Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Baking a whole chicken doesn’t have to be an intimidating task. In fact, it only requires 10 ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes thanks to a pressure cooker. According to Love & Zest, the magic formula is cooking the chicken for 6 minutes per pound. So for this recipe, which uses a 3 1/2 pound chicken, the cook time is 21 minutes. For an even juicier bird, set it on a wire trivet so the skin gets extra crispy. You’ll have a flavorful, protein-packed dish to feed the whole family dinner in no time.

under 30 mins

Ingredients for servings


  • 1 cup water or chicken broth

  • 3.5 pound broiler chicken 1 whole

  • 0.25 cup unsalted butter softened

  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced

  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced

  • to taste salt

  • to taste pepper

  • to taste Italian seasoning

  • to taste Ground paprika

  • 1 lemon sliced

  • 4 or 6 sprigs fresh rosemary


  • Pour water or broth into an Instant Pot; insert wire trivet that came with the pressure cooker.

  • Remove any parts from cavity of the bird and place the whole chicken on the wire trivet, breast side up.

  • In a small bowl, mix together the butter, garlic and ginger.

  • Press butter on top of and underneath the skin.

  • Season skin liberally with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and paprika

  • Stuff lemon and rosemary sprigs into the cavity, and place at least 2 lemon slices on the legs of chicken.

  • Place lid on the Instant Pot and seal the valve. Cook chicken on the poultry setting at high pressure for 21 minutes.

  • Once chicken is done, quick release the valve to depressurize the Instant Pot and insert a meat thermometer into the chicken to verify it has reached 165°F (74°C)


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