Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe – Fresh or Frozen [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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4.96 from 25 reviews

Chicken Instant Pot Recipes

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Instant Pot Whole Chicken is juicy, tender, and incredibly easy to make. You can make this time-saving recipe with fresh or frozen chicken in less than 60 minutes!

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 it’s delicious. Being a huge fan of rotisserie chicken, and cooking it so often in the pressure cooker, I have finally perfected the recipe to share it with you.

Instant Pot Whole Chicken – 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 meat, you don’t have to worry, you can still cook a delicious dinner. That is the beauty of the pressure cooker, you can cook frozen meat like its no big deal.

Learn here How To Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts In The Pressure Cooker, Frozen Chicken Wings, and Frozen Ground Beef!

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

Why cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot?

Cooking a whole chicken in the pressure cooker is a great idea. First, you can cook it fresh or frozen, which adds bonus points to it. The meat 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 frozen meat in just under 2 hours, it takes way longer to defrost it.

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

  • Whole Chicken – fresh or frozen, both work
  • Water
  • Trivet with handles
  • Your favorite seasoning
  • A baking sheet to broil the meat

How to cook a whole chicken in an 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 poultry to the pressure cooker, add water and cook on High Pressure per recipe directions.
  2. Then, release pressure, remove the bird from the pressure cooker and brush with melted butter mixed with your favorite seasoning.
  3. Lastly, broil it, checking often so the meat doesn’t burn.

How long to cook a whole chicken in an Instant Pot?

Cooking time for Instant Pot FRESH whole chicken:

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

Can you cook a whole frozem chicken in an instant pot?

Yes. The beauty of the pressure cooker is that you can cook whole frozen chicken in it. However, you need to make sure that the poultry has the innards/gizzards removed and has no plastic ties around the feet. Because, if the meat is frozen, and these are not removed, you will not be able to cook it that way.

For frozen poultry, you will have to increase the pressure cooking time by about 5 minutes per pound. Here are the cooking guidelines for frozen whole poultry:

Cooking time for Instant Pot FROZEN whole chicken:

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

Can you Brine the Chicken Prior to Cooking it in the Electric Pressure Cooker?

Absolutely! Brining it before will give the meat an additional flavor boost. You can use your favorite brine method. Just remember, if you will brine it with salt, just limit the salt accordingly when following the recipe steps below. 

What to serve the Instant Pot Whole Chicken with:

What can you do with leftover chicken?

Leftover meat 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 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 Tips:

  • If you are cooking a frozen chicken and need to remove the giblets, just run that area under warm-hot water for 5-10 minutes, so you can remove and discard them.
  • Weighting the bird is very important, as pressure cooking it for too long will make it “explode” in the IP. Basically, the cartilage becomes too soft and the end result won’t be as pretty but still delicious. Tieing together the drumsticks helps prevent that.
  • Also, make sure to use a relevant poultry size, so it fits the IP. If the chicken is larger than your pressure cooker, then it won’t work. You could either follow the Oven Baked Recipe or use a larger sized 8 QT Pressure Cooker
  • To make this recipe healthier, replace the butter in the “Buttery Mixture” with olive oil.
  • For super-crispy skin, brush the chicken with oil after it has been pressure cooked. Then, place it under the broiler for about 2-4 minutes, until the skin becomes golden brown. 

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4.96 from 25 reviews

Easy 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.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

Stuff Chicken (optional):

Buttery Mixture for Broiling:

Instructions

Stuff Chicken:

Cook:

Buttery Mixture for Broiling:

Broil:

Nutrition information

Calories: 441 Carbohydrates: 5 Protein: 24 Fat: 42 Saturated Fat: 20 Cholesterol: 125 Sodium: 729 Potassium: 319 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 0 Vitamin A: 1140 Vitamin C: 17 Calcium: 64 Iron: 2.3
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Victoria

I have a fully frozen chicken. Can I put the stuffing mixture in the bottom with the broth?

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You can, but I don't really see the point of adding it in that case. Cook the chicken, after that stuff before broiling in the oven.

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Jessica

I just got the yedi instant pot and this is the first recipe I'm trying in it. We are having it tomorrow for dinner. I can't wait to try it because it looks AMAZING!! But I will update tomorrow after my family eats and leave an actuate review

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Wendy

Bought a two-pack of frozen 5 lb roasters. One is thawing for tomorrow, the other is in my IP with most if these ingredients following frozen guidelines. Going to let it natural release until we get finished with our project of new shelves in and rearranging the pantry! Thanks for an " I didn't have time to thaw" version!

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I hope you enjoyed the recipe :)

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DEB DELACALZADA

This recipe came out perfectly. I didnt use all the seasoned butter mix bit it was so delicious that I will freeze the rest and store for later! Thank you!

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Gena

I made this today and it was tasty and tender! I never write recipe reviews, but this is a good one! Thank you!

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Thank you for the feedback!

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Erica

I'm curious if anyone has tried this with injected chicken? I usually make up a seasoned melted butter and use a flavor injector to add it directly into the meat itself when I cook whole chickens. But would this make it get mushy or blow apart because of the pressure cooking?

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Monty

Delicious. Had been using a whole chicken recipe for my Instant Pot but this one is hands down superior

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Felicitas Limcuando

Can I cook it in a turbo?

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yes, sure

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Just got my Instapot and am looking for recipes. Site has great variety!!!

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Yes, I hope you can find many that you like!

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Emily Justice

Best chicken recipe ever!! I use this chicken recipe then bone and skin the chicken saving the meat. I return all the skin and bones back in the IP fill with water and add more onion, carrots, celery, and garlic and cook for an hour. It makes the best chicken broth ever!! It has such a rich taste my family goes crazy for it!

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Kelly

Can you make this without a trivet? My IP didn’t come with one. I’m making chicken soup so don’t need it crispy

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In that case, yes.

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VT

Made it for Thanksgiving dinner since we are only 4 it was such a hit. Very moist and nice crisp to it. Love every bit of it. Now my family want me to make it every Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for this recipe. I'm an instant pot maniac but never made a whole chicken before. I made gravy with the broth.

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Thank you for your feedback!

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Heather

Hi! How long would the time be for an 8 qt IP? Thanks!

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same cooking time :)

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Hema

Thanks For Sharing this Amazing Recipe. My Family Loved It. I will be sharing this Recipe with my Friends. Hope They will like it.

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Sandra Marshall

Delicious! The seasoning mix was very tasty. I used it to rub under the skin and in the cavity.

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