How to Pressure Cook Chicken & Potatoes


Pressure cooking takes the work out of cooking. Once all the ingredients are added and the pressure has been set; all that is left is time. Although just about anything can be cooked in a pressure cooker; a main dish of chicken and potatoes is one of the fastest and easiest recipes to prepare. As long as you pay attention to pressure settings, cooking times and liquid amounts; a delicious and easy meal will be yours in a short time with minimal effort.

Things You'll Need

  • Skillet (optional)
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 3 to 4 lbs. chicken breasts, bone-in
  • 4 to 5 small to medium potatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Timer
  • Add cooking oil to a skillet and heat to medium heat.

  • Add chicken breasts. Saute on each side of chicken breast for four to five minutes to seal in juices. Remove from skillet. Set chicken aside to cool.

  • Wash, but do not peel, four to five small to medium potatoes. Poke several holes in the potatoes with a fork to avoid split potatoes in the pressure cooker later. Set aside.

  • Add chicken stock and spices to pressure cooker.

  • Add chicken and potatoes.

  • Make sure lid is securely sealed.

  • Set pressure on high and cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Some pressure cookers have automatic-release settings. Check owner's manual to determine which one would correspond to 10 to 12 minutes of cooking on high pressure.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always have a timer available to calculate the different cooking times between meats and vegetables.
  • When trying to determine how many a meal will feed, keep in mind the 6-quart pressure cooker is standard for most recipes.
  • When choosing a cooker, purchase one with heat-resistant handles and a locking lid. If you choose one with stainless-steel construction, you can use the same pot for sauteing, if needed. Also choose one with a detachable pressure regulator that can adjust from low to high depending on the desired pressure for your recipe.
  • Always make sure your pressure cooker lid is secured tightly prior to cooking and there is no damage to the seal.
  • Never open your cooker before the pressure inside has equalized; refer to your owner's manual for proper guidelines.
  • Always use extreme caution when lifting the weight from your cooker prior to opening; the high pressure and the extremely hot steam from the cooker can cause severe burns.


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