I never imagined when I made Instant Pot Whole Chicken that the results would be this good!
A rotisserie style chicken made in the pressure cooker that comes out with browned skin and moist and juicy meat every time!
When I first decided to make a whole chicken in the Instant Pot 6 quart Duo I basically poached it. I added 1 cup of chicken stock to the bottom of my pot and placed the chicken down into the liquid.
The chicken fell off of the bone and it was great to use for any recipe that called for shredded chicken.
However, I was hoping for more of a roasted chicken consistency and taste. I wanted to have the chicken skin browned and meat that was able to be sliced.
Back to the drawing board I went! In order for the skin to be even a slight bit crispy, I would have to sear it first.
The secret to searing Instant Pot Whole Chicken, and all different types of meat, is to let the Instant Pot become hot before adding in the oil.
Push the saute button and do not add any oil until the display reads HOT. Add in the oil and then immediately add in your meat.
This will lessen the chances of the meat sticking to the bottom of the pot.
So after the chicken was nice and brown on both sides, I decided that rather than placing the chicken directly into the cooking liquid, I would use the trivet to hold the chicken instead.
Keeping the chicken out of the liquid allows the steam and pressure to rotate around the bird during the cooking process.
How To Add Flavor and Moisture to Instant Pot Whole Chicken
If you are looking to add flavor to your chicken be sure to season it well. You can use any seasoning, or a mixture of seasonings of your choice.
But don’t just season the outside of the chicken. To make this chicken outstanding, season directly on top of the breast meat as well.
The skin will pull up easily so that you can apply the oil and seasonings in between the skin and meat.
Then coat the skin of the chicken with the remaining seasoning.
And one last final hint for the perfect tasting Instant Pot Whole Chicken – fill the cavity! Add in some lemon wedges, chunks of onion and some peeled garlic to help keep it nice and moist. This will also add another depth of flavor to the chicken.
How To Figure Out Cooking Time
It would be impossible to have one exact cooking time that would work for all whole chickens. The cooking time necessary is based on the weight of the chicken.
Take the weight of the chicken and multiply it by 6 minutes. So if you have a 5 pound chicken you would pressure cook it for 30 minutes. 5 lbs x 6 minutes = 30 minutes cooking time.
This method will result in the perfectly cooked Instant Pot Whole Chicken every time!
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