Instant Pot: Frozen Chicken Breasts

Instant Pot: Frozen Chicken Breasts

Instant Pot: Frozen Chicken Breasts

Freezer to table in just about half an hour. Hard to beat that! And this chicken comes out flavorful and juicy.

Course Main Dish
Keyword chicken, freezer, instant pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 4 frozen chicken breasts boneless and skinless about 6-8 ounces each frozen
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 5 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano


  • Fresh thyme
  • Chopped parsley
  • Lemon slices


  1. Separate the frozen chicken breasts to make sure they aren’t stuck together.

  2. Add frozen chicken breasts to the Instant Pot.

  3. Add chicken broth, garlic, butter, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and coat the chicken as much as possible.

  4. Add bay leaves and fresh thyme on top.

  5. Close and lock the lid and set the valve to Seal.

  6. Press the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” button and set to 10 minutes. (It will take the pot about 10 minutes to come to pressure, and then the 10 minute timer automatically starts.)

  7. Once the 10 minute timer is up (and the Instant Pot beeps), let sit for 10 minutes to allow some of the pressure to release naturally. After 10 minutes, open the valve to release the remaining pressure.

  8. If you have a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature of the chicken. It should read about 165 degrees F. If not, slice one of the breasts and make sure the chicken is opaque and juices run clear.

  9. Slice the chicken and serve with any garnishes you like.

Recipe Notes

You can also sautee the chicken breasts after pressure cooking to brown the exterior a bit — either in the Instant Pot or in a sautee pan on the stove. To do it in the Instant Pot, take out the chicken and remove the juices and herbs from the pot, drizzle about 3-4 Tbsp olive oil in the pot (and add any seasoning you’d like), and set to sautee for about 7-8 minutes.

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