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Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

Instant Pot Whole Chicken RecipeInstant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

I absolutely love chicken and I love nothing more than being able to cook with some of those chicken leftovers because my most favorite recipes are made with chicken. Since we first fell in the love with the Instant Pot almost two years ago, we have all but ditched our crockpot. You will find many recipes with chicken on this site. We hope that you love our Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe.

Instant Pot Whole Chicken RecipeInstant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

  • a 4 pound quality all natural whole chicken
  • bunch of fresh herbs, we tend to use thyme
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • a few carrots
  • a few garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to preference
  • 2 cups of water

Instant Pot Whole Chicken RecipeInstant Pot Whole Chicken RecipeInstant Pot Whole Chicken RecipeDirections

  1. Set the Instant Pot (IP) to the Sauté mode, add the olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped garlic and onions.  Cover with a standard lid (do not lock on the IP lid) and fully cook and then lightly brown the onions and garlic, this may seem like an extra step to some, but it makes and incredible difference in the flavor of the finished meal and you can prep everything else while the onions are cooking.
  2. Place most of the fresh herbs in the bottom of the pot and then deglaze by adding the water.  Then set in the provided IP rack and very carefully place the chicken in, breast side up.  *Be sure to check for and remove all packaging and for the bag of extra stuff that is sometimes inside.
  3. Place the carrots around the chicken and then top with any additional seasonings and herbs desired.
  4. The pot should still be set to Sauté, this will help reduce the amount of time it takes to bring the IP up to temperature and pressure.  Only once you have everything in the IP do you switch from the Sauté mode to the Manual mode.  You will cook the chicken for 6 minutes per pound.  On average we make two chickens this way a week and every single one has turned out perfectly moist and fallen right off the bone.   So just to recap, set the IP to Manual mode, high pressure for 6 minutes per pound, so a 4 pound chicken would cook for 24 minutes, a 4.5 pound chicken would cook for 27 minutes, a 5 pound chicken would cook for 30 minutes…
  5. The IP will take a little bit of time to come to pressure and then will start to count down until it hits zero.  At this time it will beep a few times and then start to count back up as it slowly natural pressure releases (NPR). Let it NPR for 35 minutes (no matter the size of the chicken), this will lock the moisture into the meat, not overcook it.
  6. At that point the pot has most of the time NPR on its own and you can simply open the lid.  If it has not unlocked yet, carefully cover the steam valve with a wet cloth and switch the knob from sealing to venting.
  7. You now have super tender carrots, moist chicken and the liquid left over from cooking will likely be some of the best broth you’ve ever tasted!  We use that broth in rice, soup, sauces, reheating pasta or simply enjoy a warm mug of it with dinner.

Love this chicken? Check out the Instant Pot chicken turnovers recipe on my husband's blog where you can use the leftover chicken for another meal. Yum. FoodieFather.net

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Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe


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  1. Catherine Sargent

    This looks like a yummy meal. I have heard a lot of great things about Instant Pots, I need to break down and get one.

  2. robin rue

    That sounds like an amazing meal idea. My family is going to love this. YUM.

  3. Oh this rocks! I totally have to bring out my instant pot to make chicken this way. I’m loving those herbs and spices.

  4. Meagan

    I have an instant pot on my wish list. They really seem like an amazing tool to have on hand.

  5. ellen beck

    I am waiting on an instapot to arrive! Finally I will have one! I am amazed at how little time a whole chicken takes as opposed to baking or slow cooking I am sure I will be looking at this recipe again soon!

  6. The InstaPot sounds like a really easy way to get a whole chicken cooked without effort! Your recipe looks mouthwatering good!

  7. This looks really good! I would love to try this for an easy weeknight dinner!

  8. I bet this tastes amazing, with all the yummy flavors that’s in it! I love using my instant pot because it makes cooking a breeze and the clean up is really easy as well.

  9. Chicken is a fave in our home and it’s awesome to learn more recipes that the kids and I can enjoy! Using an instant pot makes life easier. Thanks for this recipe!

  10. This recipe looks delicious. I can’t resist myself from trying this.

  11. I haven’t yet attempted a whole chicken in the pot yet. It doesn’t look hard!

  12. Now this is something I can get behind. I really love whole chickens but some recipes are so long. This is quick, easy, and tasty!

  13. This looks amazing! I could eat chicken every day. I so need to get myself an Instant Pot.

  14. I love that you use fresh herbs and the brussel sprouts sold me on this recipe! YUM!! This is good home cooking!

  15. G K

    I’ve seen so many recipes using Instant Pots lately. I guess I should look into getting one.

  16. Mmm, I think everyone in my family would enjoy this. I must make it soon. Yum! I need to use my Instant Pot more often.

  17. This looks an sounds delicious. I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about instant pots. I want one for myself.

  18. Chasity L Boatman

    I’m always looking for easy recipes for the week. Not only is this easy, but it’s healthy! A win-win!

  19. Heather

    Brussel sprouts have been my veggie of the year so far in 2017. They drew me in immediately, but the yummy recipe sounds so moist & so simple. Perfect!

  20. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Amazing recipe and so easy to do. I love making quick and easy meals without compromising the taste. Thanks for another Instant Pot recipe I can try this week.

  21. That looks juicy and delicious. What a coincidence, I am making a chicken dish today too. Love the idea of adding veggies to it.

  22. I need to buy an instant. It sounds like an fantastic way to make healthy meals quickly. We love chicken in our house.

  23. Kathy

    This looks very good. I love chicken recipes. Chicken is one of my favorites. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try.

  24. This recipe look amazing! I have seen so many cool Instant Pot recipes lately and I think I am about to have to buy one!!

  25. That looks delish! We love chicken over here. Love the addition of carrots and brussels sprouts in your recipe. Will try it soon!

  26. Tim B

    A nice way to make a good meal for busy families! This will come in handy when my wife and I are both at work on the same day and don’t have a lot of time for either of us to prep dinner for the family,

  27. I haven’t jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet.. Your post may send me over the edge. That looks delicious

  28. Janell poulette

    I have an Instantpot too. I love to put a whole chicken in it and I have a quick dinner!

  29. I made this today for dinner. I was looking for a recipe for a whole chicken in the instant pot and saw this. My chicken was a bit bigger than yours …. it was almost 8 pounds! but worked very well.

    I put a lemon cut up inside the chicken and then did season all, salt, pepper and more garlic and found it to be fabulous! I will definitely be checking out more recipes on your page …

    Everyone here loved it … leftovers that will be great for all kinds of things and the broth/juice is out of this world!

    Thank you so much for sharing. LOVED it!

  30. rochelle Haynes

    Looking good i love chicken will try

  31. ellen beck

    I finally just got an IP! I cant believe how fast these things are. I mean less than 40 minutes for a whole chicken. Youre right they are fall off the bone tender too. Yours looks good.

  32. Rosie

    Boy oh boy I’m seeing more and more delish recipes from an Instant Pot. I must have one! I end up not making so many things that take too long, this would sure expand my horizons, and how much fun it would be using this. This chicken sure looks good.

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