How to Cook Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot + 50 Recipes

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Your go-to list for easy and delicious instant pot frozen chicken recipes! With over 50 different frozen chicken recipes including instant pot chicken breast recipes, whole chicken, chicken thighs, and chicken wings!

If you’re looking for an easier way to cook chicken in the instant pot, we have you covered! Keep reading for a basic instant pot frozen chicken recipes plus a list of over 50 instant pot recipes that use frozen chicken.

If you have a new instant pot, make sure to check out my youtube video on cooking with an instant pot. You can also pick up my Instant Pot Cookbook, The “I Love My Instant Pot” Affordable Meals recipe book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Collage of 4 instant pot frozen chicken recipes.
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❤️Why You’ll Love These Recipes

One of my favorite things to cook in my pressure cooker is frozen chicken. I keep a big bag of frozen chicken breasts in my freezer, pull 1 or 2 out at a time, and drop them directly in my instant pot. This has been hands-down the best thing about my instant pot.

Cooking frozen chicken in the instant pot takes away my need to plan ahead for dinner and doesn’t leave me stuck between a rock and a hard place when I forget to defrost meat for dinner.

I can still offer my family a home-cooked meal while not feeling stressed out about feeding my family a healthy dinner. 

I love cooking frozen chicken in my Instant Pot for a few reasons:

It’s great for meal prep! I can cook as many breasts in my Instant Pot at once as I want. Then they can be split up to eat throughout the week.

It saves me time. I don’t have to spend the extra minutes defrosting my chicken. I just take it straight from the freezer bag to the pot. 

It’s easy to convert a favorite recipe to use frozen chicken. See below for how I calculate cooking time.

Cover art of The "I Love My Instant Pot" Affordable Meals Recipe Book.

How to calculate cook time for instant pot frozen chicken recipes

If you are trying to convert an instant pot recipe to an instant pot frozen chicken recipe, my advice is to increase the cooking time by 50%. Although it has been said that the chicken will defrost as the pot is pressured, I have not always found that to be true.

With the super short cooking times (say, 10-15 minutes), I have had bad luck with opening my pot to find undercooked chicken. That is not what you want to see come dinner time!

All of the recipes on this list from Aileen Cooks include instructions for both thawed and frozen chicken, with a 50% increase in cooking time for frozen chicken breast. Since you are cooking under pressure and using the liquid, I am less worried about dry chicken and am okay with cooking it a little longer. 

Collage of 4 instant pot frozen chicken recipes.

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Breast in the Instant Pot

Aileen Clark
This simple recipe for frozen chicken uses just two basic ingredients. The juicy chicken can be enjoyed on its own or added to another recipe that requires cooked chicken. 
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 68 kcal


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts frozen
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  • Combine the frozen chicken breasts and chicken broth inside the pot of your instant pot. 
  • Close the lid and set the pressure release valve to sealing. 
  • Press the pressure cook button and set the cooking time to 25 minutes. 
  • Let the chicken cook and allow the pressure cooker to do a natural release. 
  • Remove lid, take out chicken, and enjoy.


A cup of water can be substituted for the chicken broth if needed.
I prefer to add seasoning after the chicken cooks. Salt and pepper to taste is perfect.
You do not want to use a quick release for chicken as it will suck out the moisture.


Serving: 0.5breastCalories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 0.3gProtein: 12gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 284mgPotassium: 220mgSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 18IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.3mg
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Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Tacos from Aileen Cooks

Instant pot salsa chicken tacos make a healthy and filling meal that will please the entire family. I love that you can spend just 5 minutes of prep work on this meal and come back to perfectly cooked salsa chicken.

instant pot salsa chicken tacos - an instant pot frozen chicken recipe -in crispy taco shells with fresh tomato and lettuce

Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie from Eating on a Dime

You are going to love this even easier Instant pot Chicken pot pie recipe. You can make it in less than an hour from frozen to table! Let’s get cooking.

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Legs with Lemon and Garlic from Melanie Cooks

These Instant Pot frozen chicken legs with lemon and garlic is the easiest recipe ever!  A solid block of frozen chicken legs will become a mouthwatering dinner 30 minutes from now – this pot is truly magic!

Instant Pot Chicken Pho Soup Recipe from April Golightly

Instant Pot Pho Chicken Soup Recipe made in only 35 minutes with Pho spices, lime, cilantro, tomatoes, hoisin, bean sprouts for this Chicken Pho Recipe

Instant Pot Creamy Taco Soup from Eating on a Dime

If you’re looking for something a little different to jazz up your menu plan, give this Instant Pot Creamy Taco Soup Recipe a try. It’s a great twist on traditional chili. You will love how creamy this delicious recipe is.

Instant Pot Pulled Chicken from Aileen Cooks

A sweet and tender dish, instant pot pulled chicken is the perfect easy weeknight meal. This pulled chicken recipe is easy to make with either fresh or frozen chicken and only takes a few minutes to throw together in your instant pot.

A plate of French fries and instant pot pulled chicken on a hamburger bun.

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe from Aileen Cooks

This Instant Pot chicken noodle soup recipe is a family favorite for sick days or anytime it’s cold outside. You will love it because it cooks quickly, tastes great, and is freezer friendly!

Pressure Cooker Asian Zing Chicken Wings from Dad Cooks Dinner

Pressure Cooker Asian Zing Wings (From Frozen). How to cook a batch of individually frozen chicken wings in your pressure cooker – with a sweet, spicy Asian zing sauce. (Also, see our Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipes)

Instant Pot Shredded Mexican Chicken from Carrie Elle

Spicy instant pot shredded Mexican chicken that is 21-day-fix approved.

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili from Aileen Cooks

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili cooks in just 30 minutes in your electric pressure cooker. This recipe is easy to make, tastes great, and feeds a crowd! Want to make it even better? Serve it in one of these amazing Italian Bread Bowls. Yum.

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili - made from frozen chicken - cooks in just 30 minutes in the instant pot electric pressure cooker. Tastes great and feeds a crowd!

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos from One Happy Housewife

Have frozen chicken breasts but don’t know what to make? These chicken tacos are perfect. Just throw the frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot, add a few simple ingredients and you’ll have beautifully shredded chicken in about 20 minutes.

Easy Freezer Friendly Chicken Marinades from Carmy

Carmy shares 7 delicious freezer-friendly chicken marinades in this post. She shows you the best way to prep your freezer meals and instructions for cooking in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Caesar Chicken Wraps from New South Charm

These Instant Pot Caesar Chicken Wraps are a perfect light dinner or for prepping lunches for the week.

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup from Aileen Cooks

Want to whip up a batch of zesty soup but don’t have much time? Try this delicious instant pot chicken tortilla soup recipe. You can even use frozen chicken!

A bowl of instant pot chicken tortilla soup topped with chips, cheese, and cilantro.

Instant Pot Maple Mustard Chicken from Fannetastic Food

An easy sweet and savory Instant Pot frozen chicken recipe that is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Instant Pot Honey Teriyaki Chicken from Le Creme De La Crumb 

Bold and tasty Instant Pot Honey Teriyaki Chicken made effortlessly in your pressure cooker with just a handful of pantry ingredients. This is a must-make family-favorite weeknight meal to please even the pickiest eaters!

Instant Pot White Bean Chicken Chili from Allergy Free Alaska

This Instant Pot White Bean Chicken Chili recipe is so easy and filling. It’s the perfect quick meal the entire family will love, made with ingredients commonly already found in one’s pantry!

Instant Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice from Meaningful Eats

Instant Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice! Throw everything in the instant pot and walk away. You’ll have a delicious, satisfying, healthy dinner 30 minutes later!

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken from Aileen Cooks

Make this delicious buffalo chicken using just a few ingredients and frozen chicken breasts. The best part? It’s ready in under an hour thanks to the handy dandy Instant Pot pressure cooker!

Instant Pot shredded buffalo chicken (made from frozen chicken) on a white platter next to bowl of rice and bowl of corn.

The Best Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipe from Recipes from a Pantry

Looking for the best Instant Pot chicken breast recipe? You’ve found it. This method produces flavourful, tender, perfect chicken breasts using fresh or frozen chicken. Excellent for meal prep and make-ahead meal solutions. Suitable for Whole 30, Paleo, and Keto dieters. Recipe also includes Weight Watchers points and a video tutorial.

How to Cook Instant Pot Chicken Thighs from Recipes from a Pantry

Ready for a winning Instant Pot chicken thighs recipe? This easy (and easily modifiable) recipe will produce tender, flavourful chicken thighs in no time at all. Suitable for Whole 30, Paleo, and Keto dieters. Recipe also includes Weight Watchers points and a video.

Pressure Cooker Frozen Chicken Wings from The Typical Mom

This is how you make tender and delicious pressure cooker frozen chicken wings! Makes a great appetizer or dinner in your Instant Pot using your favorite barbecue sauce. Wings are the best finger food we say and with this trick you can make them often. From freezer to dinner in less than 30 minutes!

A round cake pan filled with instant pot chicken enchiladas.

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas from Aileen Cooks

Whip up a batch of these creamy Instant Pot chicken enchiladas. They are easy to make with a homemade white sauce. 

Instant Pot Chicken and Black Bean Tacos from Five Heart Home

Instant Pot Chicken & Black Bean Tacos boast a tender, flavorful filling, equally delicious in burrito bowls and effortlessly made in the pressure cooker!

Honey Teriyaki Chicken from Fabulously Frugal

Super easy, honey-sweetened teriyaki chicken! Slow cooker or Instant Pot recipe!

Instant Pot Chicken and Cheese Taquitos from Thriving Home

Here’s the question. What do you do if you want to serve up our Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Taquitos for dinner but have frozen solid chicken breasts to work with? Or did you miss the cut-off time for starting your slow cooker? Instant Pot to the rescue!

Instant Pot Crack Chicken from Aileen Cooks

Instant pot crack chicken got its name because it is so good, you cannot just eat one serving! Come and see why this instant pot crack chicken recipe is so popular!

Close up of instant pot crack chicken (made with frozen chicken breast) on a roll with cheese, scallions, and bacon.

Spicy Electric Pressure Cooker Chicken Sliders from The Typical Mom

These spicy electric pressure cooker chicken sliders are the perfect appetizer or dinner for your family! Just 3 ingredients using fresh or frozen chicken makes the easiest snack that will fly off the table at your party this year. Bring on the heat!

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup from Balancing Motherhood

This Instant Pot chicken noodle soup is the best chicken noodle soup I’ve eve made. Seriously, it really is that good. What makes it even better is that it’s made in the Instant Pot which means it cooks in no time!

Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas Recipe from Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas Recipe – quick and easy dinner for the busiest weeknights! Simply add all ingredients to your digital pressure cooker, close lid and press the button.

Instant Pot 3 Ingredient Lime Chicken Tacos from 365 Days of Crockpot

Instant Pot/Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Lime Chicken Tacos (from frozen)–this is the easiest and tastiest shredded chicken that you can serve in tacos (or other ways). The best part is that you can use frozen chicken and it takes about 2 minutes of prep time.  

Instant Pot 21 Day Fix Burrito Bowl from My Crazy Good Life

One of my favorite easy meal prep meals is this Instant Pot Burrito Bowl! Add in the Instant Pot to prep them and you have a home run meal on your hands–easy to prep and easy to store–here’s my favorite Instant Pot Burrito Bowl recipe!

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken from Aileen Cooks

Learn how to make simple instant pot shredded chicken with either fresh or frozen chicken breast. This recipe is so quick and makes it easy to whip up a batch of shredded chicken whenever you need it!

Easy instant pot shredded chicken made with frozen chicken served on white dish over red napkin.

Instant Pot Spicy Sweet and Sour Chicken from Aunt Bee’s Recipes

A delicious spicy take on a favorite Chinese takeout recipe.

Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken from Once-a-Month Meals

Try this Instant Pot version of our simple Honey Bourbon Chicken for a quick and easy family dinner. These seductively saucy morsels of juicy chicken are perfectly complimented by a simple side of rice or broccoli and sure to become a fast favorite.

Instant Pot Chicken and Stuffing from The Cozy Cook

This Instant Pot Chicken and Stuffing has juicy chicken that’s quickly cooked to perfection along with savory stuffing and fresh green beans. Plus, only 20 minutes of cooking time!

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken from Nurse Loves Farmer

A quick and easy Instant Pot meal that can be made from frozen or fresh chicken thighs/drumsticks with that honey garlic flavour that everyone loves!

Easy Butter Chicken from Hip Pressure Cooking

Juicy, tender and succulent chicken breast bathed in a thick flavorful sauce that’s easy to make in the pressure cooker?!?!  Believe it!

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice from Sidetracked Sarah

This Instant Pot chicken & rice recipe is so delicious! I love how the rice turns out perfectly every time in the Instant Pot!

Frozen Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot (in under an hour) from Red and Honey

Cooking a frozen whole chicken in the instant pot in under an hour is one of my absolute favourite instant pot uses!

Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken from Or Whatever You Do

This super easy recipe for Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken is made with frozen chicken breasts, and takes just 40-45 minutes from the time you close the lid until you are shredding your chicken!

Instant Pot Buttery Lemon Chicken from Mama Instincts

A delicious and quick entree for any meal.

Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken from Aileen Cooks

Make this sweet and satisfying instant pot Hawaiian chicken with less than 10 minutes of prep time. This is an easy 3 ingredient recipe that you can just mix together and walk away.

Close up of instant pot hawaiian chicken (one of our instant pot frozen chicken recipes) on a fork with dish of chicken in the background.

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo from Julie’s Eats and Treats

This family favorite recipe is quick and easy in the Instant Pot! Everyone will love this Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo and it will be ready in 20 minutes with only one pan dirty! Add this easy pressure cooker recipe to your menu today!

Instant Pot 30 Minute BBQ Chicken from This Pilgrim Life

This Instant Pot barbecue chicken is SO EASY and SO TASTY! It’s finished in 30 minutes and made with all whole ingredients. 

Instant Pot Chicken and Peppers from The Seasoned Mom

Did you get a new Instant Pot for Christmas? Or are you a die-hard fan of the old-school Crock Pot? Either way, you can enjoy this easy Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Chicken with Peppers and Onions for a healthy Italian-inspired dinner!

Quick Keto Pulled Chicken from A Real Food Journey

Wondering how to cook chicken in your instant pot from frozen? The good news- you can take frozen chicken in the instant pot and turn it into dinner really really fast. Check out this recipe for Keto Pulled Chicken.

Instant Pot Chicken Chili from Plated Cravings

Instant Pot Chicken Chili is so easy and quick to make but loaded with flavor! This easy pressure cooker recipe comes together in minutes and makes a delicious weeknight dinner that your whole family will love. A healthy recipe that can be made with frozen chicken and pantry staples!

Chicken Burrito Bowls from The Idea Room

We Love A Great Chicken Burrito Bowl! Use Your Instant Pot For This Instant Pot Chicken And Rice To Make Some Delicious Burrito Bowls!  A Fast And Simple Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe The Whole Family Will Love!

Instant Pot 5 Ingredient Enchilada from Real Food Whole Life

Super easy to throw together and incredibly versatile, Instant Pot 5-Ingredient Enchilada Chicken will be your new weeknight staple recipe!

Which one of these instant pot frozen chicken recipes will you make for dinner tonight? Let us know in the comments!

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