Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts

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Learn the Secrets on how to cook the Most Tender & Juicy Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts. Super Easy & Quick Game-Changing Method yields moist & sliceable pressure cooker frozen chicken breasts for salad, taco, sandwiches and more!

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Ever since we’ve published our Chicken Breast Recipe, many A+J Fans have asked if the same Game-Changing Poaching Method would work for cooking frozen chicken breasts in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

So, here we are with another Instant Pot Test Kitchen Experiment! 🙂

Our goal is to introduce a tested method plus a versatile basic Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breast Recipe that yields juicy, tender, and moist chicken breasts for you to slice or dice.

Get creative and serve this sliceable chicken breasts in a salad, taco filling, sandwiches, enchiladas, wraps…with your own seasonings or yummy dressings. 😀

Time for some Juicy Tender Chicken Breast in Instant Pot!

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Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breast

4 cups (1L) of Water is not a typo!

For this recipe, we’re using the deep poaching method in Instant Pot to cook the chicken breasts. So it’s critical to ensure all your chicken breasts are at least 95% submerged in the salted water.

What is Deep Poaching Method?

The Deep Poaching Method involves cooking food submerged in liquid at a relatively low temperature.

This method allows the proteins to denature without pulling out too much moisture out of the food. That’s why poached food comes out so moist and tender!

Poaching is most commonly used for cooking delicate or fragile food that might easily fall apart or dry out using other cooking methods, such as eggs, fish, or poultry.

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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breast

Learn the Secrets on how to cook the Most Tender & Juicy Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts. Super Easy & Quick Game-Changing Method yields moist & sliceable pressure cooker frozen chicken breasts for salad, taco, sandwiches and more!
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Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 -6
Calories: 175kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add Spice & Salt: Add 5 tsp (35g) fine sea salt, 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp (1g) dried thyme, 1 tsp (0.9g) dried rosemary, and 1 tsp (0.8g) dried oregano to Instant Pot. Pour in 4 cups (1L) cold water.


    *Note: Don't worry! This amount of salt will not make the chicken breasts too salty. 
    *Pro Tip: You can skip the salt & spice if you are planning to dress up the chicken breasts after pressure cooking. 
  • Pressure Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts: Add 2 boneless, skinless frozen chicken breasts in Instant Pot. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 3 minutes, then 18 - 20 minutes Natural Release.
  • Check Chicken Breasts' Internal Temperature: Place chicken breasts on a chopping board, then check their internal temperature at its' thickest part with an accurate food thermometer. Give it a few minutes rest as the temperature rises to 165°F. 


    *Note: The USDA recommends 165°F (74°C) as the safe internal temperature for cooked chicken. 
    *Pro Tip: If the temperature is off by more than 10°F, quickly place the chicken breasts back in Instant Pot. Close the lid, then let the residual heat in Instant Pot cook the chicken breasts for 1 - 2 more minutes.
  • Serve Instant Pot Chicken Breast: Once the chicken breasts have reached 165°F (74°C), slice and serve immediately. You can serve this chicken breasts as is or with your own seasonings & dressings in a salad, tacos, sandwiches, enchiladas, wraps...Enjoy!~
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Nutrition:

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 555mg | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1.5mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: World
Keyword: frozen chicken recipes, healthy instant pot recipes, instant pot chicken, instant pot chicken breasts, instant pot frozen chicken breast, instant pot recipes, pressure cooker frozen chicken breasts
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Step-by-Step Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts Cooking Guide

Here are the ingredients for cooking Frozen Chicken Breast in Instant Pot:

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1

Add Spice & Salt


Add 5 tsp (35g) fine sea salt, 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp (1g) dried thyme, 1 tsp (0.9g) dried rosemary, and 1 tsp (0.8g) dried oregano to Instant Pot.

*Note: Don’t worry! This amount of salt will not make the chicken breasts too salty.

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*Pro Tip: You can skip the salt & spice if you are planning to dress up the Instant Pot Chicken Breasts after pressure cooking.

Pour in 4 cups (1L) cold water in Instant Pot.

2

Pressure Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts


Add 2 boneless, skinless frozen chicken breasts in Instant Pot.

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Close lid and turn Venting Knob to Sealing position.

  • Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 3 minutes, then 18 – 20 minutes Natural Release.

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3

Check Chicken Breasts’ Internal Temperature


Place chicken breasts on a chopping board, then check their internal temperature at its’ thickest part with an accurate food thermometer.

*Note: The USDA recommends 165°F (74°C) as the safe internal temperature for cooked chicken.

*Pro Tip: If the temperature is off by more than 10°F, quickly place the chicken breasts back in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Close the lid, then let the residual heat in Instant Pot cook the chicken breasts for 1 – 2 more minutes.

Our 2 chicken breasts (below photo) recorded at 161.4°F (69°C) and 173°F respectively, for the 161.4°F, give it a few minutes rest to raise the temperature to 165°F.

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4

Serve Instant Pot Chicken Breast


Once the Instant Pot Chicken Breasts have reached 165°F (74°C), slice and serve immediately.

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Plenty of juice is in the chicken breasts when we did the juicy squeeze test.

You can serve this sliceable instapot chicken breasts as is or with your own seasonings & dressings in a salad, tacos, sandwiches, enchiladas, wraps…

Now you know the secrets for making juicy tender Frozen Instant Pot Chicken Breasts!

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Enjoy your Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts!~ 🙂

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Laura
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Laura

Hello, I often just need one chicken breast to shred for recipes. Would you suggest just another 2 minutes on the natural release or should I add a minute on the pressure cook? Or do I just have this all backwards. 😀 By the way I’ve used this several times for two and they came out perfect so glad I found this method.5 stars

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Karen
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Karen

Hi, mine came out a bit dry. Am I doing something wrong?

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Karen
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Karen

Hi thank you for the response! I was cooking 2 chicken breasts and I would say they are about 1 to 1.5 inch thick.

Brian Richardson
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Brian Richardson

Great recipe, I’ve used it twice already and it came out great. Has anyone tried throwing in veggies into the pot along with it as it cooks?5 stars

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Sarah
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Sarah

It scares me a bit that it’s only cooked for 3 minutes. Before coming across this page I’m following (chicken cooking as I’m typing) another recipe with a teriyaki sauce and after 15 minutes HP i am having to cook again as it looks raw still inside.

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Kristen Gersonde
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Kristen Gersonde

Hi Amy and Jackie.
I love your recipes. Thank you!
I would like to cook 4 frozen chicken breasts instead of just 2. How should I adjust the cooking time?5 stars

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Meg
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Meg

I just tried this for the first time — seems like a success! My question: I’ve never poached chicken before and it’s been a while since I’ve even boiled it. Is it normal for there to be a grayish/light brown color on the outside of the poached chicken? Inside looks beautiful and we haven’t had the chicken in the freezer for longer than a month.

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Twila
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Twila

I was amazed at how tender and juicy this chicken was. No dried out chicken breasts when cooked this way. Thank you soo much. Very quick and easy.5 stars

calicamgirl
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calicamgirl

I tried various test runs with frozen chicken in Insta Pot, and this poach method does turn out chicken with the juiciest texture. I found your site when I first got my Insta Pot, and I first used your poach, NR method with the whole chicken recipe (which seemed so counter-intuitive to pressure cook for 0 min, and natural release for majority of cook time) so I attribute this unusual surefire method to your site! I added pineapple juice from another blog which rec. it to flavor and tenderize frozen chicken. I found this a nice flavor tenderizer. Can add… Read more »

Caren
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Caren

Is it necessary to turn off the Warm setting or can you Natural Release with it on? Thanks PS- I love all your recipes and blogs. You’re my go-to all the time.

Donna Sanche
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Donna Sanche

This recipe is worth buying an instant Pot for. Came out perfect and was lovely with my chicken Caesar salad. My husband laughed and said I can see what I will be eating a lot of now. I had 3 breast and one had a bone in (I thought it was boneless) and all 3 came out perfect. Great for leftover for lunch next day. Love it…thx5 stars

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