Learn how to cook frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot pressure cooker and easily solve the dinnertime dilemma of frozen chicken!
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Have you ever experienced the age-old mealtime dilemma? You know the one. It’s time to start making dinner, but -GASP- the chicken breasts you were planning on using are still frozen!!
I’m a big fan of meal planning, which can help eliminate this problem. BUT, sometimes life happens, and it’s 5pm but you forgot to thaw out the chicken.
Sure, you could throw them in the microwave (if you have one…we don’t), but I’ve always felt like that alters the texture of the meat in a not-so-tasty way.
And, you’re really only thawing the meat that way, so you still have to cook it. Enter: the Instant Pot. AKA the dinnertime-saver.
If you’ve been around this blog for 2.7 seconds, you know that I LOVE my Instant Pot. Truly. I use it all.the.time and it’s one of the reasons I didn’t bother to replace my microwave when it went kaput.
Let’s look at how to cook frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot–this is such a great way to simplify mealtime!
How to Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker:
The process couldn’t be easier. You simply place your frozen breasts in the Instant Pot, along with one cup of water. Lock the lid and place the vent in the “sealed” position.
Use the Manual/Pressure Cook setting and select a 10-minute cook time (Note: If you are using very large chicken breasts, like the ones that are nearly a pound each, you will likely need to increase cook time to 12-13 minutes). While the chicken is cooking, you can prep any other ingredients you need for your meal.
After the cook time is finished, allow a natural pressure release. Natural releases help the meat have better texture. When the valve has dropped, voila!
How Long Do You Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot
For medium-sized chicken breasts, I’ve found 10 minutes to be adequate.
However, for large to extra-large chicken breasts, especially the ones that are almost one pound each, a longer cook time of 12-13 minutes works better.
What Can You Make with Frozen Chicken Cooked in the Pressure Cooker?
The resulting chicken is tender and not dry at all, and it is ready for you to prepare your meal.
You can shred or slice it and add it to soups, casseroles, pasta, or salad greens. You can dice it and make chicken salad. Whatever your heart desires. 🙂
If you want to add some seasonings to the chicken during the cooking process, you certainly can! You can use chicken broth instead of water, add some salt and pepper, garlic powder, or whatever seasonings you desire.
By knowing this simple kitchen hack of how to cook frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot, you can simplify your meal prep and eliminate the mealtime blues!
More Pressure Cooker Chicken Recipes You’ll Love:
- Pressure Cooker Chicken Fettucine Alfredo
- Healthy Chicken Cacciatore Made Simple in the Instant Pot
- The Best Pressure Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
- Creamy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
- Boneless skinless chicken breast(s)
- 1 cup water
- Optional: Additional seasonings as desired (salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc.)
- Place chicken breast(s) in Instant Pot and add water. If using additional seasonings, sprinkle over chicken breasts.
- Close lid and set vent to "sealed."
- Use the Manual/Pressure Cook setting and select a 10 minute cook time. (Note: For very large chicken breasts, I'd recommend increasing cook time to 13 minutes).
- After cook time, allow pressure to release naturally.
- Once valve has dropped and pressure has released, carefully open lid and remove chicken breasts. Slice, shred, or chop if desired.
Serving Size:1 chicken breast
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 125mg Sodium: 132mg Carbohydrates: 4g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 0g Protein: 41g