Should you cook frozen chicken that hasn’t been thawed?

For food safety reasons, it is a bit more difficult to cook frozen chicken. According to the USDA, frozen chicken should cook one and a half times longer than fresh or thawed chicken. This is why grilling or pan-frying frozen chicken is not ideal. As Southern Living notes, not only do you run the risk of having chicken cooked on the outside and raw on the inside, but cooking over high heat – for almost twice as long as unfrozen chicken – could result in a dry, unappetizing mess. .

According to Southern Living, the best way to cook frozen chicken is to use an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker. Their method is to put a cup of water or broth, your favorite seasonings and, in this example, four frozen chicken breasts in an Instant Pot. After placing the lid on the pan and sealing it, the Instant Pot should be set for 10-12 minutes of high pressure cooking. After the cooking time is over, the pressure must be allowed to release naturally for at least 5 minutes before being released manually.

Another method to cook frozen chicken is to bake it in the oven. However, since cooking will take longer, Food Network recommends brushing frozen chicken with a sauce — in this case, a mixture of mayonnaise and Dijon mustard — to ensure the chicken stays moist. They also recommend poaching frozen chicken breasts in chicken broth, water, or in a sauce, such as marinara.

Remember: when cooking frozen chicken, the cooking temperature should be at least 350 degrees F and the internal temperature should reach 165 degrees F.