Instant Pot Chicken Tenders Recipe

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My family absolutely loves these flavorful Instant Pot chicken tenders, and lucky for me, they’re really quick and easy to make! Cooking chicken tenderloins in a pressure cooker only takes 15 minutes and a few ingredients, which means I can make these any time my kids beg for them. Juicy, succulent, and rubbed in a tasty garlic and herb seasoning mix, these little tenders are the perfect dinner!

A plate of instant pot chicken tenders next to bbq sauce.

Chicken tenders have always been one of my go-to finger foods, perfect for party appetizers or easy meals. They’re always a crowd pleaser on game day, and my picky eaters never refuse them at dinnertime. When cooked in the Instant Pot, chicken tenders come out perfectly succulent and juicy, plus it’s a healthy option!

What’s in this Instant Pot Chicken Tenders Recipe?

  • Chicken Tenders: You can buy pre-cut chicken tenders (tenderloins), or buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cut them lengthwise into tenders.
  • Seasonings: Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt, and ground black pepper give this chicken a classic Italian flavor.
  • Chicken Broth: Helps keep the chicken ultra-moist while it cooks in the Instant Pot.

Variations on Instapot Chicken Tenders

One of my favorite things about these chicken tenders is how versatile they are! I just change up the seasonings to add something new into the mix. Try using taco seasoning, blackened seasoning, herbs de Provence, chicken seasoning, or lemon pepper seasoning.

Chicken tenders in an Instant pot.

How to Store and Reheat

These chicken tenders are great straight out of the pressure cooker, but they will keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days, in an airtight container. You can eat the cooked tenders cold, added to salads and sandwiches, or reheat them in the oven at 350°F until warmed through.

Freeze chicken tenders in an airtight container or Ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Serving Suggestions

These Instant Pot chicken tenders are great served with BBQ sauce, honey mustard, or Chick Fil A Sauce. They make a great topper for salads and a great filling for fajitas. Or shred them up to use in recipes like chicken chili and shredded chicken tacos.

Pressure cooker chicken tenders next to bbq sauce.

Notes and Tips

  • Searing the chicken tenders before pressure cooking is an optional step, but it creates a crisp skin, locks in moisture, and adds even more flavor. It helps to add a bit of cooking oil for this step.
  • Use a trivet for best results. This lifts the chicken up so that it’s not sitting directly in the broth, or touching the surface of the pot.

Top Reader Reviews

  • “This was the first recipe I made as trial and error with my new Insta pot–I have to say the tenders came out perfectly cooked. As with anything I added a little extra salt after and spiced to my personal taste. Excellent job thank you.” – Joe
  • “This recipe was easy to follow and cook time made perfectly tender tenderloins.” – Toya
instant pot chicken tenders next to bbq sauce


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