Instant pot whole chicken recipe is so fast and the chicken is tender and flavorful. Each bite is juicy on the inside and the outside is coated with the best seasoning.

picture of whole instant pot chicken.

Instant pot whole chicken recipe

I’m always tempted to buy those whole rotisserie chickens at the grocery store. They always smell so good and make for an easy dinner. I wanted to try making a whole chicken at home to save money and I like the idea of being able to monitor the seasonings being used and such.

I make a really delicious Crockpot Whole Chicken. It is simply amazing but sometimes you need something a little faster. Anyone else have days they just don’t plan dinner early enough? For those days, this Instant Pot Whole Chicken recipe is a quick and tasty solution.

We stock up on whole chickens when they go on sale at the grocery store. This helps us save a lot of money by buying when prices are the lowest. Plus, it is nice to just grab what you need out of the freezer.

Let’s get started. Make sure you have an instant pot. We have a 6 quart pressure cooker and love it.

picture of whole pressure cooker chicken.
picture of ingredients: whole chicken, seasonings, chicken broth, oil.

Ingredients:

  • whole chicken – I use the 4-6 lb size chicken.
  • Chicken Broth
  • olive oil
  • paprika
  • Italian seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
picture of whole pressure cooker chicken on plate.

How to make Instant pot Whole Chicken:

First, put the trivet rack that comes with the instant pot inside the pot. You need this so the chicken is not sitting in the broth and juice.

Second, pour the chicken broth in the pot.

Next, add the whole chicken on top of the trivet. Place it so the breast is racing up.

If you have a basting brush, rub the olive oil all over the skin of the chicken.

Get a small bowl and mix the seasonings together. Take the seasoning mixture and sprinkle it all over the chicken.

You can use the basting brush to help coat the chicken. Make sure to get the seasoning all over.

Finally, seal the instant pot and cook on high pressure. Do this for 6 minutes per pound of the whole chicken you use for this recipe with a 15 minutes natural release.

For example, the chicken I used was 5 pounds so I cooked my chicken on high pressure for 30 minutes with a 15 minute natural release.

picture of whole chicken in instant pot

Once finished, let the chicken rest for 10 minutes. Slice and enjoy! Then slice and serve. Enjoy!

Side ideas:

These are just a few of our favorites. Any of these side dish ideas would be amazing and they are all so quick and easy.

Instant pot whole chicken leftover ideas:

The chicken is perfect to use in other recipes. We look forward to having leftovers so we make new meals out of the chicken.

Save money and make pressure cooker whole chicken!

This rotisserie style chicken is really simple to make. I think your family will love it. The electric pressure cooker makes dinner so quick and easy.

picture of seasoned pressure cooker whole chicken.

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Instant pot whole chicken

4.5 from 2 votes
Instant pot whole chicken recipe is easy and the chicken is tender and flavorful. Each bite is juicy on the inside and the outside is crispy.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 327
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken 4-6 lbs
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Place trivet rack that comes with the instant pot inside the pot and pour in the chicken broth.
  • Then put the whole chicken into the instant pot on top of the trivet breast side up.
  • Use a basting brush to rub the olive oil all over the skin of the chicken.
  • Mix all the seasonings together in a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the chicken and use the basting brush to coat the chicken with the seasonings.
  • Seal the instant pot and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes per pound of the whole chicken you use for this recipe with a 15 minutes natural release. The chicken I used for this recipe was 5 pounds so I cooked my chicken on high pressure for 30 minutes with a 15 minute natural release.
  • Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes. Then slice and serve. Enjoy!
  • Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5-7 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 327kcal, Carbohydrates 1g, Protein 26g, Fat 24g, Saturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 102mg, Sodium 494mg, Potassium 291mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 258IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 22mg, Iron 1mg

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