Delicious and Moist Instant Pot Chicken for Sandwiches, Salads, Etc.

I’m really a lover of chicken thighs because they are so moist. I’ve been eating them for years. However, when Weight Watchers changed to the Freestyle program this past December and chicken breasts became free points,  I decided I needed to figure out how to to love chicken breasts.  I think I’ve done it with these Delicious and Moist Instant Pot Chicken.

Brine the Chicken First

By brining the chicken breasts (or thighs) first, (preferably overnight), then cooking them in the Instant Pot, these breasts remain tender. If you’ve never brined a chicken before, don’t worry! It’s super easy! Basically you just let the chicken, water and salt sit for an amount of time in the refrigerator, then remove from brine and cook in your Instant Pot. That’s it! Super simple and now you have cooked chicken for all of your recipes-great over salads, in sandwiches, wraps, on thin crust pizza, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Make ahead on the weekend and place into freezer seal bags. Freeze and pull out as needed throughout the week.

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Delicious and Moist Instant Pot Chicken for Sandwiches, Salads, Etc.

  • Freestyle Smart Points:0 Freestyle Smart Points
  • Yield: about 96 oz

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Delicious and Moist Instant Pot Chicken – I’m really a lover of chicken thighs because they are so moist, but by brining the chicken breasts first, then cooking them in the Instant Pot, these breasts remain tender. If you’ve never brined a chicken before, don’t worry! It’s super easy! Basically you just let the chicken and salt sit for an amount of time in the refrigerator.


Ingredients

Brine:

  • 1 c. kosher salt
  • 3 qt. water
  • 1 pack of chicken breasts (I buy the big pack at Costco, fresh, not frozen about 8 pounds)

Other ingredients:

  • 3 c. chicken broth
  • 1-2 T. seasoning ( I like the Cajun seasoning from Costco, but whatever you prefer)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

Instructions

  1. In a big plastic container with a lid, or bowl mix 3 qts. of water with the salt.
  2. Add chicken. Cover with lid or plastic wrap.
  3. Allow to brine overnight or at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Overnight is best.

Cooking the chicken

  1. Remove chicken from brine.
  2. To your Instant Pot, add chicken broth, minced garlic and chicken pieces.
  3. Push the,  “Poultry,” setting on the Instant Pot and decrease time to 8 minutes, if it doesn’t decrease that low, push, “Manual,” or on some models, “Pressure Cook,” and set for 8 minutes on high pressure.
  4. When Instant Pot is done, allow at least 10 minutes before releasing pressure.
  5. Remove pieces from pot, allow to cool, then chop and freeze and use as needed.

Notes

If chicken is frozen, cook in Instant Pot about 10 minutes. Allow to sit at least 10 minutes before releasing pressure. Check to see that it’s at least 160° (it will raise to 165 after sitting a bit). If not, put the lid back on, set timer for an additional 2-3 minutes. Wait again at least 10 minutes before you release pressure.

If you aren’t doing that much chicken, feel free to cut the brine recipe in half.

This recipe doesn’t take the sodium from the brine into the nutritional account, so if you are on a low sodium diet, please check with your doctor about brining before you make it.

2 Replies to "Delicious and Moist Instant Pot Chicken for Sandwiches, Salads, Etc."

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    Brianna February 8, 2018 (2:38 pm)

    Neat idea to soak the chicken in brine and then cook it in the chicken broth! I buy these same chicken breasts at Costco every month and cook them with canned tomatoes to make homemade tomato sauce and chicken for easy dinners during the week. I’ll have to try this out!

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      Amy Lawrence February 8, 2018 (2:48 pm)

      Thanks Brianna! Brining is also great to do before you grill. I love doing this especially to chicken thighs-then we grill them, cut them up and divide into packages and freeze. Anytime you need some chicken, just pull it out of the freezer. Very tasty!

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