Instant Pot Whole Chicken

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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! 😀

Tender & Juicy Butter Garlic Chicken covered in aromatic herbs, with a squeeze of refreshing fresh lemon juice. Yum~

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

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You might wonder…since different parts of the chicken need different cooking times, how can we evenly cook a whole chicken in Instant Pot?

After a couple of months of researching, testing multiple techniques & cooking times with dozens of chickens, we were more than thrilled to introduce our secret Game-Changing Technique: Instant Pot Poaching Method!! Read more here

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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And we’ve been flooded by nothing but your love ever since:

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

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!
5 from 54 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 324kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 235mg | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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
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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.

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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.

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*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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Corrina Mallon

What amount of time would I do a frozen 3.3 lb whole chicken?5 stars

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Carrie Ries

SCRUMPTIOUS! This poached/roasted chicken is delicious BUT the broth is the real star. It is so full of flavor and absolutely delicious. You get two meals for the price of one…roasted chicken AND chicken soup. Keep these yummy recipes coming.5 stars

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Sue F.

I love every recipe of yours that I’ve tried, even if I had some doubts. They’re all 5 stars!!! I have a question-How long would you cook 4.68# of chicken drumsticks using the poaching method? I ‘accidentally’ cooked drumsticks with a lot of water in the past, cuz I wanted to make soup, but can’t recall how long I cooked them? They were the moistest drumsticks I’ve ever had my life-just melted in your mouth!!! Your recipe sounds like it’s seasoned better. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

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Lisa

Followed the recipe to a “T”. The chicken was very moist and delicious. My husband said the garlic infused butter at the end set it off. A new favorite way to cook a whole chicken.5 stars

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Karen Kracker

Perfect! I had planned on roasting a chicken but got home late from work. This is not only delicious… It’s super easy! 5 mins prep and then I was able to walk away and do other important chores what le it cooked. Cleanup a breeze, delicious chicken, happy family and a relaxed evening for me! 6 qt 7 in 15 stars

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Heidi

Do your nutritional facts account for the butter for the optional roasting step or are they for the whole chicken only?

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Judy Hull

What size instapot are you using here. I have a 3 qt. Is that big enough?

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Kathy Dunn

I made this chicken about 2 weeks ago. The chicken was so incredibly moist that it nearly melted on my tongue. I am a very new Instant pop owner and this was only the second time I used my instant pot. I did turn the extra broth into chicken soup as well! This recipe was so delicious that I am now cooking a second chicken right now! I hope it comes out as delicious as the first one! I found your website almost immediately when I was searching for recipes. And I am so glad that I did!5 stars

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Maria

Hello, I have a question regarding the zero cooking time. So you’re saying to set the time to zero and then natural release for 20-22 mins. But if you leave it at 0, does the IP automatically start? And how long do you leave it in there at zero time frame? At what point do you start natural release if there is no time frame? I’m very confused by this and wish you added a video on Youtube. I really want to make this for Chinese New Year.

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Yvonne

I tried this recipe today and it was a success!!!! Thank you very much for a delicious but easy recipe! The only thing that I wish I could do better next time is to be able to take the whole chicken out without anything falling apart… it was tricky!5 stars

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