How To Make 3 Easy “Dump Chicken” Recipes In Your Instant Pot

Instant Pot Dump Chicken

“Dump chicken” (despite it’s somewhat questionable name) has long been one of my go-to crockpot dinners. You can probably find a thousand different dump chicken recipes on Pinterest, but my personal favorite version of dump chicken is flavored with lots of lemon and garlic. (In fact, I’ve written a whole blog post about that recipe – check it out using the link below!) Dump chicken makes a great weeknight meal because they’re easy to make ahead of time and freeze for later use.

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I’ll be sharing a few more tasty dump chicken recipes today, but with a twist! Instead of focusing on crockpots as the cooking apparatus, I’ll be showing you how to make dump chicken in your Instant Pot! It’s so dang quick and easy to do, and it’s endlessly versatile too. Read on for 3 yummy dump chicken recipes (lemon garlic, salsa, and honey dijon), as well as a few tips for creating your own unique variations on dump chicken right in your Instant Pot!

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3 Instant Pot Dump Chicken Recipes

Instant Pot Dump Chicken

1. Lemon Garlic Dump Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp parsley flakes
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (or the juice of one whole lemon)
  • 4-6 chicken breasts (or 8 to 10 chicken tenders)

Instant Pot Dump Chicken

Directions:

Combine the garlic, olive oil, parsley, lemon juice, and chicken in a ziplock bag. Let the chicken marinate in the bag for at least 2 hours, or you can freeze it to cook later.

When you’re ready to cook the chicken, empty the contents of the bag into your Instant Pot. Add water and a bit of extra lemon juice until you have about 1 cup of liquid in the pot.

If your chicken is not frozen, cook it on high pressure for 10 minutes. If it is frozen, cook it on high pressure for 20 minutes. When the cooking time is up, press the “Cancel” button and use the Quick Release valve. Remove the chicken from the pot.

Instant Pot Dump Chicken

At this point, you can either discard the remaining liquid, or make a sauce with it. To make a sauce, select the “sauté” function on your Instant Pot and add around 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Whisk constantly until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.

Serve your Lemon Garlic Chicken warm, topped with the sauce if you made one, alongside some steamed veggies and potatoes or rice. Enjoy your quick and tasty dinner!

Instant Pot Dump Chicken

2. Salsa Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup water (if necessary*)

*Note: The salsa I used was a pico de gallo that didn’t have much liquid content, so I added a cup of water to my Instant Pot along with the salsa. If you’re using a “saucier” or more liquid-y salsa, you probably won’t need to add the water.

Directions:

Add the chicken, salsa, and water (if necessary) to your Instant Pot.

Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. (Again, if the chicken is frozen, cook for 20 minutes.) When the cooking time is up, press “Cancel” and use the Quick Release valve.

Pull the chicken and salsa out of the pot, and discard any leftover water/liquid. Use a couple of forks to shred the chicken and mix the salsa throughout.

Use your salsa chicken for tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, or in a burrito bowl!

Instant Pot Dump Chicken

3. Honey Dijon Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup mustard
  • 1/2 cup honey

Directions:

Add the chicken, mustard, and honey to your Instant Pot, along with 1/2 cup of water if the honey and mustard mixture seems a bit thick.

Cook for 10 minutes on high pressure, or 20 minutes for frozen. When the timer is up, press “Cancel” and use the Quick Release valve.

Remove the chicken from the pot, then either discard the liquid or you can choose to make a sauce with it. (To make a sauce, select the “sauté” function on your Instant Pot and add around 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Whisk constantly until thickened.)

Shred the chicken, then serve it with rice, potatoes, or as a sandwich. Top with the honey dijon sauce, if desired. :-)

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Tips For Perfect Instant Pot Chicken

  • This method is easily adaptable, and you can use almost any kind of sauce you can think of. Just make sure you have about 1 cup of water/liquid in the Instant Pot before cooking, so that it can build up enough pressure to cook. (This could be 1/2 cup of sauce and 1/2 cup of water, or all sauce, or all water, depending on the recipe.)
  • Most sauces and marinades will taste better if you let the chicken marinate in them for a while. A good rule of thumb is to marinate the chicken for at least 2 hours in your chosen sauce or marinade. You can also let it hang out in the fridge for up to 2 days for a more intense flavor.

Instant Pot Dump Chicken

Honey Dijon Chicken

Jill Nystul
Dump chicken dinners are so incredibly simple in the Instant Pot, and this honey dijon chicken recipe is one of my absolute favorites. Just three easy ingredients and it's ready in minutes!
4 from 18 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 430 kcal

Ingredients
  

Honey Dijon Chicken

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup mustard
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water

Honey Dijon Sauce

  • 3 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions
 

Honey Dijon Chicken

  • Add the chicken, mustard, and honey to your Instant Pot, along with 1/2 cup of water if the honey and mustard mixture seems a bit thick.
  • Cook for 10 minutes on high pressure, or 20 minutes for frozen. When the timer is up, press “Cancel” and use the Quick Release valve.

Honey Dijon Sauce

  • Remove the chicken from the pot, then either discard the liquid or you can choose to make a sauce with it. (To make a sauce, select the “sauté” function on your Instant Pot and add around 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Whisk constantly until thickened.)
  • Shred the chicken, then serve it with rice, potatoes, or as a sandwich. Top with the honey dijon sauce, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 430kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 49gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 619mgPotassium: 901mgFiber: 1gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 90IUVitamin C: 3.4mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1.5mg

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  • Jillee, which Instant Pot do you have that only needs 1 cup of water? Mine requires 1.5 cups. How do I make the recipes, with so much more water/liquid?

    • Jaime, the amount of water you use in an instant pot differs based on the recipe. There is not a set amount of water, based on the instant pot you have. The more liquid that is included in the recipe, the less water you need.

  • Regarding cooking thawed/fresh chicken and frozen chicken…my understanding is not to cook the frozen chicken longer but the same as the thawed/fresh chicken because the pressure cooker/instant pot will just take longer to come to pressure. I have not seen to cook the meat longer in any instructions I have read. Thanks for the great recipes!

  • Thanks for the recipes, we love our pressure cooker. One tip I’d like to share is to use unsalted chicken stock (or beef or vegetable stock depending on what you are making) instead of water, it adds a lot more flavor to your recipes. We love unsalted Kitchen Basics stock which has a lot more flavor than store bought broth.

  • Can you make apple sauce and salsa with a Instant pot?
    I thought cooking meat to fast wasn’t as good as cooking meat slowly…any ideas on this?

    • Cooking meat fast isn’t always the best, but the conditions change when pressure is involved. Since the instant pot cooks using intense pressure, you still get tender, juicy meat – even when it’s cooked quickly!

      And yes – you can definitely make apple sauce and salsa. :-)

      • So an instant pot is a new name for pressure cooler? How is it different? Can crock pot be used for these recipes and just cook longer?

      • Crock pots are slow cookers, while pressure cookers (including the Instant Pot) are FAST! The Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker – essentially a pressure cooker that plugs in and has programs for rice, sautéing, yogurt and more!

        You could use these recipes in the slow cooker, but the times would be very different and you wouldn’t need as much liquid. :-)

  • I love your blog. I am learning so much about my ONE POT. I constantly am learning more things from your blog. Never too old to learn, I say. Today if my birthday and I am now 74 and loving every minute of it.

    Jacque

  • Thank you for all of the awesome tips, Jillee. I love your blog!
    I was told that when cooking meat in the Instant Pot to never use the Quick Release. Only a Natural Release should be used because the Quick Release sucks the moisture out of the meat. I don’t know if you’ve noticed the same thing, but I’ve definitely found that to be true. I’ve mistakenly made some very dry chicken in my IP before.

  • I just got an Instant Pot after hearing about them for so long. Also I was so intrigued to hear it was invented by a laid off scientist here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada where I live. That was cool to learn!

    It’s much more than just a pressure cooker and I love how easy it is to use. I’ve just got it and have been trying to use it for every dinner.

    Thank you for all these great recipes and tips. I’m loving my Instant Pot. It suits my last minute personality perfectly.

    • It is the same as a pressure cooker plus a whole lot more. Many many uses and lots of helpful people that share their ideas, plus the instant pot groups on facebook. I love mine!

      • I got mine a week ago and have already used it three times. I love it! There are tons of recipes on Pinterest for all kinds of recipes. I bought it to replace a slow cooker – but using the pressure cooker options that are so much faster – I will probably use them so much more. I am so glad I read about the Instant Pot on this site.

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