11 Frozen Boneless Turkey Breast in an Hour!

Would you believe that you can cook a frozen, nearly 3 pound turkey breast, in an hour?

If you have a pressure cooker, this is definitely doable!

I saw this on sale at our local grocery store and it intrigued me...

Oven Ready! No Thawing! Boneless Turkey Breast with gravy packet!

Jennie-O Oven Ready Boneless Turkey Breast

For the last 8 years, I have been making my Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, a family favorite that everyone looks forward to eating - perfectly seasoned with herbs, lemon, garlic, with moist, tender slices of turkey each and every time.

The problem with cooking most turkey is that it is frozen....and you need to thaw it out over a couple of days in the fridge. For every 5 pounds, you need 24 hours to thaw, so a 10-15 pound turkey can take 3 days to thaw!!

Another problem is that on Thanksgiving, my oven is usually taken up with baking dressing or dinner rolls, so cooking this in my pressure cooker will definitely help.

Let's see how this works out. I'm using a frozen, boneless chicken formula that a member of the Instant Pot Facebook Community shared for boneless chicken breasts:

High pressure, 1 minute per ounce, 10-15 min natural release. With a turkey breast, you will need to use a FULL natural release.

A natural release is the time the food sits in the pressure cooker AFTER the cook time. A FULL NPR is when the silver float valve drops and you can safely open your pressure cooker.

The package says 2.75 pounds, but I should have weighed it with my OXO scale to make sure. This translates to 44 oz, so 44 minutes and a full natural release (about 15 minutes) is what I used. The package says to cook in the oven for 1 hour and 40 minutes, so if this can save me time and oven space, I'm sold!

The turkey breast is fully seasoned, and I set it on the trivet that comes with the pressure cooker, and added 2 cups of water. I probably could use less, as the turkey release another cup...

Here's what it looked liked after a full NPR (natural pressure release). The NPR took about 15-20 minutes.

Smells great!

Checked the temp at the thickest part with my digital thermometer and it read 167°F - fully cooked!

You want the temp to be in the 160°-165°F range, but this meat was not dry at all...

Slice the turkey against the grain, to avoid shredding and get perfect slices. I cannot believe how incredibly moist this turkey breast is!

Cover your turkey breast with aluminum foil to let it rest, retain the heat and stay moist while you make the gravy.

I reserved 3/4 cup of the broth and dumped the frozen packet of gravy into the pot.

Set it on saute - high and stirred it with my favorite flat whisk. Perfect for getting every nook and cranny of the pot and getting a smooth gravy or sauce.

Paired with Creamy Pressure Cooked Mashed Potatoes, this will be a very quick and easy dinner!

print recipe

Frozen Boneless Turkey Breast - Pressure Cook
Use your pressure cooker to cook a moist & tender boneless turkey breast in under an hour, start to finish! Cooking from frozen, in the oven, takes 2.5 hours. You can double this recipe using two boneless breasts, just lay them side by side & do not stack them on top of each other,
  • 2.75 pounds Frozen Turkey Breast or Roast- I used Jennie-O Oven Ready
  • 2 cups water
  • Trivet - metal steam rack
1. Remove the plastic shrink wrap and gravy packet from the frozen turkey. You may need to hold the shrink wrapped turkey under hot tap water to separate it from the frozen meat. If using a ROAST, keep the twine on the meat.2. Put 2 cups of water into the pressure cooker pot.3. Set the trivet inside the pot.4. Place the frozen turkey breast or roast directly on the rack.5. Select HIGH pressure and Set the time according to the CHART below.6. When cook time is finished, turn the pressure cooker OFF and allow the pressure to release naturally, until the float pin drops, about 15-20 minutes. 7. Test the turkey with a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat. It should read at least 160°F. If it is less than 160°F, pressure cook your meat for an additional 2-3 minutes, with a full natural release. 8. Using the trivet handles, or two flat spatulas, lift the turkey onto a carving board or plate. 9. Cover the turkey with aluminum foil to rest and retain the heat. While resting, the temp of your turkey will go up another 5°.10. Remove all BUT 3/4 cup of the liquid broth from your pressure cooker. 11. Open the gravy packet and put into the pot of broth. 12. Select Saute/Browning and stir until thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Slice your turkey breast against the grain and serve with hot gravy. TURKEY TIMING CHARTFrozen: 1 minute for each OUNCE (ex: 44 oz = 44 minutes) Thawed: 10 min per POUND (2.75 lb = 28 minutes)
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8-10 servings


  1. Did the Instant Pot method tonight and it turned out great! I’m glad I found this because I dreaded turning my oven on (even with AC) because I live a small space. Thank you for sharing with us!

  2. You posted that you did two at a time, but your instructions only involved one 3 pound turkey breast roast. How long do I pressure cook it if I have two 3 pound turkey breast roast.

    1. Try not to stack the turkey breasts, keeping them side by side and use the same amount of cooking time & natural release time. It's like baking one cookie vs 12 cookies. :-)

  3. Tried this today and worked great. Turkey was moist and done in an hour.

    1. I'm glad you tried my recipe and enjoyed it! Thank you for leaving a review. :-)

  4. Please disregard the name lol, I made it back in middle school and it matched my RuneScape name HAHA.
    I tried this out and was a little scared at first so I grabbed chicken tenders as backup. It turned out perfect! It was a nice Un-Thanksgiving meal. I didn't do the gravy part because I forgot to. This Jennie O reminded me of a frozen meal turkey. Thanks for testing this out and posting it to the internet!

    1. I'm thrilled that you tried this recipe and enjoyed it! I love using this recipe in the summer for turkey sandwiches. Thank you for sharing your results. Enjoy!😋

  5. Did you leave the plastic oven bag on the Jennie O oven ready?

    1. No. In the first step of the printable recipe above, it says to remove the plastic shrink wrap from the meat. 🙂

  6. Thanks, that’s what I thought.


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