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!
4.98 from 36 votes
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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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Cara

I use Great Value frozen boneless chicken breasts (which are small to medium in size) and can fit 8 breasts in at once, doubling all the other ingredients and cooking at High Pressure for 4 minutes followed by natural release until lid unlocks. I use this recipe a lot! The chicken is super tasty as a main dish or to use in soup, enchiladas, etc. Sometimes I just cook up a bunch to freeze in batches so I have it on hand to throw into future recipes. I have an 8-quart Power Cooker, which always follows the same timing as… Read more »

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Meredith

So, I had three chicken breasts for a total of about 730g (as opposed to 600g), same amount of water. I cooked the chicken on high pressure for 3 min, then did an 18 min natural release. I didn’t think the slight changes would make such a difference in the result. The chicken was 190 degrees when I pulled it out. Not terrible, but definitely not what I was going for. Would love to know how to scale cooking times up and down based on amount of chicken, water, and any other variables you think are important. Thank you!

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Liz

Great recipe – incredibly easy and comes out moist and so perfectly spiced. Can I just say however that your website is just a bit too much? I have so many ads and videos popping up left and right that it makes it a really unpleasant experience. I’d definitely use your site more if the ads and videos weren’t so obnoxious!5 stars

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Michele

This method is the best most efficient way to cook chicken from frozen! There’s been countless times that I planned to have chicken for dinner but of course forgot to take it out early enough to thaw, then needed to throw that idea out the window 😩 resulting in another boring frozen pizza night. With this easy tip, the struggle is no more😁 SOOO HAPPY I came across this method!!!
Thank you 🙏

Ps: My husband got me a new MAGIC CHEF pressure cooker for Christmas. Guess he was tired of the boring frozen pizza nights too 🤷‍♀️ Lol5 stars

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Jay

How would you cook 2 pieces of Chicken Thighs(200g) from frozen? I have the Instant Pot Ultra ( 6 Quart).

Also, do you have any recommendations for cooking the same item above from the fridge to get really soft tender juicy chicken? I tried a low heat method with long cook time. 160°F for 1hr 30min.

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Michelle

So sorry to hear about your accident. I hope by the time that you read my reply you have recovered fully <3

Rose

Do I need to adjust volume of water or release time if I use the 8 qt pot?

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Mary Kay Stirparo

this is only the second time I used my instant pot and I was skeptical of the 3 minute time frame for frozen breasts. I set the pot for 5 minutes and sure enough I over cooked the chicken. (180) However the the taste and texture were still amazing. I am looking over the other recipes and cant wait to try many of them. Thanks for your website!

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Amanda Schulz

I dont understand these directions. Im new to using my instant pot so I cook them on high pressure for 3 minutes with what vent setting? Then I cook then cook them on NR high pressure for another 18-20?
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Vicki @ FB

I make this all the time! So easy and flavorful5 stars

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Diana Sanchez

Perfect JUICY Chicken! Thank you so much. I didn’t believe in this timing and was extremely hesitant until I actually TRIED IT.5 stars

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