Instant Pot Chicken Salad

Instant Pot Chicken Salad is an easy recipe that makes a delicious lunch or dinner. Chicken salad is coated in spices and light mayo, and tossed with grapes and celery to make the perfect healthy meal.

It’s perfect served as a sandwich or dip with some pita chips!

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This Chicken Salad is packed with tender, juicy chicken coated in fragrant spices and combined with crisp grapes and crunchy celery, this salad is bursting with flavor and texture.

The use of an Instant Pot makes sure that the chicken is cooked to perfection every time, making this recipe incredibly simple and quick to prepare.

What makes this chicken salad recipe unique is the use of an Instant Pot. This popular kitchen appliance allows for easy and efficient cooking, perfect for busy families looking for a delicious meal without spending too much time in the kitchen.

plate of instant pot chickne salad

Chicken salad quickly became one of my go-to lunches because it was an easy to make protein-packed dish that I could make a huge batch of and bring to work.

I like to pair mine with a little salad to make it a complete meal!

Try out this easy Instant Pot chicken salad for your next lunch or dinner and you won’t be disappointed!

What to Serve with Instant Pot Chicken Salad

There are countless delicious and nutritious options for serving alongside Instant Pot Chicken Salad. One popular choice is to pair it with a variety of whole wheat crackers, such as crispy wheat thins or hearty pita chips.

These provide a satisfying crunch and make the perfect utensil for scooping up the chicken salad.

For those looking to add more greens to their meal, serving the chicken salad over a bed of mixed greens is an excellent option. The combination of the warm, flavorful chicken with the cool, crisp greens creates a delicious contrast in textures and flavors.

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For a heartier meal, Instant Pot Chicken Salad can also be served on top of whole wheat bread or as a wrap in a tortilla or pita pocket. These options provide an extra source of carbohydrates and make for a more filling meal.

Another great option is to serve the chicken salad on top of quinoa or brown rice. This adds an extra boost of protein and fiber, making for a well-rounded and satisfying meal.

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Equipment Needed

To make this recipe there are a few different tools you’ll need to make this recipe. I found them on Amazon and have put together this list of Amazon affiliate links to help you find them.

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Benefits of Making Chicken in the Instant Pot

One of the biggest advantages of making chicken in an Instant Pot is its convenience. With just a few simple steps, you can have a flavorful and tender chicken ready to be used in your salad.

But apart from this obvious benefit, there are other advantages to using an Instant Pot for cooking chicken.

The Instant Pot cooks chicken quickly and efficiently. With its pressure cooking function, it can cook a whole chicken in just about 30 minutes, compared to over an hour in the oven.

This not only saves time but also helps retain the moisture and flavor of the chicken.

Using an Instant Pot for cooking chicken is a healthier alternative. The sealed environment and steam produced by the pot help to lock in nutrients and flavors, resulting in a more nutritious and flavorful dish.

It also requires less (if any) oil for cooking, making it a healthier way of preparing chicken.

scoop of chicken salad on a pita chip

Another benefit is that an Instant Pot can be used for different cooking methods, such as sautéing and slow cooking. This means you can use it to create a variety of chicken dishes beyond just salads.

It’s a versatile tool that allows you to experiment with different flavors and cooking techniques.

The Instant Pot is also a convenient option when it comes to cleanup. With fewer pots and pans used, it reduces the amount of cleaning required after preparing your chicken salad.

And for those who are always on-the-go, the Instant Pot makes meal prep a breeze. You can easily cook a large batch of chicken at once and have it ready to be used throughout the week for salads or other meals.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I do a Natural Release on the Instant Pot?

Natural release is a fancy way of saying to just let the Instant Pot sit when it’s done cooking. When the Instant Pot finishes cooking the keep warm timer will turn on – let the timer hit the 10 minutes and then release pressure (there won’t be too much pressure to release).

New to Instant Pot cooking? Check out my ultimate guide here!

instant pot chicken salad on a plate with pita chips

How do I Store Leftovers?

Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. I don’t recommend freezing leftovers.

Can I use fresh chicken breast?

Yes! Fresh chicken breast can be used instead of frozen and same cook times can be used. The difference will be fresh chicken breast will come to pressure a little more quickly than frozen chicken will.

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More Instant Pot Recipes

Satisfy your cravings with these mouth-watering Chicken Burrito Bowls that can be made in no time using your trusty Instant Pot.

Looking for a hearty and delicious meal? Try this Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes dish that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Impress your friends and family with tender and flavorful Instant Pot Pulled Pork cooked to perfection every time.

Say goodbye to lumpy mashed potatoes and hello to creamy goodness with this simple and easy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe.

Instant Pot Chicken Salad

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Instant Pot Chicken Salad is the perfect light lunch or dinner! It's an easy to make meal that's great served with pita chips, bread or lettuce wraps to keep it low carb.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 ½ pound of frozen chicken breasts about 2 breasts
  • 4 Tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • Handful of halved grapes green on red
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Place frozen chicken breasts in instant pot.
  • Add ½ cup water or chicken broth.
  • Place lid on instant pot. Turn valve to “sealing” position.
  • Press the manual button. Set to 10 minutes.
  • Once the chicken has cooked for 10 minutes, allow to naturally release the steam for 10 minutes.
  • Once it has naturally released for ten minutes, turn the valve to release any extra steam and carefully remove the lid.
  • Chicken should have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Using two forks, you can shred the chicken or dice it with a knife. Let cool.
  • Once fully cooled, add mayo, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, celery and grapes. Mix until well combined.


  • To keep this low cal, serve with pita chips, low calorie bread or a lettuce wrap
  • Recipe is 4 WW points a serving

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  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.

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