There are a few things that, at some point along your journey toward being a competent home chef, you must learn how to make. These include properly cooked pasta and rice, a good omelet, potato soup, grilled steak, and a roasted chicken — not baked chicken breast or thighs, but a whole roasted chicken, cooked intact, bones, wings, legs, and all. Think you don’t have time for cooking a whole bird? Think again, thanks to technology.
"Instant Pot whole chicken is truly revolutionary," says chef and recipe developer Susan Olyinka of The Flexible Fridge. "To have a roast ready in this amount of time is unheard of! It’s perfect for busy families."
And what’s more, this recipe is perfect for someone new to cooking whole chickens, making what might have seemed intimidating instead entirely approachable. "This is pretty easy and straightforward. It’s searing the meat and then letting the Instant Pot do the hard work," Olayinka explains.
Beyond how easy it is to prepare this whole roasted chicken, there are two great things about a roasted chicken in general: the different types of meat you get … and the leftovers! "We always love whole chicken in my house," says Olayinka, adding, "My husband usually claims all the bone meat, and my toddler son and I love the chicken breast. And the leftovers are golden. I use them to make a chicken broth with the bones. And any leftover chicken I use to make soup."
Gather your ingredients for this Instant Pot whole roasted chicken
This recipe is easy yet tasty thanks to the spice blend and, of course, the butter and broth. And aside from the chicken itself, it’s made using ingredients that you most likely already have on hand. All told, you’ll need one whole chicken, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, thyme, butter, and chicken broth.
As for hardware, aside from a bowl and a whisk or fork to use to mix the spices and some basic measuring tools, all you’ll need here is your trusty Instant Pot.
Spice and then brown the chicken
To start off, get a small bowl and place into it the paprika, thyme, garlic, onion, salt, and black pepper, and mix them together well using a whisk or fork. Now rub the chicken with that spice rub, including getting plenty into the cavity.
Next, turn the Instant Pot to sauté mode at the high setting and select 10 minutes. Then place the butter into the Instant Pot, allow it to melt, and then brown the whole chicken by letting it cook on each side for two to three minutes, using tongs to turn it to heat each side.
Cook the chicken in the Instant Pot
After the chicken is browned on all sides, take the bird out of the cooker and place it in the Instant Pot trivet. Next, pour the chicken broth into the pot, and then place the whole chicken back into the pot on the top of the trivet.
Now close the lid and set the vent to the sealing position. Select the pressure cook mode, and set the Instant Pot to cook on high for 30 minutes. After the cycle has finished, naturally release the pressure for another 15 minutes to finish off the roasting cycle.
Serve your roasted chicken
Perhaps rather unbelievably, given that you spent about 10 minutes hands-on time and all of 45 minutes cooking the bird, your whole roasted chicken is now done. After those 15 minutes are up, quickly release the remaining steam, then carefully open the Instant Pot lid, remove the whole chicken, and place it onto a serving platter.
"Great serving ideas are roast potatoes or roasted sweet potatoes and any vegetables like roasted carrots, parsnips, and so on," says Olayinka. And of course, then there are all those leftover ideas. To preserve any leftover meat, it’s a good idea to slice it down into more manageable size (remove wings and thighs and slice chicken breast into strips) and place these in airtight containers in the fridge for three to four days. This is assuming you have any leftovers, of course.
This recipe is perfect for someone new to cooking whole chickens, making what might have seemed intimidating instead entirely approachable.
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 whole chicken
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup chicken broth
- Mix paprika, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, in bowl.
- Rub the chicken with a spice rub, including in the cavity.
- Turn the Instant Pot to sauté mode on high and select 10 minutes.
- Place butter into the Instant Pot, allow it to melt, and brown the whole chicken, cooking 2 to 3 minutes on each side, using tongs to turn it.
- After your chicken is browned, place it on the Instant Pot trivet.
- Pour the chicken broth into the pot and place the whole chicken back into the pot on the top of the trivet.
- Close the lid and set the vent to the sealing position.
- Select the pressure cook mode to cook on high for 30 minutes.
- After the cycle has finished, naturally release the press for another 15 minutes.
- After the 15 minutes are up, quickly release the remaining steam.
- Carefully open the lid, remove the whole chicken, and place it onto a serving platter. Serve and enjoy.