"Juicy and Tender Instant Pot Whole Chicken in Minutes"
Preparing an amazingly tender Instant Pot whole chicken has never been easier! If you’re a roast chicken or rotisserie chicken lover, you won’t want to miss out on this super simple recipe that guarantees incredible results every time!
Have you ever considered cooking a whole chicken in a pressure cooker? While it may seem strange or unappealing, I can assure you that it will change your culinary game for good. In fact, it’s my go-to method for cooking whole chickens, as seen in my Instant Pot Garlic Herb Rotisserie Chicken and Instant Pot Turmeric Chicken recipes.
The chicken is so incredibly tender that it falls right off the bone, rivaling any rotisserie-style chicken. The best part is, there’s no need for roasting in the oven anymore - you won’t miss it once you’ve tried this recipe!
For those who find boneless skinless chicken to be a bore, this Instant Pot whole chicken is sure to excite your taste buds! It’s loaded with flavor, incredibly easy to prepare, and requires no second-guessing or fancy techniques. Simply toss it in the pot, and off you go!
As a lover of crispy chicken skin, I take an extra step after pressure cooking by broiling the chicken in the oven. This yields insanely juicy, fall-off-the-bone amazing chicken with that incredible crispy skin.
To make this recipe, you’ll need:
- A whole chicken weighing between 3.5 and 4.5 pounds
- Optional: chopped apples to add flavor and tenderness
- Two cups of liquid - you can use apple cider, chicken broth, beef broth, or water
- Seasonings - sea salt, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and dried parsley
To get started, remove the chicken from its packaging and pat it dry with a paper towel. Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, and use your hands to coat the entire chicken.
Add your seasonings and any optional ingredients to the Instant Pot with chicken broth or apple cider. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes per pound, ensuring the chicken is completely thawed beforehand.
Once done, broil the chicken in the oven for a few minutes to get that crispy skin, and voila - the perfect Instant Pot whole chicken is ready to be enjoyed!
Coat the chicken evenly with sea salt, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and dried parsley on both sides and all edges of the meat.
Add apple cider (or chicken broth) into the Pressure Cooker and place the trivet inside. Carefully place the seasoned chicken on top of the trivet. You can also add chopped apples or onions to enhance the flavors.
Seal the lid of the pressure cooker and click the Manual Pressure or Pressure Cook button. Adjust the time to 30 minutes (or 6 minutes per pound of chicken) and ensure the pressure valve is locked. The cooker will take about 5 to 10 minutes to heat up before it begins to cook.
When the time is up, allow the pressure cooker to naturally release for at least 20 minutes (or even 40 to 50 minutes) to ensure the chicken is tender and juicy. Keep in mind that the internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which you can verify by using a meat thermometer and inserting it into the thickest part of the breast.
Be careful when removing the chicken from the Instant Pot as it is hot and delicate. To safely remove it, use a spatula to get underneath and lift it out with one hand while stabilizing it with the other hand. Alternatively, use tongs to grab the trivet while someone else removes the chicken.
Serve the cooked chicken with the apples and/or onions, and your preferred side dish. You can also make gravy out of the flavorful juices left at the bottom of the Instant Pot.
Even if you sear the chicken before pressure cooking, the skin will turn out soft when cooked in the pressure cooker. Have you found a different method to remove hot chicken from the pot? Share your tips in the comments below.
Attention all crispy chicken skin aficionados! Achieving perfectly crispy skin is a breeze - simply broil your pressure-cooked chicken in the oven!
First, place your whole chicken on a large cookie sheet and crank up your oven to the high broil setting. Position the chicken on the second shelf from the top and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, or until your crispy skin goals are met.
This recipe for Instant Pot Whole Chicken is ideal for meal prepping and feeding a hungry family. Don't hesitate to get creative with different seasonings and ingredients - let me know what works for you!
If you're a fan of pressure cooking, you'll want to try out my delicious Instant Pot Paleo Pumpkin Chili, Instant Pot Beef Stew, and Instant Pot Steak and Potato Soup recipes.
Remember to snap a photo and share your culinary creations on Instagram by tagging @The.Roasted.Root!
To make the perfect Instant Pot Whole Chicken, you'll need:
- 1 whole chicken (3.5 to 4.5 lbs)
- 1 Tbsp Avocado oil
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp Paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp Dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 cups apple cider or chicken broth*
- 2 large apples, chopped (optional)
To begin, remove the chicken from its packaging and dry it with a paper towel. Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons of avocado oil over the chicken and spread it evenly with your hands. Season the chicken (both sides and all edges) with sea salt, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and dried parsley.
Add the apple cider or chicken broth to the bottom of your pressure cooker and insert the trivet. Place the chicken on top of the trivet and secure the lid. Press the Manual Pressure or Pressure Cook button and adjust the time for 30 minutes (or 6 minutes per pound of chicken). Allow the pressure cooker to heat up for 5 to 10 minutes before starting the timer.
After cooking, let the pressure release naturally and keep the pressure cooker on keep warm mode for at least 20 minutes. You can even wait up to 50 minutes for the most tender chicken possible!
If you're a fan of crispy skin, transfer the chicken onto a baking sheet and set your oven to high broil. Cook the chicken on the second shelf from the top for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the skin is perfectly crispy.
Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy your Instant Pot Whole Chicken masterpiece!
*A note on apple cider: This recipe calls for apple cider, similar to apple juice, and is not the same as apple cider vinegar.
Behold! In one
eight servings, expect to indulge in a rich symphony of flavors that will delight the taste buds. The nutritional value of this dish shall be as follows:
- Calories: 480
- Total Fat: 34g
Of which Saturated Fat: 9g
- Carbohydrates: 0g
Net Carbohydrates: 0g
- Protein: 42g
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