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2 cooked Instant Pot frozen chicken breasts served on a white plate with a side of vegetables.

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts Recipe

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 5 Ingredients or Less, Easy, Instant Pot
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 155kcal
Author: Marilyn
Instant Pot frozen chicken breasts turn out moist, tender and full of flavor. These chicken breasts are terrific on their own, on a salad, or shredded and added to more recipes.
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  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts about 6 ounces each
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf optional


  • Season chicken breasts all over with salt and pepper.
  • Pour broth into the Instant Pot. Add the bay leaf, if using. Place steam rack in the pot. Arrange chicken breasts on the rack.
  • Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to sealing. Set your Instant Pot to pressure cook on High for 8 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is done, press Cancel and let stand 5 minutes. Turn the steam release handle to venting. When the float valve drops down, remove the lid. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast, should register 165°F. If more cooking time is needed, continue pressure cooking on high for 2 minutes.
  • Transfer chicken breasts to a cutting board, tent with foil and let rest 5 minutes or until ready to carve or to shred.
  • Serve or refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 6 months.


Size and Cooking Time: For a typical 6 to 8 ounce breast, 8 minutes cooking time will yield the best results. For larger breasts, you may start with 10 minutes cooking time. This recipe is for boneless and skinless breasts. Bone-in, skin on breasts require longer pressure cooking times.
Serving Size: This recipe makes about 3.5 ounces per serving which is the recommended serving size for adults. If you want to adjust per person serving size, you do not need to add more of the ingredients other than chicken breast.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 523mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg