How To Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts In The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Just 3 main ingredients and so good you will have wished that you had cooked frozen chicken breasts in the air fryer a long time ago. Plus, you will be able to tell your friends that you learnt to cook frozen chicken breast that is NOT dry in the Instant Pot!
How To Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts In The Instant Pot, has certainly become the new trend and you can see why! Instead of having to spend hours waiting for your chicken to thaw out, or that you forgot to get it out of the freezer, can be a worry of the past.
It just uses the following ingredients:
- Frozen Chicken Breasts
- Boiling Water
- Tinned Tomatoes
- Salt & Pepper
Let’s face it, you’re not going to get an easier Instant Pot frozen chicken recipe. Then you can go from there and season it as you wish. Think of this frozen chicken breasts recipe as your base and then to your base you can add all your favourite marinades.
Then of course like I say a LOT just throw your ingredients into the Instant Pot and let it do the work for you!
How To Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts In The Instant Pot
Our family are huge fans of chicken breast meat. In fact, I would say it was the number #1 meat that we buy and consume the most.
The attraction to use it is the versatility of it. We can cook some basic chicken breasts in the Instant Pot and turn it into a whole range of dishes. We can have a curry, a casserole, a stew, fajitas, burritos, salad, rice or even pasta. Whatever we are in the mood for on a particular day.
The price we pay for chicken breasts is 3,78€ a kilo when it is on the deals. The supermarket will have it on deals maybe once a month and we will stock up as the usual price is about 5€. As well as this they may have it on clearance too. You can also read about our free chicken that we got here. The reality is that we will often have 50 chicken breasts in our freezer at any one time, just asking to be cooked in the Instant Pot or in the Air Fryer or Slow Cooker.
But to make this recipe for frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot interesting, I did something that I have NOT seen on any of my fellow food bloggers recipes. I bought 2 kilos worth of chicken breast that was fresh from the supermarket butchers. I then sliced it in half so that I was left with this HUGE lump of chicken breasts. I then froze half and placed them in the freezer for a month, so that they could be as solid as an Iceberg.
Then when it was time to cook it in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, I grabbed it from the freezer, removed the packaging and put it straight in the Instant Pot ready for cooking. No neat looking chicken breasts just a big lump of them.
That way, it gives you a more realistic approach to cooking chicken breasts. When you have not neatly placed them in separate freezer bags and they are stuck together.
Plus, I have also done a separate timing for those of you that has neatly packed up your chicken breasts and they are not stuck together like a big Iceburg!
To cook frozen chicken breast in the Instant Pot you just do the following:
#1 Place your frozen chicken breast in the Instant Pot and add the boiling water
#2 Add to it the rest of the ingredients
#3 45 minutes later you have moist chicken breast
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- Place the frozen chicken breasts into the bottom of your Instant Pot inner pot.
- Pour 250ml of boiling water over the chicken breasts as this will loosen them up and start the cooking process and also reduce the chances of dry chicken.
- Pour the tinned tomatoes on top and season the top with salt and pepper.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing.
- Cook for 45 minutes on the poultry setting.
- When it beeps, use quick pressure release and remove the lid and make sure the chicken is cooked.
- Season as you wish and then serve.
I used 2 medium cans of tinned tomatoes which worked out at a combined weight of 800g. Remember this frozen chicken recipe is based upon 1 kilo of frozen chicken breasts stuck together. Most people will cook a lot less than this and that is why it will take you 45 minutes to cook.
Think of it as 5 large chicken breasts. If you are just doing 4 chicken breasts that are NOT attached, then 25 minutes would be a good cooking time. Normally if I am cooking with thawed chicken breasts I will use just one can of tinned tomatoes and no other liquid, but to stop the chicken from being dry you need extra liquid. Also, don’t use natural pressure release as it will dry out the chicken.
Zero Waste Chicken Sauce
When you have finished cooking your chicken breasts and put them to one side, you will find that you have a lot of liquid left. Those 2 cans of tinned tomatoes plus the water and the chicken juices make the most amazing sauce.
What we did with ours was reserve some of the juice for serving with the chicken and turned it into our Instant Pot Shredded Chicken. Then with the rest we added some coconut milk to it, spices and then cooked it with some pieces of chicken the next day as our slow cooker Brazilian chicken.
Then after this we also used it with some vegetables to cover our baked potatoes with.
In the end our sauce or stock as you may call it, had become the sauce for 3 separate meals. So, remember this when you look at all the liquid you have left.