This Instant Pot chicken and gravy recipe has tender chicken breasts smothered in gravy. It's easy to make and ready in just over 30 minutes!
Try my Easy 3-Ingredient Shredded Chicken and Gravy for a super easy alternative to this one.
So, I had this idea to do a Crockpot Chicken and Gravy recipe, and I knew I also had to try it out in my Instant Pot. It took a couple of tests of each to ensure that they were blog-ready, and I am glad to now have both recipes published. Update: you may also like my Skillet Chicken and Gravy recipe.
I didn't want to use a "cream of" soup in this recipe. I don't know... something about them I'm just not a fan of. Also, there are already plenty of chicken and gravy recipes out there with cream of chicken soup, so I wanted to try something a little different. It seems like Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning has been on my brain lately, so it was the first thing that came to mind for what else I could add to this recipe to get some extra flavor without a lot of extra work. I just love the subtle herby buttermilk flavor it adds to the gravy. I don't think you'd guess that ranch seasoning was in here if you didn't know!
One thing I prefer about the Instant Pot vs. the slow cooker is that the IP has the sauté function. It's so handy to quickly thicken the gravy at the end!
How to make Instant Pot chicken and gravy
- Add the chicken broth, ranch seasoning, garlic powder, and pepper to your Instant Pot and whisk until the powders have dissolved;
- Add the chicken and spoon some liquid over top if it's not entirely submerged;
- Seal it up and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes; once the countdown has finished, do a quick release after 5 minutes;
- Take the chicken out of the Instant Pot and cut it up/shred it; meanwhile, add the gravy mix and cornstarch slurry to your Instant Pot (hit the sauté button to help the sauce thicken faster);
- Add the cut-up chicken back in and combine with the sauce.
(Full ingredients and instructions are in the recipe card below)
Recipe notes, tips, and tricks:
- The gravy mix and ranch seasoning both have salt, so use low-sodium chicken broth if you're concerned about the salt content.
- You can make your own ranch seasoning mix if you prefer.
- Make sure you don't add the gravy mix in at the beginning - it contains cornstarch, and that is not a good thing for the electric pressure cooker - it can cause scorching and goes weirdly gloopy (yes, I tested it).
- Packets of ranch seasoning and gravy mix can vary from brand to brand, so that's why I don't list sizes, but the ones I used were each around 1 ounce.
More Instant Pot chicken recipes to try:
- Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
- Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
- Instant Pot Shredded Chicken (Chicken Breasts and Thighs)
- Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
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Instant Pot Chicken and Gravy
- 2 pounds chicken breasts boneless skinless
- 1.5 cups chicken broth
- 1 packet ranch seasoning mix (I used Hidden Valley)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch + 1 teaspoon cold water
- 1 packet chicken gravy mix
- Add the chicken broth, ranch seasoning mix, garlic powder, and pepper to your Instant Pot. Whisk until the powders have dissolved.
- Add the chicken and ensure it's mostly submerged (spoon some liquid over top if it's not). Close the lid, ensure the valve is on "sealing", and then set the timer to cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
- Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then quick release the remaining pressure.
- Take the chicken out of the Instant Pot. Mix the cornstarch and water together in a small bowl. Pour it into your Instant Pot, along with the chicken gravy mix. Press the "sauté" button and whisk until the gravy mix has dissolved. The sauce will thicken within a few minutes, so turn the sauté function off (press the "keep warm" button) once it's about as thick as you want it. Meanwhile, cut the chicken up, and then add it back into the Instant Pot.
- Serve immediately. It's delicious with mashed potatoes (or baked potatoes), pasta/egg noodles, or rice.
- 4 medium-to-large chicken breasts total about 2 pounds. Anything in that ballpark works. If the chicken breasts are very large, add another minute or two to the cook time.
- Use low-sodium chicken broth if salt is a concern for you. Keep in mind ranch and gravy mixes both contain salt as well.
- Here's the Crockpot version of this recipe.
- This is the 6-quart Instant Pot I used to make this recipe.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Big hit with my family! Easy and delicious.
Excellent! Thank you!
This was yummy and so easy to make. My husband said he loved the gravy. This one is a keeper!
Fantastic!! Thank you!!
We all loved this dish. I should have gotten the low sodium chicken broth though. I didn’t read that until it was too late. Tasted a little salty with those dry mixes added.
I had to use tenders and the cook time was perfect.
I'm so glad you guys all enjoyed it!!
Very good flavor. I realized that I didn't have any chicken gravy so I googled a homemade recipe and most just used chicken bouillon plus some spiced. So I added in some extra better than bouillon and spices to the pot and upped the cornstarch at the end to make sure it was thick. I also added a little lemon juice for brightness like I do for most crockpot/instant pot recipes. Great weeknight recipe!
I'm so glad you liked it!! 🙂
Sharon White says
We all enjoyed this quick and very easy chicken dish! Thank you, it was delicious!
I will look to make it alittle less salty.
Best of all, the whole dinner was ready in less than an hour!❣️
Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says
You're welcome, Sharon! We're so glad you found it quick and delicious. 🙂
I’ve made this a number of times and it’s always a hit. This is the perfect meal for when you don’t really feel like making dinner but everyone wants a homemade meal. And it’s virtually fool-proof. I use the McCormick’s Country Gravy packet, which I now just automatically add to my grocery list so I always have it on hand for nights when I need an easy, delicious dinner solution.
I love that!! 😀 Thanks for your review!
My daughter, who is impossible to please, absolutely loves this and we have it at least once a week! So thank you!! We make mashed potato bowls out of it, layering mashed potatoes, corn and then this delicious goodness on top! Soooo good!!
Well that's so nice to hear!! 😀
Just wondering, could I use 2 lbs of chicken breast tenerdloins and keep the same cook time?
Hi! I think that should be ok. I am somewhat concerned they may overcook as they're cut up and will likely cook faster, but I can't really advise on giving it less time without testing. If you opt to reduce the cook time a bit, just ensure they're fully cooked before consuming.
Can you use an Italian dressing mix packet??
Hi! I've never tried that. You mean instead of the ranch? You probably could give it a go. Let me know if you try! 🙂
Desirae Armstrong says
I tried this tonight and omg.. it was SO good. I didn't have the chicken gravy so I used turkey gravy, but everything else was exact. It was delicious!
Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says
Awesome to hear, Desirae! 🙂
Meagan Roberson says
What if the chicken is frozen?
Hi! I haven't tested it from frozen, but I'd probably add on an extra 2-3 minutes to the high pressure cook time. Just make sure it's thoroughly cooked when you open up the IP. You could always cook it for a bit longer on the sauté function if needed once you've unsealed the IP.
Jessi Jean says
Yum… My entire family loved this recipe, and it’s really hard to please the 7 year old;) Thank You for sharing!
That's wonderful to hear!! Thanks for letting me know! 😀
Kerry L Martin says
Hi this sounds delicious...just wondering if I could saute the chicken alittle before adding the broth and other ingredients? I made a pork chop version of this and browned them a few minutes and scraped the bottom using the broth. The gravy was good with the bits of browned meat in it. Tyia
Sure, I don't see why not! 🙂
When you take out the chicken in step 4 do you also remove what was left in the pot too? The chicken stock, etc? Are you putting in the gravy mix with that stuff, or starting new? That’s not very clear.
Hi Ashley! You don't take anything out aside from the chicken. You're just taking it out to cut it up. If I intended that the IP contents were to be dumped out, that would be explained. No one would know to do that unless it was clearly stated. You definitely don't want to dump that stuff out... it adds a ton of flavor (and the base for the gravy/sauce). Hope this helps! 🙂
Delicious and easy!! My 2 favorite things 👏🏼 Was going to do this in the crockpot and then found this IP version so I couldn’t pass it up. I did use 2 packets of chicken gravy mix and I don’t regret that! Looking forward to trying more recipes!!
Yay!! So glad it worked for you, Anne. Thanks for letting me know.
This was very good. I had frozen chicken breast so I cooked for 15 minutes, then released for 5 mins. Came out perfect!
Wonderful!! 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!
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Pam Cameron says
Thank you so much for this recipe. I have been wanting chicken in gravy and this was totally perfect! Thanks again!!
Yay!! You're very welcome, Pam! So happy it hit the spot. 😀
This was amazing! Super easy for a weeknight family meal, all 5 of us loved it! I doubled the recipe and it turned out perfect. Will definitely be adding this to our regular meal rotation.
Fantastic!! That makes me very happy! 😀
Anna O'Brien says
This recipe is so great! Do you have any suggestions for a vegetable that would go good on the side of this dish?
Thank you!! The first thing that came to mind is carrots. Or perhaps broccoli or broccolini or some sweet corn. Or maybe creamed spinach... here's my recipe if you're interested: https://bit.ly/3pT5QTO
Can I use boneless skinless chicken thighs? Any adjusts?
I think it'll be fine with the same cook time 🙂
Hi, does anyone have a recipe for chicken gravy?
Can I use frozen chicken breasts for this?
That should in theory be fine, but I haven't tested it. You may need to add an extra couple minutes onto the cook time.
Tina Compofelice says
Will the cooking time stay the same if I double it? Thanks!
Yes, that's what IP generally recommends since it'll take longer to get up to pressure.
This was so easy and comforting. My husband and I loved every bite. I appreciated a recipe without the cream of chicken as well. Thank you.
I'm so happy to hear that! Thank you, Crystal. 🙂
It came out sooo salty… I followed the directions to a T too. I think it was the ranch packet because everything else was low sodium? Not sure what I did wrong or maybe I have a low tolerance for salt.
Hi Megan! Bummer! Yup, it's entirely possible that you do have a low tolerance to salt, especially since you did indicate that you used low-sodium varieties (this is definitely a fairly salty recipe). You could also try making your own ranch seasoning from scratch if you'd like to try the recipe again... that way you could control the salt better.
Wondering how full this makes the instant pot? I’m wanting to double this recipe but not sure if that would work. What do you think?
Hi! There's a photo in the blog post of it in the IP that I was just staring at to try to answer your question (might help you judge too if you didn't see it). I'm thinking it may be fairly close (especially if you have giant chicken pieces), so you could probably just add a tad less liquid if need be, but I think it may work! Let me know if you try. 🙂
This was easy and delicious! Is hard for me to like chicken breasts baked and boring. Definitely need to watch the sodium as recommended. I added celery for a texture and extra flavor profile. I'm trying to watch how much I eat, but over a bed of rice this would also be fantastic! Thank you ~
I'm so happy you enjoyed it! I'm the same way w. chicken breasts. 🙂
Made this tonight and just shared with my 2 sisters. Delicious! Even my 2 and 3 year old ate this but we had to include a little bit of Creamy Four Cheese Rice a Roni with the bite of chicken to help them get it down. They are super iffy with how much they have to chew chicken but this chicken was just the right softness that it work out good. Thank you!
Aww that's wonderful! 🙂 So happy to hear that. Thanks for taking the time to write me a comment.
Recipe is for 6 qt IP. What changes should I make to use my 8 qt IP?
Hi! I have never used an 8 quart, so I have no idea. I don't think the recipe would need to change, though.
How about the already made chicken gravy? I couldnt find the packets.
hi i only have some chicken tenders...how much should i reduce ingredients by?
I'd just use what you've got and then tweak the recipe next time if you need to. There's really no way for me to know.
Finally a recipe that does not use “cream of ...” soup! I can’t tell you how many recipes I have rejected because of the cream soup. Saving this to try.
I hope you enjoy it, Anne! 🙂 I definitely tried to be a little different on this version haha.
Do you have to use a gravy packet? I don't have one.
I'm not sure what else you'd use, unfortunately.
Really all you need to make "chicken gravy", or any gravy, is a fat (butter, other fat), a starch to thicken (cornstarch, flour), and liquid (broth, milk, water, pan drippings). I would search "how to make gravy" on YouTube. It's super easy and quick, and you don't need a pre-made gravy mix.
I am thinking of trying this tonight; could I use frozen chicken or should I wait till the chicken is thawed?
Hi! Frozen chicken is fine in the Instant Pot, so in theory it should work (I'd add on another couple minutes, though). I haven't tested this recipe with frozen chicken, though... so I can't say for sure if it'll work. Let me know if you do try!
Did you try it with frozen chicken? If so, how was it? Thinking about trying it out real quick!
My husband is always suspicious of new recipes. He took one bite and exclaimed "Wow this is awesome!". He loved it as did I. Very easy to make and packed with flavor. He asked me to make it when his parents come over next for dinner so we could "show off our cooking skills". 😂 Thanks for a delicious and easy recipe! Looking forward to trying others of yours.
Haha that's excellent! Thanks for letting me know. I'm so happy you both enjoyed it. 🙂
I made it and they loved it! I think next time I might add carrots.
Wonderful! Thanks so much for commenting. 🙂 I think carrots would be delish!
Gravy congealed the second it hit the broth. Now I’m left with a weird congealed mess....
Hi! Did you give it a stir? Or whisk it maybe? It's pretty normal for gravy to clump a bit like if you're making it out of the packet you need to stir it a fair bit to get it smooth... that's been my experience, anyway.
The ranch gave it a weird....tang. It wasn’t terrible but I don’t think it’s going to be added to my rotation.
sorry you didn't like it!
This was so good. I added fresh mushrooms to the chicken. Then after making the gravy added frozen peas and carrots. Served over mashed potatoes. The only thing I changed was to use only half of the ranch packet to cut down on the salt. It is a one pot meal!
I'm so happy you enjoyed it! Love your additions 🙂
I have a question ! How big the gravy mix packet ? I have a gravy mix box but it’s a lot of gravy (227g) packet !
Hi! They seem to vary a little bit, but mine was 25g I believe (I don’t have any at home right now so I’m just googling). Anything around that 1 oz will work.
Can I use a jar of already made chicken gravy instead of the packet?? I cannot find a packet of chicken gravy mix anywhere! 😭
I think that should be fine! You may need to add a little more cornstarch at the end, but it'll be delish.
This was delicious and so easy, I will be adding this into my regular dinner rotation.
That's great to hear! Thanks for leaving me a comment, Sam. 🙂
Have you made this with frozen chicken?
Hi Holly! I haven't, but you should be able to by adding an extra couple of minutes to the high pressure cook time. As with any chicken recipe, it's a good idea to use an instant read meat thermometer to ensure it's cooked properly (165F).
I’m going to try this recipe for dinner tonight. I don’t have any gravy packets on hand right now but I do have a jar of liquid chicken gravy. Do you think I should change up the recipe in any way or should I just put the liquid gravy in place of the packet?
Hi! I would probably just add it in as-is. If you find the sauce needs thickening up at the end, you can always take the chicken out of the IP and reduce the sauce for a bit longer using the sauté function and/or add more cornstarch. Does your liquid gravy have cornstarch in it already? Instant Pot doesn't recommend using cornstarch in their pressure cookers, but I think as long as you've got enough liquid in there it will probably be fine. Let me know how it goes!
Made this last night and have some of the leftovers for lunch today. I might make a little more of the slurry next time, as the gravy never got quite as thick as I wanted it. But that's just a personal preference. The flavor is very good! I bought a pack of brown ready rice and stirred that right into the finished product, so it made kind of a chicken and rice gravy soup. LOL For lunch today, I'm going to stir some green beans into it. Very nice recipe!
I'm so glad the flavor was good for you, Jane! I love your idea of stirring the rice right in. Thanks for leaving me a comment! 🙂
Thanks for what sounds like a great recipe. My daughter does not like chicken so I try and use turkey when I can. Would you add anything or change anything if I need to switch from chicken to turkey for this recipe?
Hi Michelle! Turkey breasts tend to be quite a bit larger, so I would just be mindful of the size - perhaps cut it/them in half so they're about the size of chicken breasts so cook time can be kept the same? Other than that, I think it'll be fine, and I hope she likes the recipe! Let me know. 🙂
This was delicious. I made this today. I added in some carrot slices (mostly for color) and some onions to the gravy, and I served it over rice. I will definitely be adding this to my rotation! It's so good.
Aww I'm so happy you liked it, Alison!! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a review! 🙂
Can you make this in the crock pot? How long would I cook it for in the crock pot?
Nevermind! I saw the crock pot version link!
So glad you found it 😉