6 Instant Pot Chicken Recipes That Are Far From Boring

Updated 02/01/18
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Chicken is one of those foods that gets a bad rep for being boring—but the truth is that the meal is only boring if the recipe is. When it's not fried, the protein is pretty good for you, so it may just be about time to look into Instant Pot chicken recipes when you're not sure what to make. And in case you haven't been briefed, the Instant Pot is basically the new, faster Crockpot that everyone is going crazy for.

With the help of this genius pressure cooker, you're able to whip up dinner in no time at all (seriously, unpacking your groceries often takes longer). No matter what you feel like—pineapple-infused tacos, tortilla soup or even spicy Cajun chili—these recipes will satisfy your hankering.

Here's to hoping these Instant Pot chicken recipes help you see this food in a whole new light.

Cajun Instant Pot Chili

Cajun Instant Pot Chili
Food Faith Fitness

No watery consistency here: The Instant Pot makes sure this batch of chili is melt-in-your-mouth creamy. This Cajun take means it's more like a jambalaya-style chili—it relies on getting its flavor from ground chicken, andouille sausage, and shrimp plus fire-roasted tomatoes and seasoning. Garnish with sour cream if that's your thing.

Total time: 30 minutes

Instant Pot Noodles

Instant Pot Noodles
Pinch of Yum

Craving Asian-inspired takeout? No need to order in tonight when you make this chili-infused saucy noodle stir-fry. You can throw in whatever protein you like or just go all-veggie (we like red and green bell peppers either way). Worth noting: These noodles are of the sticky kind, so don't be worried and get thrown by the consistency. We guarantee you'll love—and devour—them.

Total time: 8 minutes

Instant Pot Mexican Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Mexican Tortilla Soup
Chelsea's Messy Apron

I just re-created the lime tortilla soup I had in Cancun a few weeks ago, and wow, I could eat this stuff once a week. Thankfully, this specific version from Chelsea's Messy Apron cooks up in just 10 minutes, so I can't wait to add it to my recipe repertoire (hello, busy weeknights). What's special about this version is that it calls for enchilada sauce and uses avocado as a topping.

Total time: 10 minutes

Instant Pot Chicken and Spinach Ramen

Instant Pot Chicken and Spinach Ramen
Half Baked Harvest

Most ramen I've had before has had a pork base, but nope, this recipe is a twist on the original with its chicken breast, baby spinach, and porcini mushrooms. (Worth mentioning: For extra goodness, add thick-cut bacon to the broth). Add some extra chili paste if you like a little kick.

Total time: 45 minutes

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Foodie Crush

Chicken soup is one of the most comforting winter recipes, especially a creamy version like this. The good news is that it's not packed with heavy cream, so you can eat more of it guilt-free (it relies on cornstarch, a teensy bit of cream cheese, and low-fat milk for its texture). The rice is a pleasant change from noodles and expertly soaks up the broth.

Total time: 30 minutes

Instant Pot Spicy Pineapple Chicken Tacos

Instant Pot Spicy Pineapple Chicken Tacos
Half Baked Harvest

Chicken tacos get a major upgrade with the addition of a homemade pineapple pomegranate salsa with cilantro. The trick to getting the right spice is the chipotle chile peppers in adobe, which you should chop up and throw in the pot. And don't worry, some pineapple juice will balance out the heat. Top with your favorite cheese and all your go-to taco fixings.

Total time: 30 minutes

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