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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken and Potatoes. A fast and delicious way to cook frozen chicken breasts and potatoes in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Hardly any prep and a great example of an Instant Pot dump and start meal for lazy Instant Pot evenings.
Instant Pot Frozen Chicken And Potatoes
Instant Pot Frozen Chicken and Potatoes came about because I wanted to share a method with you for cooking chicken and potatoes in the Instant Pot, that was not only easy but lazy and cheap too.
I read many frugal blogs and one subject that is always discussed is how to save money, especially on groceries. Groceries is the one way that you can save money straight away and cut down from the rubbish you buy and be savvier when you go and buy groceries.
Each one of these frugal stories tells you how to feed your family for $300 a month, or thereabouts.
Well when I moved in with Dominic in 2000 that would have been half of our household income.
After bills had been paid, I think we had $5 a week for food, and we became experts at it.
If we wanted meat it came frozen or out of a can. There was no way that we could pay for fresh meat.
It was okay for Dominic as he was a chef and got fed at work, so it was manageable.
I remember now eating stewing steak from a can. OMG I look at it now and its like horrible smelling dog food. Or there were the canned potatoes which didn’t taste much better.
We also had a similar cheap stint when the recession hit in late 2008. We were feeding 3 of us for next to nothing and out came the cans again.
But when you get beyond that and can afford fresh again you become a bit of a snob and think everything frozen or canned is horrible. Well some of it is, but not all of it.
What I decided to do was buy some frozen chicken fillets from the supermarket and give them a taste test in the Instant Pot and see if I can make a delicious meal from them on a budget.
Instant Pot Raw Vs Frozen Chicken
The most important thing to understand about Instant Pot Raw vs Frozen Chicken is the 20% rule.
Whatever you would cook raw chicken for in the Instant Pot + 20% to your cooking time and it will be spot on.
I have come across many Instant Pot frozen chicken recipes that argue with this and say the same cooking time and that it will defrost in the time that it takes to come to pressure.
I have tried this when I was an Instant Pot newbie and always ended up with undercooked chicken.
Plus, my chef husband will be in my kitchen space pointing out that frozen chicken is more dangerous and that it needs that extra couple of minutes to be safe.
The second rule is that chicken cooked from frozen has a habit of being dry and you need to factor in adding extra liquid to reduce the chances of a dry chicken dinner.
I also recommend when cooking with frozen chicken that you add in a sauce or turn it into a casserole or stew, that way you have more sauce to help the chicken breathe.
Master those 2 things and you will be able to cook frozen chicken in the Instant Pot effortlessly.
Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Taste Test
I admit I am a snob sometimes with frozen food and much prefer to work with fresh food rather than frozen.
I always associated a bag of frozen chicken with poverty and that it is not that good. Well I surprised myself. I just couldn’t believe how delicious this bag of frozen chicken was and how much I wanted to eat it again and again.
Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breast & Potatoes
In our Instant Pot Frozen Chicken and Potatoes, we’re using 600g of frozen chicken breast fillets as well as a handful of potatoes from the pantry.
We’re also turning our frozen chicken breasts and potatoes into a chicken and potato casserole.
Firstly, the frozen chicken breasts and potatoes will cook in the Instant Pot in a quick stock.
Afterwards, we will add our sauce ingredients to the Instant Pot, reduce the liquid that the frozen chicken breasts cooked in and add in cheese.
The potatoes are always cooked perfectly without being too mushy and easily pass the fork test:
It is very simple and great for that lazy dinner.
But you can make it even more frugal. Simply by adding in extra vegetables and it will then feed even more people.
You could also keep the frozen foods theme going by using frozen vegetables.
Such as frozen carrots, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower and so on.
Then serve it up and your family will think you made a great effort and your secret is safe with us!
More Lazy Instant Pot Chicken Recipes
I love how amazing the Instant Pot is for a quick dump and start dinner. I am a huge chicken addict and there are a lot of chicken recipes I have made in the Instant Pot. If you’re looking for some more lazy Instant Pot Chicken Recipes, then try these ones out too.
- Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas
- Instant Pot Chicken Liver & Onions
- Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken
- Instant Pot Sweet Chili Chicken Wings
Instant Pot Frozen Chicken And Potatoes
- Slice your potatoes into roast potato sizes. Or if you are using baby potatoes just slice them in half.
- Place the potatoes into the Instant Pot, add chicken stock, salt and pepper.
- Place the frozen chicken breasts on top and pour the 200ml of water over them.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot, set the valve to sealing and cook for 10 minutes on manual pressure.
- When it beeps manually release pressure.
- Remove the chicken breast, place on a chopping board and slice it.
- In the Instant Pot reduce the stock by 75% using a ladle and putting it to one side.
- Add in the soft cheese and place the Instant Pot on sauté. Using a wooden spoon stir until it starts to thicken. Add in white wine, milk, cheddar cheese, frozen sweetcorn and the rest of your seasoning.
- Add in the sliced chicken and serve.