One of the fastest dinners I’ve found is an Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breast. It only takes about 15 minutes to cook and can make many dinners.
You can use the chicken sliced, cut in chunks or if you cook a few more minutes you can even pull the chicken.
What you need
- frozen chicken breast
- water or chicken stock
- salt and pepper
- spices (optional)
How to make it
- Place frozen breast in instant pot.
- Salt and pepper both sides.
- Add water or broth.
- Affix lid to instant pot. Turn to seal. Press the pressure cook button on high for specified time. Time will depend on the size of your breasts. See chart below.
Size matters when pressure cooking
The size of your breasts is important. Larger breasts will take longer to cook through than smaller ones.
Weigh them with a kitchen scale or approximate on the size by taking the weight from your package and dividing by the number of breasts in your package.
I buy halal breasts from our local restaurant store. They weigh 15-19 oz. each and take 25-30 minutes to cook. So if yours are larger than 12 oz. add some time.
These are the estimated times for cooking boneless skinless breasts.
For pulled chicken, after the cycle is done let it naturally release (leave it alone) for about 10 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure.
The chicken will continue to cook while the pressure is releasing. Manually release the remaining pressure. Carefully remove lid.
Check the internal temperature of the chicken, in the thickest part of the meat to make sure it is above 165°F.
Let chicken rest about 5 minutes before pulling.
To shred chicken use two forks to pull the meat with the grain.
When using the chicken for pulled, mix a bit of the cooking liquid with the meat so that it is ultra moist.
Why should you try this instant pot frozen chicken breast?
- Instant pot frozen chicken breasts are juicy and tender every time.
- So quick and easy.
- Totally customizable to what you need them for.
- It’s great for a quick dinner but it’s also perfect for meal prep so that you can cook once and make several different meals throughout the week.
- No need to brown chicken first.
How to use them
Use this easy delicious chicken for;
- chicken salad
- pot pies
- pulled chicken sandwiches or sliders
- pizza topping
- quick spaghetti
- add for protein to a fresh salad and make it a meal
What if your chicken is thawed?
If you remembered to thaw your chicken in the morning, you will use the same times specified. Just use a quick release to release the pressure in the pot.
To do a quick release carefully press the quick release button down until it clicks. Use the handle of a wooden spoon so there is no danger of burning yourself with the hot steam.
Wait until float valve drops into lid before attempting to release the remaining pressure manually by pressing the release button. When opening, always remove lid away from you so that the remaining steam will not go in your face or on your hands.
Pro tips for your success
- Always add water or broth when pressure cooking. The liquid is what builds up pressure in the pot.
- Season with just salt and pepper if you are short on time. Or add your favorite spices.
- If using frozen chicken breasts allow a ten minute natural pressure release before manually releasing the additional pressure.
- Cook them according to size using the chart above for cooking times.
- When using the chicken for pulled, mix a bit of the cooking liquid with the meat so that it is ultra moist.
How to store leftovers
Leftover chicken will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Refreezing meats is not recommended.
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Tools I use
Instant pot Frozen Chicken Breasts
- 2 chicken breasts
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup chicken stock or water
- Place frozen chicken breasts in your instant pot.
- Salt and pepper chicken. Then add one cup of water or chicken broth to pot.
- Set pot to manual/ pressure cook on high. Set timer for allotted amount of time. (See infograph in notes below.)