Defrost Chicken In Microwave

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Would you like to knowhow to defrost chicken in the microwave? We placed some of our favourite frozen chicken breast fillets into the freezer and the day after used the microwave to thaw the chicken for you.

You will love our quickest way to defrost chicken and it is ideal for when you want chicken for dinner and all you have is a freezer of frozen chicken.

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Defrost Chicken In Microwave Recipe

Thaw Chicken In The Microwave

I buy chicken in bulk and have done for many, many years. I remember way back in 2000 when I had just moved in with my chef boyfriend (he is now my husband of 19 years) the deal on chicken we used to see at our local Safeways.

It was £2.99 for a pack of chicken breasts, and they were quality chicken breasts.

I would then buy the offer in bulk and load them into the freezer.

This is something I still do now 22 years later.

Though mainly now its because I have ordered online groceries and have bought in bulk my favourite chicken or because it has been on yellow sticker and there is no way I can use it by the use by date.

Then our routine would always be to get the chicken from the freezer the evening before, allow it to sit in the kitchen until bedtime and then fridge it overnight.

Though sometimes these routines don’t always work out and that is when thaw chicken in the microwave becomes your new cooking best friend.

If you are looking for more simple defrost guides beyond how to thaw chicken in microwave, then don’t forget to check out defrost steak in microwave, defrost bacon in microwave, defrost sausages in microwave, and defrost mince in microwave.

In today’s defrost chicken in microwave guide, we will be talking safety first, as you need to be careful with frozen chicken before jumping into either cooking it from frozen or defrosting in the microwave.

Can You Defrost Chicken In The Microwave?

Yes, you can. Many people have been thawing chicken in the microwave for years and it is a simple fast way to defrost your chicken.

The microwave when it defrosts the chicken doesn’t cook the chicken, making it perfect for cooking for dinner.

Can You Cook Frozen Chicken?

This depends on the cooking method of your frozen chicken. For example many people ask can you put frozen chicken in the slow cooker, which is an absolute no no.

And that is because the slow cooker doesn’t get hot enough.

However, you can cook frozen chicken in the air fryer, such as air fryer frozen chicken breast and you can also do so in the instant pot, such as instant pot frozen whole chicken.

Though my biggest reason for using thawed chicken is that it’s a quicker cook time. And it makes cook times easier.

How To Defrost Chicken Fast?

The quickest way to defrost chicken is to use the microwave. Its much quicker than the air fryer or the instant pot and so simple too.

You can defrost chicken breasts, chicken thighs, chicken drumsticks, chicken wings, and chicken breast fillets using the microwave.

Though today we will be showing you how to defrost chicken breast fillets in the microwave.

Is It Safe To Defrost Chicken In Microwave?

Yes, it is.

When you defrost chicken its all about the temperature being right and the microwave totally masters this.

Though make sure when you thaw your chicken in the microwave that you are either cooking with it straight away or loading it into the fridge for later.

Best Way To Defrost Chicken In Microwave?

The best way to defrost chicken using the microwave is to use a steamer basket like we will be showing you how to do today.

We use a microwave steamer basket because it keeps the chicken nicely covered and prevents the frozen chicken from being cooked in the microwave and does an incredible job at thawing chicken in microwave.

Can You Defrost Any Chicken In Microwave?

Yes, chicken in microwave doesn’t have to be just frozen chicken breast like we have done, you can also do the following in the microwave:

  • Defrost chicken thighs in microwave
  • Defrost chicken wings in microwave
  • Defrost whole chicken in microwave

Defrosting Cooked Chicken In Microwave?

You can also defrost your already cooked chicken in the microwave. This is ideal for when you previously added to the freezer your chicken leftovers and you quickly want to defrost and then use the microwave to reheat.  

How To Separate Frozen Chicken?

How many times do you want to cook some chicken breasts and they are stuck together. You want to cook them from frozen but are worried about an even cook with the way they are a big fat lump. Of course, you could follow our ninja foodi frozen chicken breasts but in the microwave you can use it to quickly separate your frozen chicken.

Simply place the stuck together frozen chicken in the microwave for 5 minutes on full power and then remove from the microwave, and you will then be able to easily get a knife through where its stuck.

How Many Minutes To Defrost Chicken In Microwave?

In our main example today, we are showing you how to defrost chicken in the microwave using chicken breast, so the defrost microwave chicken time will vary, plus it will also vary if you have a more/less powerful microwave than us.

Though for us defrosting chicken in microwave took JUST 14 minutes.  

How Long Is Chicken Good For After Thawing?

Once you have thawed your chicken, I recommend you load it into a Ziploc bag (unless cooking with straight away) and then place it in the fridge for up to 2 days. Then cook your chicken and once cooked it can remain in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Note, if you have bought chicken on its use by date, once you defrost your chicken you must cook it the same day.

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Thaw Chicken In Microwave Essentials

Thaw Chicken In Microwave

Chicken – I recommend you use either frozen chicken breast or frozen chicken breast fillets for the best results. As these are the easiest to thaw in the microwave. You can use any brand and avoid defrosting too much at once otherwise your microwave will take longer.

Seasoning – I have found that frozen chicken can lose its flavour a bit. I recommend you season it with salt and pepper as you defrost.

Steamer – The best way to defrost chicken in the microwave is to steam it and to use a steamer bowl. This is the one we recommend and use in all our microwave steamed recipes.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this how to defrost chicken in microwave guide it has just been our Panasonic Microwave Oven. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of microwave recipes.

How To Defrost Chicken In Microwave?

defrost chicken in microwave instructions
  • Unpackage. Start by removing the packaging, including any packaging that is stuck to the bottom of the frozen chicken. Then separate so that you are not just defrosting a huge lump of chicken.
  • Bowl. Next add to your steamer bowl your tablespoon of water and then add in your frozen chicken and season.
  • Microwave. Then microwave your frozen chicken for 6 minutes on the defrost setting.
  • Turn. When the microwave beeps, turn over your frozen chicken breasts, season with salt and pepper and cook on defrost for a further 8 minutes without the lid.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to defrost frozen chicken in microwave.

How To Use Defrost On Microwave?

It’s very easy to use the defrost on the microwave. So easy that Sofia can do it for me!

Simply close your microwave door once you are ready and then click your defrost button or if you have a defrost meat setting, then use that.

Then click twice until it sets its cook time to 6 minutes.

How Long To Defrost Chicken In Microwave?

The time to defrost chicken in the microwave may vary depending on the wattage of your microwave.

We have a 800w microwave so it’s a little slower than the 1200w ones.

We found that in total it took a total of 14 minutes to defrost a whole pack of frozen chicken fillets in our microwave.

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Defrost Chicken In Microwave

Would you like to know how to defrost chicken in the microwave? We placed some of our favourite frozen chicken breast fillets into the freezer and the day after used the microwave to thaw the chicken for you.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time14 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Microwave
Servings: 2
Calories: 285kcal


  • 500 g Frozen Chicken Breast
  • Salt & Pepper

Kitchen Gadgets


  • Place 1tbsp of water into the bottom of your steamer bowl.
    Can You Defrost Chicken In The Microwave?
  • Remove your frozen chicken breast or chicken breast fillets from the packaging and place into the steamer bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
    Can You Defrost Chicken In The Microwave?
  • Place the lid on your steamer basket and place into the microwave.
    Can You Defrost Chicken In The Microwave?
  • Microwave for 6 minutes on defrost.
    Can You Defrost Chicken In The Microwave?
  • Then remove the lid, turn over, season with salt and pepper again and place back in the microwave for another 8 minutes on defrost.
    Can You Defrost Chicken In The Microwave?
  • Then either cook straight away or place in the fridge in a Ziploc bag.
    Can You Defrost Chicken In The Microwave?


Safety – Make sure your chicken is fully defrosted if cooking in the slow cooker. Also make sure you cook it within 3 days or within 1 day if it was already at its use by date.
Thanks for reading how to defrost chicken in the microwave on Recipe This. We have many more microwave recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more delicious ideas, I recommend you try our microwave green beans.


Calories: 285kcal | Protein: 53g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 925mg | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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3 thoughts on “Defrost Chicken In Microwave”

    • Hi Sandy,

      Put the breasts on a plate and cover with clingfilm to create a nice warm seal should be fine, the tendons we would run the knife down the side of them on each side and take them out, or on some you can sometimes grab them and just pull them out 🙂


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