Greek Pressure Cooker Chicken

We have a section in our recipe index for Pressure Cooking, and some of our most popular are the quick shredded chicken recipes because they work well for easy dinners and also meal prep, if you’re into that.  I follow a basic formula and switch up the flavor profiles for variety.  This Chili-Lime Chicken is extremely popular, as is this Orange-Ginger Chicken.  Today I’m adding another quick-cooking pressure cooker recipe to the club with this Greek-inspired dish!  It’s shredded chicken with lots of herbs for flavor, along with roasted red bell peppers and artichoke hearts.  It works great served over rice, or my favorite- in a pita or wrap with cucumbers, tzatziki and feta.

Greek Instant Pot Chicken

Start by sautéing onion and garlic,

Sauteed Onion

and then pop some chicken in the pot along with some dry herbs and fresh lemon.

Greek Seasonings

You’ll need some chicken broth, and I almost always just add water, plus a crumbled bouillon cube.

Seasoned Greek Chicken

It cooks in about 6 minutes and then you can shred up the chicken,

Shredded Greek Chicken

and while you’re doing that, add in some roasted peppers and artichoke hearts.  These both come straight from a jar so this is so quick and easy!

Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Hearts

Just toss it all together and these will warm right up in your pot that’s still hot from cooking.

Diced red bell peppers and artichoke hearts

Add the chicken back in and a little more lemon and toss it all together in it’s juices.

Shredded Greek Instant Pot Chicken

You can eat this a lot of ways, but this is one of my favorites.  This chicken works great stored in teh fridge for a few days and for lunch I’ll wrap it up in a soft pita with tzatziki and veggies.  Quick and delish!

Shredded instant Pot Chicken on Pita

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Greek Instant Pot Chicken

Greek Pressure Cooker Chicken

5 from 2 votes
An easy chicken dish with bright, Greek-Inspired flavors.  Cooks quickly in a pressure cooker for a fast week-night meal.


  • 1-2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1.5 - 2 lbs chicken boneless skinless breasts or thighs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup chicken broth or 1 cup water and 1 bouillon cube
  • 12 oz jar roasted red peppers
  • 12 oz jar marinated artichoke hearts
  • optional: fresh minced parsley


  • Set electric pressure cooker to saute mode.  Add olive oil, onion, and garlic and stir for 2-3 minutes until softened.  Turn saute mode off.
  • Place chicken breasts in pressure cooker and sprinkle in all seasonings.  Add chicken broth and juice from half of the lemon.  Secure lid.  Cook on manual high pressure for 6 minutes.  Let sit for 5 minutes or so on natural release and then quick-release remaining pressure.  (If you're crammed for time, you can quick release immediately after cooking, I just find the chicken turns out a little better if I let it sit for a few.)
  • Remove chicken and place on cutting board.  Drain juices from roasted peppers and dice, drain juice from artichokes and leave as is or rough chop as desired.  Add both to pot and stir so they can warm through.  Shred chicken and add back into juices.  Add juice from remaining half lemon.  Stir everything together and add parsley if desired.
  • Serve on pitas with cucumber and tzatziki, or over rice or cauliflower rice, or in wraps, or whatever you like!


*If chicken is larger than 1" thick, cut horizontally to make thinner before placing in pressure cooker.
Alternate Slowcooker instructions:  I prefer bone-in breasts for slow-cooking, but you can use whatever you like.  Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 4-ish hours until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Author: Sara Wells
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Questions & Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe and have made it numerous times. It’s been a while though – how many servings does this make? I’m thinking about feeding a small crowd with it this weekend.

    1. Well it’s about 1.5- 2lbs chicken and depending on how you serve it I plan on 3-4 oz per person. Hope that helps!

  2. 5 stars
    I am a relative instapot newbie. Followed the instructions mostly – 12 min hi pressure for frozen chicken breasts, 5 min natural release and the chicken tasted great! I added sundried tomatoes since that was all I had. So yummy and quick! Thank you for all of your recipes – you’ve made me into a good cook!

  3. I’m going to try this as my first IP recipe! I’m going to use chicken thighs. I’ll eat over rice tonight and over a Greek Zoodle salad tomorrow, when I have to take my meal to a work event (this looks like it will travel well and taste great as part of the salad). Thanks so much for the recipe.

  4. This chicken was yummy but it turns out we’re not fans of the tzakziki/feta combination. I think maybe we’re just not Greek food people. Any other suggestions of how to use up the leftover chicken (because I made a crap ton)?

    1. haha, ya you must not be greek fans! You can use it in so many other ways- try it in quesadilla melted with a mild white cheese, or on a grilled sandwich, or over rice!

  5. This was a lifesaver! So fast and juicy and delicious – I loved the artichoke hearts and red peppers mixed in with the chicken. Thank you so so much for your wonderful recipes and hard work!

  6. I’m so bummed about cooking chicken in the instant pot. When I did your yummy taco chicken in it, it turned out great. When I just tried to cook the organic chicken I bought, it turned out soooo tough :0( what a waste! Do you know why it would do that? I want to try this because I’m making your Greek Gyros this week and I love those, so Greek flavors are calling to me. Do you put the chicken on the trivet or just on the bottom? Thanks for your help and always delicious recipes!

    1. It may have just been that particular chicken you bought. I don’t use a trivet, I just put it right in there!

      1. I made this and it was fantastic. We used it in very unauthentic gyros and the hubby LOVED it! To add to Bonnie’s comment – I bought organic free range chicken at WalMart over the weekend and did a whole chicken in the pressure cooker on Saturday and this Greek chicken recipe with the boneless skinless breasts on Monday and my husband commented both times that they were really tasty, but he felt like the texture of the chicken was weird. I just got my pressure cooker for Christmas so I didn’t have a ton of other chicken experiments to compare it to, but he hadn’t made that comment before. I also never buy fancy chicken, so I was wondering if it was the pressure cooker method or the organic chicken that was the difference. Bonnie’s comment has me thinking that maybe it was the fancy chicken.

        1. I don’t buy it that often either because of the cost, so was super bummed to throw out that much money’s worth of chicken because it was tooooooo tough. (Not from making THIS recipe though :0)