by Olena

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

by Olena

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Recipe or how to cook juicy and flavourful whole frozen chicken in any electric pressure cooker in 35 minutes.

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

Imagine putting frozen whole chicken in Instant Pot and having the most flavourful and juicy chicken in 35 minutes. Even the chicken breast. I think being able to cook meat from frozen is THE BEST feature of an electric pressure cooker. Besides complete hands off method.

It is true. You can do it! No more “Cr@p, forgot to thaw the chicken” or “Sh*t, what’s for dinner” nonsense. You should stock your freezer with a few frozen whole chickens from Costco. Then make pressure cooker whole chicken when you are out of ideas. Whole chicken is the cheapest cut of chicken.

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What Are Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Recipe Ingredients?

  • Frozen whole chicken
  • Avocado or olive oil
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried Oregano
  • Salt and pepper

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Recipe or how to cook juicy and flavourful whole frozen chicken in any electric pressure cooker in 35 minutes.

Instant Pot Whole Frozen Chicken FAQs

Can I cook whole chicken with giblets in an electric pressure cooker?

Frozen whole chicken with ties and giblets inside is OK. Just remove giblets after cooking.

What is oil for?

Oil is necessary to make spices stick to Instant Pot whole frozen chicken.

Can I use regular paprika?

I would you rather not. Instant Pot doesn’t really “roast” the chicken and spice like smoked paprika not only adds “roasted” colour but also smoky flavour. Might seem like a lot of spices but just trust me on this one.

Why do you rinse the whole 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 Instant Pot?

  • For some folks, there seems to be an issue with any frozen chicken Instant Pot recipe. Chicken is not ready after 35 minutes.
  • Don’t get upset or frustrated please – it is a worldwide issue. It’s not you and not me. Deep breath.
  • I have made this recipe about 20 times in 6 Quart and 8 Quart pressure cookers and every single time my chicken is ready in 35 minutes. So, it is well-tested recipe.
  • However, altitude (elevation) SEEMS TO BE an issue. I live on a sea level and my elevation is about 100 feet. This recipe has worked very well in Canadian prairies and Mexico as well with altitude up to 2,500 ft.
  • Check altitude where you live and adjust cooking time by adding 5% for each 1,000 feet ABOVE 2,000 ft.
  • Also if you want to be “safe”, cooking frozen chicken for 45 minutes will help. The worst that will happen, it will fall off the bone.
  • Just in case your chicken is still uncooked after following the recipe below exactly, cook for 20 more minutes on High and do quick release.

How to Cook Frozen Chicken in Instant Pot

1. Rinse and Rub Whole Frozen Chicken with Oil

  • Rinse frozen whole chicken with cold water.
  • 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. Sprinkle with Spices

  • Place chicken in Instant Pot breast 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. Cook for 35-45 Minutes

  • Add 1 cup water inside the Instant Pot.
  • Place the steam rack with handles and chicken with 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 cook on High pressure for 35 + minutes depending on your altitude (please see above).

4. Use Natural Release and Enjoy!

  • After 35-45 minutes your chicken is ready.
  • Instant Pot will beep and display will say OFF.
  • Now it needs to bring the pressure down before you can open it, which will be indicated by a dropped down float valve. It is called Natural Release. It should take about 15-20 minutes.
  • DO NOT do Quick Release (turning sealing valve to Venting position).
  • Open the lid and you will have the juiciest and most flavourful chicken ever.

What to Serve with Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

  • Serve however you would serve a rotisserie chicken (just so much less sodium and it can be organic).
  • Shred and use throughout the week or freeze for later. Batch cook 2-3 chicken at a time.
  • Freeze bones from a few whole chickens to make Instant Pot bone broth.
  • Make soup – Keep that flavourful 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.

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Recipe or how to cook juicy and flavourful whole frozen chicken in any electric pressure cooker in 35 minutes.

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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Recipe or how to cook juicy and flavourful whole frozen chicken in any electric pressure cooker in 35 minutes.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

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 for 35 + minutes depending on your altitude (please see notes). 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.
  4. After 35 minutes 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.
  5. 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

  • If you have smaller or larger frozen chicken, adjust cooking time to 7 mins per lb.
  • Fresh chicken takes less cooking time.
  • I have made this recipe about 20 times and every single time my chicken is ready in 35 minutes. So, it is well-tested recipe. However, altitude (elevation) SEEMS TO BE an issue. I live in Vancouver’s suburbs and my elevation is about 900 feet. This recipe has worked very well in Canadian prairies as well with altitude up to 2,500 ft.
  • Check altitude where you live and adjust cooking time by adding 5% for each 1,000 feet ABOVE 2,000 ft.
  • Just in case your chicken is still uncooked after following the recipe below exactly, cook for 20 more minutes on High and do quick release.

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

About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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9 comments on “Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

  1. Sounds wonderful.
    What about split or flat frozen chickens? Would you just cook for less time?

  2. I made this tonight It was delicous. Quick n easy n frozen Gota love it Thx ill be trying your other reciept

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. So how do you deal with the innards of the chicken? Aren’t they inside much like a turkey?

    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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