How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot
I called Instant Pot customer service for advice on How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot – the Right Way! And boy did I learn SO much valuable information and I’m sharing it all with you in this video!
Hesitation with the Instant Pot
I’ve been hesitant to cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot because I had read on many a food blog that the taste could be bland and the skin quite soggy. That sounded very unappealing to me, especially since I love my oven-roasted chicken.
But I decided with the popularity of these new pressure cookers that there had to be a better way to cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot.
A Better Way
And I was right! There is a better way to cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot. I called the manufacturer’s customer service line and learned that there are certain techniques for creating a tasty, “fall off the bone” chicken, with skin that isn’t limp.
Instant Pot Secrets Revealed!
There are a number of tips and tricks to getting the perfectly cooked chicken in the Instant Pot. I’ll walk you through the process step-by-step in this video. And I want to share the most important piece of information that I learned. The secret to the most delicious chicken is…start with a dry rub. And not any dry rub. A barbecue rub or chili barbecue rub!
My Favorite Rub for an Instant Pot Chicken
The mixture I created for my dry rub included sea salt, red and green ancho chili powders, paprika, onion powder, coriander, and freshly ground pepper. (Recipe below.) It created a delightfully flavorful crust—yes a crust!—on my Instant Pot chicken.
Definitely the Best Whole Chicken
This Instant Pot chicken was delicious! Plus, it creates a flavorful broth that you can easily turn into a gravy for the chicken. So if you have been hesitant to cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot, now is the time to give it a try. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how delicious it will be!
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How to Cook a Whole Chicken in an Instant Pot
- 6-Quart or 8-Quart Instant Pot
For the Chicken
- 4 1/4 pound Whole chicken
- 1 Onion, skin on and cut into eighths
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups Water 1 1/2 cups for the 6-quart Instant Pot or 2 cups for the 8-quart Instant Pot.
- 2 teaspoons Fine ground sea salt
- 1 teaspoon Red ancho chili powder
- 1 teaspoon Green ancho chili powder
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
- Mix all the dry rub ingredients together then rub the mixture in the cavity of the chicken and all over the exterior of the chicken.
- Place the onions in the cavity of the chicken.
- Remove the lid from the Instant Pot and remove the rack. Next, pour the water into the stainless steel liner.
- Place the chicken on the rack. Lower the rack into the Instant Pot stainless steel liner using the handles of the rack.
- Properly seal the Instant Pot and set the vent to "sealing".
- Set the Instant Pot to "high" pressure and set the time for 34 minutes. (Or 8 minutes per pound of chicken.)
- Once the chicken is finished cooking, allow the Instant Pot to come down from pressure naturally, or release the pressure moving the vent from "sealing" to "venting". BE CAREFUL! If you release the pressure in this way, steam will surge out of the vent. I prefer to allow the pressure to come down naturally.
- Once the pressure has been released, open the Instant Pot, and remove the lid. Lift the chicken out of the stainless steel liner using the handles of the rack. Transfer the chicken to a serving plate and enjoy!
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