How to Cook Chicken for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

In the past several weeks we’ve enjoyed a series on how to cook meats and proteins for the freezer in the Instant Pot. We started with Turkey, followed by Beef and Beans. Last week we focused on Pork and this week we’ll wrap up our series with how to cook chicken for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Several of you have joined us for the facebook live posts as we’ve cooked each of these in the Instant Pot and talked about ways to serve each meat. Your comments and ideas have made this series even more fun to do together and hopefully, you have been inspired to prep meats and proteins for your own freezer. If you don’t have an instant pot yet, I can’t tell you how much I love mine! You can get one here.

You can find the tips from the rest of this series at the Cooking Meats and Proteins for the freezer in the Instant Pot page. And if you’re a visual learner, you can check out this quick video where we cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot, step by step

And now, let’s cook some chicken in the Instant Pot

Making a whole chicken is easy.  Take it out of the packaging.  There may be some parts in the cavity – heart, liver etc.  These could be in a bag or loose.  Either way, remove them from the cavity of the chicken.

Place the chicken in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker.  Season with salt and pepper and add at least 2 cups of water to the pot.  Set the cook time for 25-30 minutes.

When the cook time is finished, do a quick pressure release and the chicken is ready to use.  I like to shred or chop the meat and store in freezer bags in the freezer to use for quick meals later.

Need some ideas for how to use up that delicious chicken? Here’s 44 that will get your mouth watering!

Shredded Chicken for the Freezer

  • Chili Chicken Egg Rolls are great anytime, but especially when you need a main course that can be held in your hand, like soccer practice, picnics, football season or fill-in-the-blank ball season. And don’t be intimidated by the rolling process, you’ll be a pro by the third one, and then you’ll be so glad you learned!
  • Chicken and Dumplings are easy, tasty and the ultimate in comfort foods!
  • For a quick little Caribbean inspired sandwich that leaves plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors in the evening, you can’t go wrong with these Jerk Chicken Sandwiches
  • Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches are an easy twist on an old favorite.
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches are the best of chicken, bacon, ranch and slaw on a bun.
  • The cilantro and lime add a refreshing burst of flavor for these Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches

Chopped Chicken for the Freezer

  • Quesadillas are always a nice option and these Chicken Florentine Quesadillas are a nice break from the usual flavors without going so exotic that you can’t find the ingredients included.
  • This Chicken Fiesta Skillet makes a tasty one-dish meal served over tortillas or corn bread with some tortilla chips to the side.
  • Quick White Chicken Chicken Chili goes from frozen chicken to steaming chili on the table in under 30 minutes. Win win!

  • Chipotle Chile Chicken Nachos are a 15-minute meal that you won’t want to turn your back on once you’ve set it on the table. It will disappear in a matter of minutes!
  • Love the idea of chicken casserole with a crumbly topping but can’t afford all the fat and calories in the usual recipe? Then this lightened version of  Chicken Casserole is the answer to your dilemma.
  • Cheesy Chicken Casserole is the epitome of two simple words. Comfort. Food!

  • This Peach Chutney Chicken Salad is not your usual chicken salad when you add peach chutney, curry powder, and croissants.
  • When you’re craving Chinese, but your clock says no and your arteries can’t afford the deep fried meat, try this Cheater Chinese Chicken
  • Once you make this quick Tomato Basil Chicken Soup, you’ll never want to go back to canned soup again. Ever!

  • Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is not just for sick days. It’s also for busy days when you don’t want to use canned soup but really want some comfort food.
  • Chili Chicken Egg Rolls are great anytime, but especially when you need a main course that can be held in your hand, like soccer practice, picnics, football season or fill-in-the-blank ball season. And don’t be intimidated by the rolling process, you’ll be a pro by the third one, and then you’ll be so glad you learned!
  • Chicken Florentine Pizza makes for a nice twist on an all-time favorite. Using a prepared crust cuts down on prep time and you can even grill them if you’re feeling adventurous!

  • Garlic Chicken Pizza is the ultimate in flavorful cheesy yumminess!
  • Chicken Shepherd’s pie is the perfect use for cooked chicken and leftover veggies, or fresh veggies if you prefer.
  • Skillet meals are great for quick prep and less mess, and this Cajun Chicken Skillet adds a spicy cajun kick and pasta for a hearty one-dish meal.

  • This Skillet Chicken Curry is a tasty skillet meal with a delightful combination of curry and peach chutney.

As you can clearly see, there’s no shortage of ways to use cooked chicken from the freezer! The sky’s the limit on ways to feed an entire family quickly and inexpensively when you take a few minutes to prep your meats and freeze them ahead of time.

Which of the recipes from the Cooking Meats and Proteins for the Freezer in the Instant Pot have been your favorites? We would all love to hear your favorite recipes and ideas in the comments below. And thank you for joining us!


3 Things That Work in the Kitchen Feb. 6

1.  Countertop Cooking Challenge starts today!

You know I love my slow cooker and I’m quickly falling in love with the Instant Pot too.  I’m so, so excited about the Countertop Cooking Challenge that officially starts today.  Laurie from Passionate Penny Pincher and I are going to be cooking through Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plans for the next four weeks.  We’re using the Slow Cooker plan.  She’s going to be doing Facebook live videos in the morning showing what’s going in her crockpot for the day.  I’ll be doing Facebook lives a few afternoons each week using the Instant Pot.

We’ve added Instant Pot/pressure cooker recipes to Weekly Meal Plans now and I think you’re going to love that option.

Please join us, no matter if you’re a Meal Plan Member or not.  You can use any recipes you like, we just want to encourage you to get dinner on the table as easily as possible this month.

If you would like to become a member, you can get a great discount by using the code EARLYBIRD at check out, now through Feb. 10.

2. Chicken for the Freezer using the Instant Pot

One of my biggest time saving tips in the kitchen is to cook chicken and freeze it so it’s ready for quick soups, casseroles and other dishes. The other day I used my Instant Pot to cook about four pounds of boneless chicken breasts. I set the cook time to 15 minutes, added 1 ½ cups of water and salt and pepper. The IP switched to the “keep warm” setting when it was done cooking, which meant I could pull the meat apart when I was ready.

You can also cook chicken in a slow cooker or the oven with the same results. No matter how you do it, it’s always a bonus to have the cooked chicken handy when you need it!

3.  My husband

While writing this post, I told Jim I needed a third thing that worked in the kitchen.  He said, “Me!”  And that’s true!  He does work in the kitchen.  He was washing dishes when he gave me that suggestion.

Since Valentine’s Day is getting closer and I am blessed with a wonderful husband who takes care of us in so many ways, including washing dishes I’ll sing his praises publicly 🙂

We’ve been married 29 years.  Not many people can say they made a decision when they were 20 years old that had a huge, positive impact on the rest of their life, but I can.  Many people thought I was too young to get married at 20.  They had a point – twenty is very young!  But marrying Jim turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  The fact that he washes dishes is a nice bonus.

What’s working in your kitchen this week?