Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Chicken

5 from 1 vote

A savory and sweet entree that pairs well with a wide variety of side dishes.

This time of year, I start thinking about the end of summer and start anticipating fall. One of the classic flavor combinations that comes to mind is apples and cinnamon. What’s the easiest way to celebrate those flavors? Apple Cinnamon Chicken, of course! What you may not know is that sweet onions pair beautifully with this combination. Add in the Instant Pot to make things simple, and these flavors come together in a one-pot meal to make autumn magic.

Inspired by a Traditional Moroccan Pastry, Only Healthier

Apple Cinnamon Chicken, prepared in your Instant Pot, takes sweet apples and cinnamon, onions, and cumin and combines them together to make autumn magic

I was inspired to make this fall Instant Pot recipe when I first tasted B’stilla several years ago. This Moroccan specialty is made with cinnamon, almonds, and shredded pigeon or chicken. The filling is stuffed inside a phyllo pastry dough, brushed with butter, and baked to crispy, golden deliciousness.

Now, I love buttery dough as much as the next person, but I’m also well aware that it’s not very healthy. I can’t make this a regular part of my diet, so I revised the dish to eliminate the butter and pastry elements.

Apple Cinnamon Chicken, Served Three Ways

Serve the filling inside whole gain or gluten-free tortillas that have been heated on the stovetop or in the oven.

Once you’ve created this Instant Pot entree, you probably want to know the best way to serve it. Here are three serving suggestions to turn shredded chicken into a complete meal.

For one, you can serve the shredded chicken on top of steamed rice or cauliflower rice. Garnish the dish with toasted almonds, sprinkle it with extra cinnamon, and add some freshly chopped parsley. Simple, elegant, and delicious.

Another way to serve this chicken is with roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. Combine the roasted veggies with your Instant Pot shredded chicken and you’ll create a unique, flavorful hash.

The third serving suggestion is definitely my favorite. Serve the filling inside whole grain or gluten-free tortillas that have been heated on the stovetop or in the oven. Add chopped cilantro and drizzle the chicken with fat-free Greek yogurt or sour cream.

Now that you’ve mastered this Moroccan-inspired meal, I have one question. What time is dinner?

5 from 1 vote

Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Chicken

A warm, Autumn-Inspired meal that will tantalize the taste buds!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 0.5 cup
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan, Universal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion sliced thin
  • 2 apples cored and sliced thin
  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  • Set Instant Pot to saute. When it's preheated, add the olive oil and chicken. Brown the chicken on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside. Add the onions and apples to pot and saute for 1 minute. Turn the Instant Pot off and place the chicken, spices, salt, pepper, and chicken broth in pot.
  • Set the Instant Pot to manual, high pressure, and cook for 22 minutes. When timer sounds, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then finish with the quick release method. Shred the chicken with two forks and serve.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 931mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6
Keywords Budget-Friendly, Instant Pot

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Chef Sallie

Chef Sallie is a personal chef, recipe developer, cookbook author, and culinary instructor. She specializes in providing healthy meals for athletes, designed to prevent injury, promote healing and provide fuel for peak athletic performance. Her recipes are designed to use seasonal, whole ingredients. Her in-home and virtual cooking classes show her clients which ingredients can be used to help treat specific health issues and improve their quality of life. She is dedicated to the idea that delicious, healthy meals can be easily prepared and accessible regardless of budget.

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  1. perfect recipe for the chicken breast that i had in my freezer for 6 months, very tasty and made some quinoa to go with it, love your recipes, thanks.5 stars

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