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Instant Pot Roasted Whole Chicken

  • Author: Snug and Cozy Life
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 70
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


This chicken is incredibly moist and juicy.  Literally the best whole chicken you’ll ever make, all thanks to your Instant Pot/Electric Pressure Cooker!

Rule of thumb – cook the whole chicken 6 minutes for every pound, and then add an addtional 3-4 minutes to the time for good measure!


  • Whole Chicken – size will vary, just make sure that it fits in your instant pot.  This recipe was tested using a 4 lb chicken in an 8-quart Instant Pot.
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


Step One

  • First, mix the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and 2 tbsp of oil together in a small bowl.
  • Next, rub half of the seasoning mixture over the top of the chicken.

Step Two

  • Turn on the “brown/saute” feature on your Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker. Carefully add one tsp of oil to the Instant Pot and allow it to heat up for about 30 seconds.
  • Place the chicken into your pre-heated cooker, breast side down for 4-5 minutes, allowing the skin to get crispy.  While the chicken is in the cooker, rub the remaining spice mixture over the bottom of the chicken.
  • Using a large pair of tongs, carefully flip the chicken over to the other side and allow the bottom to crisp for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and place on a large platter.

Step Three

  • Add 2 cups chicken broth to the instant pot.
  • Place metal instant pot trivet into the pot and carefully place your chicken on the trivet.
  • Optional Step – If you’re using a sling, simply place your chicken into the sling, secure the handles, and place it on top of the raised trivet.
  • Next, secure the lid on the instant pot and make sure that it is locked in place.
  • Using whatever settings your machine designates for meat, set the timer for the appropriate amount of time, depending upon the size of your chicken:
    • 3 pounds: 18 minutes
    • 4 pounds: 24 minutes 
    • 5 pounds: 30 minutes
    • For every additional pound add 6 minutes (or 3 minutes for every half pound) to the total cooking time 

Step Four

  • Once the cooking time is up, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, you should be able to open the lid without performing a manual release. If it’s still “sticking” though, you can open the valve to release the rest of the pressure.
  • Do NOT be impatient with this step. The chicken does need to finish cooking and, if you do not allow the Instant Pot to naturally release, there is a good chance your chicken will still be raw.
  • Very carefully remove chicken to a platter.  It will be very tender and likely to begin falling apart!

Keywords: Instant Pot Whole Chicken, rotisserie chicken, whole chicken instant pot

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