Cooking frozen chicken breasts in your instant pot or 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 frozen chicken breasts in your pressure cooker is so easy!
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.
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
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.
NOTE: It’s 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.
Instant Pot Steps
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
There ya go! It’s truly that simple! In less than 30 minutes you can have last minute sliced or shredded chicken from FROZEN you can use your any quick and easy dinner you’re making!
If you’re planning to shred your chicken, here’s the easiest cooking hack I recently started doing that makes this process so EASY!