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.
Ok I’m beck with another one of my favorite Instant Pot recipes that we made just today! I have made a whole chicken in the crockpot before and I figured I could use the same philosophy but knew it would get done much faster in my new favorite appliance and boy did it! Making this Instant Pot whole chicken took just 25 minutes and came out to perfection! Not only did the chicken turn out moist and delicious but the potatoes were so good I almost didn’t want to share. 😉 (originally published 1/17)
OH yes, I know….you want to try cooking a whole chicken in your Instant Pot tonight!!
- Such a healthy and inexpensive dinner idea, and from start to finish is done in literally 30 minutes! When you’re using a pressure cooker I realize you want to elevate your meat so it isn’t sitting in the juices that are going to steam it.
I like to use potatoes as my “trivets” because why not??!!
They work just as well and they are edible at the end! Better yet they soak up the juices and tastes seriously so amazing you won’t believe it until you try it yourself. 😉
- You’ll need an Instant Pot or pressure cooker to make it this quickly and I highly recommend getting one if you don’t have one already.
This is what you’ll need to make this easy Instant Pot Whole Chicken recipe
- Whole chicken – around 4.5 lbs.
- Red potatoes – you can use a trivet but seriously why would you, the potatoes work the same, are edible after, and taste amazing!!
- Olive oil
- 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
- Use what you would normally add to cook a whole chicken in your oven (surely you’ve done that in the past)
- Then you can follow our pressure cooker gravy recipe when your chicken is done and use the drippings for a wonderful sauce to pour on top
Now what if your chicken is frozen….we have answers for that too below!!
What if you’re cooking frozen whole chicken in the Instant Pot
- If you forgot to defrost your whole chicken…don’t fret!
- Just follow our pressure cooker frozen whole chicken directions and you’re set!
- Either way, whether it’s frozen or fresh, you can make your skin nice and crispy like you see here below by throwing it under the broiler for 3-4 minutes too. Easy Peasy!
If you need a Crock Pot Express whole chicken recipe the steps below will work just the same. 😉
- Both have the poultry button so you’re set. 😉
We probably cook a whole chicken every week and either made it in our oven, convection oven, or crockpot. All took a minimum of an hour and a half and in the crockpot it took much longer. When we are in a hurry (or I forgot to put something in for dinner) this is an amazing healthy Instant Pot recipe to make! All 5 of us love it. Served with some rolls and a side salad it feeds all of us perfectly.
If you want the skin a bit brown you can easily pop it into your oven on the broiler setting for about 3-4 or so minutes or until it reaches the color you desire (like below).
Looking for more easy Instant Pot chicken recipes?
- Instant Pot chicken and dumplings
- Instant Pot teriyaki chicken
- Instant Pot chicken and rice
- Pressure cooker beer can chicken is another great way to cook a whole chicken in your Instant Pot.
If you want to try cooking whole chicken an entirely different way one night try our dutch oven whole chicken recipe too.
Here’s a video showing you how easy Instant Pot whole chicken is to make:
Instant Pot Whole Chicken
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 c chicken broth can use water but broth is much better
- 3 red potatoes
- 1 3.5-4.5 lb. chicken whole, would keep around 4.5 lbs.
- pinch of spices to go on top chicken like thyme oregano, salt, garlic salt
- 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 and potatoes into your IP so they potatoes 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 in your IP (use them like a trivet). Close lid, make sure steam valve is secure, 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 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.
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