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Frozen Chicken Tenders Instant Pot

BBQ frozen chicken tenders Instant Pot style come out so good! Forgetful? This is how to cook from frozen, tender and moist every time.

Frozen Chicken Tenders Instant Pot

Frozen chicken Instant Pot style turns out surprisingly delicious. This super tender meat lathered with your favorite sauce for dinner is a game changer y’all. Give frozen meat in a pressure cooker a try and you’ll be a believer too. Just one of many easy quick Instant Pot recipes on our site. (affiliate links present)

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Tenders

We are not referring to the previously cooked and breaded ones in a bag in the freezer section. If that is what you’re looking for read our air fryer frozen chicken tenders post instead. These have no breading and are a healthy version that are just as good (maybe better).

We have shared how to cook frozen chicken in Instant Pot years ago. That was mainly for whole breasts and best if shredding chicken at the end. That is great but if you have this style of meat and want them to stay whole, here are directions for that.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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Chicken Tenders Instant Pot

I’m sure you’ve seen these at the store. They tend to be more expensive than whole boneless skinless breasts but are more tender like their name suggests. What is the difference? Well their larger counterpart is more nutritious they say and quite a bit larger.

These tend to be 1/3 – 1/2 of the size and much thinner too. Think of it like a pork roast vs. a tenderloin, I am sure you have had both of those and can tell the difference for sure. This is what you’ll need, it’s very simple.

  1. Frozen tenders, it is best to break them up but if they are in a solid chunk we have cook times for that too.
  2. Chicken broth or water to steam them
  3. A trivet or vegetable steamer basket
  4. Sauce of your choice, barbecue is easy and delicious but teriyaki would be great too.

That is seriously it y’all.

Frozen Chicken Tenders

If you are new to using a Ninja Foodi or any pressure cooker, here is how to use an Instant Pot. They are almost all the same but some may have more buttons than others.

What is the difference between steam and pressure cook on Instant Pot?

Not much. Like the other preprogrammed buttons like cake and meat/stew this one just has a timing that is set. If you have a really old or different model you may not have this. If not, no worries. Just use manual pressure cook on high pressure with the timing shown below.

I do love my small kitchen appliances, I have to admit that. If you have one of my other favorites you can make our other version which are air fryer chicken tenders no breading. The biggest difference is that this way you will get a bit of crisp on the outside whereas these won’t.

Both are great and healthier than chicken nuggets for sure. Just depends what machine you want to use that day AND if your dinner is still rock solid you’ll need this one.

how to cook Frozen Chicken Tenders

Ninja Foodi Chicken Tenders

Now if you have this pot that does both functions you have many options. If defrosted you can lightly bread them and even wrap your homemade chicken tenders in bacon!! Just try all the things my friends and see which you prefer. This is honestly best if you have forgotten to defrost ahead of time and everyone is starving.

  • Separate the pieces ideally but if they are in one solid chunk I will explain what to do with those too.
  • Pour broth or water into pot and lower down a trivet. Put meat on trivet or in vegetable steamer basket and seal lid and steam valve.
  • If they are separated set to steam function for 7 minutes and natural release pressure at the end.

If tenders are in one solid chunk, steam for 5 minutes. Then allow for a natural pressure release. Separate them and put the lid back on and secure steam valve on top. Steam for 2 more minutes with a quick release. Remove, plate and pour bbq sauce over the top of all of them.

Frozen Chicken Tenders pressure cooker

If yours are a “normal” size you shouldn’t have to really check internal temperature. I mean you can really bread one apart in half and make sure it isn’t still pink. If your chicken tenderloin pieces are quite large then yes use a thermometer for sure. Quick and easy meal prep and timing right??

I mean you don’t have to eat whole either. If you really are in the mood for chicken tacos then cook the chicken as directed below. Then shred those babies right up. Toss diced cooked chicken tenders with your favorite sauce and throw it into a tortilla with cheese and cabbage!

instant pot chicken tenders

Jump to this Instant Pot frozen chicken recipe below and give this under 30 minute meal a whirl already. 😉 If you serve it up another way let us know so we can try that too. You might have leftovers and we surely don’t want those to go to waste though.

If you do make sure they come to room temperature. Then I like to use freezer bags, a pint size should be enough. Put all inside and suck all the air out so they don’t dry out. When you reheat them in the microwave brush sauce on them first so they say moist. You could heat them again in your air fryer too though to add some crisp too!

Need other ideas? Dice what is left up and throw it into some fried rice or over rice with teriyaki sauce for a quick lunch the next day. Two meals for the price of one is totally my type of cheap Instant Pot recipe idea for sure.

If you have whole pieces, use our Instant Pot frozen chicken breast with sauce recipe instead.

pressure cooker Frozen Chicken Breast

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Frozen Chicken Tenders Instant Pot

BBQ frozen chicken tenders Instant Pot style come out so good! Forgetful? This is how to cook from frozen, tender and moist every time.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken tenders, crockpot express, frozen, instant pot, ninja foodi
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 387kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Separate tenders ideally but if they are in one solid chunk I will share timing for those too.
  • Pour broth into pot and lower down a trivet. Put tenders on trivet or in vegetable steamer basket and seal lid and steam valve.
  • If they are separated set to steam function for 7 minutes and natural release pressure at the end.
  • If tenders are in one solid chunk, steam for 5 minutes, allow for a natural pressure release. Then separate them and put the lid back on. Steam for 2 more minutes with a quick release.
  • Remove, plate and pour bbq sauce over the top of all of them.

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Nutrition Facts
Frozen Chicken Tenders Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 387 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 1427mg62%
Potassium 1099mg31%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 231IU5%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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