How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot

Ever wondered how to cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot? Prepping a chicken at the beginning of the week is perfect for meal planning for the week!

I always wondered why people love whole chickens so much. It wasn’t until I cooked one in my Instant Pot that I realized why people loved it so much!

Now if you have never cooked chicken in your pressure cooker, go to the store right now, pick up some chicken, and start cooking.

I purchased an Instant Pot a couple of years ago on Black Friday. At the time, the pots were about $100+, which just seemed outrageous for an appliance that I didn’t even know how to use. But on Black Frieday, the price dropped as low as $59! You can find the pot I have HERE.

I try to cook at least 1 chicken (or chicken breasts) in my Instant Pot.  It has become a weekly ritual that saves me so much time in the long run.  I love to use this chicken for salads, enchiladas, sandwiches, and to just eat it with BBQ sauce.

This is a fool-proof way to make sure you have a deliciously moist chicken cooked every time. – Just be sure the chicken isn’t frozen inside.This entire chicken can be cooked in under 30 minutes!

Don’t throw your chicken bones, or skin away! Save all of it in a freezer bag until you’re ready and then make this amazing Instant Pot Chicken Broth, click here!

Don’t have an Instant Pot? Bake it in the oven!

You will need:

whole chicken
roasting pan
meat thermometerAll you need is a roasting pan (or a baking sheet in a pinch) and an instant-read thermometer.
Using a roasting rack set over the pan will help the chicken cook more evenly, since air can circulate freely. With a roasting rack, the chicken won’t be resting in its own drippings, which will give you crispier skin. For easier cleanup, you can line the pan with aluminum foil.Use this chart to determine how long to roast your chicken: (high heat method is the second time listed)2.5-3lbs=1 hour/15 minutes=1 hour3-3.5lbs=1 hour/25 minutes=1 hour/10 minutes
3.5-4lbs=1 hour/35 minutes=1 hour/20 minutes
4-4.5lbs=1 hour/45 minutes=1 hour/30 minutes
4.5-5lbs=1 hour/55 minutes=1 hour/40 minutes
5-5.5lbs=2 hours/5 minutes-1 hour/50 minutes
5.5-6lbs=2 hours/15 minutes=2 hours
6-6.5lbs=2 hours/25 minutes=2 hours/10 minutes
6.5-7lbs=2 hours/35 minutes=2 hours/20 minutes
7-7.5lbs=2 hours/45 minutes=2 hours/30 minutes


How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot
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  • 1 whole chicken
  • Seasonings of choice
  • 1 cup water


  1. Place one cup of water in your Instant Pot and place your chicken right inside. You can place your chicken on a steam rack depending on how big your chicken is.
  2. Add any seasonings you want on top of your chicken (this is optional).
  3. Put the lid on and set the Instant Pot to Manual (if you don't have a manual button, put it on pressure cook or high pressure) and adjust the time.
  4. For a thawed 3 to 4 pound chicken set the time for 30 minutes.
  5. For a frozen 3 to 4 pound chicken set the time for 50-60 minutes.
  6. Sometimes I like to let my chicken stay in the pot and steam to release naturally for 15 minutes. But if you are in a hurry, turn the knob to venting and let the steam release.
  7. Then pull out the chicken. If you want your chicken to be browned, put it in the oven on broil for a few minutes until the skin is browned and crisp.


gluten free
dairy free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free

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