Make this easy instant pot chicken breast recipe tonight! Instant pot pulled chicken is easy to make with either fresh or frozen chicken and only takes a few minutes to throw together in your instant pot.
It’s no secret that we make a lot of instant pot frozen chicken recipes in our house. Instant Pot pulled chicken is so versatile and easy to make in the Instant Pot. I show it served on a hamburger bun, but it could be served on salad, pizza, or even quesadillas.
This instant pot pulled chicken recipe was born out of my need for a change and leftover hamburger buns. It uses just a handful of ingredients that can usually be found in my refrigerator and pantry.
Making Instant Pot Pulled Chicken into a Freezer Meal
This recipe for instant pot pulled chicken is easy enough to throw together on a busy evening. Or you could make it into an instant pot freezer meal by throwing all of the ingredients together in a freezer safe bag and dumping into the instant pot when you are ready to eat it.
The cook time stays the same, it will just take a bit longer to pressurize as everything defrosts.
If you do plan on making instant pot pulled chicken an instant pot freezer meal, I highly recommend making more than one batch. Making multiple freezer meals at a time is really where freezer cooking saves you time.
Frozen vs. Thawed Chicken Breast
One of my favorite things about cooking in the instant pot is that I don’t have to defrost my chicken ahead of time. I buy the big bag of frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts and just pull them out as needed.
Some recipes advise to keep the cook time the same for frozen chicken. When I have read this, the author has stated that the chicken thaws as it pressurizes. Although I do believe this to be true when making a recipe that is completely frozen, I have not found this to be the case when making a recipe with liquid ingredients and frozen chicken.
I do recommend you increase the cook time to 25 minutes, or risk having undercooked chicken. This has been my experience enough times that I always increase my cook time by 50% when working with frozen meat.
Ingredients in Instant Pot Pulled Chicken
(printable recipe is below)
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
- 1 cup water
- 4 hamburger buns
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 498 Total Fat 7g Saturated Fat 2g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 96mg Sodium 1534mg Carbohydrates 66g Fiber 2g Sugar 39g Protein 41g