One Pot (Frozen) Chicken & Sweet Potatoes | Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

One Pot (Frozen) Chicken & Sweet Potatoes


Ever have those times when you need to get something ready for dinner, but you have limited time – ya know… perhaps you got home from work late, your kids are screaming for dinner, there was an after school practice or event and the kids are home later than usual – and to boot, you forgot to take something out of the freezer that morning.

Never happens to you, right?

You’re staring at a package of frozen solid chicken breast & rock hard whole sweet potatoes.


A pizza delivery could get on the table faster than that, right? There goes the healthy, money saving weeknight dinner goal. Ugh…


Guess what? Think again!

With your Pressure Cooker, you CAN get that healthy meal to the table! And, you can get it there dirtying only one pot, without thawing anything, without turning on the oven, and you can do it in about 35 minutes TOTAL – including prep, cook time and pressure release time!

 

** have thawed Chicken breasts? Good for you for remembering to thaw them out… you can still make this! Cut sweet potatoes in half and cut cook time down to 10 minutes.

One Pot (Frozen) Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

about 1.5 lbs frozen, boneless chicken breast (about 3 large)

seasonings of choice

4 small-medium sweet potatoes, whole

2-3 T olive oil

1 cup cooking liquid, water or chicken broth

Essential Tools

Pressure Cooker – I love my IP-DUO Instant Pot

short, wide diameter trivet or cooking rack

a pair of Tongs

Directions

Pour 1 cup cooking liquid, water or broth, in bottom of pressure cooker insert. Place short trivet over cooking liquid.

Remove frozen chicken breast from packaging and place on trivet. Drizzle with 1-2 T olive oil and seasoning liberally with seasonings of your choice.

I used salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, crushed red pepper and dried thyme, & plenty of it, on BOTH sides of my frozen chicken breast – season well!

Clean sweet potatoes well. Do not puncture skin.

Rub skin with 1-2 T olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place around pressure cooker insert, directly over chicken.

Close lid to pressure cooker & close vent knob. Select High Pressure cook setting and adjust cook time to 16 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for your pressure cooker to come to pressure then cook time countdown will begin.

For Instant Pot, close lid, turn vent knob to Sealing, Press “Manual” button and use “+/-“ buttons to adjust cook time to 16 minutes. Display will show as “On” until pot comes to pressure, then cook time countdown will begin. 

Using thawed Chicken breast? Cut cook time down to 10 minutes and cut sweet potatoes in half for even cooking.

When cook time is complete, quickly release remaining pressure (QPR).

Open lid of pressure cooker and feast your eyes on your just-in-time, healthy, FAST, from FROZEN Chicken and Sweet Potatoes!

Carefully remove sweet potatoes and chicken with tongs.

Do you SEE that browning on the chicken?! I did NOT sear them beforehand – that is all from the magic of the pressure cooker!

Serve immediately, perhaps alongside an easy salad or quickly steamed veggies.

If desired, top sweet potato with butter & a sprinkle of cinnamon – I like mine plain!

One Pot (Frozen) Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

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One Pot (Frozen) Chicken & Sweet Potatoes | Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast frozen
  • 4 small-medium sweet potatoes cleaned
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 tsp seasonings of choice
  • 1 cup cooking liquid water or broth
  • cinnamon as potato garnish, optional
  • butter as potato garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Pour 1 cup cooking liquid, water or broth, in bottom of pressure cooker insert. Place short trivet over cooking liquid.

  2. Remove frozen chicken breast from packaging and place on trivet. Drizzle with 1-2 T olive oil and seasoning liberally with seasonings of your choice.

  3. Clean sweet potatoes well. Do not puncture skin.

    Rub skin with 1-2 T olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place around pressure cooker insert, directly over chicken.

  4. Close lid to pressure cooker & close vent knob. Select High Pressure cook setting and adjust cook time to 16 minutes.

  5. When cook time is complete, quickly release remaining pressure (QPR).

  6. Open lid of pressure cooker and feast your eyes on your just-in-time, healthy, FAST, from FROZEN Chicken and Sweet Potatoes!

  7. Serve immediately, perhaps alongside an easy salad or quickly steamed veggies.