Instant Pot Whole Chicken is juicy, tender and incredibly easy to make. You can make this time saving recipe with fresh or frozen chicken.

Instant Pot recipes are a staple around here, you just can’t beat the convenience. The Instant Pot Orange Chicken is the most popular recipe on the blog, without a doubt its delicious. Being a huge fan of rotisserie chicken, and cooking it so often in the Instant Pot, I have finally perfected the recipe to share it with you.

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

Instant Pot Whole Chicken From Fresh or Frozen

Instant Pot Whole Chicken rotisserie style is very popular in our household. The best thing about this recipe is that in case you forgot to thaw the chicken, you don’t have to worry, you can still cook a delicious dinner. That is the beauty about the Instant Pot, you can cook frozen meat like its no big deal. Learn here How To Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot, Frozen Chicken Wings and Frozen Ground Beef!

The Instant Pot rotisserie style chicken is to die for! The meat is perfectly cooked, juicy and very tender. To get the skin crispy, just brush the pressure cooked chicken with a garlic butter mixture and broil until golden brown. Your family will love this easy, delicious and budget friendly meal.

What to serve the Instant Pot Whole Chicken with:

Why cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot?

Cooking a whole chicken in the Instant Pot is a great idea. First, you can cook a fresh or frozen chicken, bonus points for that. The chicken ends up being very moist and tender, just like it has been slow roasted for hours. Also, you can’t beat the convenience of being able to cook a frozen chicken in just under 2 hours, it takes way longer to defrost it.

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Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe from fresh or frozen

How long do you cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot?

Cooking time for Instant Pot whole chicken using FRESH chicken:

  • 3 pounds chicken = 20 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release
  • 3.5 pounds chicken = 23 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release
  • 4 pounds chicken = 25 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release
  • 4.5 pounds chicken = 28 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release
  • 5 pounds chicken = 33 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release

Cooking time for Instant Pot whole chicken using FROZEN chicken:

  • 3 pounds chicken = 39 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release
  • 3.5 pounds chicken = 46 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release
  • 4 pounds chicken = 52 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release
  • 4.5 pounds chicken = 59 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release
  • 5 pounds chicken = 65 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release

What do you need to make the Instant Pot Whole Chicken recipe?

How do you cook a whole chicken in the instant pot?

Making Instant Pot Whole Chicken is very easy and it involves just a few steps, you can also make this in any other electric pressure cooker:

  1. All you have to do is add either fresh or frozen chicken to the Instant Pot, add water and cook on High Pressure per recipe directions.
  2. Release pressure, remove chicken from the Instant Pot and brush with melted butter mixed with your favorite seasoning.
  3. Broil, checking often so the chicken doesn’t burn.
Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

What can you do with leftover chicken?

Leftover chicken doesn’t have to go to waste, it can be added to many delicious recipes, like this Chicken Spaghetti Casserole or Crack Chicken Casserole. You can also add it to salads, wraps sandwiches.

What is a Natural Pressure Release?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm, and wait 10-15 minutes (or based on what the recipe says), after which you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release. Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker, wait 10-15 minutes (or based on what the recipe says) and after that open the valve. A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta or steel cut oats. This method prevents any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe
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Instant Pot Whole Chicken from Fresh or Frozen

Instant Pot Whole Chicken is juicy, tender and incredibly easy to make. You can make this time saving recipe with fresh or frozen chicken.

Ingredients

  • 1 (4 pounds) whole chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 6 tablespoons butter room temperature or use olive oil
Stuff Chicken (optional):
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 3 bay leaves
Buttery Mixture for Broiling:
  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. If cooking a FROZEN chicken you will not be able to stuff it, so skip the stuffing step. Proceed to the step where you add the chicken to the Instant Pot.
  2. Remove giblets from chicken if present.

Stuff Chicken:
  1. If cooking a fresh chicken, stuff the chicken with garlic cloves, lemon, fresh thyme, rosemary, oregano and bay leaves.
  2. Optional: Gently loosen the skin from the chicken breast, lifting it from the meat with your fingers and rub about 3 tablespoons of butter (or olive oil) under it. You can also add some seasoning.
  3. Rub the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter (or olive oil) all over the chicken surface. You can also add some seasoning if desired.
Cook:
  1. Add a trivet with handles to the Instant Pot and add the chicken broth. Place the chicken, breast side down, on top of it.

  2. Cover with the lid and lock it, point valve to sealed.
  3. Press High Pressure and set the timer to 25 minutes. See the blog post for cooking times based on chicken weight and if using fresh or frozen chicken.

  4. After the cooking time is done and the Instant Pot beeps, let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes, followed by a quick release of the remaining pressure.
  5. Using a food thermometer, check the internal temperature in the thickest part of the breast, it should be a minimum of 165 degrees F. If needed, pressure cook for 5-10 more minutes.

  6. Turn on the Oven Broiler.
Buttery Mixture for Broiling:
  1. Melt butter and mix with garlic powder, onion powder, thyme powder, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper.
Broil:
  1. Open the Instant Pot lid and remove the chicken from the pot and place it on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and drizzled with olive oil.
  2. Brush the chicken with the Buttery Mixture and place under the broiler for about 5-8 minutes for extra crispy skin.
  3. Watch chicken closely, and if needed rotate the pan, so it doesn't burn. If needed brush more with the sauce from the pan. Broil until skin is golden-brown and crispy.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

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Calories: 541, Fat: 47g, Saturated Fat: 22g, Cholesterol: 165mg, Sodium: 929mg, Potassium: 369mg, Carbohydrates: 5g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 24g, Vitamin A: 26.8%, Vitamin C: 20.6%, Calcium: 6.4%, Iron: 13%

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