

Last year I was flipping channels and caught the deal of the day on QVC.  It was a pressure cooker.  I’d been interested in pressure cookers for a while and I watched the entire presentation.  

After the presentation was over I jumped on Facebook and polled my friends to see if anyone had a pressure cooker and what they thought about it.  All the feedback was positive, so I jumped on board and ordered it.  (Plus I was able to get it in green, which I love!)

pressure cooker

Can I just say, how much I love this appliance?

I’m not super adventurous, and mostly cook the same types of meals in it:  Boiled eggs– 18 at a time and they peel like a dream, Chicken wings, baby back ribs, but mostly, I’ve been using it to pressure cook my chicken in bulk.  (Making yogurt is next on my list.)

When our local organic grocery store puts their chicken breasts on sale, I head in and stock up.  In the past, I would cook all the chicken in the slow cooker.  Even though I used a digital thermometer to know when the chicken breasts were done, they always seemed to be on the dry side.  (edible, but a tad dry)

For whatever reason, (I guess the pressure keeps the juices in the chicken?) the chicken comes out so much better in the pressure cooker!

How to Cook Boneless Chicken Breast in the Pressure Cooker

  1.  Add chicken to the cooking pot with a cup of water and plenty of salt and pepper.  (I usually do about 5 lbs at a time.  If you do more, you may need to increase your cooking time.)
  2. Set the pressure to high and cooking time to 13 minutes.
  3. Do a natural pressure release.  Remove Chicken from pot and allow it to rest for 2 to 3 minutes before cutting into pieces.

I package up what I think we will eat over the next several days and freeze the rest.  I just love having pre cooked chicken ready to go for our dinners- cuts a good amount of time out of my nightly prep.


how to quickly cook chicken

My pressure cooker is Power Pressure Cooker XL.  I have really enjoyed this cooker.  It has several presets that make it easy to cook their recipes.  However, I have other cookbooks I want to use and it can be difficult to decipher time and pressure needed for these recipes based on this machines presets.  It is possible, but if I knew what I knew now, I would purchase a pressure cooker with a few helpful presets, but would also allow me to just choose a hi/low pressure setting and the time.  Like this cuisinart (it’s only 6 quarts but has almost 1400 5 star reviews.)  Or this Fagor which is 8 quarts.


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Does anyone else have a pressure cooker?  I would love to hear about your favorite recipes to cook!

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  1. Chris Nash says:

    Your recipes look wonderful. But that large pop up video is frustrating. You can’t close it right away.

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      Are you on a tablet?

  2. Baked Potato on rack, one cup of water, steam/high pressure: 10 minutes = Done

    Hard boiled eggs — 12 eggs on rack, one cup of water, steam/high pressure: 10 minutes. Dump the water and bounce the eggs in the empty pot to crack them and add cold water. They practically peel themselves.

  3. I have an Instant Pot and love it. I use it at least once a week, we steam potatoes and especially love steamed beets. Make homemade yogurt, chickpeas, artichokes. I have not tried doing a chicken, but you’ve inspired me.

  4. I also love my Cuisinart! In fact, I just ordered a second one. I like the simplicity of it! High or low is what things are cooked on! Of course it has brown/sauté and keep warm. That covers everything you need! And you can get it at Costco for 69.00! Win/win!

  5. I cook brown rice quickly, artichokes quickly and sweetened condensed milk to make dulce du leech. Love a pressure cooker!

  6. I too became hooked frim QVC. Bought a Farberwear at Walmart but follow and have cookbooks from Q Blue Jean Chef. Cooking a whole ham at Christmas in less then an hour?? Shut your mouth. Corned Beef for St Pats?? Yes!! Get one….

    1. I think I will have to try a ham next…