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Incredibly Simple Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

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Just wait until you try this Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe! It’s a simple recipe that has such an awesome flavor. This is one of those simple chicken recipes that everyone will love!

Depending on how big your chicken is, you might even be able to cook a whole chicken in less than 20 minutes of time! This is one of the most delicious recipes, ever.

Grab the paper towels and get ready to start digging in!

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So many people shy away from buying a whole chicken because they don’t know how to cook it, but the Instant Pot is the easiest answer, ever!

If you’re ready to stop buying whole chickens at the store and are ready to make your own, this is the whole chicken recipe for you. It’s simple, it’s easy, and it tastes great!

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

The best part about this chicken recipe is that there are very few ingredients needed. All you need to do is combine a few spices with the chicken and let the Instant Pot take over and do all the work. Doesn’t get much better than that!

My boys LOVE chicken and this is one of their favorites. It’s perfect to eat it as is or you can combine and use it for other recipes, too. You just can’t go wrong because there are so many recipes that you can use chicken with.

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How do you know how long to cook your whole chicken in the Instant Pot?

You’re going to want to plan to cook the chicken at 6 minutes per pound. This means that for every pound of chicken, you’re going to have to add up the 6 minutes to get your total cooking time.

This recipe also has a natural release time of 15 minutes so that needs to be figured into your pressure cooking time as well.

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Make it a Meal:

Meal planning stress you out? It’s time to take it down a notch and make it simple. Below you’ll see a sample of how I do it weekly and it works perfectly for me and my family!

Vegetable Side: Roasted Spring Vegetables

Starch Side: Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes

Refreshing Drink: Pumpkin Punch

Don’t forget Dessert: Blueberry Muffin Cheesecake

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Best Chicken Recipes:

Once you make this Instant Pot Fryer Chicken Recipe, you’re going to be wanting even more easy chicken recipes that you can cook up in your Instant Pot. The good news? I’ve got you covered. You’ll never have to worry about how to cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot again once you discover all these delicious chicken dishes.

One of my other favorite recipes is cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot! So simple!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese has such a great taste and flavor!

Crockpot BBQ chicken is a yummy taste and so simple!

One of the best comfort food recipes is Crockpot Chicken and Noodles!

Just wait until you try this Crockpot Candy Chicken!

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts are another super simple chicken recipe too.

Chicken Fajita Chili is a simple and easy recipe that uses chicken stock in it as well.

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What are some ways to use leftover chicken?

I love leftover chicken! You can literally use it in so many delicious recipes. As long as you peel off the crispy skin, you can use it easily in a chicken salad with ease.

Oven-roasted chicken and rotisserie chicken is also served really great on its own with a side vegetable or salad.

Or, try this Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots recipe with some of your leftovers.

More Instant Pot Recipes:

instant pot whole chicken recipe

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe is such a simple and delicious recipe!


  • 5-pound whole chicken, make certain that it's thawed and that the gizzard packs removed
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Take out anything that might be on the inside of the chicken. Then put the chicken on the trivet with handles and put it into the Instant Pot. Add in 1 cup of water.
  2. Next, put the seasonings all over the chicken. You can use a brush to spread them out evenly.
  3. Once done, close the lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing.
  4. Set it for manual high with a time of 30 minutes (calculated at 6 minutes per pound).
  5. Make certain that you allow 15 minutes of natural pressure release after the cooking time has passed. Once that happens, you can release the remaining pressure.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 924Total Fat: 52gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 367mgSodium: 1380mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 106g

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Wednesday 4th of November 2020

a very tasty meal I tried it and like it

Kelli Miller

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Yay! That is so awesome to hear. Glad you liked it. :-)

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