Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes

This is hands down the BEST Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes recipe you’ll ever try. Juicy ranch-seasoned chicken breast and parmesan potatoes cooked in 30 minutes in your pressure cooker – it doesn’t get easier than this! 

After you try this Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes, you won’t want to miss Best Ever Baked Teriyaki Chicken, Three Cheese Stuffed Balsamic Chicken, and Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan

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Guys, I love food. I love making recipes, and I love taking pictures, and I love to see the happy faces on my family when they eat what I’ve made them. I also love hearing from you about which recipes you liked, and how often you make them, and how much your family loves the food too.

As it turns out, you all love the Instant Pot just about as much as I do, which is great news because I love coming up with new and tasty recipes that work well in it. I know everyone out there is just as pressed for time as I am so anything I can do to help you get a nutritious dinner on the table faster is worth it.

For this recipe, I confess, I already had chicken in mind. And potatoes just go so well with chicken, don’t you think? Plus, both of these ingredients cook up in a similar time frame — which is important for an Instant Pot recipe where you just want to seal it and forget it.

I chose ranch and parmesan flavoring as well because not only are they delicious flavorings, but they also are probably on hand in most everyone’s kitchens. If you’re not a regular in the kitchen, I want you to be able to realize you can put together a good dinner with foods you probably already have. It just takes a little creativity and some awesome kitchen gadgets.

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Yes, if you have chicken thighs or prefer chicken thighs, then you absolutely can substitute them for the chicken breasts. I would cook the chicken a little less time though, about 10-12 minutes. The potatoes should still be done.


No time to thaw your chicken or you just forgot (we’ve all been there)? The Instant Pot can take care of that for you, too. However, I would recommend you thaw the breasts a little in the microwave first. Otherwise, the spices and parm will not stick to your breasts the way they should in this recipe if they are frozen solid. From there, you can follow the rest of the instructions, but increase cooking time about 20 minutes.


Also yes! If you don’t have an Instant Pot, no worries. Follow the directions the same, except put the chicken and potatoes in your slow cooker and cook for about 3-4 hours on high or 4-6 on low.

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I usually serve this with an easy side salad. But other sides that would go well with this (and that don’t take up too much time) include this Lemon Parmesan Roasted Asparagus, Roasted Lemon Garlic Broccoli & Cauliflower, corn (any which way you like it), beans, or a nice dinner roll or some French bread.


If you like the idea of potatoes in an Instant Pot but you only want to bake potatoes, you can do that, too. An Instant Pot can hold about three pounds of potatoes at a time (but check your specific model to be sure first). Set the cleaned, whole potatoes on the rack and then add a cup of cold water. Cook on high pressure for 15-20 minutes, depending on how big your potatoes are. Release the pressure according to your pot’s directions. If you want a crispier skin, you can follow up the cooking process in the oven with a little olive oil glaze.

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What people are saying about this Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes 

“I’ve been cooking recipes from the web for years. This is my first comment to any site because it’s the first time anything was this AMAZING! My picky family loved it! I plan on trying many more of your recipes. THANKS!” – Tamme

“The chicken was so TENDER!! Will make this again soon for sure!” – Kayla

“I’m new to the instant pot and this was delicious! when all was cooked and removed from pot, i thickened sauce with a little flour and served over the chicken and potatoes. Then I sprinkled the parm cheese over all. also, i only had larger gold potatoes, so i quartered them and they turned out perfect. will definitely make again! thank you!” – Roseanne

“This is a great recipe! My family loves it and I have made it once a week for at least a month!” – Riki

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Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes

This is hands down the BEST Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes recipe you'll ever try. Juicy ranch-seasoned chicken breast and parmesan potatoes cooked in 30 minutes in your pressure cooker - it doesn't get easier than this! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken, healthy, instant pot, mashed potatoes, pressure cooker, ranch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 pounds baby red or gold potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons dry Ranch seasoning divided
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese


  • In a large bowl toss chicken and potatoes in the olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Stir together garlic powder, thyme, basil, oregano, and 2 tablespoons of the Ranch seasoning. Sprinkle over the chicken and potatoes, tossing to distribute the ingredients as evenly as possible. 
  • Add chicken broth to the instant pot/pressure cooker, then place chicken in the broth, and top with the potatoes. Place the lid on in the locked position and turn the vent to the sealed position. Set pressure cooker to "pressure cook" for 15 minutes.
  • Once the cook time is finished, do a "quick release" by turning the vent to the venting position. Once float valve has dropped, remove the lid. Drain the pressure cooker or use a slotted spoon to transfer chicken and potatoes to a large platter. 
  • Sprinkle with Ranch seasoning and parmesan cheese and garnish with chopped thyme or parsley if desired before serving. 

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what is an instant pot? EVERYTHING LOOKS FABULOUS!

    An instant pot is a new age pressure cooker! They’re fantastic and very fun to use 🙂

      This sounds delicious! i plan on making it tonight. would you recommend adding yellow summer squash or do you think that should be cooked separate?

        I think that you could but the cook time would be much shorter for the squash- thats my only concern!

hello! I want to make this recipe with 2 chicken breasts instead of 4, do I need to reduce the cooking time?

    You shouldn’t have to- I recommend keeping the cook time the same!

      It came out great! New favorite instant pot recipe. I’m GOINg to make it again and was thinking about adding green beans, would They be mush if I cooked it all together or should I cook them SEPARATELy?

5 stars
i made this for dinner toniGhT and it was Veey good. I would recommend removing it from the instant pot with a Slotted food because the brotH is delicious!

    Not sure why my comment posted wIerdly, it was in all caps when i typed.

    Thanks for your feedback, Ashley! Happy to hear it turned out delicious for you!!

Hey Tiffany.. absolutely love your recipes. Was wondering, how did you get your chicken nice and brown? although delicious, mine was not as pretty and as a general rule I’ve never been able to get chicken as pretty as yours from the instant pot or crock pot without broiling, etc. Do you have any tips? Thanks.

    It’s just in the seasonings! But my pro tip would be to brown the chicken on the saute setting for 1-2 minutes on each side for added color. Thanks for your sweet compliment, Lauren!!

      Do you saute before or after?

        Before you pressure cook the meat

      Can pro tips be viewed in the recipe?

5 stars
I’ve been cooking recipes from the web for years. This is my first comment to any site because it’s the first time anything was this AMAZING! My picky family loved it! I plan on trying many more of your recipes. THANKS!

    Super excited that you have found a favorite here, Tamme! Best compliment ever. I hope you find more that you and your family love!

I would like to make this with 2 chicken breasts. Do I halve the spices, including halving the ranch dressing. Any other suggestions? could leftovers be heated in microwave the next day?

    Just half the entire thing- it should come out ok! But if you don’t want to do that… leftovers could be reheated the next day! Or you could even freeze the chicken for another meal later!

I seasoneD frozen chi and po with 3 tablespOons of oil and cooked for 20 min! Done! It was delicious!made its own little gravy. My family❤️

    Awesome, Kim!!

The instructions say cook 15 minutes but the prep/cook time listed above the ingredients say cook 30 minutes. Which is correct??

    Hi Marie- both are correct because it takes about 10 minutes to pressurize before the 15 minutes starts and about 5 min for a quick release!

    So glad you asked, i was struggling w/this as well! I like the answer – bonus!

I did this with italian seasoning instead of ranch and it was deliscious

    Yummm! I bet that was delicious- thanks for sharing, Meridyth!

Has anyone tried making this in the insta pot aura

    Aura isn’t a pressure cooker, (I initially made the same mistake) so the cooking process would be more like that of a slow cooker. You can make ranch chicken in a slow cooker, I know I’ve done it before, just google a recipe. 🙂

In the recipe it says to put the chicken on the bottom and top with potatoes but the pic shows the chicken on top. Which is correct?

    Hi Christina- sorry for the confusion… the recipe is correct as written, top with the potatoes. I put the chicken like that for the pictures so that you could see the seasoned, cooked chicken!

5 stars
Made this with Deboned Thighs- and water instead of broth, it was Amazingly Tender and delicious!

    Very interesting! I am happy to hear that it turned out great for you- thanks for your feedback, Tonya!


    For this recipe with the cook time stated it should turn out just fine with doing a quick release- but if you’d rather do a natural release, I’m sure it would turn out just fine, too.

How many Pounds of meat per CHICKEN breasT?

    I don’t have an exact number for you but I’d say on average maybe 7-10 oz

Did you brown the chicken?

    I often times brown the chicken for a few minutes on saute mode! I did with the chicken pictured here! It’s not a MUST do step, more so just a preference!

Hi! CAN i USE Cut red-skinned potatoes instead of the baby potatoes? Thanks!


When you say 4 chicken breasts, do you mean halves?

    4 whole chicken breasts! Unless you have huuuuge chicken breasts, they could be halved!

How did get get the chicken browned?

    You can brown the chicken a bit on sauté mode beforehand to gain some color if you wanted to- optional!

Has any one tried making gravy from the drippings?

4 stars
Hello I have a question the direction say cook on Pressure Cook for 15 minutes, but up at the top it says cook time 30min? Where does the other 15 minutes come in to play?

    I took into account the time it takes for the instant pot to come up to pressure with the amount stated at the top 🙂

Mine turned out too dry. followed step by step. breasts weren’t huge, but not small either. I am new to the instant pot. can you let me know what i can do differently next time?

    New time you could try adding a few more minutes to the cook time or try a natural release!

      Mine came out dry too. I don’t understand why adding more time would prevent that? I’m new to instant pot cooking – what am I missing?

        I bet you’d have even more success with the same amount of time but doing a natural release- give it a try 🙂

5 stars
I’m new to the instant pot and this was delicious! when all was cooked and removed from pot, i thickened sauce with a little flour and served over the chicken and potatoes. Then I sprinkled the parm cheese over all. also, i only had larger gold potatoes, so i quartered them and they turned out perfect. will definitely make again! thank you!

    Great job, Rosanne! Thickening the sauce is a great idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Husband is allergic to ranch mix. Can you recommend a replacement?

    Shoot- I don’t know an alike substitute for that!

      5 stars
      Delicious!!! I made this tonight, everyone loved it!! Also, for the lady who’s husband cant have ranch, if it is because of the dairy, you can easily make your own dairy free ranch mix. I do it all the time!

        Thanks, Katie!

    You can find an allergen free ranch mix i think ots made by simply ORGANIC. Or you can try Penzeys spices. DepenDing on the Allergy. I make mIne non dairy.

    Susan, Try using Italian SEASONING. It comes out very flavorful and tender.

    Please read my comment below.

so is it 30min cook time or 15 min. You say set to 15min in the instructions yet the total time of or prep and cook is 10 min and 30 min.

    The cook time stated has accounted for the time it takes to pressure the instant pot.

In the picture, the potatoes are on the bottom of the pot but the directions say to put the chicken in first. Just curious if one way is better than the other.

    Follow the directions- I placed the chicken on top after for the pictures only! Sorry for the confusion.

5 stars
The chicken was so tenDer! Will make this again soon for sure!

    Fantastic! Super excited to hear that you loved this recipe, Kayla!

5 stars
This is a great recipe! My family loves it and I have made it once a week for At least a month!

    It’s the easiest weeknight meal ever! Right? Super excited to hear that you and your family enjoy this recipe so much, Riki! Thanks 🙂

Any other TWeaks for using a crick pot?

    Hi Kate! Follow the directions the same, except put the chicken and potatoes in your slow cooker and cook for about 3-4 hours on high or 4-6 on low!

5 stars
I just made this and it completely rocked. Thank you!

    Awesome job, Lindsay!

I have bone in chicken breast. How should i adjust the tIme? (Sorry for all caps)

    Hi Trish- you will definitely need a few extra minutes.. I don’t know exactly how many but I’d start with an additional 5 minutes at first. I haven’t tried this recipe with bone in, so I can’t say for sure at this time! Definitely keep me posted!

You say use reMaining parmesAn cheese, iS it used in the recipe before that?

    Thanks for pointing out that typo, Kathy- it’s fixed!

Hi. I would like to double this recipe in my 8 quart. Should i increae time and if So, for how long? TY

    You shouldn’t need to increase the cooking time. Keep in mind that the time it takes to reach full pressure will be a bit longer since you have a greater volume of food in your cooker!

I WAS wondering if you could tell if the cook time would be different if I left out the potatoes

    The cook time should stay about the same!

I need to feed at least six. If I add more chicken and potatoes, would I use the same amount of cooking time?

    Yes! It will remain the same. The amount of time it takes to pressurize will likely be longer and where it makes up the difference!

5 stars
I was sceptical about quick release for chicken. And I rarely cook chicken in the ip anyway because I can never get it right. I made some tweaks based on the comments and o.m.g!!! I believe this had been added to my family’s list of favorites! I browned the chicken then deglazed the pot with the broth. Followed cooking instructions then finished off with 5 minutes under the broiler. Added cornstarch to the juice for gravy, which was a little salty but still yummy! Thank you! I will have to try some of your other recipes.

    It sounds like you did a great job, Jeannie! I am excited to hear that I was able to prove your skepticism wrong! 😉 Thanks for your sharing your feedback- happy that you and your family all enjoyed this recipe!

Made the cHicken and potatoes!! So DELICIOUS and so easy!!
THANK you!!

    Way to go, Cyndi!! Thanks for leaving your feedback!

5 stars
Super easy, fast and dang good! I add green beans to mine,

    Awesome job!! Thanks, Don!

5 stars
I was nervous, but now I’m impressed and grateful!
I literally just purchased an instant pot and looked up recipes. Your recipe jumped out at me as I had all the ingredients on hand. So I tried a new cooking gadget and a new recipe…both were amazing. Easy to use and the directions could not have been any easier or accurate. My very picky kids and Pickier husband loved it and goobled it up. The chicken was so tender that it easily cut with just a fork, as well as the potatoes. Both we so delicious and flavorful. I was completely shocked at the Awesome results. Please keep the instant pit recipes coming as my family and I are now loving a new, easy way to cook our meals. Do you have a direct site for instant pot recipes? Thank you so much Tiffany! You rock!

    Thanks for your awesome feedback, Meredith! Glad to hear that you and your family loved this recipe so much! You will be an instant pot pro before you know it 😉

    I don’t have a specific site for my instant pot recipes but if you use the search engine on the homepage you can type in “instant pot” and all of my instant pot recipes will show up there.

4 stars
This recipe is fantastic!! My family loved it. And said the potato’s are the best!!
It’s gotta be one of the best of the instapot we used thighs instead of breast and coconut oil instead of olive oil(didn’t have olive oil on hand) it came out awesome!!

    Awesome job, Joey! Thanks for your feedback!

    We used thighs as well. I like them better but that’s a personal choice 🙂

High pressure or low pressure??

    High pressure


    I don’t think you’ll need quite double the amount of liquid! Try adding it with just the regular amount and then before you seal it, check and see if you think its enough water to circulate all the way around. If not, add a bit more.

Do use the rack that comes with. It goes on Bottom of pot. Or just put broth only

    I don’t use the rack in this particular recipe 🙂

In the picture the chicken looks browned. . .did you brown it first?

    Yes- it’s not required but I do prefer to brown my meat prior to cooking it in the instant pot. Personal opinion 🙂

Can i use frozen chicken? Its not going To be completely tHawed out. Do i need to add a few more minutes? ThAnks!

    I would recommend you thaw the breasts a little in the microwave first. Otherwise, the spices and parmesan will not stick to your breasts the way they should in this recipe if they are frozen solid. If that’s not possible- you will you need a few extra minutes under pressure.

4 stars
The kids loved it.
Hubby LOVED it.

I changed it UP by reducing the potatoes and adding thick chopped CARROTS and served it with PAN fried butter green beans.

    YUM! Awesome job, Kath! Thanks for sharing 🙂

5 stars

    You are awesome! Thank you for the sweet compliment. Glad to hear that you enjoyed this recipe so much and learned a new trick! 😉

4 stars
The taste was great but 15 minutes is way too long. I was in a hurry and followed the recipe. The chicken was dry. 10 minutes max, 7 would probably work. Still really good. ThaNks!

    Thanks for your feedback, Kelly!

Is the cook time 15 or 30 min?There Are two DIFFERENT TIMES LISTED in the Recipe.

    You set it to pressure cook for 15 minutes.. the 30 minutes listed accounts for the time it takes to pressurize/depressurize.

3 stars
As far as taste is concerned, we loved it. But I am so disappointed that mine didn’t brown at all. The pic above Looks browned. Did I do something wrong?

    The chicken in these pictures was browned before placing it in the instant pot- just a personal preference!

5 stars

    Thanks, Jan!

jusu made this haven’t tasted yet but i think you should have Mentioned to saute The chicken first. I just noticed it in some of your comments that you did. Im new at this.

3 stars
I wanted to love it but the chicken came out so dry. I followed the recipe exactly and had thick chicken breasts too.

    Sorry to hear that you didn’t love this recipe- thanks for your feedback, Cate!

When you say “increase cooking time 20 minutes” for frozen chicken, do you mean add an additional 20 minutes to the timer. Or do you mean increase the time from 15 minutes to 20?

    It means increase from 15 to 20 minutes!

Oh n i didn’t saut m chicken be cook als my inst pot take a lo time to c to press and by the time my time on my p go off I st h 8-10 minutes l of coo in the imst pot wha do I do if tha ha?

1 star
Im sorry but this was a huge disappointment. Bland and dry. I’m not sure where all those terrific SEASONINGs ended up but they definitely weren’t in this pot in the end. I followed the recipe to the letter. I won’t be trying this again. Sorry.

on high or low pressure?

Haven’t tried yet, might tonight. Tiffany wanted to know if you had a blog or website that we can go to for just your recipes.

    Hi Cathy- everything on this site is my own. I write each recipe here 🙂

I made this using my ninja foodi and it turned out great! I was very flavorful and I skipped the salt. Will definitely make again! Thank you for the recipe!

    Great job, Tiff! Thanks for sharing!

These look absolutely delicious! You have amazing food photography too :] As much as I know my girl’s will love these, I know I will too!

    Thanks for the nice compliment, Maria! I hope you and your girls enjoy this recipe! 🙂

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2 stars
Not very flavorable, which Was disappointing. I followed THis recipe to a t and WHile it smelled good when releasing The steam, the chicken came out super tough and hardly seasoned. The potatoes, which i Was most excited For were a Mixed bag
Some were seasoned while others tasted like unseasoned steamed potatoes, not Appealing.

This recipe HAD a lot of promise And little follow through

    Sorry to hear that you weren’t completely satisfied with this recipe. Thanks for your feedback 🙂

How did you brown the. Chicken ? The photo of your chicken looks brown. Mine did not brown in the IP

    Hi Carla- you can brown the chicken by using the sauce function before cooking or even on browning it a pan on your stovetop would work. It’s not a requirement but I do tend to always brown my chicken before 🙂

5 stars
This was my first RECIPE that i made in my instant pot i was a bit nervous But your recipe was really easy to follow. It was beyond DELICIOUS. Thank you so much. I cant wait to try other RECIPES.

    Brenda- you’ll be an instant pot professional before you know it! 😉 Glad to hear that you enjoyed this recipe!

5 stars
This was a tha you

    Thanks, Patricia! 😉

If using frozen breasts, should I increase the amount of liquid in addition to adding 20 minutes of cook time? Thanks!

    Nope! Just increase the cook time.

Why does it have two separate cook times? at first it says 30 minutes and in the steps it says 15?

    The initial 30 minutes includes the time it takes to pressurize.

I just got a mini instant pot and having a hard time finding recipes. Do you think this would work about the same if I cut down on the number of potatoes? I have 4 small BONELESS breasts. (there is no poultry setting on the mini) Thanks!

    Hi Susan! To be honest, I have never used a mini instant pot and am not quite sure what will fit in one. Just make sure that you don’t go over the max fill line is my only advice!

1 star
TRied this TONIGHT based on all thE reviews – i won’t make it again! It was dry and tasteless! And, didn’t look anything like your photos. Did you brown the chicken before putting it in the instant pot? Very disappointed!

I made as the recipe stares except i sauteed the chicken first… great recipe! My whole family loved it!!!

    Nice job, Jill!! I typically always brown my meat beforehand as well- although it’s not required! Thanks for your feedback 🙂

I have been on the hunt for recipes to use with my fresh oregano, thyme and basil, and this uses all three! Have you ever done it with fresh? do you know how much i would use of each if doing fresh?

    Hi Rene! I have not used fresh for this recipe, yet. Keep me posted on what you do and how it turns out!

Hello…i am going to try this recipe and brown the chicken first. My question is do you brown the chicken prior to seasoning it or are you doing it after you do the ranch seasoning??

thank you!!

    Hi Robyn! Season, then brown.. but you will still want to sprinkle on more seasoning after you add the potatoes.

5 stars
This chicken was DELICIOUS.I have issues over cooking chicken breasts. In the instant pot it was perfect. Tender and juicy and the spices were great. Will make this over and over.

    Great job, Linda! Super excited to hear that you enjoyed this recipe.

Im confused about the cook time for the instant pot chicken and potatoes. At the Top it says cook time is 30 minutes. At the bottom it says cook time is 15 minutes. Can you tell me wHich is right please??

    It ends up being a total of 30 minutes due to the time it takes for it to come up to pressure. Set the cook time to 15 minutes as it says 🙂

Would it still gook the same if i doubled the recipe?

I am makiNg ThThis as we speak, but I’m curious I sautéed the chicken in the instant pot with a little olive oil before following the recipe. It was difficult to get it to bRown and i didnt want to sayte too long. What did i do wrong ?

    Nothing wrong- you did it correctly. You just could have probably just done a tad longer for more color.

I tried this last night and while the seasoning is great, i must have missed something because my chicken and potatoes came out Way overdone. the chicken temp was 190-200! what did i do wrong? i used a 6qt insta pot, high pressure, 15 min, quick release. should i have used low pressure?

    Hey Sara! I am not sure what went wrong for you- I haven’t had that issue. The recipe is written to use high pressure!

Is this recipe for a 3qt or 6qt pot? I have a 3qt pot.

    I use a 6 qt pot 🙂

5 stars
Chicken breast with potatoes… Everyone enjoyed. Thank you.
John M.

    Happy to hear this was recipe was a hit for you- Thanks, John!

This is the First recipe i made with my new INstant pot and it was delicious! the only thing i would change is the next Time i wil saute THE chicken first in THE instant pot as, while Delicious, my chicken didn’t have that great golden colour like yours.

Made this tonight, tasted great and will be made again. Thanks for posting it.

    Happy to hear you enjoyed this one!

Can I add carrots?

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