This delicious whole chicken instant pot is a simple recipe to make and turns out juicy every time. Whole Chicken in the instant pot is flavorful and tender.

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INSTANT POT WHOLE CHICKEN Recipe by FourScoreLiving

Instant Pot Whole Chicken is a very versatile, delicious, perfectly seasoned simple dinner, a lunch-prep, multi-tasker, or a meal-building protein. Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot can be served as part of a healthy meal or used to create lunches. This whole chicken recipe is keto-friendly, low-carb, and gluten-free.

Ingredients You Will Need:

Mix up some common spices to make the most amazing rub for your whole chicken:

  • Whole Chicken: Cooked a 5-pound chicken in this recipe. You can cook almost any size chicken using this method, see notes below regarding adjusting the cooking time based on weight.
  • Lemon: Half of the lemon goes right inside the cavity of the chicken. This keeps the meat from drying out and adds just enough bright citrusy flavor.
  • Garlic: Along with the lemon, peeled whole garlic cloves also join the party inside of the chicken.
  • Butter: Like to use unsalted butter for this, because salted butter might make your chicken too salty. Melt the butter before mixing it with the spices.
  • Olive Oil: Like the combination of both butter and olive oil in the chicken rub.
  • Kosher Salt: You’ll want to give your chicken a good sprinkle of salt so that it’s well seasoned.
  • Italian Seasoning: Love this spice blend on chicken. It’s a mix of dried basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme, so it’s a bit of a shortcut in the kitchen too.
  • Paprika: This spice adds a bit of warmth and also gives the chicken nice color.
  • Garlic Powder: While fresh garlic flavors the inside of the chicken, granulated garlic does the same to the outside.
  • Onion Powder: The flavor of sweet roasted onions in powdered form is perfect with roast instant pot chicken.
  • Black Pepper: Finish off the spice rub for your whole chicken with a bit of ground black pepper. Grind it fresh if possible.
  • Broth or Water: The instant pot won’t work without liquid in it. Use chicken broth for added flavor.
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Instructions For Whole Chicken Instant Pot:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the melted butter, olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper together.
  2. Remove the giblets from the chicken (the little bag on the inside) and discard them or save them to use later. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, then place the lemon half and garlic cloves inside the chicken cavity.
  3. Using your hand or the back of a spoon, loosen the skin from the chicken breast.
  4. Spoon about ⅓ of the butter mixture under the skin, massaging the meat to distribute the seasonings evenly.
  5. Rub the rest of the seasoning mixture on the outside of the chicken, coating it as evenly as possible.
  6. Truss the chicken legs together with cooking twine.
  7. Pour the broth or water into the inner pot of the Instant Pot, then place a trivet inside.
  8. Place the prepared, seasoned chicken on the trivet, breast side up. Secure and seal the lid, then cook on Manual High pressure as directed in the recipe.
  9. Allow the Instant Pot to complete a full Natural Release and then remove the lid. Use a thermometer to check that the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°F/74°C.
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COOKING TIMES FOR INSTANT POT WHOLE CHICKEN:

Cooking a whole chicken in the instant pot is easy, but you should keep in mind that the timing will be different depending on the size of your chicken.

The rule is that you should cook the whole chicken in the instant pot for 6 minutes per pound:

  • 6lb Chicken = 36 minutes at high pressure, with natural release.
  • 5lb Chicken = 30 minutes at high pressure, with natural release.
  • 4.5lb Chicken = 27 minutes at high pressure, with natural release.
  • 4lb Chicken = 24 minutes at high pressure, with natural release.
  • 3.5lb Chicken = 21 minutes at high pressure, with natural release.
  • 3lb Chicken = 18 minutes at high pressure, with natural release.
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Other recipes you might like to try: Air Fryer Lemon Chicken, Chicken Breast Air Fryer, Baked Honey Chicken Drumsticks

Whole Chicken Instant Pot

Whole Chicken Instant Pot

This delicious whole chicken instant pot is a simple recipe to make and turns out juicy every time. Whole Chicken in the instant pot is flavorful and tender.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Pressurize and Release time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course low carb keto recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 614 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5 lb whole chicken, thawed
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth (or water)

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, mix the melted butter, olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper together.
  • Remove the giblets from the chicken and discard them or set them aside for another use. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, then place the lemon half and garlic cloves inside the chicken cavity.
  • Using your hand or the back of a spoon, loosen the skin from the breast.
  • Spoon about ⅓ of the butter mixture under the skin, massaging the meat to distribute it evenly.
  • Rub the rest of the seasoning mixture on the outside of the chicken, coating it as evenly as possible.
  • Truss the chicken legs together with cooking twine.
  • Pour the chicken broth into the inner pot of an Instant Pot, then place a trivet inside. Place the prepared chicken on the trivet. Secure and seal the lid, then cook on Manual High for 30 minutes (or ~6 minutes per pound).
  • Allow a full Natural Release (this should take a minimum of 15 minutes) and then remove the lid. Use a thermometer to check that the chicken has reached 165 degrees F inside.

Notes

  • The amount of time needed to make this recipe can vary based on the size of the chicken and the amount of time that it takes for the instant pot to get to pressure and fully release the pressure. The time listed in this recipe for pressure and release are approximate.
  • This recipe is for a 5-lb chicken. Reduce the cooking time as follows for a smaller bird: 3-lb chicken = 18 minutes, 4-lb chicken =24 minutes.
NUTRITION FACTS, Yield:10, Serving Size:1
Amount Per Serving: Calories 614kcal | Total Fat 38g | Saturated Fat 12g | Trans Fat 0g | Unsaturated Fat 23g | Cholesterol 212mg | Sodium 469mg | Carbohydrates 2g | Fiber 0g | Sugar 0g | Protein 62g
The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double-check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands.
Keyword Chicken, Instant Pot, keto, whole chicken

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