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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken or make rotisserie style whole chicken in pressure cooker with 5 mins prep. It comes out super juicy! If you have fresh chicken, check out this Instant Pot whole chicken recipe.

Got chicken breasts? You can make Instant Pot frozen chicken breast or follow Instant Pot chicken breast recipe for fresh ones.

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken on a platter garnished with dill

Frozen 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 comes out juicy. Same goes for Instant Pot turkey breast. Not to mention it is easy to make organic and healthy. I just love my Instant Pot!

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

Because chicken is affordable and relatively healthy meat, we cook it a lot. I combined our 20 favorite Instant Pot chicken recipes we make again and again.

instant pot frozen chicken served with quinoa salad

Ingredients for Pressure Cooker Frozen Chicken

  • Chicken: Frozen whole chicken, about 4-6 lbs or more, depending on the size of pressure cooker you have.
  • Oil: Any mild tasting oil like olive oil, avocado oil or grapeseed oil.
  • Smoked paprika: Gives lots of flavor and “roasted” look.
  • 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 45 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 a beef roast 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

How to Serve and Store Whole Chicken

Do Not Throw Away Golden Liquid at the Bottom

Make soup!

  • Combine broth, bones and water: Keep that flavorful broth at the bottom of the pot, throw back the bones and add desired amount of water. And even some leftover chicken meat.
  • 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. This is basically how I cook Instant Pot chicken noodle soup.

More Instant Pot Recipes

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken {IP Chicken}

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken or make rotisserie style whole chicken in pressure cooker with 5 mins prep. It comes out super juicy!
4.93 from 126 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 318kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 4 – 4.5 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
  • Any mild oil
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • 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.
    Instant Pot Frozen Chicken
  • 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.
  • 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:
    Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

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.
  • After your chicken is ready, Instant Pot will beep, display will say OFF and now it needs to bring pressure down on its own before you can open it, which will be indicated by a dropped down float valve. It is called Natural Release. 8 quart will take about 40 minutes and 6 quart – 15-20 minutes. DO NOT do Quick Release (turning sealing valve to Venting position). Wait for a pin to drop down on its own.
  • 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!
    Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

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.

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      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.
      • If your chicken has giblets: You can cook frozen whole chicken with ties and giblets if they are in paper bag. Just remove giblets after cooking. If you buy fresh whole chickens, check for giblets before freezing and remove if you wish. I have not seen giblets in plastic for a while. Only solution is to cook frozen chicken you know doesn’t have plastic wrapped giblets inside. I buy same chickens from Costco all the time to avoid this issue.
      • Why to rinse chicken? I rinse frozen chicken, so oil and then spices will stick to it. Otherwise, you will “burn” your fingers on a layer of frost and losing all spices. If you carefully rinse raw meat in the sink, wash sink with dish soap and then wash your hands with soap, it is considered safe. It is absolutely OK. There is a lot of misinformation on the web right now aka fake news.
      • Fresh whole chicken: It requires twice less cook time than frozen. If your chicken is thawed, then use this Instant Pot whole chicken recipe.
      • 10 quart Instant Pot: I never used one but logically since its capacity is even bigger than 8 quart, I would reduce cook time by 10 mins less for each size of chicken that is listed for 8 quart. Just like the difference between 6 and 8 quart.
      • Regular paprika: If you don’t have smoked paprika, you can use regular but will be missing the smoky flavor. Chicken will be good and have nice color but I highly recommend to get smoked paprika for next time.
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      Nutrition

      Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 686mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 532IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg
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      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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