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Instant Pot Chipotle Lime Chicken Breasts

Instant Pot chipotle lime chicken breasts are sweet and spicy, and ready in under 30 minutes! Perfect for tacos, wraps, or just served on their own. Freezer, gluten-free, paleo-friendly and clean eating.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 266kcal


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (roughly 2 large chicken breasts)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock or water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers
  • 1 chipotle pepper optional; for spice!

After cooking

  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


To cook right away:

  • Combine the honey, stock, salt, garlic, lime juice, adobo sauce and chipotle pepper in the base of a 6 quart Instant Pot. Stir until smooth.
  • Add the chicken breasts. Seal the valve and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes (see *).
  • When the Instant Pot beeps, release the pressure immediately (quick pressure release).
  • Remove the chicken breasts from the Instant Pot and set on a cutting board to rest.
  • Stir together the water and cornstarch until no lumps remain, then add to the Instant Pot.
  • Turn on the 'sautee' function of the Instant Pot, and cook sauce, stirring frequently, until thickened.
  • Using oven mitts, remove the insert from the Instant Pot to prevent burning. Slice the chicken breasts and return to the Instant Pot, stirring to coat in sauce.
  • Enjoy immediately!

To prep ahead and freeze:

  • Combine the chicken breasts, honey, stock, salt, garlic, lime juice, adobo sauce and chipotle pepper in a gallon sized freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible, squish the bag around until everything is combined, then freeze flat for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw completely, then follow the cooking directions above.



*The cook time of 8 minutes works perfectly for average sized 7 oz chicken breasts. For smaller portions, reduce the cook time 1-2 minutes, and for larger portions, increase the cook time by 1-2 minutes.


Serving: 1/4 of batch | Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 2685mg | Potassium: 480mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg