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 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 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.
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
- Trivet with handles
- Your favorite seasoning
- A baking sheet to broil the meat
How do you cook a whole chicken in the pressure cooker?
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:
- 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.
- Then, release pressure, remove the bird from the pressure cooker and brush with melted butter mixed with your favorite seasoning.
- Lastly, broil it, checking often so the meat doesn’t burn.
How long do you cook a whole chicken in the 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 CHICKEN THAT IS FROZEN IN THE 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 I 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:
- Crispy Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
- Oven Baked Greek Potatoes
- Sweet Potatoes
- Mashed Potatoes
- Mashed Cauliflower
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.
- 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 broiler for about 2-4 minutes, until the skin becomes golden brown.
Easy Instant Pot Whole Chicken from Fresh or Frozen
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 10 mins
Stuff Chicken (optional):
Buttery Mixture for Broiling:
Buttery Mixture for Broiling: