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Volume II
June 5, 2009

Pressure Cooking

Hi Desi,

My question is this; can I pressure cook frozen split chicken breasts in the pressure cooker? I have always thawed them some in the microwave, but wondered if cooking them from the frozen state would turn out well. If so, how many minutes per breast or per pound?

Thank you,


Hi Jill,

Yes you can cook chicken from the frozen state. I do this frequently because I forget to thaw the chicken so often. Here is the guide I use to determine overall cooking time:

When cooking frozen chicken, add 1 minute for parts and 1 minute per pound for a whole bird. Frozen Turkey? Add 4 minutes per inch of thickness.

POULTRY: Naturally release pressure for time indicated; then quick release remaining pressure.

Chicken breasts w/bone/7 min + 4 natural release
Chicken, boneless breasts, thighs/4 min + 4 natural release
Chicken, cubed, boneless/4 + quick release

Chicken, drums, thighs w/ bone/8 + 4 natural release
Cornish Hen, whole
1 pound/6 + 6 natural release
1-1/2 pound/8 + 6 natural release

Tenderloin, cubed/4 + quick release
Turkey boneless thigh/8 + natural release
Turkey drumstick
1 to 1-1/4 pounds/12 + natural release

Turkey thigh w/ bone (Natural release on both):
1/2-1 pound/12-14 min
1 to 1-1/2 pounds/14-16 min
Turkey, boneless breast/20 + natural release

Happy Cook'n,


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