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Chicken cooked from frozen in an Instant Pot
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How to Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot

How to cook frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot: This is the best way to cook frozen chicken! Read on for all of the tips and tricks you need to make perfectly juicy chicken breasts in your pressure cooker, every time.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time37 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 196kcal


  • 1.5 pounds frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts about three 8-ounce breasts
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth or water
  • salt and pepper
  • other seasonings as desired, such as garlic powder, dried oregano or paprika


  • Place the frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot inner pot. Pour in the broth. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper and seasonings as desired.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid. Turn the steam release valve to the "sealing" position.
  • Press the "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" button and use the +/- buttons to set the cook time (cook at high pressure): 11-12 minutes for 6-8 ounce chicken breasts, 13-14 minutes for 9-10 ounce chicken breasts or 16 minutes for 12 ounce chicken breasts.
  • After 10 seconds the Instant Pot display will say "On" and the pot will begin to pressurize. Once it has reached pressure, it will beep once and the cook time will begin counting down.
  • When the cook time ends, the Instant Pot will beep a few times. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, by leaving the Instant Pot alone. When the display reads L0:10, carefully turn the steam release valve to the "venting" position. Wait for any remaining steam to escape (there may be none). Check that the float valve (pin) has dropped down and then carefully take off the lid.
  • Use an instant read thermometer to check that the temperature of the chicken has reached at least 165 degrees. (Read the post above for more information.)
  • Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing or shredding.


  • If your chicken breasts are frozen together in a large mass, they will not cook evenly. Place them in cool water until you are able to separate the chicken breasts.
  • To cook fresh (not frozen) chicken breasts, use the same cook times listed above but do a quick pressure release instead of a natural release.


Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 196kcal | Protein: 35g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 87mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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