Looking for an Instant Pot whole frozen chicken recipe? You reached the right place. This Instant Pot pressure cooker recipe for a whole frozen chicken will help save you mealtime stress.
I grocery shop once a month so that means I freeze most of my meat. There is nothing wrong with freezing meat, it can even help prevent food waste. However, it does mean you need to remember to thaw the meat in time for meals. I’m often pretty bad about this.
Even if I do remember to thaw the meat so often you think you have thawed it long enough only to find it hasn’t really thawed all of the way. I swear no matter how long I thaw the turkey on Thanksgiving, it’s still frozen that morning. Is this just me? Why do turkeys not want to thaw?
A life-changing moment happened for me when I got my Instant Pot, an electric pressure cooker, and I was looking for pressure cooker recipes. I learned you could cook frozen meat in it in very little time. I first tried this with chicken breasts and even though they were totally frozen they were done in around 15 minutes. And they were wonderful!
I’ve heard people talk about cooking frozen chicken in a slow cooker but this is not considered safe. It can increase your risk of food poisoning and that’s something I try to avoid. But because pressure cookers cook the food so fast it is considered safe.
After trying the frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot, I saw people talking about cooking whole frozen chickens in the Instant Pots and figured I needed to try that. I hate finding the room to thaw something that big in my fridge and like I said I always forget anyway.
I love cooking whole chickens because we can get a nice dinner out of it and then the rest of the meat can be used in other dishes for even more meals. And the bones can also be used to make delicious broth for even more meals. It’s a great option for frugal meals and reduces food waste.
Just add a simple side dish and you have an easy and healthy meal that is ready in no time. We all need more of those and less fast food!
Instant Pot Whole Frozen Chicken
If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet (or your chicken is too big to fit in the Instant Pot) and have a frozen whole chicken to cook check out How to Cook a Frozen Chicken in the oven.
Instant Pot Whole (Frozen) Chicken
- 3-5 lbs whole chicken frozen
- 1 cup chicken broth or water
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 onion
- salt & pepper to taste
Cut onion into large chunks.
Salt and pepper the chicken, add rosemary or other herbs if desired.
Add some onion and garlic to the cavity.
Add broth or water to pressure cooker.
Place chicken on trivet breast side up.
Add the rest of your onion.
Secure the lid on your Instant Pot. Select Manual, high pressure, and set for 30-50 minutes depending on the size of your chicken. Mine was about 4 pounds so I did 45 minutes and it would have been okay with slightly less time.
Leave chicken in the pot and allow to naturally release the pressure.
Check the temperature and cook for 5 more minutes if not done.
Serve and enjoy! Don't forget to save the bones to make broth.
This is best for chickens that don't contain the neck and giblets. If bought fresh remove these pieces before freezing. Sometimes you can get them out while it's frozen but not always.
What You Need to Cook a Frozen Whole Chicken