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Cooking Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot

Cooking Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot

Need to get dinner on the table fast but everything is frozen. That’s ok. It is easy to to make dinner fast when Cooking Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot. Learn how.

cooked chicken on the cutting board

Cooking Frozen Chicken

One of the things I hear most often from busy families is that they eat take out because they forgot to take anything out of the freezer for dinner. I can not tell you how many times I have forgotten to take chicken out of the freezer. Come dinner time, everyone is starving and there is nothing to make. Cooking frozen chicken in the oven never comes out right. The chicken is chewy and rubbery. But I can cook frozen chicken in the pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Breast Recipes

This is one of the easiest pressure cooker chicken breast recipes there is. With only chicken breast, chicken broth and seasoning, this is the perfect chicken breast recipe. It can be used for many different styles of chicken and many different tastes. Since this is a basic pressure cooker chicken breast recipe, you can use it as a starting point for your favorite chicken recipe.

Variations to Pressure Cooker Chicken

Because this pressure cooker chicken is mostly a recipe for learning how to cook frozen chicken, the recipe itself is up to you. You can use an all purpose seasoning that has salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder in it. You can use specific seasonings. It is all up to whatever you like. Some simple ideas for making pressure cooker chicken is:

  • Make it Taco Chicken: Use the same seasoning as you would use in tacos when adding seasoning to this chicken. Use cumin, chili pepper, paprika or use a premade taco seasoning. Add some lime at the end for a bright fresh flavor.
  • Make it Chili Flavored: Using chili seasoning, you can make this a great tasting chili chicken recipe. You can add in other chili ingredients ones the chicken is cooked.
  • Lemon Chicken: Add lemon juice to the chicken broth to make a lemon chicken recipe.
  • BBQ Chicken: Add some BBQ sauce to the Instant Pot to get bbq sauce flavor deep inside of the chicken.
  • Salad Dressing: Use your favorite salad dressing in the pressure cooker to add additional flavor to the chicken.
  • Any seasoning you love: That is the beauty of this recipe. You can literally add whatever flavors you like.

How to Store Pressure Cooker Chicken

Whenever you are storing chicken, it is important to store the chicken in the refrigerator. Chicken will last several days in the refrigerator as long as it is stored in an airtight container. Make extra pressure cooker chicken to use for lunch the next day. I like to add it to a sandwich, shredded for a salad, or just to eat as is as leftovers.

Can the Best Pressure Cooker Chicken Recipes Be Frozen

Sometimes, I like to use the pressure cooker when cooking frozen chicken so I can use it as freezer meals. I will cook a large batch of the best pressure cooker chicken recipes and then finish preparing them. Once the recipe is ready, I will freeze it so that I can have it ready to go when I need a fast and easy meal. Using the pressure cooker is a simple way to get many meals together in much less time than it would normally take.

Recipe Ideas for Cooking Frozen Chicken

Here are some of my favorite pressure cooker chicken recipes. For many of these you can use frozen chicken and still get a great tasting meal in no time. You can make these recipes even when you forget to take the chicken out of the freezer the night before or that morning.

Don’t let forgetting to take the chicken out of the freezer make you have a take out night that can be expensive and it is never as good as home cooking. Save those take out nights when you want something special or just don’t want to cook. Use the forgetful nights to make this easy frozen chicken method in the Instant Pot.

Cooking Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot

Cooking Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot Ingredients

  • Chicken broth
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Seasonings of your choosing including: (garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, herbs etc.)

How to Make Cooking Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot Easy

Pour the chicken broth into the bottom of the Instant Pot.

Separate the frozen chicken breasts from one another. The chicken will not be able to cook correctly if it is several breasts all frozen together, so run the chicken under warm water long enough to separate the chicken breasts from one another.

Season the chicken breasts on both sides.

Place the chicken into the Instant Pot in the broth.

raw chicken in the instant pot

Close the lid of the Instant Pot, and make sure the release valve is pointing to the sealing position.

Using the manual setting, set the Instant pot to 12 minutes for chicken breasts that are up to 8 ounces. You can add a few minutes longer if your chicken breasts are larger.

When the time is finished, let the Instant Pot conduct a natural release for 10 minutes. After that, carefully move the release valve to the venting position to release the additional pressure.

cooked chicken in the pressure cooker

Remove the cooked chicken, and use it in any recipe you like.

Enjoy!cooked chicken on a cutting board

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Cooking Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot

Cooking Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot


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  • Author: Laura
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

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Need to get dinner on the table fast but everything is frozen. That’s ok. It is easy to to make dinner fast when Cooking Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot. Learn how.


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Ingredients

  • 1 C. Chicken broth
  • 1 ½ lbs. Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Seasonings of your choosing including: (garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, herbs etc.)

Instructions

  1. Pour the chicken broth into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  2. Separate the frozen chicken breasts from one another. The chicken will not be able to cook correctly if it is several breasts all frozen together, so run the chicken under warm water long enough to separate the chicken breasts from one another.
  3. Season the chicken breasts on both sides.
  4. Place the chicken into the Instant Pot in the broth.
  5. Close the lid of the Instant Pot, and make sure the release valve is pointing to the sealing position.
  6. Using the manual setting, set the Instant pot to 12 minutes for chicken breasts that are up to 8 ounces. You can add a few minutes longer if your chicken breasts are larger.
  7. When the time is finished, let the Instant Pot conduct a natural release for 10 minutes. After that, carefully move the release valve to the venting position to release the additional pressure.
  8. Remove the cooked chicken, and use it in any recipe you like.

  • Category: dinner
  • Method: instant pot
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: cooking frozen chicken

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Cooking Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot

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