50+ Quick and Easy Instant Pot Dinner Recipes

50 plus of the most delicious, quick and easy Instant Pot Dinner recipes that your loved ones will enjoy! From Chicken and Beef dishes to family favorites like tacos and lip smacking ribs! The BEST Instant Pot Recipes the internet has to offer are gathered together in one place… right HERE!

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If you don’t know by now… I L.O.V.E. my Instant Pot! The new “pressure” cookers of today are nothing like the explosive time bombs our grandmothers cooked with in yesteryear!

Today’s Instant Pots have several safety measures built in to them for added peace of mind. They’ve been well thought out, with Safety at the forefront.

I’ll openly admit… I did a little duck-and-cover the first time I used mine…but it’s old hat by now! I absolutely LOVE that the instant pot allows me to prepare meals in a fraction of the time of conventional cooking! Bonus…the dishes are more flavorful and moist thanks to the sealed pressurized cooking! 

Since I have this new found love affair with my Instant Pot, I wanted a collection of amazing recipes.  I decided to reach out to some of the BEST food bloggers on the internet and ask them if they’d be willing to share some of their favorite recipes with all of us! Their response was overwhelming! (Foodie friends are the BEST!)

I had such a tremendous response, from the best cooks and recipe developers, that I’m writing a second post  just for “Instant Pot Soup Recipes”! Since soup weather is knocking at our doors I’m so excited to share those recipes with you too!

Right now…I hope you have fun checking out these delicious easy Instant Pot main dish recipes! 


50+ Quick and Easy Instant Pot Dinner Recipes

A collection of the BEST Instant Pot Recipes for the beginner to the expert. A delicious collage of main course dishes your family will love.


Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore is a favorite weeknight meal for my family. The sauce is rich and flavorful. The chicken is so juicy and tender. A fast and delicious meal that makes everyone happy.

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce - Easy, Heart Spaghetti Sauce!

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This Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce is meaty and full of veggies! Ready in 45 minutes and makes enough to save two more batches for the freezer!

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Instant Pot Dijon Shrimp Linguine [Recipe/Video]

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Instant Pot Dijon Shrimp Linguine is a family favorite creamy & comfort classy pasta casserole, perfect for weeknight meals and fancy dinner parties.

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Instant Pot Salisbury Steak

Instant Pot Salisbury Steak is a delicious meal idea. Thick seasoned ground beef steak patties with a savory mushroom, garlic, and onion brown gravy served over mashed potatoes. It’s quick, easy, and a dish your family will L.O.V.E.

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Instant Pot Korean Beef ~ so fast and tender!

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This Korean Beef recipe is done quickly in the Instant Pot. It is savoury and tender - even though cheaper cuts of beef are used!

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Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe

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Instant pot Mississippi pot roast is a quick and easy 5 ingredient roast recipe that combines the unique flavors of beef, pepperoncini peppers, butter, au jus mix, and ranch dressing mix to create a simple and juicy pot roast that will TRULY become one of your new family favorites! You can even make this a dump and start recipe by skipping the searing step!

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Instant Pot Mediterranean Chicken and Rice

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This Instant Pot Mediterranean Chicken and Rice is the perfect easy, healthy, and gluten free dinner recipe. Juicy chicken thighs and rice are so flavorful!

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

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Pork Roast in the Instant Pot is tender, flavorful, and oh so simple.  It’s an instant pot pork shoulder recipe that’s ready in under 2 hours and makes enough to freeze for many meals to come. 

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Pressure Cooker Chile Verde Pork (Easy & Authentic)

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Easy Pressure Cooker Chile Verde Pork. It’s loaded with authentic ingredients for authentic flavor. 

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Egg Roll In A Bowl With Ground Turkey

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Egg roll in a bowl is the perfect easy weeknight meal! It’s low carb, healthy, and quick! You can make it in your Instant Pot, or in a skillet on the stove. It’s one of my favorite ground turkey recipes!

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Instant Pot Beef Fajitas

When you’re looking for a quick easy Mexican dinner…these scrumptious Instant Pot Beef Fajitas made with tender cube steak, fresh bell peppers, sliced onions and a pre-made fajita mix are just want your tummy ordered!

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Instant Pot Vegetable Chow Mein

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Chinese Chow Mein made in an instant pot in under 15 minutes. It is so easy that you don’t need to be an expert in cooking to get the kudos you deserve. Do you ever have one of those nights where you want just want everyone to sit at the table and happily eat dinner, no complaining? This Instant Pot Vegetable Chow Mein recipe is my go-to recipe for that night. When I make these noodles everyone gobbles them up. They are so easy to make in this instant pot!

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Insant Pot Ribs - Ready in Under an Hour

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This recipe for Instant Pot Ribs first appeared on our sister site, Instant Pot Family Recipes. Simple, delicious, and economical, this is a meal you need to try this week.

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Instant Pot Pasta with Sausage

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In this Instant Pot Pasta with Sausage, penne pasta, Italian sausage and veggies all cook together in marinara sauce in your pressure cooker. It’s one of our favorite easy Instant Pot meals for busy weeknights!

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Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken Instant Pot Recipe

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Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken is ready in as little as 10 minutes cook time and 15 minutes of prep. This easy family recipe is a favorite in my house because the chicken is a sweet and sour flavor of juiciness. 

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Instant Pot Braciole (Or Stovetop )

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Instant Pot Braciole with sauce tastes like it’s been cooking all day! I’ve included stovetop directions for these Italian beef rolls too.

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Instant Pot Beef and Pasta (Beefaroni)

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Ridiculously good, comforting, and delicious, this Instant Pot Beef and Pasta inspired by Beefaroni is going hit the spot!

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Instant Pot Shrimp and Broccoli

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Easy Instant Pot shrimp and broccoli stir fry that is healthier and better than take-out! This is probably the quickest meal that you can make in the Instant Pot as it cooks for just 0 minutes, which means that it just needs to come to pressure.

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The Best Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

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There is nothing more comforting than Instant Pot Mac and Cheese! A quick an easy lunch or dinner meal to soothe your soul. My kids love this Instant Pot Mac and Cheese, even the picky eaters. It’s a great meal for those busy nights when you have extracurricular activities to run out the door to.

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Pulled Pork Tacos with Cilantro Lime Rice (Crock Pot or Instant Pot!)

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Pulled Pork is so easy to make and so versatile. I use it to make Pulled Pork Sammy’s and Slaw, Breakfast Huevos Rancheros , Mini Taco Bites and of course Pulled Pork Tacos! It’s even better when crisped and made into carnitas! Gotta love those crispy brown those edges!

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Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef

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Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef is an easy pressure cooker dinner recipe made with ground beef and pasta in a tomato cream sauce. Perfect for busy days!

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Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Looking for healthy lunch or dinner option that is quick and easy to make? Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps are the answer!

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Instant Pot Jambalaya Recipe

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This Instant Pot Jambalaya recipe is a Cajun inspired one dish recipe with shrimp, andouille sausage, chicken and rice that will make a spicy dinner for your family. Using a pressure cooker makes it a quick and easy weeknight dinner the whole family will enjoy.

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Easy Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken (or Slow Cooker)

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Easy Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken is an amazingly simple, tasty, and a ridiculously easy recipe. This healthy 30 minute meal is perfect for a busy weeknight, game day appetizer, tailgating, lazy weekend or meal prep! No pressure cooker, no problem, read on!

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Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs - Boneless!

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Easy Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs.  These tender, melt-in-your-mouth instant pot boneless beef short ribs are served with noodle and can be ready in less than an hour.

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Easy Thai Chicken Curry for Instant Pot

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If you love ethnic food, but aren’t sure how it will go over with your kids, curry recipes are great. This Thai Chicken Curry is a good one to start with. It’s pretty benign — an orangy sauce with chicken, carrots, and potatoes. It’s not spicy (unless you want it to be) and it’s got a kid-friendly texture. 

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Savory Italian Pot Roast (easy Instant Pot or slow cooker dump dinner!)

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Savory, tangy, and mouthwatering, this Italian pot roast is a no fuss dinner that will impress all your friends and family! No more dry, bland pot roasts at family dinner – this one is literally bursting with flavor.

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Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto

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You can make perfectly rich & creamy risotto right in your Instant Pot! Traditional risotto is quite easy to make, but it takes time and you have to keep a constant eye on it. This Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto reduces all that so it’s perfect for busy weeknight meals.

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Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Chicken Spaghetti

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This Cheesy Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti is a delicious easy meal that is perfect for weeknights. Make restaurant quality pasta all in one pot.

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Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls

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This recipe is a healthy, keeper weeknight dinner recipe we make frequently. It solves the “What’s for dinner” question every single time!

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BBQ chicken legs in your Instant Pot

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I love simple dinners. Especially on those busy weekdays where all we seem to be doing is go, go, go. On those days, I’ll take out our Instant Pot and make up some BBQ chicken legs.

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Instant Pot Mediterranean Pasta Chicken

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Instant Pot Mediterranean Pasta Chicken is an easy weeknight chicken dinner ready in under an hour with almost no work. I really love that about instant pot cooking. I can have a dinner idea, rummage through my pantry and freezer, and put together a fast delicious meal in no time.

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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

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This Instant Pot chicken and rice recipe has tender, juicy chicken and the most amazingly soft and flavorful rice. You can even add carrots to make it a complete meal!

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How to make the Best Instant Pot Short Ribs

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Making Instant Pot Short Ribs couldn’t be easier! Try this recipe for tender, succulent, fall off the bone braised short ribs, made even more delicious with a secret ingredient!

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Spicy Cajun Instant Pot Chicken and Rice (Video)

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Spicy Cajun instant pot chicken and rice is PACKED with flavors and cooked in one-pot (instant pot). One of the simplest weeknight dinner recipe you can think of. It’s quick, easy and needs minimal ingredients. 

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Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe {In the Instant Pot}

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A childhood favourite made from scratch, this Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe is delicious, comforting and super easy to make right in the Instant Pot!

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Pressure Cooker Curried Shrimp Paella

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Pressure Cooker Curried Shrimp Paella uses primarily pantry staples and makes a great weeknight dinner in less than 15 minutes!

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Easy Instant Pot Whole Chicken With Delicious Gravy (in 30 mins)

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You will love this fall-apart-from-the-bone Instant Pot whole chicken with creamy and delicious gravy. Only a few minutes for preparation and under 25 min pressure cooking is what you will need for this whole chicken to cook.

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Pressure Cooker Chili Lime Chicken Thighs

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Pressure cooker chili lime chicken thighs have a nice sweet heat, and are moist and super fast to cook when prepared in an Instant Pot. It makes for an easy, healthy mid-week meal.

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Instant Pot Korean Inspired Pulled Pork

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Just to be clear-I don’t for a second think that this Instant Pot Korean Inspired Pulled Pork is actually authentic.  I’ve never been to Korea and couldn’t tell you if this is a dish they would claim as their own.  However, I can tell you my family has declared this one of their favorites.  So maybe I should rename this Instant Pot Lane Inspired Pulled Pork.  

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Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

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This Instant Pot Lemon Chicken recipe is bursting with fresh flavors and can be made in 30 minutes! The perfect weeknight meal to make in your pressure cooker.

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Make Beef Carnitas in Your Instant Pot

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If you have never had carnitas before, they are usually made of pork. But my smoky instant pot beef carnitas are every bit as lip-smacking and flavorful as their porky cousins.

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Mexican-Style Charro Pinto Beans

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I hope you’re ready for the incredible goodness of this cowboy pinto beans recipe, friends! Seasoned with country ham hocks, chipotle, and cilantro, these Instant Pot Mexican-inspired charro beans will fill you up and make you so happy!

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Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Risotto

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These Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Risotto are my new favorite Instant Pot recipe!  The risotto is really creamy and flavorful without any of the effort.  And the chicken is so tender and tasty – truly comfort food at its best.

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Easy Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa

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This Easy Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa Recipe is hearty and rich, smoky and saucy, and all kinds of delicious!!  It takes a fraction of the time to cook in the Instant Pot and shreds effortlessly. 

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Instant Pot Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken (With Pasta!)

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Instant Pot Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken is an easy to prepare weeknight dinner or for entertaining. It features jarred sun-dried tomatoes, flavorful herbs and is a simple dinner served over pasta or orzo!

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Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff {made in Instant Pot}

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Looking for a super delicious Instant Pot ground beef stroganoff? This is it! Savoury, creamy and ultra comforting, this easy ground beef stroganoff is loaded with meat, mushrooms and egg noodles. It’s like a hug in every bite and sure to be a family favourite!

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Instant Pot Pulled Chicken Sliders

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Pulled Chicken Sliders are quick and easy to make in your Instant Pot. The pulled chicken is cooked in and then tossed with a spicy, flavorful barbecue sauce, and heaped onto soft slider buns. What’s not eaten makes delicious leftovers.

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Easy Instant Pot Ham Recipe with Vegetables

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Looking for a filling yet quick meal idea for the family? This savory instant pot ham recipe with potatoes and carrots is an easy and delicious weeknight meal idea.

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Pressure Cooker Beef Bourguignon

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Beef Bourguignon – aka French Beef stew is full of a deep red wine infused sauce swirled around tender chunks of beef, mushrooms, carrots and onions. Simple gourmet food that is ideal for entertaining. Make it in the instant pot for faster cooking!

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Easy Pasta Fagioli Soup {Better than Olive Garden!}

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This soup recipe is bursting with flavor, it’s filling, and of course absolutely delicious! Made with ground beef, a few vegetables, pasta and beans, this delicious dinner recipe is a real winner!

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Instant Pot Beef Tips (Pressure Cooker Beef Tips)

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Instant Pot Beef Tips – juicy sirloin beef chunks pressure cooked in a rich delicious gravy until tender ! These melt in your mouth hearty bites are full of delicious flavor!

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Tender Instant Pot Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy Recipe

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Juicy, fork tender Instant Pot Pork Chops with delicious Mushroom gravy recipe! You’ll love this easy weeknight dinner recipe!

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Instant Pot Chicken & Sweet Potato Dinner

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Here's a simple Instant Pot Chicken * Sweet Potato Dinner recipe that only takes 20 minutes. It's a delicious meal perfect for busy weeknights.

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I hope you found several recipes you’d like to try! I know I did! (In-between my heavy drooling!)  I can’t wait to get busy in the kitchen!


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Have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by and visiting my Nest! 

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  1. Nikki | 15th Oct 19

    Can’t wait to try so many of these delicious recipes!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 15th Oct 19

      Hi Nikki!
      Thanks my friend. I so appreciate you stopping by and sharing those kind words with me. You are the BEST!

  2. Susan the Farm Quilter | 26th Oct 19

    I just had to share this post with my Facebook IP group!! So many wonderful recipes for fellow potheads!!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 27th Oct 19

      Hi Susan!
      Thanks so much for sharing this post with your “Potheads”! That made my day! I hope they love all the amazing recipes from my blogging friends. So many great cooks.
      Have a wonderful week and thank you again for sharing!
      Happy Nesting!

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