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How Long To Pressure Cook Frozen Chicken (2)

Frozen Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot (6 Servings)

  • Author: Bobby




  1. In the inner pot section of the Instant Pot, place the frozen chicken breasts. Pour the broth in, then season the chicken with salt, pepper, and other ingredients to taste.
  2. Close the lid of the Instant Pot. Place the steam release valve in “sealing” mode.
  3. Set the cooking time (ensure to cook at high pressure) by pressing the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button and using the +/- buttons: 11-12 minutes for 6-8 ounce chicken breasts, 13-14 minutes for 9-10 ounce chicken breasts, or 16 minutes for 12-ounce chicken breasts.
  4. The Instant Pot display will show “On” after 10 seconds, and the pot will begin to pressurize. It will beep once to indicate that it has reached pressure, and the cooking time will begin to count down.
  5. The Instant Pot will beep a few times when the cooking time is up. Allow 10 minutes for the pressure to naturally release by leaving the Instant Pot alone. Turn the steam release valve to the “venting” position when the display reads L0:10. Allow any remaining steam to escape before proceeding (there may be none). Make sure the float valve (pin) is down and then carefully remove the lid.
  6. Check the temperature of the chicken using an instant-read thermometer to ensure it has reached at least 165 degrees.
  7. Allow 5 minutes for the chicken to rest before slicing or shredding.


  • Your chicken breasts will not cook evenly if they are frozen in a big bulk. Place the chicken breasts in cool water until you can separate them.
  • Use the same cook times as described in the recipe for fresh (not frozen) chicken breasts, but instead of a natural release, conduct a rapid pressure release.

The entire cook time for this recipe is 37 minutes, including a prep time of 5 minutes and a cook time of 12 minutes. You can try this recipe with your family for quick and easy chicken meals. If you’d like more ideas on how to cook frozen chicken in an instant pot, then you may like to see this video recipe.