Instant Pot Whole Chicken
- 4.5 to 5 pounds whole chicken
- 1 medium sized onion finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon
Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the pressure cooker pot. Place a trivet inside with the handles resting on the sides of the pot.
- Clean the chicken and remove any giblets. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
- Brush or rub olive oil over the chicken breast, legs, and wings. In a mixing bowl, combine dry seasonings and mix well. Rub the seasoning mix over the oiled chicken.
- Place the chicken on top of the trivet in the pot, breast side up. Evenly distribute chopped onions on top of the chicken.
- Secure the lid and seal the vent. Cook for 25 minutes at high pressure, followed by a 15 minute natural pressure release.
- Uncover and use the trivet’s handles to carefully lift the chicken out of the pot. Carve up the chicken and place the meat on a serving platter. Spoon liquid from the pot over the sliced chicken and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
|Makes 3 Servings|
|Amount Per Serving:|
|Calories 500 (65% from fat)|
|Total Fat 36g||55%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||45%|
|Net Carb 3.5g|
|Total Carb 4g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0.5g||3%|
NOTES & TIPS
The recipe assumes a store-bought whole chicken weighing 4.5 – 5 pounds, fresh not frozen, and the appropriate cooking time is 25 minutes at high pressure followed by a 15 minute natural pressure release. If you can’t find a whole chicken in that weight range, you can modify the recipe’s pressure cooking time using this rule of thumb: add or subtract 6 minutes of pressure cooking for every pound. So if your chicken is 5.5 – 6 pounds, the pressure cooking time should be 31 minutes. If you’re using frozen chicken, you’ll need 10 minutes of pressure cooking for every pound. For example, a 4 pound chicken would need 40 minutes of pressure cooking. When you’re looking for a whole chicken at the supermarket, note that either a “broiler” or “roaster” chicken is fine — just pay attention to the weight. Anything too large may not fit in your pressure cooker. I use a 6 quart Instant Pot and I wouldn’t buy a chicken heavier than 5 pounds. The nutrition estimate above assumes that a 4.5-5 lb chicken has about 25 ounces of edible meat from the breast, legs, and wings.