Sunday, February 28, 2021

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts + Video

Instant Pot frozen chicken breasts can be used in so many different ways! Make a batch today for delicious flavor with a few pantry staples.

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts on a cutting board
Sometimes life gets so busy that you forget to pull the meat out of the freezer to thaw. Don’t worry! With a pressure cooker, you can still have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.

If you did manage to thaw the poultry first, you can make a full meal in one pot by including rice and veggies or mushrooms with sauce.

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts ingredients

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts - Helpful Tips

  • Are the pieces stuck together? Simply place them in a bowl of cool water until they separate or can be pulled apart without tearing.
  • Don’t make too much at once. I recommend only putting a maximum of four pounds in at one time to ensure even cooking. Otherwise, there is a lot of overlapping which can leave cold or undercooked areas in the meat.
  • Tip for thawed poultry: You can still use this recipe, just decrease the cooking time. Two pounds of raw chicken would only need about 5 minutes.
  • Let it rest. Always let cooked meat sit for several minutes before slicing into it. This allows the juices to redistribute for tender, juicy bites.
sprinkling seasoning on chicken

What You Will Need To Make This Recipe

  • Instant Pot - This is the one I use.
  • Chicken Stock - My absolute favorite because it is incredibly flavorful and doesn’t contain too much salt.
cooking frozen chicken in an Instant Pot

Cooking Frozen Chicken In An Instant Pot

Always start with about 1 cup of liquid before adding the poultry, since the liquid is needed to build pressure.

Close the lid and make sure the vent is sealed before setting the timer.

Since there are several different versions of the Instant Pot, you can use any of the following settings for this recipe: MANUAL, POULTRY, or PRESSURE COOK.

Serving Suggestions

The IP will need to come to pressure before the timer starts counting down. Once it’s done, let it sit for another 5 minutes for a natural pressure release.
Serving Suggestions

Then, carefully open the vent to release the remaining pressure. It’s safe to open the lid as soon as the pin next to the vent drops.

Serving Suggestions

cooking frozen chicken in an Instant Pot with butter on top

Serving Suggestions

There are plenty of ways to turn this simple recipe into a variety of meals. You could even get creative with the seasoning blend so the flavors match whatever you are in the mood for.

  • Top with salsa, avocado, sour cream, and green onions.
  • Slice and serve over a bed of mixed greens for a hearty salad.
  • Use it in this Monterey Skillet - start with step 7, top with barbecue sauce, and go from there.
  • Plate with rice and a side of asparagus.
  • Make a wrap with greens, tomatoes, cheese, and ranch dressing
It’s great for meal prep too! Just divide the meat into separate containers and pair it with your favorite vegetables. Then, grab one out of the refrigerator for a quick and easy lunch.

4 chicken breasts in Instant Pot

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

How long does pressure cooked chicken last in the fridge?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.

Is it safe to cook chicken from frozen?

According to the USDA, it is considered safe. However, it will take longer to reach a safe temperature than if the meat was thawed.

Slow cooking is the exception to this since a crockpot will not get the poultry to a safe temperature fast enough, creating the potential for bacteria to flourish.

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts sliced on a tray

Enjoy!

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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts close up



Video: Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts


To see us make these from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this post.


Yield: Serves 4-8
Author: Donna Elick
Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

Instant Pot frozen chicken breasts can be used in so many different ways! Make a batch today for delicious flavor with a few pantry staples.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 35 Min

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chicken stock (Kitchen Basic is the brand I used)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (squeezed fresh from 1 lime)
  • 4 frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5-2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning blend (recipe found here)
  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter, sliced into 4 pieces
Garnish
  • chopped fresh cilantro or flat leaf parsley
  • lime wedges
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place chicken stock and lime juice in the instant pot.
  2. Season frozen chicken breasts with seasoning on both sides. Place chicken breasts in a single layer, in the instant pot with the chicken stock mixture. Top each chicken breast with a slice of butter.
  3. Cover the Instant Pot with the lid and lock into place. (Make sure the vent is set to “sealing”) Set to POULTRY or MANUAL for 10-15 minutes (depending on size of breasts). Natural release for at least 5 minutes. Then carefully, using a hot pad, quick release any remaining pressure before opening.
  4. After chicken is cooked, remove chicken from the Instant Pot and place on a plate to rest for 5 minutes. Slice chicken and transfer to a serving plate. Top with freshly chopped cilantro or flat leaf parsley and serve with lime wedges. Add salt and pepper to taste, if you like.
DONNA'S NOTES
  1. If your chicken breasts are frozen together, place them in a bowl of cool water until they separate.
  2. I recommend only putting a maximum of 4 pounds of chicken to cook at one time to ensure even cooking. When there is too much cooking at once, it has to be overlapped which can leave cold or undercooked areas in the meat.
  3. If your chicken is already thawed, you will need to decrease your cooking time. Two pounds of raw chicken would need a cooking time of around 5 minutes.
  4. There are different versions of the Instant Pot. You can use any of the following settings for this recipe: MANUAL, POULTRY, or PRESSURE COOK.
  5. Some people may ask if it is safe to cook chicken from frozen. Here is a link to the USDA with more info.
  6. Leftover cooked chicken can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  7. Ways to serve: 1.) with salsa, avocado, sour cream, and green onions 2.) on top of mixed greens for a hearty salad 3.) serve over rice with a side of asparagus 4.) Try using the chicken in this recipe. Start at step 7, top with barbeque sauce, and go from there. 5.) Meal prep and get ahead for the week by making this chicken recipe, separating it into containers and pair it with your favorite vegetables. Grab it out of the refrigerator for a quick lunch. 6. ) Place the chicken in a wrap with greens, tomatoes, cheese, and ranch dressing.


Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts on a cutting board

Originally published February 2021

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4 comments:

  1. Hi and thank you for this recipe. I was wondering about the spice blend you use the recipe wasn't attached, so I was wondering just what you used. Thank you Teresa

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  2. spice blend? there isn't a link? Thank you

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  3. What is the seasoning blend. I can't get anything, What are the spices used? Thanks..

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  4. Would love to try this, but can't seem to get to the seasonings recipe

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