Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot® – Instantly Delicious

I strongly believe that every non-vegetarian/vegan cook should know how to cook a whole chicken.  I view it as an essential life skill.  A roasted chicken in the oven is one of the easiest, most comforting dinners that you can serve. A whole chicken cooked in the ​Instant Pot® pressure cooker, ​makes it easy for anyone to cook a whole chicken quickly.  I like to do this, even when we aren’t having it for dinner.  I use the cooked chicken in soups, stews, burrito bowls, and in small containers to top salads or serve my toddler for lunch.

In this recipe, I cooked the chicken along with the potatoes and carrots.  I love a one-pot meal. A rough cooking guide for using the ​Instant Pot® pressure cooker ​is to cook the chicken on manual for about 6 minutes/pound.  My chicken was a little over 4.5 pounds, so it was finished in 28 minutes.
Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot®
Serves 4

​1 whole chicken, 4-5 pounds
​1/2 teaspoon salt
​1/2 teaspoon pepper
​1/2 teaspoon thyme
​1/2 teaspoon paprika
​1 teaspoon olive
​3 carrots, peeled and chopped into large pieces
​2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into large pieces
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup water


​1. Set ​Instant Pot® ​to saute.  Heat olive oil until it shimmers.

​2. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, thyme, and paprika. Add the chicken to Instant Pot® ​breast side down. Brown for4 minutes. Carefully turn the chicken so the breast side is up. Brown for additional 4 minutes. 

​3. Add the wine to deglaze (as best as you can around the chicken). Sprinkle the carrots and potatoes around the chicken.  Add the water.

​4. Set pot to manual – high pressure and adjust time to 6min/pound. Make sure the valve is set to sealing.  When finished, turn the valve to venting to quickly vent the steam. Test to make use a kitchen thermometer measures 160F. If it doesn’t read 160F, follow the same steps in 3 minute increments until it does.

​5. Remove chicken and vegetables from the pot.  Serve with the pan drippings. If desired, you can broil the chicken to crisp up the skin.



1/1/2018 06:01:10 pm

Slo the chicken is actually cooked breast side down? Or is is turned back over before you set the pot to pressure?


1/2/2018 04:29:40 pm

I believe it turned it back over. I will amend the recipe. Thank you.


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