Instant pot whole chicken
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4.17 from 6 votes

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, fresh, frozen, instant pot, pressure cooker, whole chicken
Servings: 5
Calories: 142kcal
Author: The Typical Mom


  • 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.



Serving: 8oz | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 637mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 19.3% | Calcium: 1.7% | Iron: 6%