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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breast

This is my go-to instant pot frozen chicken breasts recipe for perfectly cooked chicken breasts that can go on to form just about any meal you can think of.

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Instant pot frozen chicken breast recipe

Frozen chicken breasts are one of those things I always have in my house- because they are so versatile and easy to turn into something great.

You can throw them in a rice dish, chop them up and mix them through pasta, serve with potato, veg, and sauce, or use them to make shredded chicken for salads, wraps, and all kinds of things.

The question is: what is the best way to cook frozen chicken breasts without defrosting? I have found that instant pot chicken recipes are the way forward. If you own a crockpot instead of an instapot, try this Crockpot Frozen Chicken Recipe!

Below, you can find my go-to instant pot frozen chicken breasts recipe for perfect, succulent cooked chicken breasts that can go on to form just about any meal you can think of making.

It covers the ingredients, what you will need, how long it takes, and how to do it step-by-step.

Chicken breast on plate

Why Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot?

I love my slow cooker crock pot. Instant pot cooking has been a game-changer in my house- and it is sure to be the same in yours!

Cooking frozen chicken rather than waiting for it to defrost saves time and can actually help keep the meat moist.

Chicken breasts are super versatile, but they can become dry quite quickly if you are not careful. Instant pot frozen chicken helps lock in moisture and keep things juicy!

Other than the benefit of tastier, juicy chicken- cooking frozen chicken breasts in the instant pot is just so easy and convenient! It reduces time and mess- with fewer dishes used and much less meal prep involved.

Food thermometer on chicken

A Few Recipe Tips

You can also make this recipe using frozen chicken thighs. I prefer thigh meat for shredded chicken, as it pulls apart nicer and has a stronger flavor.

Try swapping out the broth for something else to switch up the flavor profiles.

Why not experiment with pineapple juice, white wine and water, or soy sauce- or you could even make a tomato-based sauce to cook the chicken breasts in.

Some of my favorite herbs and spices to use in instant pot frozen chicken breast recipes include paprika, cayenne chili powder, oregano, garlic powder, barbecue sauce seasoning, and cumin. A similar flavor profile but different cooking method can be found in our recipe for Pellet Grill Chicken Breast Recipe.

Really, you can use any combo you like!

The exact cooking time your frozen meat needs depends on how big the pieces are.

Thicker breasts may need a little longer, but 10 to 13 minutes should be more than enough. Just remember to always check the temperature before serving.

Salt and pepper on utensil


Most instant pot recipes are all about convenience and flavor- this one is no different.

Frozen chicken has never been easier- just chuck it in with desired stock, sauce, and seasonings for a juicy, flavorful piece of meat in a little over half an hour.

Yield: 4 servings

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breast

This is my go-to instant pot frozen chicken breast recipe for perfectly cooked chicken breasts that can be used in just about any meal you can think of.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Take the chicken breasts out of the freezer, coat them in the seasonings (in this case, onion powder, salt, and pepper mixed together), and place them in the instant pot. You can sit the breasts straight in the pot. Make sure they are not stuck together. Putting them side by side is best, but if they have to be stacked to fit in, that's fine too.
  2. Take your cup of chicken broth and gently pour it into the instant pot. You can add a bit more if you think it is needed especially if using a larger chicken breast. Don't worry about stirring. Just pour it in and leave it.
  3. Put on the lid and turn the valve to "sealing". Set the manual pressure setting to high and the timer for 10 to 13 minutes. 10 minutes is usually enough, but the extra few minutes may be necessary for larger pieces.
  4. When the cooking is done, leave your instant pot to naturally release pressure for around five minutes. You can leave it for up to 10 minutes if you are busy doing something else. After a maximum of 10 minutes, release any remaining pressure, remove the lid, and check the internal temperature of the chicken. It should be no less than 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Up to around 180 degrees is perfect.
  5. All that is left is to remove the chicken from the instant pot and get it ready to serve as desired!


  • Remember that most instant pot pressure cookers take about 10 minutes to get to the right pressure before the actual cooking begins. Therefore, you should expect to be checking your chicken breast again after just over 20 minutes.
  • I find chicken breast is best if you eat it as soon as possible after cooking. Otherwise, it can dry out a little. If you are planning to keep it for a while, store it in an air-tight sealed bag or Tupperware.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 394mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 38g

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