Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs

Chicken Meatballs in tomato sauce in a blue bowl with oregano on top

This Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs recipe is a perfect, healthy, and quick weeknight meal.

When you don't have time for something complicated but still want to add a homemade meal.

Chicken Meatballs in tomato sauce in a blue bowl with oregano on top

Simple recipe using only 5 ingredients and takes less than 20 minutes to make.

These Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs have always been a hit in my kitchen.

Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs Recipe Video

Can I use frozen chicken?

Yes. Please note that when cooking with frozen ingredients, always increase the cooking time by 50%.

So if the cooking time for fresh ground chicken is 4 minutes, cook the frozen ground chicken for 6 minutes.

Can I use store-bought tomato sauce?

Sure. You can buy one or make your own using this Instant Pot tomato Sauce recipe.

What can I use other than tomato sauce?

Choose what you prefer! Some of the ideas other than tomato Sauce are:

Spaghetti Sauce

Arrabiata Sauce

Tabasco Sauce

Marinara Sauce

How to serve

Alone drizzled with Blue Cheese or Ranch dressing at a potluck or anyway you want.

Some options for side dishes:

Instant Pot green beans and potatoes

Instant Pot jasmine rice

Instant Pot farro

Looking for more? Check out What to Serve With Chicken Meatballs for 20 amazing side dish ideas.

Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs

What else can I add to the meatballs? 

Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs recipe is a versatile recipe. Here are some ingredients you can add to the meatball mix to get an even better flavor:

Grated cheese


Mixed veggies

Caramelized onions

Bacon bits

Chili powder

Can I use ground turkey instead?

Yes. You can use ground turkey instead of ground chicken and get a great results using exactly the same instructions and cooking times.

If you have ground turkey you can also try this Instant Pot Turkey Meatloaf recipe.

How to make Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs

Gather the necessary ingredients.

Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs

Take a bowl and add ground chicken to it.

Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs

Add salt, black pepper, melted butter, and minced garlic cloves.

Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs

Mix the ground chicken and make small balls out of it.

Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs

Now take your Instant Pot, Saute it for 5 minutes, and pour olive oil.

Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs

Add meatballs to the Instant Pot and let them become brown.

Now add tomato sauce.

Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs

Set the pot to High Pressure for 6 minutes.

When cooking time is complete, wait for a natural release (or for at least 20 minutes).

Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs

Dish out and serve hot.

Feel free to garnish with Italian seasoning.

Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs

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Chicken Meatballs in tomato sauce in a blue bowl with oregano on top

Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs

These Instant Pot meatballs are easy to make and come out juicy and soft.
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Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: chicken, Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs, meatballs
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3
Author: Corrie


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a bowl mix together ground chicken, garlic, butter salt and pepper.
  • Create small balls and place aside.
  • Add olive oil to the Instant Pot and press "saute".
  • Saute the chicken meatballs on each side until brown.
  • Add tomato sauce and close the lid.
  • Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, wait for a natural pressure release.
  • Open the lid and serve 🙂


Calories: 286kcal Carbohydrates: 6g Protein: 28g Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 4g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 131mg Sodium: 525mg Potassium: 1082mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 4g Vitamin A: 362IU Vitamin C: 7mg Calcium: 33mg Iron: 2mg


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3 thoughts on “Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs

  1. My family loves these. Sometimes I use ground turkey, sometimes beef and sometimes meatloaf mix (beef, pork, veal). They’re fool proof. I use an ice cream scoop to form my meatballs. Much less rolling needed to get a good ball. Multiple dipping sauces make these wonderful hors d’oeuvres!

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