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How to Cook Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot

Servings 6 -8 serving
Author Si Foster, A Bountiful Kitchen


  • 2 lbs frozen chicken
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt pepper, other seasonings as desired*


  1. Spray the Instant Pot insert with cooking oil.
  2. Place the chicken in the pot, season generously with salt and pepper and any other seasonings desired. .
  3. Pour 1/2 cup water around the sides of the chicken in the pot.
  4. Make sure the sealing ring (inside the lid) is in the proper position.
  5. Place the lid on the pot and set to the lock or SEAL position.
  6. Turn the Instant Pot to the MANUAL setting for 12 minutes. If the chicken is not frozen, 8 minutes will work.
  7. Press the MANUAL button to start the cooking process.
  8. When the timer goes off and the chicken is cooked, the pressure may be released manually by carefully turning the valve on top of the Instant Pot to the VENTING position (be careful to not position your face over the pot while steam is releasing), or simply allow the pressure to naturally release for about 10-15 minutes before removing lid.
  9. Remove chicken from the pot, shred or chop and use as needed.

Recipe Notes

-Seasoning will depend on how you use the chicken. I usually season generously with salt and pepper. If I am using the chicken for a mexican dish, I season with chili powder, coriander and garlic. You can also use salsa instead of water when cooking. Use the same amount of salsa to liquid.-I like to let the chicken sit in the juice (broth) for a few minutes before shredding, and then spoon a small amount of the liquid remaining over the chicken after shredding. -You can pour the remaining broth over a strainer and freeze or use the chicken broth within 5 days. Use in any recipe calling for chicken broth or stock.-I have a 6 quart pot and have cooked up to 5 lbs of frozen chicken at one time. cook with 1 cups of water for 15 minutes. Follow same directions for cooking as with 2 lbs of chicken.