Instant Pot Whole Chicken

I got an Instant Pot for Christmas, and honestly I have been a little intimidated by it. I’m not one that has the patience to read instruction manuals, and with this appliance, you really need to. I finally sat down and read through most of it, which only took 10 minutes and made the mysteries of the Instant Pot seem a lot less mysterious.

I got this recipe from Healing Gourmet, and it ended up being a big hit with my family. I make chicken a lot,  and have made whole chickens in the oven and on the grill that were pretty good, but this chicken was exceptional,  extremely tender and falling off the bone.

It’s important to remember if you are new to the Instant Pot, when calculating cooking time, make sure to include the time it takes for the pot to pressurize. It can take 5-15 minutes depending on what you are cooking.

Start with a chicken that is around 4 lbs, make sure you get a size that will fit in your pot! I like the organic and brined ones from Trader Joe’s.

You can season your chicken however you like. I sliced lemons and stuck them under the skin with whole cloves of garlic.

Next I mixed paprika, thyme, salt and pepper and rubbed all over the skin of the chicken.

You are going to want to brown chicken for approx 5 minutes breast side down, once that is done,  add the rack and set chicken on top. Pour the broth and lemon juice over it and you are ready to pressure cook!

Final product is tender and juicy meat, with a flavorful broth.


Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Instant Pot chicken is tender, juicy and delicious! 


  • 4 lb Whole Chicken
  • 1 Tbls Coconut or Olive Oil
  • 8 Whole garlic cloves
  • 2 Lemons sliced
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Slice lemon, and place with whole garlic cloves,  under the skin of the chicken breasts. 

  2. In small bowl, mix paprika, thyme, salt and pepper. 

  3. Rub mixture over entire chicken. 

  4. Remove rack from Instant Pot. Turn Instant Pot on and press saute. 

  5. Add oil and let it heat up for a few minutes. 

  6. Once hot, add chicken, breast side down and let it brown for 5 minutes. 

  7. Turn pot off, remove chicken and place rack back in the pot. Add chicken to pot, breast side up. 

  8. Pour chicken broth over the chicken, and squeeze 1 lemon on top. 

  9. Put top on pot, seal and make sure your vent is set properly. 

  10. Lock lid and set for 25 minutes on high. Don't forget it will take about 30-35 minutes total, because pot needs to pressurize. 

  11. Once done, let pressure cooker release naturally. 

  12. Remove from pot and serve. Pour some of the broth over it, it's super yummy! 

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