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Instant Pot Turkey Breast

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Tender, flavorful turkey breast, made in under 45 minutes cook time from start to finish!

If you’ve spent any time perusing the Internet for recipes in the last year or so, chances are you’ve come across the Instant Pot. As one of the newest trends in home appliances, the Instant Pot is marketed as being a multi-use pressure cooker capable of cooking a variety of foods with cooking times two to six times faster than traditional methods. It’s safe, energy-efficient, and versatile, and in recent years has been finding its way into the shopping carts of home cooks and professional chefs alike.

The Instant Pot: What can't it do?

A quick browse on Pinterest shows that the Instant Pot is the Renaissance Man of small kitchen appliances. Users have been testing the limits of its capabilities, making everything from whole chickens, to mac n’ cheese, to corn on the cob, to cheesecake in record time with this do-all electric pressure cooker. The Instant Pot is exactly the kind of timesaving, multi-purpose appliance that home cooks of fifty years ago would have imagined having in the future, which is fitting, considering it looks like a small spaceship landed on your counter.

Start simple

Depending on what model of Instant Pot you own, it may have up to ten different functions available, including "slow cooker" and even "yogurt." This turkey breast recipe uses only one, the standard “pressure cook” setting for high-pressure cooking, making it an easy and approachable recipe perfect for new Instant Pot users, or for anyone who is looking for a low-maintenance weeknight meal. The only hands-on preparation involved is seasoning the turkey breast halves, which takes approximately two minutes. The Instant Pot does the remainder of the work, and a savory and moist turkey main dish is on the table less than forty minutes later.

What is the best kind of turkey breast to buy?

This recipe calls specifically for bone-in, skin-on turkey breasts, which are both more flavorful and economical than boneless turkey breasts sold as skinless cutlets. As the turkey cooks, the fat from the skin renders into the bottom of the Instant Pot, just like with roasted turkey in the oven. If time allows, these drippings can be used to make a quick gravy on the stove top. The Instant Pot even has a “keep warm” function that will keep the turkey breasts from going cold while you whip up the gravy, ensuring everything is served together at the perfect temperature. If you’re in a rush or just don’t feel like standing over a stove, rest assured these pressure-cooker turkey breasts are delicious just as they are!

Whether you make this recipe for a weeknight main course with mashed potatoes, as part of your Sunday meal prep, or even a traditional American Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner, cranberry sauce and all, we promise these near-effortless Instant Pot Turkey Breasts will be a hit at the table!

The recipe is a Yummly original created by Sara Mellas.


  • 2 bone-in, skin-on turkey breast halves (one whole breast, total of approximately 5 lbs.)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried sage
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 cups chicken broth
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    1. Pat the turkey breasts dry with paper towels. Season liberally on both sides with the salt and pepper, then sprinkle with the thyme, sage, and garlic powder.
    2. Insert the trivet/steamer rack into the bowl of the Instant Pot, and pour in the chicken broth. Lay the turkey breasts inside the trivet.
    3. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot. Set the timer to 35 minutes on the “Pressure Cook” setting, and press start.
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    Calories15Calories from Fat9
    Total Fat1g2%
    Saturated Fat0g0%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat9
    Total Carbohydrate1g0%
    Dietary Fiber0g0%
    Vitamin A0%
    Vitamin C0%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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    McDonough 2 months ago
    It was good, but maybe a little bland.
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    MasterChefLillian 9 months ago
    Turned out juicy & quick. Highly recommend for a comfort meal.
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    Alma Z. 9 months ago
    You can never go wrong with Instant Pot. I added a few extra spices, and it came out tender and juicy. The hubs, loved it. Will definitely make again.
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    Steve King a year ago
    This turkey is far more flavorable than I had anticipated. The recipe is super easy and fast.
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    Trisha Gaudig a year ago
    Turned out great! i used the leftover juice to make gravy
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    Ronald Sheweloff 2 years ago
    So easy. Turkey was moist with great flavor. Made it again this year 2021 still the best way to cook Turkey. The spice mixture is just great!
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    Di Ann K 2 years ago
    I used a 2-pound breast for just myself and cut the spices in half and cooked for 12 minutes. The breast came out tender and juicy, very tasty too.
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    Angela Shelton 2 years ago
    I used my ninja foodi and crisped the top for 10 minutes afterwards. Turned out great.
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    Rachel Lamb 3 years ago
    DELICIOUS! A little dry, but that’s pretty normal with turkey. Made gravy on the side to moisten it up a bit. I definitely recommend this!
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    Dean Tabor 3 years ago
    Juicier than i would imagine. I'll certainly repeat.
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    Gwen S. 3 years ago
    very tender. i would definitely cook it again but maybe with more flavor.
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    Miss grey 3 years ago
    Fantastic so easy very moist great flavor I will never cook a turkey any other way
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    Kathleen 3 years ago
    The perfect solution for anyone who doesn’t want or need an entire large bird! I’ve made other versions but this recipe, with the addition of some granulated onion to the seasoning mixture, satisfies my yearning for that traditional Thanksgiving turkey taste.
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    Colleen B. 3 years ago
    Fantastic! Moist, good flavor and easy to make. This is definitely a recipe I plan to use again.
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    Kayla Lineberry 4 years ago
    sooo good. would definitely make it again.
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    Dan Wilke 4 years ago
    It was absolutely amazing, very good and so tender.
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    Hello Kristen 4 years ago
    So easy! Tender and mostly moist! Would use it again for sure!
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    Abigail P. 4 years ago
    Turkey was very moist and tender