Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts – How To Pressure Cook Chicken Breast From Frozen

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Instant Pot will help you turn a frozen solid package of chicken breasts into a hot dinner in 30 minutes! This is the only Instant Pot frozen chicken breasts recipe you’ll ever need!

My favorite feature of the Instant Pot is the fact that it can cook frozen meat directly without having to defrost it in advance!  There is no other appliance that can do that!  Sure, you can cook food on the stove, you can bake it in the oven, you can use your slow cooker, but none of these methods do a good job on cooking huge chunks of frozen meat! Only Instant Pot pressure cooker can take a rock-solid frozen package of chicken breasts and make them uniformly cooked and moist and juicy in less than 30 minutes!

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts

Yes, Instant Pot is a life saver for people like me who always forget to defrost meat in advance :) I also have an amazing recipe for Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Legs with lemon and garlic – yummy yum yum!

How do you cook frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot? Easy! Just add a cup of water to the Instant Pot, add a package of frozen chicken breasts and pressure cook on High pressure for 20 minutes, then do a 5 minute natural pressure release.  The chicken breast will be perfectly cooked through, juicy and tender!

How To Pressure Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts In The Instant Pot

What can you do with plain cooked chicken breast? Lots of yummy things! Chop or shred the chicken and use in:

  • BBQ chicken sandwiches
  • Chicken tacos
  • Stir fry
  • Burritos
  • Quesadillas
  • Enchiladas
  • Frittattas
  • Salads
  • Chicken pot pie
  • Soups
  • Chicken salad

You can shred the chicken easily with two forks, immersion blender or my favorite method – a food processor! Check out my tutorial for perfect food processor shredded chicken.

How To Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts In Instant Pot

Once you cook frozen chicken breasts in Instant Pot, use this perfectly cooked chicken in these yummy recipes:

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas – shredded chicken is mixed with Buffalo sauce and cooked in tortillas with melted Cheddar cheese!

Chicken Pesto Pasta – super easy 3 ingredient pasta dish – just mix the cooked pasta with pesto and add the chicken pieces!

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup – this homemade chicken noodle soup is so comforting and delicious, and ready in 15 minutes!

Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps – use cooked chopped chicken to make yourself a healthy wrap for lunch!

Chicken Pasta Salad – this chicken pasta salad is filling enough to be a main dish, this is my favorite pasta salad recipe ever!

BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese – so warm and delicious with shredded BBQ chicken and gooey melted cheese, amazing!

BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese

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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts

Use your Instant Pot to cook frozen chicken breasts perfectly every time! They turn out so juicy and moist! This is the only Instant Pot frozen chicken breast recipe you'll ever need!
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 package frozen chicken breasts
  • 1 cup water


  • Pour water into Instant Pot.
  • Add frozen chicken breasts to the Instant Pot.
  • Close the Instant Pot and turn the pressure valve to Sealing position.
  • Select "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to 20 minutes.
  • After it finished cooking, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
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