by Olena

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken (Video)

by Olena

4.9 from 10 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 is another dinner you can make with frozen chicken.

We love cooking staples like chicken breast, quinoa, brown rice, black beans and chickpeas in Instant Pot.

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 under an hour. Even chicken breast is juicy. Minus the sodium from store bought kind. 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 Rotisserie Chicken Ingredients

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

Frozen Chicken in pressure cooker on a trivet

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.

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.:)

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.

Broth from cooking frozen chicken in pressure cooker

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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

4.9 from 10 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.

olena osipov in the studio

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. On a busy weekday I planned a roasted chicken dinner for the family and forgot to thaw the chickens!! Looked online and found this amazing recipe and I decided to give it a try. I cooked two chickens back-to-back and they came out delicious, juicy and everybody loved it. Thank you Olena!

  2. So good and easy! Both kids loved it, the 4 year old even had seconds – both dark AND white meat – and there’s enough leftover from the 4 of us (5lb bird) to turn into stir fry later this week! Followed the recipe and instructions exactly and it was ready straight from the deep freezer in 1.5 hours total (the minimal prep, coming to full pressure, cooking, and natural release).

  3. Easy and delicious, but 4# chicken was 20 degrees under in 8 qt IP for 45 min plus natural pressure release. Had to repressurize and cook for 20 more minutes.

  4. Worked beautifully!! Frozen whole chicken turned into juicy tender chicken. Then, I made chicken noodle soup!

  5. Stunned at how juicy and delicious the chicken turned out- from a frozen blob to this gorgeous meal! Thank you so much for the detailed instructions!

  6. This was amazing. Do you add the bones back to the juice and add some water to make stock? Or make the stock separately then add to the juice from the bottom?

    1. Wahoo. Yes, every single time. Throw bones back in with that juice, add water and pressure cook on High for 1-2 hours. The longer you cook, the more collagen comes out from bones and it becomes bone broth. Or stock within 1 hour is good enough too. I then add frozen peas, carrots, noodles, spices, close the lid and let sit for 5 mins or so. Just sit hot, no buttons. Becomes soup for 3 more days. I always know I get 3 days worth of meals from this one chicken. Enjoy!

  7. I’m not roasting a chicken in the oven ever again! Hands down, the best whole chicken I ever cooked and I’m not even a cook lol.

    1. Not all chickens come with the innards. My Costco’s and local farmer’s don’t. But if yours do, remove them before freezing the chicken. If you buy a frozen chicken and it happened to have the innards, they are usually in a paper bag and will get cooked. We eat them.

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