Quick and Easy Chicken Dinner: How to Cook Frozen Chicken in an Instant Pot

how to cook frozen chicken in an instant pot

I’m always looking for quick and easy chicken dinner recipes, and I just discovered a new way to cook frozen chicken in an Instant Pot. This is a lifesaver on busy weeknights! The best part is that it’s so easy and only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. 

If you’re an Instant Pot novice like me, keep reading for some tips on how to cook frozen chicken in an instant pot. Enjoy!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Frozen chicken breasts (I used two)

-An Instant Pot or other pressure cookers

-One cup of water


The Instant Pot should be filled with frozen chicken breasts. Pour in a cup of water. Cook for 15 minutes under high pressure. Following the completion of the cooking period, swiftly remove any leftover pressure after allowing the pressure to release for around five minutes naturally.

Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it with a fork or chop it into bite-sized pieces. That’s it! You now have cooked chicken that’s ready to use in any recipe.

The great thing about this method is that it’s super versatile. You can use any frozen chicken, whether it’s boneless, skinless breasts or thighs. And if you want to add some flavor to the chicken, you can easily do that by adding some herbs or spices to the water before cooking. Experiment and see what you like best!

I hope this quick and easy recipe for cooking frozen chicken in an Instant Pot is helpful the next time you’re in a pinch. Have fun experimenting with different flavors, and thanks for reading!

FAQs: Cook Frozen Chicken

How long should I cook chicken frozen in an Instant Pot?

Chicken breasts: frozen (8 minutes high pressure), thawed (5 minutes high pressure).

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs: frozen (10 minutes high pressure), thawed (6 minutes high pressure).

Whole legs and thighs: frozen (25 minutes high pressure), thawed (13 minutes high pressure).

Can you cook chicken frozen in a pressure cooker?

Yes, you can cook chicken frozen in a pressure cooker. The general rule of thumb is to add an extra 5 minutes of cook time for every hour the food was frozen. So if your chicken were frozen for 3 hours, you would add 15 minutes to the cooking time.

Can I cook frozen in Instant Pot?

Yes. You can cook frozen food in Instant Pot. Frozen food usually takes a little longer to cook than fresh food, but it’s still a convenient way to get dinner on the table quickly.

Just make sure that the pieces of frozen food are about the same size so that they cook evenly. And don’t forget to add some liquid (either water or broth) to the pot since this will help to create steam and get the cooking process started.

What is the best way to cook frozen chicken?

There are a few ways to cook chicken frozen, but my favorite is to bake it in the oven. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and place the frozen chicken breasts on a baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through, depending on the thickness of the chicken. You can also use a grill, skillet, or slow cooker for cooking your frozen chicken.

The Secret Tip For Cooking A Juicy Chicken Every Time

A meat thermometer is my secret for preparing the perfect chicken. When the internal temperature of the chicken hits 165 degrees F, it is done. This guarantees that the chicken is fully cooked and neither undercooked nor overdone.