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Saturday, February 11, 2017

One Pot (Frozen) Chicken & Sweet Potatoes [Pressure Cooker]

One Pot (Frozen) Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

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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!

One Pot (Frozen) Chicken & Sweet Potatoes


about 1.5 lbs frozen, boneless chicken breast (about 3 large)
seasonings of choice
4 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


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 10-12 minutes and cut sweet potatoes in half for even cooking.

When cook time is complete, allow pot to naturally release pressure (NPR) for 5 then quickly release remaining pressure (QPR).

For Instant Pot, when cook time completes, pot will beep and automatically turn on Keep Warm while natural pressure release takes place. Display will show as L0:00 and time will count up, i.e. L0:01, L0:02 - this will allow you to keep track of how long pressure has been releasing.

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.

Serve immediately, perhaps along with 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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  1. What about chicken that is not frozen? Do you need to adjust cooking time?

    1. I would, yes. This works well with frozen solid chicken because it gives the sweet potatoes a chance to cook as well. If using thawed, I'd cut cook time for chicken down to 10-12 minutes - however, The whole sweet potatoes would likely not cook enough in that time. In that case, I'd cut the sweet potatoes in half perhaps to allow even cooking for both totally defrosted chicken and sweet potatoes. -Jessica

    2. Thank you Jessica for a great recipe and for responding so quickly!

  2. love it....any way you can get incorporate a print button for your delicious recipes?

    1. That is in the works! I am actually rolling out a brand new site soon - keep an eye out! Subscribe here for updates, and/or follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss anything :) -Jessica

  3. Your recipes look good, but my friends and I find them too difficult to read with the dark green background! We wish there was a way to copy and paste your recipes onto white background so we could use them!

    1. My new website is in the works as we "speak"! I hope to have it out within a week - links will be forwarded there and it will look better and be easier to transfer! Soon after the release. I will also have a print option. Thanks so much for the support and I'm glad you enjoy the recipes! Stay Tuned for the new site - subscribe here or "like" is on Facebook so you don't miss an Recipes and the release of the. Ew site :)

  4. Can I use bone IN chicken and if so does the cook time change,
    Thanks , Peggie