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Instant Pot Whole Chicken

A simple recipe for Instant Pot Whole Chicken. This juicy and tender chicken can be done in a short amount of time.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 minute meals, Chicken, Chicken Recipes, Easy Dinner Ideas, Easy Instant Pot Recipes, Instant Pot Chicken, Instant Pot Recipes, Simple Recipes, Sunday Dinner, whole chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Pressure and Natural release time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings 5 People
Calories 633 kcal


  • 4.5 Pound Whole Chicken See notes for larger chickens
  • 1/2 Cup Butter Room temperature
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Seasoning Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth See notes


  1. In a small bowl combine all the seasoning.

  2. Add the room temperature butter into the bowl with the seasonings. Make sure all the seasonings and butter are combined. Set aside.

  3. Add the required amount of liquid to your inner pot of the Instant Pot.

  4. Place the trivet inside the inner pot.

  5. Run the whole chicken under cold water to clean it. Remove anything that may be in the cavity of the chicken. There may be a bag with the gizzard in it.

  6. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel.

  7. Place chicken on the trivet that is in the inner pot.

  8. Coat the chicken with the seasoned butter mixture. Rubbing it all over the skin, under the skin, and place some inside the cavity of the chicken.

  9. Add the lid to the Instant Pot, making sure to set the steam valve to sealing if it doesn't do it automatically.

  10. Press the pressure cook button or manual button that is on the lower right of the LCD screen.

  11. Adjust cooking time to fit the size of your chicken, see notes for the best cooking time. 6 minutes per pound is recommended. Press the pressure level button to high pressure.

  12. Cooking time will start once the Instant Pot has time to come to pressure, this could be 15-20 minutes.

  13. Once the cooking time is done do a natural release for 15 minutes. This means the steam will release on its own.

  14. For that golden rotisserie skin place under the broiler for 3 minutes.

  15. Serve and enjoy

Recipe Notes

Cook for 6 minutes per pound

4 pound chicken for 24 minutes

4.5 pound chicken for 27 minutes

5 pound chicken for 30 minutes


* amount of chicken broth depends on the size of your Instant Pot. 6-quart needs 1 cup and the 8-quart needs 1 1/2 cup. 

*chicken broth can be substituted for water or apple juice 

  • in order to get that crispy skin on the chicken, you will need to put it under the broiler for 3 minutes.