by Olena

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken (Video)

by Olena

4.9 from 49 reviews

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken or make rotisserie style whole chicken in pressure cooker with 5 mins prep. It comes out super juicy! Instant Pot chicken and potatoes and Instant Pot butter chicken is another dinner you can make with frozen chicken.

If you have fresh chicken, check out this Instant Pot whole chicken recipe then. Enjoy! 🙂

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken on a platter garnished with dill

Frozen Whole Chicken in Instant Pot

Instant Pot frozen chicken is juicy and flavorful rotisserie style whole chicken you can make at home with 5 mins prep time.

Imagine putting whole frozen chicken in Instant Pot and having tasty chicken in an hour-ish. Even chicken breast is juicy. Not to mention it is easy to make organic.

I think being able to cook meat from frozen is one of many best features of Instant Pot. My freezer is always stocked with 2-4 organic whole chickens from Costco.

Because it is the cheapest cut of chicken and when I’m out of dinner ideas, I make my Instant Pot chicken noodle soup or this Instant Pot rotisserie chicken.

instant pot frozen chicken served with quinoa salad

Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken Ingredients

  • Frozen whole chicken about 4 lbs
  • Avocado or olive oil
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper

frozen whole chicken, spices, oil

If Your Chicken Has Giblets…

You can cook frozen whole chicken with ties and giblets inside. Most giblets are in paper bags anyways. Just remove giblets after cooking.

If you buy fresh whole chickens, just remove giblets before freezing. Easy-peasy.

Why Do You Rinse Chicken?

I rinse frozen chicken so oil and then spices will stick to it. Otherwise, good luck “burning” your fingers on a layer of frost and losing all spices.

If you carefully rinse raw meat in the sink, then wash your hands with soap and wash sink with dish soap and cloth, it is safe. It is absolutely OK.

There is a lot of misinformation on the web right now aka fake news. Everyone with a phone is “a professor”.

How Long to Cook Frozen Chicken in Pressure Cooker?

If you are new to pressure cooking, check out my Instant Pot guide. It explains what happens, why and how to avoid failures.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet but are thinking about buying one, I explain which Instant Pot to buy in my humble opinion.

Cooking time varies based on the size of your chicken AND Instant Pot.

Why? Because larger size Instant Pot has larger volume (area) for more pressure to build up. Thus, it takes longer to bring pressure down.

Therefore, 8 quart pressure cooker keeps cooking chicken while bringing down pressure for 40 minutes vs. 6 quart that takes only 15 minutes.

For 6 quart Instant Pot:

  • 4 lbs whole chicken – 60 minutes.
  • 5 lbs whole chicken – 70 minutes.

For 8 quart Instant Pot:

  • 4 lbs whole chicken – 40 minutes.
  • 5 lbs whole chicken – 50 minutes.
  • 6 lbs whole chicken – 60 minutes.

Looking for more dinner ideas? Check out my most popular collection of 30 healthy Instant Pot recipes.

Frozen Chicken in pressure cooker on a trivet

Can I Cook Fresh Chicken?

Yes. Fresh whole chicken requires twice less cook time than frozen. If your chicken is thawed, then use this Instant Pot whole chicken recipe.

Natural or Quick Release?

Use only Natural Release.

Please do not vent pressure by turning valve to Venting and come back and tell me your chicken was raw.:) Your Instant Pot needs to bring down pressure inside on its own.

This will allow chicken to finish cooking while juices in the meat settle. It is like letting steak to rest – same idea.

Do not do Quick Release (turning sealing valve to Venting position). Just in case.:)

instant pot frozen chicken served with quinoa salad

What to Serve Whole Chicken With?

Do Not Throw Away Golden Liquid at the Bottom

Make soup!

Keep that flavorful broth at the bottom of the pot, throw back the bones and add desired amount of water. Pressure cook on High for 1-2 hours.

Then add frozen vegetables (mixed, corn, peas, broccoli etc.) and “sprinkle” pasta (to prevent sticking). Close the lid, don’t press anything and let soup “cook” for 5 minutes or so.

Season to taste with spices and fresh herbs. Do it at your pace throughout the day.

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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

4.9 from 49 reviews

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken or make rotisserie style whole chicken in pressure cooker with 5 mins prep. It comes out super juicy!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: North American
Scale

Ingredients

  • 44.5 lbs whole frozen chicken
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • Avocado oil
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Rinse frozen whole chicken with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Drizzle with a bit of oil and using your hands rub it all over chicken. This step will ensure proper “sticking” of spices to frozen chicken.
  2. Place chicken in Instant Pot breasts side down. Sprinkle half of each spice evenly on one side of chicken in the following order: salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika and oregano. Holding onto the wings, carefully flip the chicken (we don’t want to disturb the spices) and season the other half with remaining spices (might seem like a lot but trust me). Holding onto the sides transfer chicken onto a large plate.
  3. Inside the Instant Pot, add water, then place the steam rack with handles and chicken breast side up on top of it (holding onto the sides, you know the drill by now). Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High:
  4. For 6 quart Instant Pot:
    • 4 lbs whole chicken – 60 minutes.
    • 5 lbs whole chicken – 70 minutes.

    For 8 quart Instant Pot:

    • 4 lbs whole chicken – 40 minutes.
    • 5 lbs whole chicken – 50 minutes.
    • 6 lbs whole chicken – 60 minutes.

    Display will say ON, Instant Pot will take about 15 minutes to come to pressure, you will see a bit of steam coming out from a valve, then float valve will rise and countdown will begin

  5. After your chicken is ready, Instant Pot will beep, display will say OFF and now it needs to bring pressure down before you can open it, which will be indicated by a dropped down float valve. It is called Natural Release and DO NOT do Quick Release (turning sealing valve to Venting position). It should take about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Open the lid and you will have the juiciest and most flavourful chicken ever. Serve however you like, shred for meal rep, freeze for later, save bones for bone broth. Oh, and that flavourful broth at the bottom makes amazing soup the next day (don’t throw away!). So many options it’s crazy!

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container or resealable freezer bags for up to 3 months. Thaw in a fridge or on a counter.

Notes

Cooking time varies based on the size of your chicken AND Instant Pot.

Why? Because larger size Instant Pot has larger volume (area) for more pressure to build up. Thus, it takes longer to bring pressure down. Therefore, 8 quart pressure cooker keeps cooking chicken while bringing down pressure for 40 minutes vs. 6 quart that takes only 15 minutes.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I did this the other night and am VERY pleased with the result. The chicken was wonderfully moist. And cooking from frozen saved so much time (and I think adds to the moisture). The key is, as you say, to set the right time depending in IP and chicken size, and to allow the natural release.

    It really makes dinner so easy when the main course us just tending yo itself, in its own self-contained little pot—no splatter, no mess, no tending required. 15 minutes of prep and then get lost and let it do its thing.

  2. Great taste.

    I cooked a 5.5# completely frozen bird.

    Due to its size, and the fact that it was solid frozen, it did go over the 2/3 fill line of a 6qt pot.

    I cooked it first for 60 w/natural release. Then I pulled it out (heck yeah for the silicone insert) and cut (and I say this loosely, it basically fell off when I touched the knife to it lol) a quarter off and it was done probably (approx) 3/4 way in but still pink in the middle.

    Loaded it right back up and cooked another 10 w/natural release and it was perfect.

  3. This was my first cook in the instant pot. The whole chicken inside frozen. Not sure what I did wrong. I followed each step and left it on warm for 30 minutes after the cook and the floating valve wAs down. Looked off from the picture. Went to look for the giblets and discovered the bird was not cooked. Only the surface.

    Will try again another day when whole chicken is on sale.

        1. OK, I cooked it in this model many times. Make sure your pressure is set to High because this model has Low as well. And press Pressure Cook for specified time and let it do its thing. Maybe add 5 mins to cook time just in case because of altitude. Wouldn’t hurt. Good luck!

    1. This also happened to me tonight! First (IP) timer here! Frozen inside but outside looked cooked. I have same model and followed instructions exactly. My only thing was my chicken was just under 5.5 lbs so i did 53 min …maybe i should have followed time of 60 min for 6 lb instead of what i did….??
      1 cup of water at bottom, should there have been more with bigger chicken?
      Also my red pressure thing came up after about 13 min but i did let it sit until about 16 (on warm).
      Just trying to think of reasons other than I’m the worse cook ever.

      1. Hi Dianna. Just to clarify a few things here “Also my red pressure thing came up after about 13 min but i did let it sit until about 16 (on warm)”. After red pin pops up, it takes another 5 mins for starter to start. Did you see it start with 53 mins? Then after full 53 mins you should let red pin drop on its own which takes another 30 mins or so depending on size of IP. What is your size? And what did you do after 16 mins? Released pressure? We can figure it out.:)

  4. This was truly a life saver on a random weeknight when I realized that I hadn’t thawed anything for dinner! Cooking an entire chicken from frozen is DEF the primary selling point for an Instant Pot, and this recipe is a Winner-Winner-Chicken-Dinner! If you’re currently on the fence about this appliance, please trust and believe that this recipe (and others like it for cooking from frozen) will make this appliance pay for itself in a short time! I wish that I had bought the IP a couple of years ago, and stumbled across your blog just as long ago. Thank you for all of your efforts with your recipes and videos, as they save so much of ours! Keep ’em coming!

    1. Awe, you are so welcome! So happy to hear you are enjoying my recipes and thanks for your wonderful detailed review. I agree 100%. I can’t even count how many times I cooked frozen meat in IP!

  5. So today for the 2020 super bowl I didn’t know what to make. I tried this recipe and first time using our instant pot we got 2 years ago for a present and I am pleased I tried it out. Thank you and yes I will be using your chicken noodle soup recipe with all the juice I got left over in our 6 quart pot.

  6. Desperate for a weekend meal with frozen everything, I came upon this recipe so I tried it believing I could at least use the cooked chicken for shredding and soups. I was surprised at the fact that my whole, frozen chicken cooked beautifully and was delicious and juicy. Bravo!

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