This Instant Pot chicken is lightly breaded chicken breasts topped with a creamy and savory mushroom sauce. A quick and easy dinner option that the entire family will enjoy!
I’m a big fan of using my Instant Pot to make dinner time easier. This Instant Pot chicken recipe has quickly become a favorite, and it’s on our dinner menu constantly. I recommend serving this chicken with a side of mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli for a complete meal.
When I’m looking for a quick meal with minimal work, I turn to my Instant Pot. This Instant Pot chicken is smothered in the most delicious creamy mushroom sauce, and the whole thing is ready in less than 30 minutes!
How do you cook chicken in the Instant Pot?
This recipe starts with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The chicken breasts are coated in flour and seasonings, then they go into the Instant Pot on saute mode to cook to golden brown. When the chicken is browned, mushrooms go into the pot. The chicken and mushrooms cook through together under pressure until they’re tender. The final step is to add a little bit of heavy cream to thicken and enrich the sauce.
Tips for Instant Pot Chicken
- Make sure your chicken breasts are approximately the same size and thickness so that they cook at the same rate.
- I use sliced button mushrooms, but you could use other mushroom varieties such as cremini or shiitake.
- You can also make this recipe with boneless skinless chicken thighs if you prefer.
- Don’t have heavy cream? You can use cream cheese instead, simply stir until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth and creamy.
How long does it take to cook chicken in the instant pot?
These chicken breasts will cook on high manual pressure for 10 minutes, and you’ll want to release the pressure manually. If you choose to use chicken thighs, they’ll cook for 15 minutes at high manual pressure.
Instant Pot Chicken Variations
You can add so many different flavorings to this recipe to make it your own!
- Sun Dried Tomatoes: Add 1/4 cup chopped oil packed sun dried tomatoes to the sauce.
- Spinach: Stir in 1 cup of spinach leaves when the sauce is simmering.
- Bacon: Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cooked crumbled bacon over the finished dish.
- Olives: Stir 1/4 cup of sliced kalamata olives into the sauce.
HOW DO YOU CLEAN MUSHROOMS?
The best way to clean mushrooms is to use a damp paper towel to gently rub each mushroom. You can also rinse your mushrooms in a colander, but be sure to rinse them briefly; do not soak them in water. Or, you can save time by purchasing a packaged of washed, pre-sliced mushrooms.
You’ll be amazed at how delicious this Instant Pot chicken recipe is. The chicken comes out perfectly tender, and that creamy sauce just can’t be beat! Your family is sure to love this one as much as mine does.
More great chicken recipes
- Lemon Pepper Chicken
- Roasted Chicken with Garlic and Herbs
- Chicken Vegetable Soup
- Sesame Chicken
- Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry
Instant Pot Chicken with Mushroom Sauce
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts approximately 1 1/4 lbs
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 12 ounces button mushrooms sliced
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- Place the flour on a plate and add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Stir to combine.
- Dredge each chicken breast in the flour mixture.
- Turn the Instant Pot on, then select SAUTE mode and adjust the heat to MORE.
- When the Instant Pot is hot, add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
- Cook the chicken in a single layer for 3-4 minutes per side, or until browned. You may need to work in batches.
- Remove the chicken from the pot and cover to keep warm.
- Add the butter and mushrooms to the pot and cook for 3-4 minutes or until mushrooms have softened. Add the garlic and Italian seasoning, and cook for 30 seconds more. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Add the chicken breasts back to the pot along with the chicken broth.
- Seal the pot and select Manual Pressure High for 10 minutes.
- When the cooking time has finished, carefully vent the pot to release the pressure.
- Place the chicken on a serving plate and cover to keep warm.
- Select SAUTE mode then adjust the heat to MORE. Add the cream to the pot and bring to a simmer. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until sauce has slightly thickened.
- Pour the mushroom sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle with parsley, then serve.
Hi, is this recipe for a 6 qt Instapot? If yes, how should we adjust for a 3 qt?
I haven’t tested this in a 3 quart pot, but I do think it would be ok so long as the pot is no more than 2/3 full!
Made this tonight and we found it very tasty Thank You! I added a couple of cooked turkey bacon rashers and petite poi’s . Will make it again but might reduce cooking time as my chicken breasts were quite small.
Searched many chicken mushroom recipes for my new instant pot…so happy I found yours! It was amazing! Thank you for sharing ☺️
Great recipe that the whole family enjoyed!
This was excellent! Thank you for sharing! It came out perfect!
Delicious! Before adding cream, I added some flour and simmered for a bit so that sauce would be thicker.
It came out delicious but my sauce didn’t thicken I’m not sure if I def something wrong.
Can I use cream of mushroom soup instead of the heavy cream ?
I think that should work!
If I use chicken legs, would the cook time change?
Yes cook for 20 minutes!
Do you leave the mushrooms in the pot then add the cream and mix.
Yes you leave the mushrooms in the pot!
Forgot to take chicken breast out of freezer! Anyway to make this with frozen chicken breasts?
I think it could possbly work but you wouldn’t be able to sear them frozen, you’d have to skip that ste.
Was wondering – if I wanted to add spinach, when do I stir that in?
I’d add in step 12!
Wow! That was delicious! Everyone loved it! Which doesn’t happen very often. 😁
This was fantastic! My husband and son loved it! They rated the meal a 10 and said I can make this anytime.
I have not made this recipe as yet, just wandering if it can be frozen for a pop in the oven for a ready meal.
You could freeze it, but the mushrooms may be a bit watery when thawed!
thank you for a quick reply
Can you please tell me how I would add potatoes to this recipe? Can it be done all at once with the mushrooms too?
That should be fine, but you might need to increase the cook time depending on the size of your potatoes.
I made this last week for dinner. I am not the typical cook in my household—my husband will do most of the cooking as he mainly works from home and I work in an office but since we have been under quarantine I have been cooking more and tried a bunch of different instant pot recipes. The chicken came out perfectly. The sauce was a little watery. If the sauce was just a little thicker then it would had been perfect.
If I use only 2 breasts, but same amount of sauce because we like sauce, do I reduce the cook time?
You can cook for 8 minutes assuming the breasts are of an average size (around 6 ounces)
Excellent recipe. I made a few modifications. I did not dredge the chicken in flour. Instead, I seared it in olive oil in a cast iron skillet. I wanted to do all the pieces of chicken at once and since I did four breasts, they would not have fit all at once in the instant pot. I used cream cheese instead of heavy cream. And after the sauce was thickened at the end, I added the chicken back into the instant pot and stirred it around to get all that yummy sauce all over the chicken. This recipe is a keeper!
This was crazy delicious. Loved it. I added an onion to the mushrooms but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Fantastic!!!
Yes this was one of the best meals my husband said I made. So flavorful ans rich!
How do you keep the chicken nice and breaker and crispy on the outside? Mine ended up a little mushy after the pressure cook.
What is breaker? You’d have to sear it again after it’s cooked if you want a crispy exterior.
Hello I also made this recipe and prior to doing the instant pot cooking setting for 10 minutes the chicken looked fabulously golden brown. Once the 10 minutes was done, the pressure was released, however my chicken (coating) was also mushy. It still tasted great but didn’t look as golden & crispy as the chicken in the photo on the recipe, did I do something wrong?
That’s just something that happens when you cook in an Instant Pot, the closed cooking method relies on moisture which will soften the coating on the chicken.