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Here’s an Easy Instant Pot Chicken & Sweet Potato Dinner recipe that only takes 35 minutes. It’s a delicious meal perfect for busy weeknights.
Instant Pot Chicken & Sweet Potato Dinner Ingredients
This recipe was created at the end of a long week when I hardly had any food left in the house. Please tell me I’m not the only one who runs out of food sometimes?
I was so happy that even though the ingredients are just so simple, they tasted great cooked together this way. Here are the main ingredients for this Instant Pot chicken recipe:
- sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
- chopped onion
- dried thyme (you can use whatever dried herbs you like)
- chicken cutlets or thighs, cut into 1″ pieces
- chopped canned tomatoes
- broth or water
- dried garlic
How to Cook Chicken in the Instant Pot
I am so in love with cooking chicken in the Instant Pot. I have yet to have a chicken dish that wasn’t juicy and full of flavor. I think it’s one of those foods that is ideal for pressure cooking, since the moisture is trapped inside the pot.
For Instant Pot chicken, the general cooking times are:
- Whole, bonelesss chicken breasts – 10-12 minutes
- Cubed chicken breasts or chicken tenders – 8-10 minutes
- Boneless or bone-in chicken thighs – 8-10 minutes
- Whole chicken – 23-25 minutes (or six minutes per pound)
Since this recipe uses chicken pieces, you only need to cook it at pressure for 8 minutes.
How to Make this Easy Chicken Dinner
You’ll never believe how easy this recipe is.
- The first step is to sauté the chicken and onion in the pot with a little olive or avocado oil. You can skip this step if you are in a real hurry, but it will add extra flavor to the dish.
- Next, add the dried thyme, garlic powder, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
- Cancel the sauté function and add the sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and water.
- Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
- When you’re ready to serve, stir in the chopped cilantro and fresh lemon or lime juice.
Oh, and I forgot to mention, this recipe is paleo, Whole30, and gluten-free!
How do you cook poultry in Instant Pot?
You can cook whole chickens, chicken cutlets, chicken tenders, or any other cut of chicken in the Instant Pot. The time needed at high pressure will vary depending on what type of cut you’re cooking. See my handy guide above for cooking different types of chicken.
Can you use frozen chicken in the Instant Pot?
Yes, you can cook frozen chicken in the Instant Pot. Just add 10 minutes to the time you would cook chicken if it was not frozen. Or, see my recipe for cooking Instant Pot Frozen Chicken.
How long does it take to cook chicken in a pressure cooker?
Chicken pieces usually needs at least 8 minutes at high pressure to cook in a pressure cooker. If you are using a whole chicken, you will need to cook it longer.
Other Healthy & Easy Instant Pot Recipes You Might Like:
- Instant Pot Chicken Soup with Rice
- Instant Pot Chicken & Potato Stew
- Instant Pot Beef Chili with Sweet Potato
- Instant Pot Salmon with Vegetables
- Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi
Here’s my printable recipe:Print
Here’s a super simple and easy Chicken & Sweet Potato Dinner recipe that only takes 35 minutes. It’s a delicious Instant Pot chicken recipe perfect for busy weeknights.
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken cutlets, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped (about 3 cups)
- 1 14.5-ounce canned chopped tomatoes, with the juices
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional, for topping)
- 1 medium lemon or lime, juiced
- Drizzle your cooking oil into the Instant Pot bowl and press the Sauté button. Let the oil heat up for about two minutes.
- Place the onion and chicken in the pot and use a wooden spoon or spatula to move it around. Add the thyme, garlic powder, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
- Cancel the sauté function and add the water, chopped sweet potatoes, and tomatoes, and stir to combine.
- Lock on the lid and set the cooking time to 8 minutes on high pressure.
- When the cooking time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure. Remove the lid and stir in the cilantro and lemon or lime juice.
- Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator in a tightly-sealed container for up to 4 days.
This dish will keep up to several months in the freezer.
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