Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken


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Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken is quick, creamy and comes out so juicy and tender, bursting with flavor thanks to the Everything but the Bagel Seasoning. It is a must try.

Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken on a plate garnished with chili pepper flakes and salad on the side with another plate of food and an instant pot in the background

This Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken recipe is my favorite kind of meal, it is decadent and so easy. Perfect for weeknight or even a dinner party, this chicken dish never misses, thanks to the seasoning.


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What We Love About This Recipe

The flavor makes this a winner. You will be able to pair this Instant Pot Chicken with almost any side dish, vegetable or pasta and have a winner on your hands.

  • 30 Minute Meal: The instant pot makes this a quick meal for any busy lifestyle.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge and it only takes four simple ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: It is creamy and full of flavor, so everyone loves this Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb or low-calorie.
Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken ingredients

Ingredient Notes

  • Chicken Breasts: Three chicken breasts
  • Everything but the Bagel Seasoning: No need to go to Trader Joe’s, everyone has this spice now, or make your own
  • Red Pepper Flakes: This is optional, add more or less as your family likes
  • Cream Cheese: Room Temperature for easy spreading
overhead view of Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken on a plate garnished with chili pepper flakes and salad on the side with another plate of food and an instant pot in the background

Equipment Needed

  • Instant Pot
  • Sharp Knife
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Aluminum Foil

How to Make Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken

These are the basic steps for making Everything but the Bagel Chicken. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutritional information.

cream cheese and seasoning combined in a white bowl

STEP 1: Mix

First, mix together your cream cheese, red pepper flakes, and everything but the bagel seasoning.

2 images showing a chicken breast scored with cream cheese mixture on the picture on the left and seasoning added in the picture on the right

STEP 2: Score

Then, score your chicken. Next, in the score marks add the cream cheese mixture. Then process the bagel seasoning and sprinkle on top of the chicken breast.

a collage of 2 pictures showing foil wrapped chicken on a white table and in an instant pot

STEP 3: Cook

Lastly, 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. Finally, 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.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Take out your cream cheese to soften and make your seasoning mix. Score your chicken and keep it in the refrigerator in an airtight container until you are ready to cook.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store the leftover chicken in an airtight container or wrapped well for up to four days in the refrigerator.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

The leftovers can be frozen in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to four months, Thaw in the fridge overnight.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

The cooked chicken can be reheated in the microwave until warmed through, or in the oven at 400 degrees for roughly 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken breast.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

A greek yogurt crema cheese or a dairy free cream cheese alternative can be used.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE A DIFFERENT SEASONING?

Of course, you can use any blend of spices that you like, make this recipe your own.

WHAT IS THE TEMPERATURE CHICKEN SHOULD BE COOKED TO?

Chicken should reach 165 degrees when a meat thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the chicken according to the USDA.

closeup of Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken on a plate garnish with chili pepper flakes

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Cheese: A sprinkle of your favorite cheese makes this chicken recipe amazing. Try a little Parmesan.
  • Variation tip: Try different spice blends such as Italian, taco or poultry blend for different versions.
  • Fresh Herbs: Finish with fresh basil, cilantro or parsley.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: The air fryer is a great way to cook this chicken, cook at 370 degrees for 10 minutes, make sure that the internal temperature is 165.
  • Bacon: Sprinkle with crumbled bacon bits.

What to Serve with Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken

  • Pasta
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Green Salad

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Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken

Corinne Schmitt
Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken is quick, creamy and comes out so juicy and tender, bursting with flavor thanks to the Everything but the Bagel Seasoning. It is a must try.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 3 servings
Calories 438 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • Measuring Spoons

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 1.5 Tablespoons cream cheese, red pepper flakes, and 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!

Notes

 
  • Add Cheese: A sprinkle of your favorite cheese makes this chicken recipe amazing. Try a little Parmesan.
  • Variation tip: Try different spice blends such as Italian, taco or poultry blend for different versions.
  • Fresh Herbs: Finish with fresh basil, cilantro or parsley.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: The air fryer is a great way to cook this chicken, cook at 370 degrees for 10 minutes, make sure that the internal temperature is 165.
  • Bacon: Sprinkle with crumbled bacon bits.

Nutrition

Calories: 438kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 52gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 183mgSodium: 396mgPotassium: 1116mgFiber: 8gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1067IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 326mgIron: 7mg
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