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Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

This is the easiest and most tender Instant Pot whole chicken recipe ever! If you’re looking to cook an entire chicken in your pressure cooker here are the instructions. Placed on edible trivets the whole thing is cooked and ready to eat in just 25 minutes. You’ll never use your oven again.

Instant pot whole chicken

Making this Instant Pot whole chicken took just 25 minutes and came out perfect! Another favorite tender and juicy Instant Pot recipes we made just today! 😉 (originally published 1/17, affiliate links present)

Instant Pot chicken

I have made a Crockpot whole chicken before and I figured I could use the same philosophy. But I knew it would get done much faster in my new favorite appliance!

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

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

star wars instant pot
  • Such a healthy and inexpensive dinner idea, from start to finish it’s done in 30 minutes! 

Do you have to use a trivet in an Instant Pot?

  • Yes
  • When you’re using a pressure cooker you want to elevate your meat so it isn’t sitting in the juices.
  • We used potatoes instead!
  • A metal trivet works too like we used with our other whole chicken recipes.

They worked great, and are edible at the end! Better yet they soak up the juices and taste so amazing you won’t want to share.

instant pot whole chicken

How to make a whole chicken in the Instant Pot

  1. You’ll need an Instant Pot or pressure cooker .
  2. Whole chicken – we used a 4.5 pound chicken
  3. Red potatoes – you can use a trivet but seriously these are better.
  4. Olive oil
  5. Chicken stock – broth or bone broth 
  6. Spices – use whatever you would normally use to cook a whole chicken
    1. I use 1 tsp. Lawry’s seasoning
    2. 1 tsp garlic salt
    3. Sprinkle of oregano and maybe some basil
  7. Then you can follow our pressure cooker gravy recipe when your chicken is done. Using the drippings for a wonderful sauce to pour on top.

Now what if your chicken is frozen?

frozen chicken in instant pot

What if you’re cooking frozen whole chicken in the Instant Pot

Crock Pot Express whole chicken recipe

The steps below will work just the same. 😉

  • Both machines have the poultry button so there’s really no difference.

We probably cook a whole chicken every week. It used to take a minimum of an hour and a half, now your chicken will be done in a snap.

Crispy skin on your chicken

  • Carefully remove the chicken
  • Place into a baking dish
  • Throw it under the broiler for 4 -5 minutes.
  • If you have an air fryer or CrispLid set it to 400 for about 10 minutes with the chicken breast side up

Or use the air crisp lid on your Ninja Foodi.

instant pot frozen whole chicken

Looking for more Instant Pot chicken recipes?

Instant Pot whole chicken

Then if you want it crispy on top you can now turn your Instant Pot into an air fryer with this CrispLid you see here! It takes less than 15 minutes to have it warm up and get the outside crispy like you like it.

crisplid

Note – Directions are for a 4-5 lb chicken. Keep that in mind when choosing one at the grocery store. About 24 minutes works great allowing it to naturally release for 5 minutes.

If yours is larger I would increase the time by just a few minutes. Always check the internal temperature in the breast before eating.

If you want to try cooking a slow cooker whole chicken, our dutch oven whole chicken or air fryer whole chicken you should! You might find a new favorite.

Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Here is how you make it. Crisp any way you’d like at the end if you want. If you’re just making shredded chicken for tacos you may not care about that added step.

Instant Pot Whole Chicken

  1. Saute

    Put your Instant Pot on saute setting.  Add olive oil and put chicken inside to lightly cook outside skin for about 2 minutes, then flip chicken and cook on other side for 2 minutes. Turn off by pressing cancel.

    Remove chicken from IP and add your chicken broth, Deglaze pot by scraping bits of cooked on chicken off bottom of pot.

  2. Add ingredients

    Place potatoes into your IP so they are close together, so your chicken can sit right on top of them like a trivet (watch video in this post). 

    Place chicken on top of the potatoes so it is off the bottom. Close lid, make sure steam valve is closed.

  3. Cook

    Set to poultry, normal setting, for 25 minutes.  (if your chicken is abnormally large it may need longer, always check internal meat temp. when done.

    When it beeps allow to naturally release steam for 5 minutes, then do a quick release. 

  4. Crisp

    Serve as is or if you want to brown the skin put it in a pan and on the broiler setting in your oven at 350 for 3-5 minutes or so or until it browns as much as you wish on the top.

    You can use an air fryer or CrispLid at 400 degrees for about 5-10 minutes to crisp as well if you have that.

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Instant Pot Whole Chicken

This is the easiest and most tender Instant Pot whole chicken recipe ever! If you’re looking to cook an entire chicken in your pressure cooker it’s never been easier using these instructions. Placed on edible trivets the whole thing is cooked and ready to eat in just 25 minutes flat. You’ll never use your oven again.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crispy, easy, fresh, frozen, instant pot, pressure cooker, whole chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 142kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put your Instant Pot on saute low setting. 
  • Add olive oil and put chicken inside to lightly cook outside skin for about 2 minutes, then flip chicken and cook on other side for 2 minutes. Turn off by pressing cancel.
  • Remove chicken from IP and add your chicken broth, Deglaze pot by scraping bits of cooked on chicken off bottom of pot. Place potatoes into your IP so they are close together, so your chicken can sit right on top of them like a trivet (watch video in this post). 
  • Place chicken on top of the potatoes so it is off the bottom. Close lid, make sure steam valve is closed, and set to poultry, normal setting, for 25 minutes.  (if your chicken is abnormally large it may need longer, always check temp. when done to ensure it is fully cooked before eating, if it needs more time put lid on and cook for additional 5 min. at a time until thoroughly cooked thru and not pink)
  • When it beeps allow to naturally release steam for 5 minutes, then do a quick release. 
  • Serve as is or if you want to brown the skin put it in a pan and on the broiler setting in your oven at 350 for 3-5 minutes or so or until it browns as much as you wish on the top.
  • You can use a CrispLid at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes to crisp as well if you have that.

Video

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Whole Chicken
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 281mg12%
Potassium 637mg18%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin C 15.9mg19%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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