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Healthy Instant Pot Chicken Recipes for Every Craving

Instant Pot + Chicken = Magic

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Baby, it's cold outside—so you might be craving some hot, homemade meals to warm you up. If you're worried that roasting and broiling is going to cut into your cozy Netflix binge, try using an Instant Pot to cook up some of these healthy, protein-packed chicken recipes. What is an Instant Pot? The better question might be: What isn't an Instant Pot? This appliance can do the job of a frying pan, pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer and more. (You can even control this Instant Pot with your phone!)

Tackle one of these chicken recipes to get a taste of what this thing can do. (Not a meat eater? All good: Try these vegan Instant Pot recipes instead.)

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Instant Pot Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup

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When the chilly weather comes, so does cold season. Bookmark this chicken noodle soup for when your nose is stuffed and your head feels cloudy (or when you just want some comfort food). You'll feel better in no time after making your own chicken noodle soup instead of settling for the stuff in the can—and the Instant Pot will do all the work! Not g-free? You can easily swap gluten-free pasta for regular pasta or zucchini noodles.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup

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Instant Pot Chicken Stew

Instant Pot Chicken Stew

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This Instant Pot chicken stew recipe is unique because of its Mediterranean flavors, including Kalamata olives, potatoes, onions, and cinnamon. Best part: The Instant Pot magically gets in done in just 10 minutes. (Also try: 50 Mediterranean Diet Recipes and Meal Ideas)

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Stew

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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

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Combining honey, soy sauce, and ketchup might sound a little crazy, but have a little trust because this honey garlic chicken thigh Instant Pot recipe is worth the risk! The duo of savory and sweet in the sauce is so satisfying. Thanks to the Instant Pot, it only takes 30 minutes.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

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Instant Pot Peanut Chicken with Cucumber Salad

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Whenever you get to add peanut butter (or any nut butter, for that matter) to your dinner, it's going to be a win. Mix in honey, sriracha, and garlic, and you're halfway to the sweet, spicy, salty chicken of your dreams. All of these ingredients and flavors come together in the Instant Pot—and while it's cooking, you can prep the chili cucumber salad that's perfect with the main dish.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Peanut Chicken

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Instant Pot Coq Au Vin

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I love cooking with winesometimes I even add it to the food... You'll definitely be saying this when whipping up this Instant Pot coq au vin. It calls for 1 1/2 cups of cabernet sauvignon, and what you do with the rest of the wine is up to you. (Perhaps you can sip the rest while you peruse these other recipes that let you cook with wine and other alcohols.)

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Coq Au Vin

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Instant Pot Mango Chicken

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The hardest part of any recipe with mango is figuring out how to cut the thing—but after you've managed to do that, this Instant Pot mango chicken dish is an easy 10-minute dinner.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Mango Chicken

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Instant Pot Colombian Chicken Potato Soup

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During the dead of winter, sometimes you need a little something creamy; this Colombian chicken potato soup will hit the spot. Make it dairy-free by swapping coconut cream in for heavy cream, and opt for white sweet potatoes instead of russet to add some extra nutrients.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Colombian Chicken Potato Soup

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Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs Primavera

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Trying out a paleo diet and missing carb-y, classic Italian dishes? This paleo, gluten-free, and Whole30-approved meal has the flavors of a pasta dish while staying low-carb. The secret is packed into the chicken meatballs—crispy on the outside and bits of basil on the inside—and the savory zucchini noodles steamed in chicken broth. (Also try these other creative combinations that use spiralized veggies.)

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs Primavera

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Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls

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"Chipotle who?" is what you'll be saying after you whip up one of your own chicken burrito bowls in an Instant Pot. This recipe even shows you how to make low-carb cauliflower rice for the base. Sure, it will take a little longer than the quick assembly line in the restaurant—but you won't have to pay extra for guac!

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls

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Golden Coconut Chicken Lentil Soup

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Chili can be a cold weather go-to, but if you're feeling adventurous (though, not adventurous enough to leave the house) try this golden coconut chicken lentil soup instead. It has the same thickness of chili, but the coconut milk and cumin combo make this soup a little sweeter and nuttier.

Get the recipe: Golden Coconut Chicken Lentil Soup

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Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken Bowls

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Ginger, garlic, and cayenne—oh my! This instant Pot Moroccan chicken bowl recipe is an epic combination of sweet and spicy flavors. It's a great recipe to make for dinner guests because it only takes 20 minutes, but the chicken tastes like it's been cooking all day. Make a few easy swaps, and it can even be keto (like these other keto Instant Pot recipes).

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken Bowls

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Instant Pot Quinoa Chicken Bowl

Instant Pot Quinoa Chicken Bowl healthy recipe

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Getting home late from an intense workout? You need a dinner that's easy to make and full of protein. Get double bang for your buck here with chicken and quinoa—which is also a complete protein. The Instant Pot quinoa chicken bowl recipe also comes with an optional homemade dressing recipe if you're feeling extra saucy.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Quinoa Chicken Bowl

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Low-Carb Instant Pot Chicken Salsa Queso Soup

Low-Carb Instant Pot Chicken Salsa Queso Soup recipe

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Some people celebrate Margarita Monday and Taco Tuesday—but why should the fun stop there? Instant Pot Chicken Salsa Queso Soup Sunday might not roll off the tongue as easily, but it'll be a fiesta on your tongue. Depending on what type of salsa you put in, it can be made spicy or mild. The recipe alone is low-carb, but you can also add a few tortilla chips for crunch.

Get the recipe: Low-Carb Instant Pot Chicken Salsa Queso Soup

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Instant Pot Herb Chicken Orzo

Instant Pot Herb Chicken Orzo healthy recipe

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When you're sick of your usual rice casserole, mix it up with this Instant Pot herb chicken orzo recipe. Never had orzo before? It's basically pasta disguised as rice. The best thing about this recipe is that the Instant Pot cooks the chicken while the pasta boils—not only is it a time saver, but you'll also have very few dishes to wash. Expert level-up: If you have your own garden, this is a perfect opportunity to use homegrown rosemary, thyme, and basil.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Herb Chicken Orzo

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Easy Shredded Chicken and Zucchini Tacos

Easy Shredded Chicken and Zucchini Tacos

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The Instant Pot is a game-changer when it comes to making homemade shredded chicken. After only 10 minutes in the pot, the chicken will come apart effortlessly with your fork. Whether you're a soft shell or hard shell kind of lady, the combination of the shredded chicken, pico de gallo, and zucchinis will make you feel like you're tropical.

Get the recipe: Easy Shredded Chicken and Zucchini Tacos

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