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How To Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts In The Instant Pot

This recipe is meant to be a very quick and easy way to prep and cook FROZEN chicken in your instant pot. I recommend this recipe for chicken that can be used in salads, sandwiches, wraps, tacos etc. If trying to eat this alone, or by itself, the chicken will need some kind of sauce or more seasoning in my opinion.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Apps or Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, chicken breast, frozen chicken, instant pot, instant pot chicken
Servings: 2


  • Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker


  • 1 to 2 lbs frozen chicken breast
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons minced garlic or 2 to 3 fresh garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 3 sprigs fresh herbs thyme or rosemary
  • 1 to 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken stock plus more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce or Worcestershire Sauce


  • Add everything into your instant pot from the frozen chicken to the pepper. Pour in the chicken stock and low sodium soy sauce or Worcestershire Sauce. If you feel you need to add more chicken stock to cover more of the chicken, go ahead. The chicken will not be completely covered in the stock and that is 100% ok. Place the lid on and turn to lock. Set your instant pot to cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 8 minutes*.
  • As with any instant pot recipe, the instant pot takes time to come to pressure. This can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes depending on what model you have. Once the instant pot is finished cooking, let all of the pressure release naturally. This will take about 10 minutes and then the instant pot will turn itself off.
  • When ready, remove the lid and remove the chicken breast from the insert. (A meat or instant-read thermometer is your best bet for determining the temperature of your chicken. 165 degrees F is the safe internal temperature for both the white meat and dark meat.) Cube, slice or shred the chicken and enjoy!


*Cook for 8 minutes for small chicken breasts and 10 minutes for medium to large sized chicken breasts.