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Instant Pot Whole Chicken – Easiest Thing Ever!

By now you all know how much I LOVE my Instant Pot (all of my Instant Pots!). The more I use it, the more I use it, the more I use it…  You get the point. I’ve done all kinds of recipes in my various Instant Pots – fabulous black beans, fall off the bone ribs, and awesome steel cut oatmeal, to name a few. But I might have a new favorite (warning… I do seem to call everything I make in the Instant Pot my “new favorite” because everything has been so amazing!) Here it is… The Instant Pot Whole Chicken! So easy. So tender. So delicious. (Exciting news!! My Instant Pot Authorized Cookbook is now available on Amazon! Check it out here!)

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Vertical with Lime

I think we’re all a bit spoiled by having delicious, juicy, ready-made rotisserie chickens available at nearly every grocery store. I use them a lot. They’re a great way to pull together a meal in no time.

They’re also great to buy ahead, pull the meat off the bone, and bring along any camping trip for an easy throw it together at the last minute meal when out enjoying a wonderful camping experience in the great outdoors. Well, guess what?? I’ve discovered the Instant Pot whole chicken and I’ll likely never be buying a rotisserie chicken again!

Instant Pot Whole Chicken with fork

If you haven’t noticed, stores have been slowly but consistently increasing the prices of those always-convenient rotisserie chickens. (Costco might be the exception to that… you can still get an OMG-that’s-the-hugest-chicken-I’ve-ever-seen rotisserie chicken on the cheap!) So now, what used to be a quick and inexpensive way to bring a meal together is starting to cost a lot more. But whole fryer chickens are still a great value. And cooking a whole chicken in the Instant Pot is a piece of cake! (Yeah, I’ve made cake in the Instant Pot too… lol!)

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Vertical

As mentioned above, I may or may not have multiple Instant Pots (ok. you’ve got me… I have several). I love the Instant Pot Mini for our RV and for meals for 2-4 people. I use my 6 quart for larger groups. Here’s the great thing about cooking an Instant Pot whole chicken… you can do it in any Instant Pot you have! This whole chicken was cooked in my latest Instant Pot acquisition – the NEW Instant Pot Duo PLUS Mini (it’s a 3 quart).  I used a 4-pound chicken, which puts out the perfect amount of chicken for soups, casseroles, or chicken salads. If I need more chicken, I’ll use my 6 quart Duo and cook a larger chicken.

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How to Make an Instant Pot Whole Chicken

To make an Instant Pot Whole Chicken, simply season it well, put the whole chicken on the trivet in the Instant Pot, pour 1 cup water in the bottom of the pot, secure the lid, select Pressure Cook, then set the timer for 30 minutes. It’s perfect every time! (See full recipe below.)

Make sure to keep that chicken carcass to make homemade Bone Broth in your Instant Pot. Super easy and healthy!

Now, if you’re looking for a nice, crispy skin on your chicken, you can get that too (I usually discard the skin when I use  rotisserie Instant Pot chickens because I’m typically shredding the chicken to use in a recipe so the skin not important (like for this awesome White Chicken Chili.) First, you can sear the chicken using the sauté function in the Instant Pot before you add the trivet and water to give the skin a nice golden brown color. This alone, however, won’t give you a crispy skin, but you can still get it! Just place the fully cooked chicken on a broiler pan after it’s done in the Instant Pot and pop it under your broiler for several minutes until you get the color and crispiness you want.

Instant Pot Whole Chicken with Instant Pot Photo

And that’s it! Real, homemade, “rotisserie” chicken anytime you want it. You’ll be amazed at how juicy, tender, and flavorful the Instant Pot Whole Chicken is. And you’ll save yourself a few bucks too! Definitely a win-win! (Plus you can use that extra “ka-ching” to buy a few extra silicone sealing rings… You can’t ever have too many of those!)

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Vertical

Instant Pot Whole Chicken - Perfect Every Time!

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes


  • 1 3-4 pound Whole Chicken, Giblets removed
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Cup Water, For Instant Pot


  1. Mix together paprika, seasoned salt, salt, and pepper. Rub seasonings all over chicken. Place trivet inside Instant Pot inner pot and add 1 cup water. Place seasoned chicken inside Instant Pot on top of trivet.
  2. Secure lid, ensuring the valve is turned toward sealing. Select the Pressure Cook button and set the timer to 30 minutes. When timer goes off, let sit another 5 minutes to naturally release some of the pressure, then turn the valve toward venting to release remaining pressure. Carefully remove chicken with tongs. Serve chicken as desired.

Kaye M.

Saturday 3rd of April 2021

Can you use a Cornish game hen (or two) in place of the small regular chicken?


Sunday 24th of May 2020

Hello I'm brand new to "Insta-pot" & just purchased the 3qt Ultra.

I purchased your new cookbook & love it.

The first thing I cooked was the hard boiled eggs - they were perfect...

I tried the soft boiled eggs next.. They were also perfect (although, UNlike the hard boiled eggs, I had a bit of difficulty removing the shell).. Hopefull you have a tip for that.

Also, do you have a recipe for cooking Kraft boxed Mac n Cheese?

I am definitely going to try your whole chicken recipe.. Yum.

Thank you.

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