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Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Short on time? Get dinner done in 30 minutes and cook your WHOLE chicken in the Instant Pot. No need to thaw - you can even cook it from frozen! Season with homemade poultry seasoning, or blackened seasoning for a fun kick!

4.4 from 14 reviews

My favorite way to use a pressure cooker is Instant Pot Whole Chicken. Use a frozen or thawed bird, add a few vegetables, and dinner can be ready in just 30 minutes!


  • 1 whole chicken (thawed or frozen*), about 5-6 lbs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 onion, quartered (optional)
  • 2 carrots, cut into 2″ pieces (optional)
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 2″ pieces (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried seasonings as desired (Italian seasoning, oregano, basil and coriander are all good options)


  1. Place the vegetables in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place the wire rack that came with the IP on top.
  2. Place the chicken on the wire rack.
  3. Add water to the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  4. Sprinkle the chicken liberally with seasonings.
  5. Turn the pressure valve to “sealed.” Press “manual” or “pressure cook,” make sure the setting is on “high” and cook for 6 minutes per pound of bird. My bird was just over 5 pounds, so I set the timer for 30 minutes.
  6. Make sure the “keep warm” function is NOT set and use the natural pressure release method. When the pressure valve is down, the chicken is done.
  7. Shred the chicken with two forks and serve as desired!


*If using a frozen chicken double the cooking time per lbs.


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