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How to cook a whole chicken in an Instant Pot. Perfect pressure cooker roast chicken recipe.
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Instant Pot Whole Chicken

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How to cook a whole chicken in an Instant Pot. This rotisserie-style Instant Pot whole roast chicken recipe is easy to make, even if you are a beginner with using your pressure cooker. It's perfect for Sunday dinner or to make ahead for quick meals throughout the week.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time24 mins
Inactive Time36 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 271kcal

Ingredients

Spice Rub:

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

For the Chicken:

  • 4 pound whole chicken see note
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • half of a lemon, half of an onion, fresh herb sprigs optional
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, stir together the spice rub ingredients.
  • Place the chicken in a baking dish to catch any excess juices. If there is a bag of innards in the cavity of the chicken, remove it and discard.
  • Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Rub 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and then half of the spice rub over the chicken, trying to get some under the skin on the breasts if possible.
  • Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the Instant Pot and turn on saute mode. When the pot is hot, carefully put the chicken in, breast-side up. Brown for 5-7 minutes, without moving.
  • Then flip the chicken over to brown it on the breast side. When turning the chicken, be careful to not put your face over the Instant Pot since there is hot oil and steam. I find the easiest way to flip the chicken is to stick a long handled spoon or tongs into the cavity and then use another long spoon to turn the chicken first onto its side and then flip it over.
  • Brown the chicken for 5-7 minutes on the second side and then use the two long handled spoons/tongs to carefully remove it to a clean plate. Press “cancel” to turn off saute mode.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the instant pot and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Place a handled trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot. (If you do not have a handled trivet, you can use a regular trivet with a foil sling to make it easier to remove the cooked chicken.)
  • If desired, place half a lemon, half an onion and/or fresh herbs in the cavity of the chicken. Rub the remaining seasoning rub over the chicken.
  • Place the chicken on top of the trivet in the Instant Pot, breast side up. Close the lid and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position.
  • Use the Pressure Cook/Manual setting and set the cook time on high pressure for 6 minutes per pound for a fresh chicken. A 4 pound fresh chicken will need to cook for 24 minutes, a 4.5 pound chicken will cook for 27 minutes, and a 5 pound fresh chicken will cook for 30 minutes, for example.
  • After you set the cook time, the Instant Pot will take some time to reach pressure and then the cook time will begin counting down. When the cook time ends, allow the pot to release naturally for 15 minutes by leaving the pot alone. After 15 minutes, carefully turn the steam release valve to the venting position to release any remaining pressure and steam. When the pin drops down, carefully open the Instant Pot lid.
  • Use an instant read thermometer to check that the temperature of the chicken has reached at least 165 degrees F at the thickest part of the leg, not touching the bone.

To Cook a Frozen Chicken:

  • Make sure that your chicken does not have a bag of innards in the cavity. If it does, you may not be able to cook the chicken from frozen because you won't be able to remove the bag from the frozen chicken.
  • Place 1 cup of water in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place a handled trivet in the bottom of the pot.
  • Put the frozen chicken, breast side up, on top of the trivet. Sprinkle the spice rub over the chicken (you will only need half of the spice rub amount called for in the recipe). Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position.
  • Use the Pressure Cook/Manual setting and set the cook time on high pressure for 13 minutes per pound. A 4 pound frozen chicken will need to pressure cook for 52 minutes, a 4.5 pound chicken will cook for 59 minutes, and a 5 pound chicken will cook for 65 minutes.
  • After the cook time ends, allow the pot to naturally release for 15 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure and, once the pin has dropped, open the lid.
  • Use an instant read thermometer to check that the temperature of the chicken has reached at least 165 degrees F at the thickest part of the leg, not touching the bone.
  • If desired, brown the chicken under the broiler for 4-5 minutes to brown the skin.

Notes

  • You can fit a chicken of up to 5.5 pounds in a 6 quart Instant Pot.
  • If cooking a frozen chicken, you will not need the olive oil since you won't be browning the chicken. You will only need to make half of the spice rub recipe.
  • Cooked chicken will last in your refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 369mg | Potassium: 226mg | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.4mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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