On the table in less than an hour, this Instant Pot Whole Roasted Chicken is such an easy recipe to prepare. The result is a perfectly tender and juicy rotisserie-style chicken that can be served as-is (with your choice of sides) or used throughout the week as an ingredient for other meals.
This roasted chicken recipe has a Sunday afternoon feel to it and takes me back to a time when my grandmother would make sure everyone in the house had enough food to eat — along with anyone else who may have stopped by.
Recipes that may typically take hours have been cut down to a third of the time using the Instant Pot. And this is done without sacrificing flavor and texture. It would normally take hours to make a “low and slow” dish where the meat literally falls off the bone, but if you follow this cooking method, you will achieve the same result in less time.
How to Roast a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot:
The first thing you want to do is make sure your whole chicken can fit in the Instant Pot. There is nothing like getting your chicken prepped and you find that it’s too big.
I used a 6-pound whole chicken for this recipe because of the size of my Instant Pot (I have the Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1, 6 Quart), so you will want to adjust the size of your chicken depending on the size pot you own.
Allow your chicken to completely defrost (if it was in the freezer), then you can begin to remove the giblets and excess fat from the chicken cavity. Once the cavity is clear, dry the outside of the chicken. This ensures the seasoning sticks to the skin.
Coat the entire outside chicken with the specified “external” seasonings. When the outside of the chicken is coated, add the “internal” seasonings and herbs to the chicken cavity.
Before adding the whole chicken to your Instant Pot, you’ll want to brown the skin. Of course, you could do this inside the pot itself, but I prefer to use a cast-iron skillet. Add a bit of oil to your skillet and brown the skin on each side for 4 minutes.
Turn on your Instant Pot and set the pressure cooking option to High. Add your chicken broth, minced garlic, and sage to the pot while it’s warming then place your metal trivet into the pot as well.
Once the pot is warm, place your chicken into the Instant Pot with the breast side down. Place and seal your lid and roast your chicken for 30 minutes.
How long should I roast my whole chicken in the Instant Pot?
The rule of thumb is to roast your whole chicken for 6 minutes per pound. When the chicken is complete, allow the pressure to naturally release for an additional 25 minutes prior to releasing the valve and removing the chicken from the pot.
You can use the metal trivet to remove the chicken, but be careful of the steam because it will still be pretty hot. Place the whole chicken on a cutting board or large platter and allow it to rest for 10 minutes so the juices can redistribute.
And save the broth for other recipes and sauces! I use chicken broth in so many things.
This Instant Pot Whole Roasted Chicken recipe is a great way to get the family together to enjoy a meal loaded with flavor. With this recipe, you can not only enjoy this chicken with sides but you can also use your chicken in other recipes as well.
Here are a few recipes that use shredded chicken:
- Authentic Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Easy Chicken Enchiladas Verdes
- Chicken Enchilada Nachos
- Southwestern Egg Rolls With Rotisserie Chicken
- Buffalo Chicken Dip