Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts

Cooking frozen chicken in an Instant Pot® is a weeknight cook's secret weapon. Make sure you follow the directions for a 10-minute natural release; a quick release left us with dry and stringy meat. Allowing for the natural release let all the juices redistribute and we had a plump and juicy breast afterwards – perfect for chicken salad or anywhere you would use poached chicken.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min (includes time for pressure to build)
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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2 frozen chicken breasts (6 to 8 ounces each)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 


  1. Put the frozen chicken breasts into an Instant Pot®. Sprinkle the chicken generously with salt and pepper. It is not necessary to add any water. Follow the manufacturer's guide for locking the lid and preparing to cook. Set to pressure cook on high for 10 minutes.
  2. After the pressure-cook cycle is complete, follow the manufacturer's guide for natural release. After 10 minutes, being careful of any remaining steam, unlock and remove the lid. 
  3. Allow for natural release for 10 minutes. This will ensure the juices are re-absorbed into the chicken.