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Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken


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Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken is a simple recipe that requires a handful of ingredients and less than an hour to make. This family-friendly recipe is a great way to get a tasty dinner on the table quickly on a busy weeknight.

If you like instant pot chicken recipes, then you are going to love this easy pressure cooker chicken recipe. Not only is this recipe delicious but it’s also keto and low-carb friendly.

Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken served with salad on a white serving plate.

Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken

Instant Pot cooking is easy and convenient, not to mention that it makes cooking so much faster than traditional recipes. By cooking under pressure, the Instant Pot infuses food with intense flavor and it cooks in a fraction of the time traditional recipes typically call for.

Why I Love This Recipe

If you are looking for a quick and easy chicken recipe that is both delicious and family-friendly, then you will love this Instant Pot Everything Bagel Chicken.

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for picky eaters

If you love Instant Pot chicken recipes, you may also enjoy this Instant Pot Chicken Tetrazzini recipe.

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Ingredients

You only need four ingredients to make this easy Everything but the bagel chicken recipe.

Ingredients used to make Instant Pot cream cheese Chicken.

Substitutions

Chicken Thighs: Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs can be used in place of the chicken breasts.

Pepper: Out of crushed red pepper flakes? Use a small amount of cayenne pepper instead.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this family-friendly flavorful chicken recipe.

How to Make Instant Pot Everything Bagel Chicken

This Instant Pot Everything Bagel comes together in just a few simple steps, and when you follow these steps you will be so glad that you did.

Step 1: Mix cream cheese and seasoning.

Mixed together your cream cheese, red pepper flakes, and 1.5 TBSP of everything but the bagel seasoning.

Cream cheese and seasoning mixed in a white mixing bowl.

Step 2: Score the chicken

Score each chicken breast about eight times. Depends on how large your breast is.

Step 3: Add cream cheese to the chicken

Between each score, add in your cream cheese mixture.

A piece of chicken breast on a foil topped with cream cheese.

Step 4: Grind the bagel seasoning

Take 2 tablespoons of your everything but the bagel seasoning and add to your food processor. If you do not have one, you can use the back of your spoon or a knife to create a finer texture. Add on top of each chicken breast. 

A piece of chicken breast on a foil topped with cream cheese and bagel seasoning.

Step 5: Wrap the chicken breast

Create a boat with your aluminum foil with the chicken breast inside each one.

Seasoned chicken breasts wrapped in foil.

Step 6: Prep the chicken breasts

Add one and a half cups of water to your instant pot. Place the trivet inside and add each chicken breast covered in aluminum foil to your instant pot. If you have a tall trivet, you can add that in for the third breast to rest on. If not, they can lay on top of one another.

Wrapped chicken breasts placed in an Instant Pot.

Step 7: Cook the chicken

Cook for 18 minutes on high pressure.

Step 8: Release the pressure

Once the chicken is done, allow them to naturally release for about five minutes, followed by a manual release by pulling the valve to release pressure.

Step 9: Check the temperature of the chicken

Insert a food thermometer to make sure that each chicken breast is 165°.

Step 10: Top the chicken with more seasoning

You can top each chicken with a little bit more seasoning, or chicken flakes. I like to eat it with a side of salad, a baked potato, or macaroni salad! Enjoy!

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Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Want to add more flavor to your chicken? Here are a few of my favorite ways to change up this recipe.

Garlic: Add one teaspoon of garlic powder to your cream cheese for more flavor.

Chives: Thin sliced chives mixed into your cream cheese adds a fresh flavor.

Mild: Not a fan of spice? Leave out of the red pepper flakes.

Cross section of Instant Pot Everything Bagel Chicken.

Serving Suggestions

Need some inspiration on what to serve with your Instant Pot Cream Cheese chicken? Here are a few of my favorite side dishes.

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Tips

Ready to make this cream cheese chicken recipe? Here are some tips to help make sure that your chicken turns out well.

  • Make sure that you cover up the chicken with aluminum foil because it will help keep the moisture in during cooking. This will result in a more tender baked-in flavor not dried out chicken.
  • The recipe calls for 3 chicken breasts, but that can easily be increased. I suggest doubling the recipe if you are cooking more than three at a time.
  • This recipe can be cooked in a slow cooker if you do not have an instant pot. Use the same ingredients and cook on high for four hours or low for eight hours. Follow all steps above.

FAQs

Do you have questions about this Instant Pot Everything Bagel Chicken recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Will last about 3-4 days after cooking.

How to reheat

Reheat in the microwave until warm, or reheat in a skillet covered with aluminum foil for 10 minutes on medium heat until warm all the way through.

Can I freeze leftovers?

You can freeze any leftovers in an airtight container for up to three months.

Instant Pot Everything Bagel chicken served with salad on a white serving plate.

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Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Recipe

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Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken

This is a simple recipe that requires a handful of ingredients and less than an hour to make. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 3 Servings
Calories 435 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Knife
  • Food Processor
  • Aluminum foil
  • Trivet
  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 4 ounces cream cheese half a brick
  • 3.5 tablespoons Everything but the bagel seasoning divided
  • 1 teaspoon Red pepper flakes

Instructions
 

  • Mix together your cream cheese, red pepper flakes, and 1.5 TBSP of everything but the bagel seasoning.
  • Score each chicken breast about eight times. Depends on how large your breast is.
  • Between each score, add in your cream cheese mixture.
  • Take 2 tablespoons of your everything but the bagel seasoning and add to your food processor. If you do not have one, you can use the back of your spoon or a knife to create a finer texture. Add on top of each chicken breast.
  • Create a boat with your aluminum foil with the chicken breast inside each one.
  • Add one and a half cups of water to your instant pot. Place the trivet inside and add each chicken breast covered in aluminum foil to your instant pot. If you have a tall trivet, you can add that in for the third breast to rest on. If not, they can lay on top of one another.
  • Cook for 18 minutes on high pressure. Once the chicken is done, allow them to naturally release for about five minutes, followed by a manual release by pulling the valve to release pressure.
  • Insert a food thermometer to make sure that each chicken breast is 165°.
  • You can top each chicken with a little bit more seasoning, or chicken flakes. I like to eat it with a side of salad, a baked potato, or macaroni salad! Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 435kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 52gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 399mgPotassium: 1119mgFiber: 8gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1067IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 326mgIron: 7mg
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