5 Easy Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Marinades

5 Easy Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Marinades | Get Inspired Everyday!

5 Easy Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Marinades | Get Inspired Everyday!

This post has been a long time in the making, but I’m so excited to finally get it to you! I developed these simple marinades to make dinnertime easier, but also still flavorful.

I’ve been testing and testing for the last several weeks trying to see what works and what really doesn’t. The good news is, these are easy to make. But while I was really hoping these would work straight from the freezer without having to thaw anything ahead, they’re definitely better if you thaw them.

You can cook them straight from the freezer, but I’ve found the chicken is always a bit tough this way. However I did find a work around for that which I’ve included in the recipe and tips below. If you don’t have one of these freezer meals thawed in the fridge, you can just cook it a little longer and make shredded chicken out of any of these 5 marinades!

5 Easy Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Marinades | Get Inspired Everyday!

The chicken marinade pictured above is the Ginger Garlic, and we served it with steamed Jasmine rice and sautéed/steamed bok choy. To make the bok choy, just add a tablespoon of olive oil to a skillet.

When the oil is hot add 1 minced clove of garlic and sauté just a few seconds, then add the bok choy and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Finally partially cover the pan with a lid and cook until tender, (adding water if necessary) which is where the steaming comes in. I love cooking all sorts of veggies this way because they’re so flavorful and tender.

5 Easy Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Marinades | Get Inspired Everyday!

There’s a few ways to freeze these chicken marinades:

  1. You can marinade the chicken breasts right in a 7-cup Pyrex dish like the one pictured above. 
  2. Or secondly you can use freezer bags, I used gallon bags because I was out of the quart size, but quarts would work best for 2 chicken breasts.

5 Easy Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Marinades | Get Inspired Everyday!

From there the marinaded chicken is frozen for a later date.

Tip 1: Be sure and add the cooking time on the front of the bag for handy future reference.

5 Easy Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Marinades | Get Inspired Everyday!

Tip 2: To thaw one of these marinaded packages, place them on a plate with a deep rim, or in a bowl to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Always be sure to place the frozen bag into some sort of container, because you never know when they might spring a leak!

5 Easy Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Marinades | Get Inspired Everyday!

5 Easy Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Marinades | Get Inspired Everyday!

And now some final notes about convenient work arounds!

  1. If you haven’t marinaded ahead you can still place thawed chicken breasts along with the marinade ingredients into the Instant Pot and cook them anyways. I’ve done this several times, and while they’re good, they’re definitely a bit more flavorful if you do have time to marinade ahead.
  2. You can also make these straight from frozen – marinaded or not. I like to cook them a little bit longer though and make them into shredded chicken. Trying to cook them from frozen as a whole chicken breast results in slightly tough chicken every single time. So by adding a bit more cooking time, and shredding the chicken, you avoid the tough factor and still have a good work around for when you don’t have anything prepped ahead! One tip though for cooking straight from frozen, is to make sure when you freeze your chicken in such a way that it’s in a shape/size that fits into the Instant Pot as a solid brick.
  3. And finally for the best flavor and perfect texture that’s not shredded, thaw the marinaded chicken in a bowl overnight in the refrigerator. Then follow the normal cooking time below and serve with your choice of sides.
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5 Easy Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Marinades | Get Inspired Everyday!

5 Easy Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Marinades


  • Author: Get Inspired Everyday!
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings for each marinade 1x

Description

These simple chicken marinades will keep dinnertime interesting while still being healthy and even Whole30 compliant.


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Ingredients

Greek Lemon Herb:

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Teaspoon dried oregano

1 Tablespoon lemon zest, grated with a microplane grater

1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 Teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

1/2 Teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup chicken stock

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 pound

Balsamic Italian:

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 Teaspoons Italian seasoning, no additives

1 Teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

1/4 Teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup chicken stock

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 pound

Cilantro Lime:

2 cups roughly chopped cilantro, not packed

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 Tablespoon lime zest

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Teaspoon ground cumin

1 Teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

1/2 cup chicken stock

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 pound

Ginger Garlic:

1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup coconut aminos, or gluten free soy sauce/tamari

1/4 Teaspoon red pepper flakes, or 1/2 Teaspoon for a slight spice

1/4 Teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup chicken stock

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 pound

Mexican:

1/2 Teaspoon ground cumin

1 Teaspoon chili powder

1 Teaspoon onion powder

1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder

1 1/2 Teaspoons ground chipotle powder

1/4 cup coconut aminos, or gluten free soy sauce/tamari

1/2 cup chicken stock

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 pound


Instructions

For the cilantro lime marinade, place the cilantro, olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, garlic, cumin, and sea salt into a mini food processor and process until it forms a paste/pesto like texture. Add the chicken stock and stir to combine before pouring it over the chicken breasts.

To make any of the rest of the marinades, mix together all the ingredients, and place the chicken breasts with the liquid marinade into a freezer safe container of your choice. I use either plastic freezer quart sized bags or 7-cup glass Pyrex round containers.

After prepping any of these marinades, freeze immediately. Or you can leave one in the fridge for up to 24 hours to cook right away.

When you’re ready to cook one of these marinades, remove it from the freezer and place it in a container in the refrigerator to thaw for 24 hours until the next evening at dinnertime.

To cook the thawed marinaded chicken, place it into a 6-quart Instant Pot. Secure the lid and set to ‘sealing’. Then select pressure cook and set the time for 8 minutes. When the cooking time is up, use the quick release function. When the Instant Pot has released it’s pressure and is safe to open, remove the chicken breasts. From here you can reduce the juices, or slightly thicken them with a teaspoon of tapioca or cornstarch mixed together with water and whisked into the juices. Use the sauté function to keep the mixture boiling while you do this. Serve the chicken with the juices and your choice of sides.

To cook from frozen, run the frozen container with the marinaded chicken under hot water until it loosens. Place the frozen block into the Instant Pot and add 1/2 cup water. Set to pressure cook for 35 minutes. Then use the quick release method. When the Instant Pot is safe to open, shred the chicken breasts and place them back in their juice to serve. I use a Kitchen Aid mixer with the paddle attachment to quickly shred chicken.

If you haven’t marinaded ahead, simply add the marinade ingredients to the Instant Pot. Then add the thawed chicken breasts and proceed as directed above with the 8 minute cooking time for thawed. To cook frozen un-marinaded chicken breasts, place the marinade ingredients into the Instant Pot along with 1/2 cup water. Then place the frozen chicken on top, and proceed as directed above with the 35 minute cooking time followed by shredding.


  • Category: Instant Pot

Keywords: Whole30, Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Instant Pot

40 Comments on “5 Easy Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Marinades”

  1. Hi, I’m excited to try these yummy recipes. We are a family of 4 so if I wanted to double the recipe, do I keep the cook time to 8 minutes?

    1. I’m not sure since I haven’t tried doubling these myself, but I think it might take more like 12 minutes rather than 8. If you find it’s undercooked the first time around, just slice up the chicken breasts and lay them back into the sauce and simmer until it’s done. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know how it ends up going!

  2. Daughter is thinking ahead about meal prepping for upcoming delivery in March. Saw the post on insta a couple weeks ago and it came to mind when she asked if I’d be willing to help. Hunted this down on your blog. Thank you for your time investment in making our lives easier! Haven’t yet bought the ingredients, and I’m CERTAIN these will be delicious!

  3. You can always pop the frozen prepped-chicken bags in a shallow bowl of warm water for 5-10 minutes to quick-thaw enough to avoid being killed in the IP from straight frozen 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for the tips! From a food safety standpoint it’s not recommended to thaw chicken in warm water, although I personally have done it more times than I’d care to admit when I’m in a hurry! 😉

  4. Wow, I love all the marinade choices! I get so tired of cooking after the holidays, and these will be so easy and time-saving to have in the freezer to pop in the IP for dinner.

  5. Wow, these all sound amazing, especially that cilantro-lime! This is such a helpful post! No need to search for a bunch of marinades… every marinade you could possible ever want is right here!

  6. We love flavor choices! What a great idea to put together such a combo of flavors to choose from. This makes meal planning so much easier. 🙂

  7. Omg when I saw this on your instagram I was thinking “cannot wait to check out these recipes!”…and here I am! Pinning for later :))

  8. These marinades look amazing! I can’t wait to try the ginger garlic and the mexican marinade… I am definitely going to up my game for Taco night! thanks!

  9. These are fabulous! The Greek Lemon Herb, Cilantro Lime and Ginger Garlic are totally my kind of marinades. I love that these are all Whole30 compliant too.

  10. These all look yummy and I can’t wait to try them, but I am confused with the cooking instructions. You say to place the thawed chicken in the insta pot and seal the lid. Then select pressure cook and set the time for 8 min. My pot does not have a button that says pressure cook. It says all the meat, stew, saute etc and then it has a manual setting. Is the manual setting the same as your pressure cook button? I am very new to this way of cooking and I have to say I haven’t been very successful. My meats are either not done or over done and way too dry. And every roast and vegi combo that I have put in there the vegetables are mush by the time all is done.

    1. Yes I’m pretty sure the manual setting is the same as pressure cook. I hope you have better luck with these marinades, I’ve found that an 8-9oz chicken breast takes 8 minutes to be done but not tough and dry. I did a couple larger ones the other night that were 12 ounces each and 11 minutes was perfect. So far I haven’t really done veggies, but sauces and simpler recipes seem to work well in the instant pot. Let me know how it goes or if you have anymore questions!

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