Frozen Chicken Breasts in an Instant Pot! Frozen chicken breasts cook up perfectly in an Instant Pot!! No need to spend time defrosting.
Frozen Chicken Breasts in an Instant Pot!
Please excuse the terrible photos in this post! I wasn't planning on blogging cooking frozen chicken breasts in an Instant Pot, I just took the photos so that if it worked I could show Mr. Sidewalk Shoes.
It worked so well, I decided I just had to blog it. I know the photos are horrible, and perhaps I'll do it again and update them, so if you are looking at this sometime in the future and the photos are gorgeous, that's what I did.
But really this was just so easy and such a game changer!
A little while ago, I started seeing Instant Pot recipes showing up in my Facebook feed. It sounded like a gimmick to me, one of those things you buy at 3 am when you're watching infomercials on TV. Except they were showing up on well known food bloggers feeds. People I trusted.
They were raving about them. Still I hesitated. I already had a slow cooker that I loved and I had a stove top pressure cooker that I used, but didn't really love.
I found myself actually looking for Instant Pot recipes and I was hooked. The only decision to be made was between the 6 Quart or the 8 Quart. Since I am a bigger is always better person, I went with the 8 quart.
Shortly after getting my Instant Pot, I needed to come up with something for dinner. I found a recipe for some Peanut Noodles that sounded good, but I wanted to make it more substantial with some cooked chicken meat.
Only problem, I didn't have any cooked chicken meat and didn't feel like driving to the store to get a rotisserie chicken. No worries, the Instant Pot came to the rescue. You can use these breasts in any of my recipes calling for cooked chicken - like this Tarragon Chicken Salad Veronique or how about this Tabbouleh Salad with Chicken!
Seriously. In about 30-45 minutes, I had perfectly moist, cooked chicken breasts from frozen breasts!! While the breasts were cooking, I was chopping the veggies for the noodles (that recipe will be up soon!)
The frozen chicken breasts only required 10 minutes at high pressure and then 10 minutes of cooling down (also know as NPR - natural pressure release - where you let the pressure cooker switch over to keep warm and it reduces pressure naturally.)
Once the 10 minutes of cooling down are over, you do a quick pressure release and open to perfectly cooked chicken breasts! The reason I say that it takes 30-45 minutes, is because I didn't pay any attention to how long it took the cooker to come up to pressure. I put the chicken breasts in about an hour before I needed them, figuring it would all work out and it did.
Now, I used 4 chicken breasts because that is what I had. It is my understanding that more or less chicken breasts would not change the pressure time (10 minutes), but that the time for the pressure cooker to come up to pressure would change. More frozen breasts would take longer to come up to pressure.
Frozen Chicken Breasts in an Instant Pot
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Pour 1 ¼ cups of water into Instant Pot
- Add frozen chicken breasts.
- Lock lid in place and make sure vent valve is set on sealing.
- Select manual and adjust the time for 10 minutes.
- When pressure cooker is finished, let rest for 10 minutes and then do a quick release by turning vent valve to venting.
- Open lid and admire your chicken!
This post was originally published in 2016 and has been slightly updated for 2020.