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. 😉 (affiliate links present, originally published 1/17)
OH yes, I know….you want to try it like 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
- 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 opt for Lawry’s seasoning and garlic salt myself just sprinkled over the top
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.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 c chicken broth can use water but broth is much better
- 3 red potatoes
- 1 chicken whole
- 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 for about 2 minutes, then flip chicken and cook on other side for 2 minutes. Turn off by pressing cancel.
Remove from IP and add your chicken broth and potatoes into your IP so they are close together so your chicken can sit right on top of them (watch video in this post).
Place chicken on potatoes in your IP. 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 under the broiler setting in your oven at 350 for 5 minutes or so or until it browns it as you wish on the top.
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 350 degrees for about 5 or so minutes or until it reaches the color you desire. We don’t eat the skin so it doesn’t matter to us. I have done this to brown the top when making our Instant Pot teriyaki ribs though and it works perfectly.
If you have a Crock Pot Express this whole chicken recipe will work just the same. 😉
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