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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken

Think you’ve found the absolute perfect method for cooking chicken inside of your Instant Pot? Well think again! This Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken is about to blow your tastebuds minds! (Is that a thing? Let’s make it a thing!)

This Cilantro Chicken marinade is so delicious, you could eat it with a spoon! But don’t, save it for the chicken, it’s better that way! It’s a fabulous way to spice up taco night or build your own Zesty Chicken Salad, I think the pièce de résistance is that it pairs beautifully with my Homemade Salsa recipe. And all the pico de gallo lovers said, amen.

Two years ago I was 125 pounds overweight and I knew that something needed to be done. But I wasn’t willing to sacrifice flavor for health and I’m happy to tell you that you don’t have to! I took all of my old favorite recipes and jazzed them up with healthy new ingredients!

This chicken is special because it’s easily integrated into other meals and it’s perfect for meal prep! Shred it over salads, pair it with rice and veggies, or go for broke and serve it in corn tortillas on #tacotuesday! This mild flavorful chicken is something the whole family will love!

Transforming your eating habits isn’t easy but recipes like this make it a little more obtainable.

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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken

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  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth or stock


  • In a small bowl combine the chicken, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it inside of the refrigerator. Allow chicken to marinate for 4 to 12 hours.
  • Preheat an electric pressure cooker using the Sauté function, press the button multiple times until the display panel reads MORE. When the display panel reads HOT add 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and arrange the chicken breasts in a single layer on the bottom of the pot. 
  • Allow the breasts to cook for 5 minutes on each side. Add 1/4 cup chicken broth, then place the lid on the pressure cooker. Make sure the vent valve is in the SEALING position. Select the MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK function and HIGH PRESSURE. Use the +/- buttons until the display reads 6.
  • When the cooker beeps to let you know it's finished, let it naturally release the pressure for 5 minutes before switching the vent valve from the SEALING to the VENTING position. Use caution while the steam escapes, it's hot. 
  • Carefully remove the chicken from the cooker and serve warm. 
Servings: 4
Author: Brittany Williams


  1. This was the first recipe of yours that my husband and I tried. It is AMAZING! I have passed the recipe and your website into all of my friends!

  2. I only had about an hour to marinate this and I couldn’t believe how juicy it was!!! I can’t even imagine if I marinated it all night. Perfect off the BBQ and cut up over a salad. It’s a keeper!!!

  3. Chicken was so juicy & flavorful! We will be making this again & again. I even froze uncooked chicken with the marinade, let it thaw in the fridge and grill. So easy!

  4. Meal prepped this for a week of salads and was not feeling deprived or bored with bland chicken. It is very flavorful!

  5. This was so good! I love the combo of flavors. I added a tsp. of cumin and we grilled it on the outdoor grill. It was fantastic. Thank you!

  6. I really like your recipes, but I sure do wish they came with nutrition information! I’m keto but my family isn’t, so I concentrate on proteins that I can eat and that my family will enjoy, and without knowing the net carbs, I tend to scoot past your delicious recipes because it is a pain to import them only to see that I can’t eat it. 🙁

  7. I was wondering if you had ever had a problem with your instant pot getting to presume with only 1/4 cup liquid? I have read you always need a minimum of 1 cup so I’ve never tried less. Looking forward to trying many of your recipes!

    1. Hi Julie,
      Thanks for reaching out! If you have 6 quart Instant Pot (which is what this recipe was written for), you will be fine following the recipe exact. Chicken releases a lot of moisture when it cooks, and that is what enables the pot to come to pressure for this recipe.

  8. This was delicious. I will be making this all the time. I also used the leftover liquid from the chicken to make my rice, and it was so yummy.

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