by Olena

Instant Pot Whole Chicken (Video)

by Olena

4.9 from 13 reviews

Instant Pot Whole Chicken comes out juicy, flavorful, crispy and so tender, even the breast. It is the most easy rotisserie chicken you will ever make with 5 minutes prep in your pressure cooker.

We rely on Instant Pot recipes for dinner a lot. One pot meals like Instant Pot chicken and rice and Instant Pot chicken alfredo are on regular rotation.

Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken

This Instant Pot whole chicken is the next best thing after Instant Pot frozen chicken. If you try this recipe, you will never go back to roasted whole chicken in the oven. With 5 minutes of prep, simple dry spices like paprika, salt and pepper, and under 60 minutes cook time, you can enjoy the most juicy and flavorful chicken for dinner!

Even the breast is super juicy and tender. I couldn’t believe myself when I tried a slice next day. It didn’t dry out at all.

This Instant Pot rotisserie chicken is perfect for cooking fresh chicken right after grocery shopping, sandwiches, meal prep, salads and even soup with leftover broth and bones.

Instant Pot Whole Chicken breast sliced

Tips for Best Roasted Chicken

  • Before you begin, make sure your chicken fits into your Instant Pot.
  • Check the weight on label before discarding the packaging or weigh the chicken.
  • Chicken should be fully defrosted. If you have frozen chicken, make this recipe.
  • Up to 6 lbs chicken is OK for 6 quart Instant Pot.
  • No need to rinse chicken.
  • You will need only 1 cup water and same cook time for any size Instant Pot.

How to Make Instant Pot Whole Chicken

New to pressure cooking? Check out my Instant Pot guide. Don’t have one yet? Check out which Instant Pot to buy.

  • Season the chicken: Place whole chicken in a large glass bowl and rub with grated garlic all around, inside the cavity and even under the skin where possible. Sprinkle with a mix of paprika, salt and pepper. I just hold chicken onto one leg while doing so.
  • Get Instant Pot ready for cooking: Place trivet inside, with or without handles. If you don’t have trivet, you can cook chicken without it. The bottom will be more soupy like cooked which is OK. Add 1 cup water.
  • Add chicken to the pot: Place seasoned chicken breasts side up on the trivet. 2/3 max fill line is applicable only for liquids. Don’t worry if chicken is rising above that.
  • Pressure cook chicken: Close the lid and set release valve to Sealing. Press Manual or Pressure Cook on High for 6 minutes per lb. Allow pressure come down naturally for about 12 minutes and then release remaining pressure if any by turning valve to Venting (applicable for 8 quart). In 6 quart Instant Pot, pin drops by itself after 11-12 minutes.
  • Remove chicken by holding onto handles of trivet. If no handles, use 2 long spoons or stick long fork into a cavity.
  • Broil in the oven for crispy skin: This step is optional but so good. Place whole chicken on a baking sheet, brush with juices and broil at 500 degrees F for about 5-10 minutes depending on size. Watch closely not to burn.

Instant Pot Whole Chicken seasoned on a trivet inside Instant PotInstant Pot Whole Chicken on a baking sheet to broil for crispy skin

How Long to Cook Whole Chicken in Instant Pot?

Rule of thumb for cooking whole chicken in Instant Pot is 6 minutes per lb. If chicken breasts seems very thick, increase cooking time to 7 minutes per lb.

To avoid chicken wings falling off etc. (indicates super tender chicken though) calculate cook time precisely and larger size chicken holds together better.

  • 2.5 lbs = 15 minutes with 12 minutes Natural Release
  • 3 lbs = 18 minutes with 12 minutes Natural Release
  • 3 1/2 lbs = 21 minutes with 12 minutes Natural Release
  • 4 lbs = 24 minutes with 12 minutes Natural Release
  • 4 1/2 lbs = 27 minutes with 12 minutes Natural Release
  • 5 lbs = 30 minutes with 12 minutes Natural Release
  • 5 1/2 lbs = 33 minutes with 12 minutes Natural Release
  • 6 lbs = 36 minutes with 12 minutes Natural Release

Instant Pot Whole Chicken on a platter with lemon and parsley

Can I Cook Frozen Whole Chicken in Instant Pot?

Yes. Frozen whole chicken cooking time is 15 minutes per lb on average and varies largely with the size of Instant Pot you use. Use my Instant Pot frozen chicken recipe and you should be good to go.

Serving Suggestions

Serve chicken with mashed potatoes or cauliflower mash (low carb). If you wish, make gravy with the broth right in Instant Pot by following Instant Pot turkey breast recipe.

For a veggie side dish make roasted sweet potatoes or garlic green beans.

I absolutely love chicken with fresh herb and veggie quinoa salad like quinoa tabbouleh or Mediterranean quinoa salad.

Pulling drumstick from Juicy Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Ideas for Leftover Chicken, Broth and Bones

We cook whole chicken every 2 weeks because it is affordable, requires no cutting and both dark and white meat lovers are satisfied.

Use Chicken Leftovers to make:

Leftover Broth and Bones:

Do not discard that broth at the bottom of the pot. It is golden.

  • Freeze bones to make Instant Pot bone broth later. I usually collect chicken bones in a resealable bag from 3 birds to make rich Instant Pot bone broth.
  • Make soup same week with broth and bones – it is amazing stock base. Good one would be chicken noodle soup, zuppa toscana or split pea soup.
  • Freeze broth in portions for later use. I use glass jars and leave some room for expansion.

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Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken

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Instant Pot Whole Chicken

4.9 from 13 reviews

Instant Pot Whole Chicken comes out juicy, flavorful, crispy and so tender, even the breast. It is the most easy rotisserie chicken you will ever make with 5 minutes prep in your pressure cooker.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian
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Ingredients

  • 3 lbs whole chicken, fresh
  • 2 large garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine paprika, salt, pepper and stir to combine with a fork.
  2. Remove any twine, giblets and trim fat from whole chicken. No need to rinse. You can return giblets without the bag inside the cavity to cook.
  3. Place chicken in a large bowl and run with grated garlic all around including the cavity and under the skin where possible.
  4. Sprinkle with mixed seasoning evenly.
  5. To Instant Pot, add 1 cup water and place trivet inside (with handles is better but regular one is fine).
  6. Place chicken on top, close the lid and set pressure release valve to Sealing.
  7. Cook for 6 mins per lb on High pressure. Press Manual or Pressure Cook on High.
  8. After, let pressure come down naturally until float valve drops. It takes about 11 minutes on a 6 quart Instant Pot.
  9. Remove chicken carefully by holding onto handles or with 2 long spoons onto baking sheet.
  10. Broil at 500 F degrees for 5-10 minutes depending on size. And watch closely not to burn.
  11. Serve hot with a side like roasted sweet potatoes or garlic green beans, mashed potatoes or cauliflower mash and/or salad like cucumber and tomato salad. Or meal prep for a week and use leftovers to make a chicken salad.

Store: Refrigerate cooked chicken leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

  • Before beginning, make sure your chicken fits into your Instant Pot.
  • Check the weight on label before discarding the packaging or weigh the chicken.
  • Chicken should be fully defrosted. See my Instant Pot frozen chicken if it’s not.
  • 2/3 max fill line is applicable for liquids. Up to 6 lbs chicken is OK for 6 quart Instant Pot.
  • You can cook chicken without trivet, the bottom will be more soupy cooked. Which is fine.
  • If chicken breasts seems very thick, increase cooking time to 7 minutes per lb.
  • You will need only 1 cup water for any size Instant Pot.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. My first time “roasting” chicken in an instant pot, it’s pretty good, it’s juicy and my family enjoyed it. Especially helpful during hot summer days to avoid turning on the oven.
    Thanks.

  2. Wow! I made this today for #RotisserieChickenDay and it came out so juicy and tender. I will definitely be using this method over and over. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Every recipe of yours that I have tried is so simple and delicious! This chicken falls off the bone and is very good. I do think the 5 min under the broiler dried out the breast meat a tiny bit. Next time, I think I’ll omit that step as iI don’t eat the skin anyhow. Still loved it & super easy:)

  4. This provides a novice like me the security and confidence to try this recipe. Well worth while

  5. Take the chicken out of the deep freeze throw it in the instapot that’s it walk a
    way

  6. Do you ever brine the chicken or marinade in pineapple juice to tenderize. Does it add any value? And do you sous vide? Keep up the blog. Love it.

    1. No I don’t. I honestly see no point in brine with Instant Pot recipes. Meat is super tender and flavorful and juicy. I don’t do sous vide. I personally avoid heated plastic touching my food, especially cooking it. I am simple. 🙂 Thanks for your kind words!

    1. Yes. The rule is just to make sure it is set to high pressure. If you have electric pressure cooker you might not need Instant Pot. Just use it and follow Instant Pot recipes. At least mine work for sure. 🙂

  7. Hi Olena! Just found your blog! Amazing recipes! I would love to receive notifications from you 🙂
    By the way, I was browsing your blog trying to find the recipe for black beans brownies with protein powder, but I can’t find it. Just the black beans brownies. Do you still have the protein version?
    Thanks! Greeting from The Netherlands.

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