Whole Chicken Recipe for the Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot
One of my favorite pressure cooker recipes for the Instant Pot is for a whole chicken. It comes out so juicy and flavorful and always makes for a complaint free dinner from my little guy.
How to cook a whole chicken in your Instant Pot:
First thing is the dirty work-wash and dry your chicken. I know, who wants to touch a raw chicken…it’s an evil necessity!
Next, season your chicken. We use garlic salt and Lawry’s seasoning salt as our main seasonings. I think you can make it your own here by using your favorites. Whatever you decide to use will be sure to make your Instant Pot whole chicken a raving success!
Then, lightly spray the chicken with cooking oil.
Using the saute function (wait until it says HOT), add a little oil to the pot and brown both sides of the chicken for 3-4 minutes each. If you add the oil before the Instant Pot says hot, you are damaging the non stick component.
Now for the hardest part, carefully remove your chicken from the pot and set it aside. Then add 1 cup broth or water to your Instant Pot and scrape the browned bits off your pot. Do not skip this step! If you don’t scrape off the bottom of your pot you may have trouble bringing it to pressure.
Place chicken on trivet in your Instant Pot, breast side down.
Now for the easy part! Cook 6.3 minutes per pound and allow it to natural pressure release for approximately 15 minutes.
So, go take a break and put your feet up while the Instant Pot does all the work!
That’s it! Super easy and so yummy! Your family will think you’ve been cooking all day!
I don’t know which I like more, this recipe or my boneless herb chicken breast recipe!
Here’s a little tip, I use the 6 quart pot and use chickens slightly over 5 pounds, anything bigger and it doesn’t fit.
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