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Easy Instant Pot Roast Chicken Recipe

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Revolutionize your cooking with Instant Pot Roast Chicken! Imagine a perfectly seasoned, juicy bird, ready in no time. Say goodbye to long roasting—say hello to an easy, delicious feast. Ready to elevate your meals? Enjoy the simplicity of this Instant Pot Whole Chicken recipe!

Instant Pot Roast Chicken

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Juicy and Flavorful: This recipe ensures a moist, perfectly seasoned roast chicken every time.
  • Time-Saver: The Instant Pot significantly cuts down cooking time for this classic dish.
  • Versatile Leftovers: Use the remaining meat for sandwiches, salads, or other tasty meals.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Whole Chicken: The star of the dish, it provides a hearty, protein-rich base.
  • Olive Oil: Used to brown the chicken, adding a layer of flavor and ensuring a crispy skin.
  • Italian Seasoning: Infuses the chicken with a blend of herbs, enhancing its overall taste.
  • Salt and Pepper: Fundamental seasonings that bring out the natural flavors of the chicken.
  • White Wine or Broth: Deglazes the pot, releasing flavorful bits stuck to the bottom and adding depth to the dish.
  • Water or Broth: Helps in creating steam inside the Instant Pot for cooking the chicken.
  • Carrots: Add a sweet, earthy flavor and a contrasting texture.
  • Onion: Contributes a slightly sweet, savory flavor that complements the chicken.
  • Garlic Cloves: Infuse a robust, pungent flavor into the chicken and the broth.
  • Potatoes: Provide a starchy, satisfying component that absorbs the flavors of the broth.
  • Bay Leaf: Adds a subtle, herbal aroma to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
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How To Cook Instant Pot Roast Chicken

Step One: Prepare Your Chicken

Rub the outside of the chicken with olive oil, and then season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, to taste.

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Step Two: Place Vegetables In The Instant Pot

Place the chopped vegetables and water in the pressure cooker pot and place chicken over the top.

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For this recipe we used a medium size chicken which is about 2- 2.5 Lbs in weight or a 1kg chicken.

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Step Three: Add Liquid Broth Or Wine

Pour the wine and broth over the chicken. Some may not want to use wine. In this case, simply switch the wine for more chicken broth. Both options taste great when pressure cooking.

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Step Four: Secure The Instant Pot Lid And Pressure Cook

Secure the lid. Select the manual setting, set to high, and increase time to 25 minutes.

Natural release the chicken for 10 minutes to let the chicken rest and then quick release until the pressure and steam has completely gone.

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Step Five: Broil For A Crisp Skin

You can serve the chicken as it is or if you want to brown the skin some more pop it under the grill or broiler. Set the oven to broil and place the chicken under the broiler for 2-5 minutes. This will produce a crispier skin.

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Cooking Tips

  • Seasoning Savvy: Rub the whole chicken with your favorite seasonings, ensuring even coverage. Don’t forget to season the cavity for an extra flavor boost.
  • Liquids Matter: Add a cup of flavorful liquid, like chicken broth or white wine, to the Instant Pot before cooking. This enhances the chicken’s taste and keeps it moist.
  • Natural Release Finale: After cooking, allow the Instant Pot to do a natural release for about 10-15 minutes. This helps the juices redistribute, keeping your your Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken incredibly juicy.

Variations

You can season a whole chicken with anything that is easily mixable with oil or salt. You can use any spices you desire, but make sure they are compatible with the cooking method of the Instant Pot!

Here are a few seasoning options for this whole chicken Instant Pot recipe.

  • Salt & Pepper
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Garlic Powder & Salt
  • Chili Powder & Salt
  • Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Celery Seed, Paprika mixed with oil to brush on chicken. (This makes a nice browning/breading.)

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Fridge Storage: Place leftover chicken in airtight containers or wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate within two hours of cooking to keep them safe. Consume within 3-4 days.
  • Freezer Prep: For longer storage, use freezer-friendly containers or wrap your rotisserie chicken tightly in freezer-safe bags. Label with the date. Frozen Roast chicken can last 2-6 months without compromising quality.
  • Reheating Tips: Thaw frozen items in the fridge before reheating to ensure even heating. Use the microwave for a quick fix or the oven for a crisp texture. Soups and stews do well on the stovetop. Check internal temperatures to guarantee thorough reheating.

What to Serve With This Recipe?

  • Roasted Potatoes: Crispy and golden, these roasted potatoes complement the savory goodness of the Instant Pot Whole Chicken. Season them with herbs like rosemary or thyme for an extra flavor kick.
  • Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes are a classic pairing. Their smooth texture provides a delightful contrast to the hearty and flavorful whole chicken. Consider adding a dollop of butter or a sprinkle of chives for an extra touch.
  • Vegetable Medley: Carrots, Green Beans or any other veggies you fancy. Steam or roast them with a hint of olive oil and your preferred seasonings. Their freshness and vibrant colors add a wholesome balance to your plate.
  • Side Salad: Refresh your palate with a crisp side salad. Use a mix of your favorite greens, toss in some cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and drizzle with a light vinaigrette. The salad adds a refreshing element to the meal.
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FAQ’S

How Long To Cook A Frozen Chicken In The Instant Pot?

For this specific recipe we cook the chicken from fresh. This allows us to add the seasoning and rub oil into the chicken. However you can cook a frozen chicken in the Instant Pot if you like.
Here are the general times according to the size of your chicken:

A Frozen Whole Chicken 4lbs: Pressure cook for 40 minutes
A Frozen Whole Chicken 5lbs: Pressure cook for 50 minutes
A Frozen Whole Chicken 6lbs Pressure cook for 60 minutes

Do I Need To Change The Amount of Liquid If The Chicken Is Bigger?

No. You can use the same amount of liquid no matter the size of your whole chicken. In fact, adding more water would simply result in a longer time to pressurise and a soggy chicken. That’s not something you want, especially if you plan to broil and crisp the skin at the end.

Can I Crisp My Whole Chicken Using the Air Fryer Lid On My Instant Pot?

The answer to this question is yes. If you have an Instant Pot duo crisp then simply drain any liquid from your pot and air fry your chicken for 5 minutes to crisp the skin.

If you don’t have an air fryer lid you can broil in the over perfectly fine. If you’d like to purchase the air fryer lid, here is a Budget Friendly Option

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Instant Pot Roast Chicken

Yield: 3-4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

If you are looking for a meal to serve to your family on a Sunday night, then you can try following this Instant Pot Roast Chicken Recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup white wine or broth
  • 1/2 cup water or broth
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 3-4 potatoes,
  • chopped 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  1. Rub the outside of the chicken with olive oil, and then season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Place the chopped vegetables and water in the bottom of the instant pot and place the chicken over top.
  3. For this recipe we used a medium size chicken which is about 2- 2.5 Lbs in weight or a 1kg chicken.
  4. Pour the wine and broth over the chicken. Some may not want to use wine. In this case, simply switch the wine for more chicken broth.
  5. Secure the lid. Select the manual setting, set to high, and increase time to 25 minutes.
  6. Natural release the chicken for 10 minutes to let the chicken rest and then quick release until the pressure and steam has completely gone.
  7. You can serve the chicken as it is or if you want to brown the skin some more pop it under the grill or broiler. Set the oven to broil and place the chicken under the broiler for 2-5 minutes. This will produce a crispier skin.

Notes

  • Seasoning Savvy: Rub the whole chicken with your favorite seasonings, ensuring even coverage. Don't forget to season the cavity for an extra flavor boost.
  • Liquids Matter: Add a cup of flavorful liquid, like chicken broth or white wine, to the Instant Pot before cooking. This enhances the chicken's taste and keeps it moist.
  • Natural Release Finale: After cooking, allow the Instant Pot to do a natural release for about 10-15 minutes. This helps the juices redistribute, keeping your chicken incredibly juicy.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 862Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 180mgSodium: 538mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 7gSugar: 8gProtein: 66g

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