Instant Pot Whole Chicken

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Enjoy a tender and flavorful Instant Pot Whole Chicken with this easy recipe. With the convenience of the Instant Pot, you can have a juicy and herb-infused chicken ready in no time.

Why Make This Recipe

Making a whole chicken in the Instant Pot is a time-saving way to have a delicious, home-cooked meal without much effort. The pressure cooking method helps to lock in the flavors and juices, resulting in a moist and succulent chicken.

How to Make Instant Pot Whole Chicken


  • 1 whole chicken (3-4 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary (plus 2-3 sprigs)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme (plus 2-3 sprigs)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small onion (halved)
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  1. Mix the butter, chopped rosemary, chopped thyme, minced garlic, and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Gently loosen the skin on the breast and legs of the chicken, creating pockets. Rub the butter mixture under the skin.
  3. Place the onion, thyme, and rosemary sprigs inside the cavity of the chicken. Tie the legs together with twine and tuck the wings under the legs.
  4. Pour chicken broth into the Instant Pot, place the trivet inside, and set the chicken on top. Dot the remaining butter mixture on the chicken.
  5. Seal the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes per pound, adding 4 minutes per half-pound.
  6. Allow natural pressure release for 15 minutes, then manually release.
  7. Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and broil for a few minutes to brown the skin if desired.
  8. Remove twine, slice or shred the chicken, and serve.

How to Serve Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Serve the tender and flavorful chicken with your favorite sides like roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad for a hearty and satisfying meal.

How to Store Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat gently in the microwave or oven to maintain the chicken’s juiciness.

Tips to Make Instant Pot Whole Chicken

  • Ensure the chicken is fully thawed before cooking for even cooking.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken for doneness.
  • Customize the herb butter mixture with your favorite herbs and seasonings for a different flavor profile.


For a citrus twist, add lemon or orange zest to the herb butter mixture for a bright and tangy flavor.


  1. Can I use a frozen whole chicken in the Instant Pot?
    • It’s recommended to use a fully thawed chicken for safe and even cooking.
  2. Do I need to add liquid to the Instant Pot when cooking the chicken?
    • Yes, adding chicken broth or water is essential to create steam and pressure for cooking the chicken.
  3. Can I cook the chicken without tying the legs and tucking the wings?
    • Tying the legs and tucking the wings helps the chicken cook evenly, but it’s not mandatory for the recipe.

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