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whole chicken in the Instant Pot

Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot

  • Author: Katie Kimball
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 60
  • Yield: 1 Whole Chicken 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


I have made a lot of easy chicken meals in my slow cooker in the past – but for those days when I didn’t get it started in the morning…the Instant Pot has saved me! Getting a whole bird cooked in 60 minutes total? Priceless.



  • 1 Whole Chicken (insides removed if necessary)
  • 12 Tbs. of Oil
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • Desired Seasonings

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  1. Prepare your whole chicken if necessary (remove insides, pat dry)
  2. Press the Saute button and add some oil (avocado oil makes a great choice) to the Instant Pot.
  3. When it’s hot, put in the bird, breast side down, and brown for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add a cup of water to help the chicken release from the bottom.
  5. Carefully flip over.
  6. Add any desired seasonings (like this turmeric chicken recipe.)
  7. Press cancel and then cook on high pressure for 35 minutes. You can set this manually or just use the Meat/Stew button (Poultry defaults to only 15 minutes, which isn’t quite long enough).
  8. Let the pressure release naturally, which is easy – just set a timer for another 15-20 minutes after the 35 minutes are up.


You can skip the sauteing if you’re pressed for time, but including that step adds extra flavor. Cooking the whole bird will basically make your first batch of broth, and you can do that on the slow-cook function for 4 to 8 hours, or use the meat/stew button.

If you really want great broth, you can also use the soup button, which is about 70 minutes. Your chicken will be completely falling apart, so make sure that your recipe calls for shredded chicken if you go that long.


  • Serving Size: 3.5 oz
  • Calories: 167
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 75mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Cholesterol: 75mg

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