How to Cook a Whole Seasoned Chicken in the Instant Pot

Updated on October 24, 2019
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I'm married to a picky eater, which makes cooking a challenge. I adjust recipes so we both can enjoy them, without too much compromise.

Instant Pot chicken makes great leftovers for your workday lunch!
Instant Pot chicken makes great leftovers for your workday lunch! | Source

Cook a Scrumptious Whole Seasoned Chicken in a Flash!

Take the guesswork out of perfecting an oven-roasted chicken that comes out dry, undercooked, overcooked—or simply takes too long. The Instant Pot is the perfect solution for a fast and juicy whole chicken in under an hour. The possibilities are endless with seasonings, too!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 4-6 servings
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Ingredients

For the rub:

  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika, smoked or regular
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

For the chicken:

  • 1 whole chicken, fresh or frozen, giblets removed
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  • 1 cup organic chicken bone broth
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Instructions

  1. Remove the giblets from the chicken. Rinse the bird and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Carefully peel back the skin, but don’t remove it.
  3. Combine the dry rub ingredients in a bowl and coat the chicken with the seasoning rub on all sides, including the legs and wings.
  4. Add the butter to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Lightly brown the chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side using the “sauté” mode.
  6. Remove the chicken and add the trivet.
  7. Add the organic chicken bone broth to the bottom of the pot.
  8. Return the chicken to the pot.
  9. Cook on “manual pressure” for 6 minutes per pound if thawed (10 minutes per pound if frozen).
  10. Let the Instant Pot naturally release the pressure for 15 minutes, or very carefully manually release.
  11. Remove the chicken from the pot and carve (the meat will fall off the bones).
  12. Spoon remaining juice over the bird and serve with your favorite steamed vegetable.
The cooked chicken falls off the bone
The cooked chicken falls off the bone | Source
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Questions & Answers

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        kiwithebeauty@gmail.com 

        6 weeks ago

        I need an instant pot. I hope I get one before the holiday.

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        Lyanna Soria 

        6 weeks ago

        I've never tried cooking a whole chicken before but that looks quite delicious. Will have to try this one out someday.

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        Angie 

        6 weeks ago

        Thank you! I just got an instant pot and am completely lost! So thanks again!

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        Luna S 

        6 weeks ago

        This looks like a great way to cook a chicken! I am not sure why I've never thought about cooking a whole chicken in my instant pot before. Thanks for sharing this.

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        Lyosha 

        6 weeks ago

        This sounds so very delicious! I would so eat it now!

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        Laura Linklater 

        6 weeks ago

        Oh I need an instant pot! This looks incredible!

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        Laura 

        6 weeks ago

        This looks delicious! It kinda makes me wanna get an instant pot.

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        Thuy 

        6 weeks ago

        I seriously need to invest in an instant pot! This recipe sounds really delicious and my bf and I need to cook more.

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        Sonia Seivwright 

        7 weeks ago

        this product is life-saving. I have one. Very easy and quick to use

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        Subhashish Roy 

        7 weeks ago

        We don't have an instant pot at home and sometimes use a pressure cooker to cook chicken. With a wider base I guess the pot would make cooking easier. Love this chicken recipe.

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        Dreams Abroad 

        7 weeks ago

        I always let dry rub ingredient sit there for 20 mins to set in. I am going to try this Instant Pot recipe very soon!

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        Kelly Martin 

        7 weeks ago

        I really need to get an instant pot. This chicken looks delicious!

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        Sarah Emery 

        7 weeks ago

        Wow, I've never heard of an Instant Pot. I now, know what I can ask for Christmas. I'll have to save this recipe for when I receive mine. Yum!

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        Lindsay Brown 

        7 weeks ago

        This chicken looks cooked to perfection! I really need to get me one of these instant pots! I keep seeing amazing recipes like this one and my mouth gets all watery and I wonder why I haven't bought an Instant Pot yet! Great post, I will pin for later...after I purchase my Instant Pot!

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        Daphne Takahashi 

        7 weeks ago

        What a great recipe! Never cooked a whole chicken since It doesn’t seem to difficult! I will try this out! Thanks for sharing!

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        Sushmita R Malakar 

        7 weeks ago

        Wow! This is a helpful recipe. I have been thinking of buying an instant pot but I was not sure if I will be using it other than cooking biryani sometime. Thanks for sharing! :)

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        Alexandra 

        7 weeks ago

        I had heard a lot about instant pots but never really knew what they were for until reading similar posts. I didn't think we had much use for them because we are a vegetarian family but then I found out there is a lot more you can make with them. Reading recipes like this shows me how I can save time cooking. Now if I only hadn't turned down the offer my brother made to buy me one last Christmas!

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        This looks like an easy cooking method. I'm not familiar with the instant pot. Is it a pressure cooker?

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