Instant Pot whole chicken roast

Whether you’re looking to make a traditional roast chicken or get creative with your seasonings, Instant Pot Whole Chicken is sure to be a winner! Cooking a whole chicken in an Instant Pot is one of the easiest and most flavorful ways to prepare dinner. The pressure cooker seals in all the moisture and flavor, resulting in a tender and delicious whole chicken every time. Not only does it take less time than traditional roasting methods, but it also requires minimal effort and few ingredients – making it the perfect weeknight dinner. 

Instant Pot whole chicken

Pressure cooker whole chicken

Instant Pot Whole Chicken is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that can be prepared in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot. This recipe creates a succulent bird with moist, juicy meat that will make any meal special. The process of pressure cooking the chicken ensures that all of the natural flavors and the juices are sealed in, resulting in a delicious and flavorful meal. With a few simple ingredients, you can make Instant Pot Whole Chicken in just minutes. Enjoy this dish as a main course or use the leftovers to create other meals such as salads, sandwiches, soups, casseroles, and more.

Cooking whole chicken in Instant Pot is surprisingly easy and is ideal for busy weeknights. All you need to do is season your chicken, add it to the Instant Pot and let it cook. Once done, simply remove the chicken from the pot, cut, and serve. This recipe is sure to be a family favorite!

There are so many amazing things you can do with your Instant Pot. Along with speeding up the cooking time of some of your favorite dishes, you can also cook large portions of food all at once. That’s why I love using my pressure cooker to cook big cuts of meat and poultry. With this simple Instant Pot whole chicken roast, you can prepare a delicious roasted chicken for your family in under an hour!

Instant Pot roast chicken

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Ingredients in Instant Pot roast chicken

On top of being simple to make, this quick roasted chicken recipe is prepared using a handful of simple ingredients. That makes it perfect for a quick weeknight meal or a full holiday dinner!

To make a whole chicken in your Instant Pot, you’ll need:

  • Whole chicken
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butter

Cooking whole chicken in Instant Pot

How Long Does It Take to Cook Chicken in the Instant Pot?

While cooking a whole chicken in the Instant Pot doesn’t take nearly as long as it would to cook the chicken in the oven, you’ll need at least an hour to cook an entire bird. But if you’re wondering what time to punch into your pressure cooker display, the exact cook time depends on how big your chicken is.

A good rule of thumb is to cook your chicken in the Instant Pot for six minutes per pound. So, for a 5 ½ pound chicken, you should set the Instant Pot to cook for 33 minutes.

After the cook time is up, the cooking process isn’t finished though. Once your timer goes off on the Instant Pot, you’ll also need to do a natural release to remove the pressure from the pot. During the natural release time, which typically takes 10 to 15 minutes, your chicken will continue cooking in the pot.

That means it’s essential that you allow the pot to release pressure naturally instead of doing a quick release after the cook time is up. If you rush the pressure release, your chicken may come out undercooked.

Instant Pot whole chicken roast

How Do You Prepare a Whole Chicken for Roasting?

Although you might need to put in a few more minutes of prep work to get your whole chicken ready for cooking, preparing an entire chicken at once gives the meat so much more flavor than cooking the chicken in pieces. And luckily, getting your whole chicken ready for roasting only takes a few minutes of work!

  • Remove the giblets. Before you can start cooking your whole chicken, there are a few pieces of the bird that need to be removed. Start by taking the neck off the chicken, then remove the giblets from the inside of the bird.
  • Pat the chicken dry. After the chicken has been cleaned, use a paper towel to pat the chicken dry all around the outside of the bird. Taking the time to dry the skin will ensure your seasoning sticks as the chicken cooks in the Instant Pot.
  • Season the top of the chicken. Start by combining all your seasoning ingredients in a small bowl so the herbs are well mixed. Then, sprinkle the spices over the top of the chicken. Use your hand to lightly press the seasoning into the skin.

Whole chicken in the Instant Pot

Tips for Cooking a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot

Once you have your chicken prepared, all that’s left to do is start cooking! With the help of these Instant Pot cooking tips, you’ll be able to prepare a delicious chicken dinner in no time at all.

Pick the right size chicken

The size of your chicken will depend on how big your Instant Pot is. It’s a good idea to use a chicken that fits inside the pot with the bottom of the chicken resting on the trivet. To keep the chicken from burning or sticking to the sides of the pot, there should be at least a small amount of space between the chicken and the side of the pot.

Always add liquid

You don’t need a lot of liquid to get juicy chicken using your Instant Pot. But it’s essential that you add at least one cup of water or broth to the pot. The liquid will help keep your chicken from burning as it cooks and create steam in the pot to help keep the chicken from drying out.

Use a trivet

To keep the chicken from sticking to the bottom of the pot as it cooks, make sure to place your trivet in the Instant Pot before adding the chicken. First, pour the liquid in the bottom of the pot. Then, place the trivet on top of the liquid. After that, place the chicken on top of the trivet.

Finish the roasted chicken in the oven

While using your Instant Pot is a great way to speed up the cook time of your chicken and give you juicy, tender pieces, you won’t get the crispy skin you normally see on a chicken roasted in the oven. To get that delicious crust on the outside of your whole chicken, simply transfer the cooked chicken to a baking sheet and top it with butter. Then, place the chicken under the broiler in your oven and broil for a few minutes until it begins to brown.

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Instant Pot whole chicken roast

Whether looking to make a traditional roast chicken or get creative with your seasonings, Instant Pot Whole Chicken is sure to be a winner!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot roast chicken, instant pot whole chicken, pressure cooker whole chicken
Servings: 4 people
Author: Petro Neagu


  • 5 1/2 pound chicken
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano
  • 5 tablespoons butter



  • Remove the neck and giblets from the chicken. Mix all your seasonings together.
  • Pat dry the chicken and season heavily across the top of the chicken. Add one cup of chicken broth or water to the bottom of your instant pot. Place your whole chicken on top of a trivet inside your instant pot.
  • Set your instant pot to high pressure for 33 minutes. Let the instant pot naturally release.
  • Remove chicken and place on a baking sheet. Slice butter into 5-6 squares and place on top of the chicken.
  • Place chicken under high broiler for 10-15 minutes. Make sure chicken is 6 inches or more under the broiler. Remove and let cool.


Note: cook your chicken in the Instant Pot for 6 minutes per pound
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