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How to Cook a Whole Seasoned Chicken in the Instant Pot

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!

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!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

35 min

50 min

4–6 servings



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
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For the chicken:

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


  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


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