Can You Put Frozen Chicken In Instant Pot?

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Can You Put Frozen Chicken In Instant Pot? Today on the podcast, I wanted to talk about one of my favourite topics, that is instant pot frozen chicken and whether or not you can put frozen chicken in the instant pot pressure cooker.

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Can You Put Frozen Chicken In The Instant Pot

Can You Cook Frozen Chicken?

I often get asked if you can cook frozen chicken, especially since I published on episode 17 of the podcast, can you put frozen chicken in the slow cooker.

You see, whilst most people know that frozen chicken in the slow cooker is an absolutely no-no because the slow cooker doesn’t get hot enough, it leads to great confusion.

This is because they assume that because you can’t cook frozen chicken in the slow cooker, that the same bacteria rule applies to all cooking devices, which is simply not true.

They assume that they can not cook frozen chicken in the instant pot, in the microwave and in the air fryer.

When in fact, they CAN.

For example, we have recipes on Recipe This for things like air fryer frozen chicken breast, air fryer frozen chicken wings, instant pot frozen whole chicken, instant pot frozen chicken wings and many others.

And then logically, remember those frozen food brands that are sold as frozen and recommended that you cook from frozen such as air fryer chicken kiev, air fryer frozen chicken schnitzel, air frozen chicken nuggets and so on.

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Can You Cook Frozen Chicken In Instant Pot?

Yes, you can. The instant pot is fantastic for cooking frozen chicken in and quite frankly, I can not tell the difference once cooked between thawed chicken in the instant pot and fresh.

The only main difference is that it will take a little longer to cook frozen chicken in the instant pot, than it would with fresh.

For example, I find that when you do instant pot whole chicken you follow a 6 minute rule per pound. I.e. for every pound of whole chicken add a 6 minute cook time so a 4lb chicken will take 24 minutes to pressure cook.

When I take this to instant pot frozen whole chicken, I have found that it is an average of 10 minutes per pound.

Though I notice many will tell you it’s the same cook time, but each time I have experimented my chicken has been undercooked.

Can You Cook Frozen Chicken Thighs In Instant Pot?

Yes, you can. Just like other types of frozen chicken, chicken thighs are delicious and I recommend you try our instant pot frozen chicken thighs recipe.

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Can I Defrost Chicken In Instant Pot?

Yes, you can, and I do this frequently. Especially, if I want to use my frozen chicken in a slow cooker recipe and its still frozen.

You simply load the chicken into the instant pot like you normally would, then set the cook time to 1 minute or to 6 minutes for a frozen whole chicken.

And now that you know that you CAN cook frozen chicken in the instant pot, grab your frozen chicken and make something delicious!

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