Instant Pot Whole Chicken

instant pot whole chicken

4.9 from 15 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
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian


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


  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.


  • 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.

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