Make this Game-Changing Instant Pot Whole Chicken (Instant Pot Roast Chicken) with few ingredients in 3 Super Easy Steps. Enjoy this perfectly Tender & Juicy Rotisserie Chicken in Instant Pot, plus bonus chicken soup!

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You’re gonna fall in love with your Instant Pot with this Game-Changing Instant Pot Whole Chicken (Rotisserie Style) Recipe! 😀

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A perfectly easy & delicious busy nights meal for the family.

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This ancient gentle cooking technique is seriously awesome for cooking perfectly tender & juicy whole chicken in Instant Pot.

Yaasss! Both the dark meat AND white meat are juicy & moist!! You seriously gotta try it to believe it. 😀

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Jody: “Tonight we tried your Game Changing BBQ Chicken. Holy smokes was it delicious!! My husband who is the white meat eater of a chicken RAVED how moist it was! I myself can not get over how great the dark meat was! Neither one of us have had chicken so good.”

Wayne: “OMG, folks. You outdid yourselves on this one…In roasted chicken, I often find that the white meat is dryer than the dark. In this case, both were equally moist and tender and tasty. I finished it under the broiler in the oven, which not only gave it a nice colour, but additional flavour as well. This is definitely going on my keeper list and I will be recommending it others.”

Since then, many A+J Fans have been requesting for our Rotisserie Chicken Recipe, so here it is!! 🙂

 


 

Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Whole Chicken

1. Ensure Water Covers At Least 90% of the Chicken.

8 cups (2L) of Water is not a typo!

For this recipe, we’re using the deep poaching method in Instant Pot to cook the whole chicken. So it’s critical to ensure your whole chicken is fully submerged in the salted water.

2. Pressure Cook at High Pressure 0 Minute

Yes! You can “pressure cook” at 0 (zero) minute! How can that be?!

We’re setting the pressure cooking time to 0 (zero) minute because we’re using the heat generated during the “building pressure” stage AND the “depressurizing” stage (i.e. when Instant Pot is natural releasing) to cook the whole chicken.

Just remember to measure your chicken’s internal temperature with a food thermometer. Make sure the chicken’s internal thickest part reaches at least 161°F (72°C).

 


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Instant Pot Whole Chicken

5 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 324 kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Make this Game-Changing Instant Pot Whole Chicken (Instant Pot Roast Chicken) with few ingredients in 3 Super Easy Steps. Enjoy this perfectly Tender & Juicy Rotisserie Chicken in Instant Pot, plus bonus chicken soup!

Ingredients

  • 1 (3.3lb or 1500g) whole chicken
  • 1 teaspoon (0.9g) dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon (2.1g) dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon (1.4g) dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 teaspoons (35g) fine sea salt or table salt
  • 8 cups (2L) cold water
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons (52g) unsalted butter
  • 4 (13g) garlic cloves , minced
  • A pinch of salt
  • Half lemon

Instructions

  1. Pressure Cook Chicken: Add 5 tsp (35g) fine sea salt, 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp dried rosemary, and 1 tsp dried thyme to Instant Pot. Pour in 8 cups (2L) cold water. Carefully submerge the chicken into the liquid (ensure the liquid covers at least 90% of the chicken).


    Pressure cook at High Pressure for 0 minute (yes! zero minute is not a typo 🙂), then Natural Release (20 - 22 minutes).

    For 2.8lbs (1260g) Whole Chicken - 18 minutes Natural Release
    For 3.2 lbs (1450g) Whole Chicken - 20 minutes Natural Release
    For 3.6 lbs (1633g) Whole Chicken - 22 minutes Natural Release

    Remove & drain the hot chicken stock in chicken carcass.

  2. Make Garlic Butter: While the chicken is pressure cooking in Instant Pot, melt 3 - 4 tbsp unsalted butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add minced garlic and a pinch of kosher salt. Sauté garlic for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant and golden in color. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. Pat Dry Whole Chicken: Carefully place the chicken on an oven tray. Measure temperature of the thickest part of chicken. Make sure the temperature reaches at least 161°F (72°C). Gently pat dry the chicken with paper towel.


    *Note: If the internal temp doesn't reach this food safe minimum, place it back into the hot liquid for a longer time (5 - 10 minutes) & close the lid.

    *Pro Tip: You can dilute the liquid and add some vegetables to make yummy Instant Pot Chicken Soup.

  4. Optional - Crisp Chicken: Apply garlic butter all over the chicken (avoid having garlic on top as it will burn easily in oven). Place the chicken breast-side down under the broiler for 4 – 8 minutes until the skin is browned & lightly crisped.
  5. Serve: Rest the chicken for a few minutes before carving. Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto the chicken if desired. Serve & enjoy immediately!

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Whole Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 489mg 20%
Potassium 235mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 7.7%
Vitamin C 3.1%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot, instant pot chicken, instant pot recipes, instant pot roast chicken, instant pot whole chicken, instapot chicken, pressure cooker chicken, pressure cooker whole chicken, rotisserie chicken

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

What is Poaching?

If you’ve enjoyed Poached Eggs before, then you’ve savored the heavenly deliciousness of Poaching. 🙂

The Deep Poaching Method involves cooking food submerged in liquid at a relatively low temperature.

Instant Pot BBQ Whole Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken): ensure water covers at least 90% of the whole chicken in Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Photo from our Game-Changing Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Recipe

This method allows the proteins to denature without pulling out too much moisture out of the food. That’s why poached food comes out so moist and tender!

Poaching is most commonly used for cooking delicate or fragile food that might easily fall apart or dry out using other cooking methods, such as eggs, fish, or poultry.


So let’s get started!! 🙂

First, prepare the few ingredients for Instant Pot Roast Chicken:

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Not too many ingredients to prepare. Yay! 🙂

1

Pressure Cook Chicken in Instant Pot


Add 5 tsp (35g) fine sea salt, 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp dried rosemary, and 1 tsp dried thyme to Instant Pot.

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Pour in 8 cups (2L) cold water and carefully submerge the chicken into the liquid.

Instant Pot Chicken | Instant Pot Whole Chicken | Instant Pot Roast Chicken: add water and whole chicken in Instant Pot to pressure cook

*Pro Tip: Make sure the chicken is at least 90% submerged into the liquid

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Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 0 minute (yes! zero minute is not a typo 🙂), then Natural Release (20 – 22 minutes).

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*Pro Tip: It will take 30 – 32 minutes to get up to pressure.

Natural Release Time Chart:

  • For 2.8lbs (1260g) Whole Chicken – 18 minutes Natural Release
  • For 3.2 lbs (1450g) Whole Chicken – 20 minutes Natural Release
  • For 3.6 lbs (1633g) Whole Chicken – 22 minutes Natural Release

Open the lid carefully.

Instant Pot Chicken | Instant Pot Whole Chicken | Instant Pot Roast Chicken: remove and drain pressure cooked whole chicken from Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Remove & drain the hot chicken stock in the chicken carcass.

2

Make Garlic Butter


While the chicken is pressure cooking in Instant Pot, melt 3 – 4 tbsp unsalted butter in a saucepan over medium heat.

Instant Pot Chicken | Instant Pot Whole Chicken | Instant Pot Roast Chicken: melt unsalted butter and saute minced garlic to make garlic butter sauce

Add minced garlic and a pinch of kosher salt.

Sauté the garlic for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant and golden in color. Remove from heat and set aside.

3

Pat Dry Whole Chicken


Carefully place the chicken on an oven tray.

Measure temperature of the thickest part of the chicken. Make sure the temperature reaches at least 161°F (72°C). Gently pat dry the chicken with paper towel.

*Note: If the internal temp doesn’t reach this food safe minimum, place it back into the hot liquid for a longer time (5 – 10 minutes) & close the lid.

Instant Pot Chicken | Instant Pot Whole Chicken | Instant Pot Roast Chicken: add vegetables to make healthy nutritious Instant Pot Chicken Soup

*Pro Tip: You can dilute this yummy chicken goodness liquid and add some vegetables to make delicious Instant Pot Chicken Soup. 🙂

4

Optional: Crisp Chicken


Apply garlic infused butter all over the chicken.

*Pro Tip: Try to avoid having garlic pieces on the top becauseg garlic will burn easily in an oven.

Instant Pot Chicken | Instant Pot Whole Chicken | Instant Pot Roast Chicken: apply garlic butter all over whole chicken

Place the chicken breast-side down under the broiler for 4 – 8 minutes until the chicken skin is browned & lightly crisped (as shown in below photo).

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Oh my! Check out this gorgeous looking roast chicken! yum~ 😀

5

Serve Instant Pot Whole Chicken


Yasss you did it!! That was easy, wasn’t it? 🙂

Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before carving.

Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto the chicken if desired.

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Serve Instant Pot Whole Chicken immediately.

Enjoy your Instant Pot Whole Chicken!~


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