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How to Cook Frozen Chicken

How to cook frozen chicken in the oven, air fryer, pressure cooker, Ninja Foodi and slow cooker instructions are here. Believe it or not, cooking frozen meat to tender is possible and actually turns out so moist and tender.

How to Cook Frozen Chicken

We want to share how to cook frozen chicken with you in case you have a forgetful moment and it’s near dinner time. I have been there and that’s no fun. Cooking frozen chicken breasts, wings, thighs, a whole chicken, legs or drumsticks are easy. (affiliate links present)

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Wings

Ok let’s start with the little ones shall we? I mean they are pretty killer for dinner or an appetizer but how the heck could you make dry rub chicken wings if they are rock hard to begin with? I have the answer for you. First you will need to cook them just a bit in order for your seasonings to stick.

The best way to do this is in your Ninja Foodi or put frozen chicken wings in air fryer. Now half way thru the total cook time you can sprinkle on any seasonings like salt and pepper + garlic powder, flip to the other side to add some more and continue on until they are crispy crunchy. Olive oil spray will make them crispiest.

It isn’t so easy to do so when making Instant Pot frozen chicken wings but you can use your chicken wing dipping sauce like bbq for that method. Cooking actually in the sauce itself gives them a great flavor and then you can broil or air crisp when done.

Last but not least, this is how to bake frozen chicken wings in the oven.

how to cook frozen chicken wings

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts

This is probably what you think about most often right? How can I throw in a few pieces right out of the bag and have it come out tender enough to shred? It’s totally possible in 3 different ways y’all. If you are still “old fashioned” and like using your slow cooker you’re in luck. Crockpot frozen chicken comes out great with little to no prep.

Believe it or not, this is how to cook frozen grilled chicken breast. That is right, you totally can do this in your Traeger or charcoal grill now.

Can You Grill Frozen Chicken

Want to make this same thing but way faster?? This is how to make Instant Pot frozen chicken the same way. Best way to serve this is to drain the liquid when done, shred, toss with your favorite bbq or teriyaki sauce and serve over white rice or on slider buns.

If you want to keep them more whole with just some yummy sauce on the outside you can do that too. It is better to use your pressure cooker for that though so that is what we did. If you want to cook chicken breasts using our Instant Pot frozen chicken breast with sauce recipe it will become moist enough to slice with a butter knife.

Want to have a little more texture on the outside with just a bit of crisp? Air fryer frozen chicken breast or even frozen chicken breast in oven with seasonings of your choice will do just that for ya’!

how to cook frozen chicken breasts

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Without Thawing

That is right, all of these require NO thawing beforehand. That comes in awfully handy when you have had a forgetful day before. Typically you’d want to leave your portions in the fridge overnight so they can soften up. If you haven’t done that you can still save the day, and dinner by following these frozen chicken recipes.

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Thighs

You could certainly use any method above and just use this dark meat instead but the timing would be slightly off. Remember that if you have bone in chicken thighs your air fryer cook time will be longer, or with any other method. Boneless skinless chicken thighs take the least amount of time and are the easiest to eat, but the more expensive.

Basically the least amount of work the pieces are for you to prep and/or eat, the more they are going to cost. Sometimes it’s worth it to me and other times I just don’t care. I like making air fryer frozen chicken thighs because it gets crispy chicken skin and browns the sauce too.

Second to that I’d say you should try Instant Pot frozen chicken thighs, especially if you’re going to shred the meat anyway.

how to cook frozen chicken thighs

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Legs

As with all of these if you had the chance to use thawed chicken the timing would be a bit less, but not by much. Especially if you use a Crock or Instant Pot to cook the chicken it is almost the same. Go figure right? Now in the oven or on the stove there is a bigger difference, probably by about 15 minutes or so depending on the cut.

The only way we have made these thus far is our Instant Pot frozen chicken legs directions. It’s an easy under 30 minute meal that kids love. Call them drumsticks or legs, y’all know what I mean. Next is testing in the oven on a baking sheet and will add those instructions when they’re ready.

I’m gonna’ figure out how to safely cook them rock hard in the air fryer as well so stay tuned for those…..

how to cook frozen chicken legs

How to Cook a Whole Frozen Chicken

I have done this two different ways and am working on baking it in the oven as well. The best overall which gets it to be like rotisserie from the store would be to make Ninja Foodi whole chicken. First you’d need to follow our Instant Pot frozen whole chicken directions as far as timing goes, then use the air crisp function, or throw it into an air fryer.

The second way I did most recently, twice, was to cook Crockpot frozen whole chicken. Timing was too long the first go around so I did it again and it came out perfect. Almost the same timing as if it were fresh which was weird and surprising but true.

And that is about it. Most of these are done and moist in about 45 minutes to an hour at most so you can now know how to cook frozen chicken perfectly any way you desire, with any cut. We also have info on how to cook frozen steak if you want to try red meat next.

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