Cooking frozen chicken breasts in your pressure cooker is the quickest and easiest way to get healthy cooked chicken without using oils.
Whether you need chicken breast slices or needed shredded chicken, cooking pressure cooker frozen chicken is so easy! It's perfect for chicken tacos, in soups, salads, chicken dip and more.
We always try to keep an emergency bag of frozen chicken in the freezer for impromptu and last-minute dinner ideas. Buying frozen chicken is also a great way to keep down your food costs and save money at the grocery store.
Depending on the recipe, sometimes I'll pre-season the chicken to give it a little extra flavor and other times I'll keep it simple and just use frozen chicken and a little chicken broth. For instance, feel free to add taco seasoning if you're making a Mexican inspired dish or even a little salt and pepper if you don't add that for your final chicken dish.
Cooking frozen chicken in instant pot is my favorite go-to way to cook chicken breasts. Be sure to check out our post on how to cook instant pot frozen chicken tenderloin.
Pressure Cooker Frozen Chicken Ingredients
The ingredients for cooking frozen chicken breast in the pressure cooker is pretty darn simple:
- A 2.5 bag of frozen chicken (our favorite is the frozen chicken from Trader Joes)
- 1 cup of chicken broth
- Seasoning (optional)
One of the main reasons we love to cook with frozen chicken is because the size seems to be more uniform between brands, plus frozen chicken costs less! Doesn't it seem like fresh chicken varies in size and is ridiculously inconsistent? This makes using fresh chicken breasts a little more tricky in an instant pot because the size changes how long the chicken cooks.
In a pinch, you can also substitute salted water, beef broth, vegetable broth, or bouillon cubes mixed with water if you don't have chicken broth on hand. I'm a huge fan of being creative to cut grocery costs by making substitutes from what I have on hand at home.
Seasoning ideas for the pressure cooker frozen chicken- garlic salt, sea salt, pepper, taco seasoning, Italian seasoning, Ranch dressing powder, or no seasoning at all. Sprinkling a little bit of the seasoning that'll match with your final dish is always a good idea to infuse a little extra flavor into the chicken.
NOTE: It's also really important you have 1 cup of liquid in your instant pot and not less. If there isn't enough liquid, not enough steam will be built up to adequately cook your chicken under pressure.
Making Pressure Cooker Frozen Chicken Breast
To cook frozen chicken breasts in a pressure cooker, simply:
- Pour 1 cup of chicken broth in the bottom of your instant pot
- Add the frozen chicken
- Cook on manual for 12 minutes on the high setting
- Do a natural release for 10 minutes
When cooking frozen chicken in a pressure cooker, it's best for using the chicken in a recipe that calls for shredded chicken or sliced chicken. Before you shred or slice your chicken, I recommend letting the meat cool slightly.
How to Shred Chicken
If you're planning to shred your chicken and you have either a stand-mix or hand-mixer, it'll make the job even easier.
Other Chicken Recipes You’ll Love
- Air fryer chicken wings
- Green chili chicken casserole
- Instant pot Cuban chicken stew
- Chicken Fajita Bake
- Chicken Divan Casserole
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