When you cook an instant pot whole chicken it makes a juicy and super delicious dinner. Rotisserie chicken leftovers from this meal are perfect shredded into soup, salads, lunches, and other meal prep. Use your pressure cooker to make this best delicious whole chicken instant pot recipe from scratch whether your chicken is fresh or frozen. Best of all, you know exactly what is going into this delicious poached chicken which is better for the health of you and your family.
Instant Pot Whole Chicken- Easy Recipe (Fresh or Frozen!)
I’ve long been trying to switch more and more to make my own food from scratch, but I’m no super hero and only have so much time in a week to cook with a family to take care of. I can’t be the only one who is balancing all the things! One of my favorite shortcuts has long been those easy (and cheap!) rotisserie chickens you can pick up at the store.
The issue is that those store-bought rotisserie chickens are they are full of preservatives and extras, plus did you know they are about half the size of picking up a whole chicken?
Use your leftover bits of chicken in my delicious and super easy chicken noodle soup!
Can I Cook A Whole Chicken In The Instant Pot? Will They Fit?
Yes you can absolutely cook a whole chicken in the instant pot for a delicious bird every time. I always find it is full of extras for leftovers so you can feast for a couple of days with very little work. If you can season chicken and close your instant pot, then you can make this easy recipe and feed your family well!
How To Cook A Whole Chicken In The Instant Pot
All you need is water seasoning, a little oil and a trivet (that came with your pot) to cook a whole chicken in the instant pot. The trivet keeps the chicken from touching the bottom of the pot which will help your chicken cook evenly.
What Size Instant Pot Do I Need?
Both a six quart and an eight quart instant pot should hold a whole chicken. I found in my six quart instant pot it was a tighter fit and the bird didn’t come out all in one piece. I’d slice before serving, but it still fit and tasted delicious.
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How Long Does It Take To Cook A Fresh Chicken In An Instant Pot?
Fresh whole chicken in the instant pot takes about six minutes per pound. Most birds in the store are about four and a half pounds so thirty minutes should cook your bird through.
How Long Does It Take To Cook A Frozen Whole Chicken In An Instant Pot?
Frozen whole chicken in the instant pot takes about seven minutes per pound. Most birds that weigh about four and a half pounds will cook from frozen in about 40-45 minutes.
What Else Could Effect My Cooking Time
Funny story, altitude can sometimes effect cooking length when you are making any recipe in the instant pot. If you live in a higher altitude you may find you need an extra 5-15 minutes.
What If My Whole Chicken In The Instant Pot Is Still Uncooked In The Middle?
First off don’t panic. Chickens can vary slightly in size plus your altitude can affect your cooking time. Close your lid back up and cook your chicken for an additional 10-15 minutes. The pressure cooker does an excellent job of sealing in the juices, your chicken should still be juicy and delicious.
Instant Pot Whole Chicken With Rotisserie Seasonings
Making an instant pot whole chicken is easy, juicy and delicious. With just a few rotisserie seasonings you can have a delicious pressure cooked chicken on your table, or ready to use in recipes for dinner and lunches too.
- 5-6 pound Whole Fresh Raw Chicken
- 1 cup Water
- 1 tablespoon Salt
- 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder Or 10-14 cloves fresh garlic. Minced garlic can also be substituted.
- 1 tablespoon Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- Check the inside of your chicken for any packets containing innards and remove if included. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil.
- Sprinkle the seasonings over the chicken. Using a brush, lightly rub the seasonings into the chicken skin.
- Put chicken on a trivet with handles and lower into the Instant Pot. Add 1 cup of water to the pot.
- Close lid on Instant Pot and turn pressure valve to seal.
- Set for a manual high time of 30 minutes (6 minutes per pound). Allow for a natural pressure release of 15 minutes at the end of the cooking time before releasing any remaining pressure by opening the pot. DO NOT do a quick release or your chicken will be dry.
10-14 cloves fresh garlic can be substituted for the garlic powder and is delicious. Minced garlic can also be substituted, I've used a full tablespoon and the chicken comes out deliciously.
I prefer cracked black pepper in my recipes, but you can use your favorite. Cracked black pepper always seems to result in more flavor than standard table black pepper.
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