I have been raving about how much I love my Instant Pot. Seriously, if I could only keep one of my kitchen gadgets (and I have a lot) I would choose my electric pressure cooker AKA my Instant Pot. I cook dry beans to perfection in 55 minutes, a whole chicken in 20, a whole frozen chicken in 40 minutes but what I use it for most is cooking up a few frozen boneless chicken breasts for a quick, easy, and delicious dinner in 10 (yes TEN!) minutes. Yes, you can totally cook frozen chicken breasts in 10 minutes using an Instant Pot!
When I first received my Instant Pot (thank you mom!) I was intimidated and unsure as to how to use it. The manual that came with it fell a bit short when giving cooking times, often I would follow the times that it provided and would end up with an under or overcooked dinner…no fun. I found the magic number for cooking boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the Instant Pot and it is 10.
How to Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts in Instant Pot
All you need to do is throw your frozen chicken breasts in your Instant Pot with about a cup of water (I’ll talk seasoning the chicken in a minute).
Set the cooker to poultry (or manual) for ten minutes.
Once the time is up you can either let it release pressure naturally or do a quick release, it makes no difference. Remove the chicken and you are able to easily pull it apart with a fork or a food processor. You can use this shredded chicken in so many recipes or freeze for later use.
I find it fun finding new ways to flavor the chicken breasts while using my Instant Pot. There are so many different ways to choose from, here are a few (I will share how to add the sauces below):
For 2 – 4 chicken breasts:
- barbeque sauce (1/2 cup water, 1 cup barbeque sauce) This is great shredded and served on a bun.
- Teriyaki sauce (1/2 cup water, 1 cup teriyaki sauce) I enjoy adding steamed broccoli at the end, mixing in the sauce and serving over brown rice.
- Salsa (1/2 cup water, 1 cup salsa) This is a very easy way to make taco or quesadilla meat!
- Honey Dijon (1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup mustard, 1/2 cup honey) My kids love this served with quinoa and asparagus.
These are just a few easy and delicious ways to season chicken for cooking in an electric pressure cooker, or Instant Pot. If you want a step by step on how to do this here you go! Salsa chicken in the Instant Pot is a favorite of everyone in our family. I use this chicken for tacos, quesadillas, spanish chicken casserole…you name it!
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
Put your frozen chicken breasts in your pressure cooker and top with sauce and water.
Cook for 10 minutes (5 if not frozen) then allow for the pressure to release naturally or do a quick release, it doesn’t matter.
Transfer chicken to a bowl. You can use a spoon to add some of the sauce to the chicken if you desire.
I use a fork to pull the chicken apart, it is super easy!
There you have it, salsa chicken or whatever kind of chicken that you decided to make. I seriously love my Instant Pot, it helps me serve healthy dinners fast!
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