20 Instant Pot Chicken Recipes With More Than 15 Grams of Protein

You can make meals that are bursting with flavor and packed with nutrients in your Instant Pot.

If you own an Instant Pot and have chicken in your refrigerator, you can turn it into a tasty and nutritious meal in minutes. We asked registered dietitians for tips on how to make the best Instant Pot chicken recipes even healthier so you can get inspired for your next weekly meal plan.

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We've included pasta dishes, soups, tacos, sandwiches and more in this roundup, and they're all sure to satisfy your tastebuds. Keep scrolling for 20 protein-packed meal ideas to try.

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1. Tagine-Style Instant Pot Chicken With Lemon, Green Olives and Garlic

This recipe is a go-to for transforming frozen chicken breasts into a delicious and balanced meal.
  • 640 calories
  • 62 grams of protein

This North African-inspired Instant Pot chicken breast recipe comes together in just 35 minutes. This meal is a great source of protein and vitamin B6 which is essential for insulin production, registered dietitian Andrea Mathis, RDN, says.

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2. Instant Pot Lebanese-Inspired Chicken Soup

This hearty soup is bursting with flavor.
  • 236 calories
  • 27.7 grams of protein

"Cinnamon contains several health benefits," Mathis says. "It has antioxidants with anti-inflammatory effects that have been linked to lower heart disease risk and its prebiotic properties may improve gut health."

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Get the Instant Pot Lebanese-Inspired Chicken Soup recipe and nutrition info from The Lemon Bowl.

3. Instant Pot Whole Chicken and Gravy

Yes, you can actually cook a whole chicken in your Instant Pot.
  • 459 calories
  • 29 grams of protein

Since the whole chicken is the star of this dish, it's important to use ingredients like herbs and spices to lock in flavor. "This dish includes a generous amount of garlic which contains compounds that may lower inflammation by inhibiting the activity of certain inflammatory proteins," Mathis says.

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Get the Instant Pot Whole Chicken and Gravy recipe and nutrition info from Natasha's Kitchen.

4. Instant Pot Chicken and Tortellini Soup

This creamy soup can be lightened up if you omit the dairy.
  • 291 calories
  • 31 grams of protein

"Celery and carrots are used in this soup and they are a great source of vitamin C, which helps boost immunity and is beneficial to your overall health," Mathis says. If you're looking to cut back on the fat, use less heavy cream, omit it entirely or swap with a non-dairy alternative like almond or oat milk.

Get the Instant Pot Chicken and Tortellini Soup recipe and nutrition info from Salt & Lavender.

5. Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki

The orange juice in this recipe is a great source of potassium.
  • 247 calories
  • 30 grams of protein

Skip the takeout and opt for this better-for-you version of your favorite Asian-inspired dish. It's chock-full of flavor thanks to the ginger and garlic base, which Mathis says provides antioxidants and antimicrobial properties that can help the body get rid of toxins.

Get the Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki recipe and nutrition info from The Seasoned Mom.

6. Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Try this Mexican-inspired soup for dinner on Taco Tuesday.
  • 285 calories
  • 32.4 grams of protein

"Even though this meal is low in calories, it is filling with high-fiber veggies, black beans and lean protein from chicken," Mia Syn, RDN, says.

"While many soups are made with a cream base which adds significant calories and fat, this dish uses lower-calorie flavor additions like spice, lime juice and veggies like onions, garlic and green chiles."

Get the Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe and nutrition info from Eat Yourself Skinny.

7. Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

This hearty and flavorful dish is perfect for a cozy weeknight dinner.
  • 375 calories
  • 26 grams of protein

"If you're looking for a great source of vitamin A, this recipe is the perfect choice," Mathis says. "Vitamin A is essential for many processes in the body, including maintaining healthy vision, ensuring the normal function of your immune system and aiding in proper growth and development."

Get the Instant Pot Chicken and Rice recipe and nutrition info from Natasha's Kitchen.

8. Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken

Make this Thai-flavored dish in less than 15 minutes.
  • 543 calories
  • 59 grams of protein

This recipe is gluten and dairy-free, thanks to coconut milk and coconut aminos. "Although coconut milk is high in saturated fat and calories, it is a great source of manganese, which is necessary for a functioning brain and nervous system," Mathis says.

Get the Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken recipe and nutrition info from Lexi's Clean Kitchen.

9. Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac and Cheese

This twist on a classic comfort dish will become a regular on your dinner menu.
  • 723 calories
  • 30 grams of protein

"An easy way to make this dish more nutritious is to replace elbow macaroni with a whole wheat or even bean-based version," Syn says. She also suggests making a few swaps to cut back on fat content like replacing butter with olive oil, heavy cream for nonfat milk and pork bacon with turkey bacon.

Get the Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac and Cheese recipe and nutrition info from Buns In My Oven.

10. Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken

This Instant Pot chicken recipe is light but doesn't compromise flavor.
  • 476 calories
  • 30 grams of protein

The use of olive oil in this dish provides good-for-you fats. "I recommend using a high-quality extra virgin olive oil for the tomato topping and high-heat avocado oil for the chicken since you will be sautéing," Syn suggests. "Extra-virgin olive oil is best used for salad dressings or finishing a dish because of its low smoke point.

Get the Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac and Cheese recipe and nutrition info from Buns In My Oven.

11. Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

Skip your favorite restaurant takeout and make this Instant Pot version at home.
  • 590 calories
  • 50 grams of protein

"The base of this dish is heavy cream which is particularly high in calories and saturated fat," Syn says. "While canned coconut milk is still a source of saturated fat, using it instead will save you calories and fat." You can also opt for light coconut milk to save even more calories.

Get the Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala recipe and nutrition info from Easy Chicken Recipes.

12. Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Soup

This recipe is both low in fat and cholesterol.
  • 446 calories
  • 55 grams of protein

If you're following a low-carb diet or you're looking for a meal to keep carbs to a minimum, this is a must-try recipe. "It's made with cauliflower rice, which is naturally high in fiber and B vitamins and provides antioxidants and phytonutrients that have shown to protect against cancer," Mathis says.

Get the Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Soup recipe and nutrition info from The Endless Meal.

13. Instant Pot Jerk Chicken

Serve this spicy chicken alongside a bed of rice and mango salsa.
  • 315 calories
  • 45 grams of protein

This chicken dish is full of flavor, but low in calories thanks to the addition of herbs, veggies and spices. "If you can omit or cut back on the brown sugar to save calories and added sugar on the final dish," Syn says.

Get the Instant Pot Jerk Chicken recipe and nutrition info from Easy Chicken Recipes.

14. Instant Pot Italian Chicken and Rice

Customize this recipe with your favorite veggies and herbs to boost flavor.
  • 234 calories
  • 16 grams of protein

This recipe is packed with flavor thanks to ingredients like garlic, onion and red bell peppers. "Red bell peppers are rich in vitamin C and carotenoids," Mathis says. "These nutrients help to support eye health and have been linked to a lower risk of chronic diseases."

Get the Instant Pot Italian Chicken and Rice recipe and nutrition info from Lexi's Clean Kitchen.

15. Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken

This garlic chicken is super versatile and can accompany a variety of recipes.
  • 336 calories
  • 37 grams of protein

This chicken recipe is a great start to any meal. To make it a well-balanced lunch or dinner, consider adding a side of veggies like sugar snap peas, broccoli or kale. You can also serve alongside a grain like quinoa or brown rice, too.

Get the Garlic Sesame Chicken recipe and nutrition info from The Seasoned Mom.

16. Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie

Boneless chicken breast and a medley of vegetables are the stars of this dish.
  • 545 calories
  • 31 grams of protein

"While the filling of this dish is nutritious, the pie crust makes it more of a hearty meal," Syn says. "To cut back on saturated fat, use avocado oil instead of butter and low-fat milk instead of whole milk."

Get the Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie recipe and nutrition info from Easy Chicken Recipes.

17. Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Tacos

This salsa-flavored chicken can be served inside a tortilla, atop a bed of rice or as a protein on a green salad.
  • 288 calories
  • 30 grams of protein

This chicken is not only delicious, but it also makes for a great meal prep recipe. "The chicken base is simply made with spices and fresh herbs, plus salsa which is a flavorful low-calorie condiment," Syn says. To make this a well-balanced meal, Syn suggests serving with a side of veggies.

Get the Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Tacos recipe and nutrition info from Cooking Classy.

18. Instant Pot Honey Mustard Chicken

This chicken is sweet, tangy and full of flavor.
  • 381 calories
  • 36 grams of protein

"This is a nutritious dish made with lean protein, spices, plant-based oil, low-sodium broth and mustard which is low in calories," Syn says. If you can, use less honey to cut back on added sugar and swap the heavy cream for low-fat milk.

Get the Instant Pot Honey Mustard Chicken recipe and nutrition info from Diethood.

19. Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

This tender teriyaki chicken is better than takeout.
  • 457 calories
  • 55 grams of protein

This Instant Pot chicken thigh recipe is perfect on bread or over rice. Soy sauce, though flavorful, can be high in sodium, even when low-sodium versions are used. If you want to keep it to a minimum, try swapping out for coconut aminos. The taste is similar so it won't sacrifice the flavor, Syn suggests.

Get the Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken recipe and nutrition info from Five Heart Home.

20. Instant Pot Cheddar Ranch Chicken

You'll want to eat this heavenly chicken for just about every meal.
  • 500 calories
  • 38 grams of protein

Ranch seasoning, bacon bits and cheese make up this creamy chicken dish. To dial back the fat and calories, consider swapping for turkey bacon and cutting the cheese in half without losing the creaminess and flavor of this recipe.

Get the Instant Pot Cheddar Ranch Chicken recipe and nutrition info from Julie's Eats and Treats.

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