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whole chicken in instant pot and seasoned

Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless This Mess
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 min
  • Yield: Serves 6


Cooking a Whole Chicken in the  Instant Pot is quick, easy and tastes even better than the rotisserie chicken you can buy at the grocery store.


  • 1 whole chicken, 4-5 pounds
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon poultry seasoning 
  • 2 teaspoon paprika (smoked paprika preferred) 
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup water


  • Prep your chicken by making sure it's thawed all the way if it was frozen and if it came with any extras in the body cavity (neck or gizzards) remove those, dump out any extra juices and set the chicken on a large plate.
  • In a small bowl mix together the salt, black pepper, poultry seasoning, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. I like to use a fork to combine them.
  • Your chicken should still be a little wet after removing it from the package, you don't need to pat it dry, that will help the spices stick.
  • Rub the spice mix all over the outside and in the inside cavity of the chicken.
  • Place a rack in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot (it should have come with this rack or trivet), place 1 cup of water in the bottom of the pressure cooker.
  • Place the chicken on the trivet in the pot.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the value to closed. Set the Instant Pot to 25 minutes at high pressure on the pressure cook setting.
  • Allow the Instant Pot to come to pressure, do the cooking time, and then allow it to rest at pressure for an additional 20 minutes and THEN you can flip the gauge to release any remaining pressure.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and place on a cutting board or a serving platter. You can cut the chicken into pieces before serving or just serve the whole chicken and cut it up on the table. I often cut the breast meat from the bone and separate the chicken legs from the thighs so that I have breast meat, 2 legs, and 2 thighs to serve. 
  • Enjoy right away.
  • Pick any remaining chicken from the bones and use in a soup or stew later in the week. Save the bones that have been picked clean to make Instant Pot chicken broth. 


  • If you aren't using kosher salt, reduce the salt to 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt.
  • I really like smoked paprika for this recipe and recommend using it if you have it on hand.
  • If you are working with a smaller chicken, reduce the cook time by 5 minutes. 
  • This makes fairly ugly chicken, it just isn't much to look at but the taste is amazing. You've been warned, she's no looker. 
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: instant pot
  • Cuisine: American

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