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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


  • 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)


  • 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.


  • 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