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Ginger Basil Chicken: An Easy Gluten-Free Instant Pot Recipe

The instant pot, or pressure cooker, is the latest kitchen gadget to make preparing a meal easy, even if you follow a low-FODMAP or gluten-free diet.

The pressure cooker is not a new gadget, but it has recently made a resurgence in modern kitchens across the country when the InstaPot hit the shelves of our favorite stores and online sites.  One issue my clients run into is how to use it without recipes that specifically meet their dietary needs. Overwhelm ensues and the Instant Pot joins the ranks of the George Foreman Grill and KitchenAid Stand Mixer in the back of the cabinet.  But don’t tuck that pressure cooker away yet!

There are so many easy recipes to make, from hard-boiled eggs to soups and roasts! A staple in many refrigerators is chicken breasts because they are so versatile and can be used in so many dishes, especially for those following the low-FODMAP diet or a gluten-free diet.

Here is an easy recipe that you can make with items from your pantry to create flavorful chicken breasts that can be added to pasta, salad, tacos, and countless other dishes.  It goes really well with my Low-FODMAP Fried Rice recipe.  If you don’t have these specific flavors, you can substitute them for what you have on hand.  You can’t mess up chicken!

Ginger Basil Chicken: An Easy Instant Pot Recipe

This easy recipe is low-FODMAP and gluten-free!


  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • tsp ground ginger
  • salt and pepper
  • 4-6 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup water


  1. Heat the Instant Pot on “sauté” and add the oil. The display will read “hot” when it is ready for chicken.

  2. Season one side of the chicken with 1 tbsp of basil, 1 tbsp ginger, salt, and pepper and place the chicken, seasoned side down on the oil, and season the other side with the rest of the ingredients. Sear each side for 3-4 minutes with the cover off.

  3. Once both sides are seared, remove the chicken from the pot and add the wire rack and one cup of water.

  4. Place the chicken onto the rack in one layer and close and lock the lid of the pot. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook for 5 minutes (it will take a few minutes for it to start).

  5. When the Instant Pot is done, let the steam release naturally for 5 minutes and then release the rest by moving the valve to “release.” Make sure to keep your hand out of the way of the steam.

  6. Remove the lid and enjoy your chicken!

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