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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Thighs – Yep, Cook from Frozen!

Does it get any easier than a 2-ingredient dish? These Instant Pot Chicken Thighs certainly meet the criteria, especially since you can cook them from frozen! All you need for this Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Thighs recipe is an Instant Pot pressure cooker and some salsa verde. You’ll have a delicious keto-friendly chicken dinner ready in about 30 minutes with minimal effort on your part. Even if you aren’t doing a low-carb diet, you’ll want to add these Instant Pot frozen chicken thighs into your regular meal planning rotation since they are so simple to make (not to mention affordable!)

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Thighs

Hubs has always preferred dark meat chicken to light meat, so even though he isn’t on keto, this is a favorite meal of his. I’ll show you how to easily get nice, crispy skin on your keto Instant Pot chicken thighs too.

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Cooking frozen chicken thighs in a pressure cooker ensured they are tender and delicious without turning “spongy” like chicken often does for me in the slow cooker. 

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Thighs

Place 1 cup of water in your Instant Pot cooking pot and add the metal steamer rack that it came with. Place fresh or frozen chicken thighs on the rack.

raw chicken thighs in an instant pot

Top with 8 0z of salsa verde. I used Herdez, but other brands or even the more sauce-like varieties that come in a can will work just as well.

raw chicken thighs in an instant pot topped with salsa verde

Seal the Instant Pot and press the “Poultry” button or manually set for 15 minutes.

instant pot pressure cooker set to 15 minutes

Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally before opening.

I like to place my pressure cooked chicken thighs in my air fryer to make the skin crispy.

pressure cooked chicken thighs in an air fryer basket

Works like a charm at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes. Of course, you can get the same results with your oven’s broiler, this is just faster, easier, and doesn’t heat the house up as much.

instant pot frozen chicken thighs

I served these chicken thighs with this keto jalapeno poppers recipe for a full meal.

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs (from Frozen!)

crispy keto instant pot chicken thighs garnished with cilantro and served on a blue plate

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Thighs

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Crisp up these Keto Instant Pot Chicken Thighs in your Air Fryer or oven broiler once they're done. Does it get any easier than a 2-ingredient dish?
4.71 from 27 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Additional Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Recipes
Cuisine Keto
Calories 264 kcal


  • 1 lb frozen Chicken thighs with skin
  • 8 oz Salsa verde
  • Cilantro optional


  • Place 1 cup water in Instant Pot with steamer rack.
  • Lay chicken pieces on top of rack and top with salsa verde.
  • Seal and press the poultry button (or manual for 15 minutes).
  • Allow pressure to release naturally before removing.
  • Use air fryer or oven broiler to crisp the skin.
  • Top with cilantro if desired.

Keyword Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Thighs
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 538mg23%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 27g54%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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