The only way to cook an entire juicy and tasty chicken in under thirty minutes while locking in the most flavor is by making an Instant Pot Whole Chicken!
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4.25 from 12 votes

Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken

The only way to cook an entire juicy and tasty chicken in under thirty minutes while locking in the most flavor is by making an Instant Pot Whole Chicken!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, Instant Pot
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Release Time 15 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 519kcal
Author Krissy Allori

Ingredients

  • 4 pound whole chicken thawed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic

Instructions

  • Cover the chicken with the thyme, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Heat pressure cooker to browning setting and brown the chicken, breast side down, for about 5 minutes. Turn the chicken breast side up.
  • Add chicken broth to the bottom of the pot. Cut lemon in half, squeeze the lemon on the chicken, and then place the two halves from the lemon in the pot along with the garlic.
  • Bring the pressure cooker to high pressure and cook at high pressure for about 20-25 minutes (depending on weight of the chicken with 3 pounds being 20 minutes and 4 pounds being 25 minutes).
  • Once done cooking, allow pressure to naturally release.
  • Insert meat thermometer into breast and ensure it reads at least 165 degrees F.

Nutrition

Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 874mg | Potassium: 566mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2.8mg