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.
Ok I’m beck with another favorite tender and juicy Instant Pot recipes we made just today! I have made a whole chicken in the crockpot before and I figured I could use the same philosophy. But I knew it would get done much faster in my new favorite appliance! Making this Instant Pot whole chicken took just 25 minutes and came out perfect! Not only did the chicken turn out moist and delicious but the potatoes were amazing. 😉 (originally published 1/17, affiliate links present)
OH yes, I know….you want to try cooking an Instant Pot whole chicken tonight!!
- 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 to make this?
- 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.
This is how to make a whole chicken in the Instant Pot and what you need:
- You’ll need an Instant Pot or pressure cooker .
- Whole chicken – we used a 4.5 pound chicken
- Red potatoes – you can use a trivet but seriously these are better.
- Olive oil
- Chicken stock – broth or bone broth
- Spices – use whatever you would normally use to cook a whole chicken
- I use 1 tsp. Lawry’s seasoning
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- Sprinkle of oregano and maybe some basil
- 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?
What if you’re cooking frozen whole chicken in the Instant Pot
- Just follow our pressure cooker frozen chicken directions and you’re set!
If you need a 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.
How do you get 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
- use our air fryer cook times printable for reference
- Or use the air crisp lid on your Ninja Foodi
Looking for more Instant Pot chicken recipes?
- Instant Pot chicken and dumplings
- Easy 3 ingredient Instant Pot teriyaki chicken
- Our most popular Instant Pot chicken and rice
- Pressure cooker beer can chicken is another great way to cook a whole chicken in your Instant Pot.
- Find 101+ more Instant Pot recipes here
Here’s a video showing you how easy Instant Pot whole chicken is to make:
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.
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 have leftover chicken, use it in this easy chicken pot pie recipe.
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Instant Pot Whole Chicken
- 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.