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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts

It's so easy to cook chicken breasts from frozen in Instant Pot.
Course Main
Cuisine American, Western
Diet Gluten Free, Low Fat
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 172kcal


  • 1 cup (240ml) chicken stock divided
  • 2 frozen skinless boneless chicken breasts


  • Pour chicken stock into the Instant Pot insert and place the frozen chicken inside the liquid (or put a trivet inside and add the chicken on top of the trivet), making sure they are not stuck together.
  • Cover your Instant Pot and set the valve to the sealing position.
  • Select the manual pressure / pressure cook button, select high pressure, and set the timer for 10 minutes - 12 minutes (depending on the size).
  • When done, allow for a natural pressure release of 5 minutes (10 minutes for thicker chicken breasts), then perform a quick pressure release and open the lid.
  • Make sure to check the temperature of the chicken using a  Meat thermometer


  • To season an Instant Pot frozen chicken breast, you can either season the chicken breasts before adding them to your freezer (my preferred method), or you can cook without the spices and season after cooking.
  • It is best to separate the frozen chicken breasts before cooking them to avoid ending up with undercooked chicken. The easiest way I find is to 1) freeze them individually or  2) if frozen in a batch, let them sit in a bowl of cold water for a little while until you can easily separate.
  • If you prefer, you can cook the frozen chicken on a trivet inside the Instant Pot.
  • For a quick and easy healthy meal, serve your pressure cooker chicken with a green salad or alongside Instant Pot Broccoli or Air Fryer Green Beans.
There are 0 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving.

Meal Prep Ideas

You can use this healthy cooking hack to whip up some amazingly tasty meal prep dishes like these delicious combos:
  • Tex Mex Chicken Bowls = Black Beans + Tortilla Chips + Salsa
  • Mediterranean Chicken Meal = Feta Cheese + Kalamata Olives + Hummus
  • Pesto Pasta Chicken Salad = Cold Noodles + Pesto Sauce


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 544mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg