Tender and juicy, this pressure cooked chicken breast is sure to impress! Today I’m going to teach you how to cook chicken in the pressure cooker!
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Why choose pressure cooking chicken over other methods?
I believe once you try pressure cooking your chicken, it will be hard to go back! Did you know that it only takes about 9 minutes to cook the most tender and juicy chicken in your pressure cooker? It keeps all the flavor and juices inside! It is definitely one of my favorite ways to make delicious chicken breast!
How do I pressure cook chicken?
Pressure cooking chicken is so easy and simple! You can pressure cook raw chicken breast in your pressure cooker for about 8 to 9 minutes depending on thickness. If you are in a pinch you can even cook it frozen. If you are cooking it frozen be sure to cook it for at least 10 minutes. The end result should be a fully cooked, juicy chicken breast that falls apart when you stick a fork in it.
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What temperature should the chicken be when it is done?
Chicken should always be 165 degrees. When The chicken reaches 165 degrees you know it is fully cooked. Always let the chicken rest before cutting into it. The chicken is much juicier when left alone for a few minutes. The best way to know if your chicken is up to temp is by using a meat thermometer. I use a meat thermometer all the time just to be safe.
What tools do you need to pressure cook tender chicken breast?
You definitely need a pressure cooker to start! Make sure your pressure cooker has some sort of wire rack that goes onto the bottom of your pressure cooker so the chicken doesn’t burn onto the bottom of your pan. You will need salt and pepper of course and garlic powder to taste. You’ll need a timer to time the cooking time after your pressure cooker comes up to temp. Something that would be helpful is to have a vacuum sealer to save any leftovers. When you use a vacuum sealer your food will stay fresher longer in the freezer.
Perfect Pressure Cooked Chicken
- 3 Chicken breasts or as many that is needed
- garlic powder
- Remover chicken from the package and cut any bones or undesired fat off.
- Season chicken as desired.
- Add one cup of water, chicken broth, or liquid of choice in your pressure cooker.
- Place the rack at the bottom of your pressure cooker.
- Lay chicken breasts on the rack.
- Secure your pressure cooker lid on properly. Please follow your pressure cookers instructions for proper use! Make sure the weight is on your pressure cooker.
- Bring the pressure cooker up to pressure. When the weight starts to jiggle, it is up to pressure. DO NOT TURN THE HEAT ON HIGH. I turn mine on medium low heat. In between the 2 and the 4 on my stove.
- When the pressure cooker is up to pressure and the weight is jiggling start your timer for 8 minutes. Do 9 minutes if your chicken is thicker than 2 inches, and 10 for frozen chicken.
- When the timer goes off, it is time to turn off the heat. DO NOT UNLOCK YOUR LID YET. Wait until the buttons are down, then remove the weight. There should be no hissing of steam by this time.
- Open your lid and let the chicken rest for a few minutes. After resting you may serve it any way you like!