SIMPLE Instant Pot Roasted Chicken

SIMPLE Instant Pot Roasted Chicken

If you’re looking  for an easy way to roast chicken for a dinner party or a weeknight meal, there is no better solution than the Instant Pot.

It is a perfect vessel to not only brown and cook a whole chicken in under an hour, but also produces the most flavorful juices to make a delicious gravy to serve alongside.

Tips for the Best Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken:

  • Be sure to pat the chicken completely dry.  Add any spices to the outside and inside the cavity and brown the skin using the SAUTE function.
  • An average rule of thumb for time is about 6 minutes per pound, so a 5 lb. chicken would take only 30 minutes!
  • Allow a 15-minute natural pressure release after cooking.  This prevents foam from shooting out of the valve.
  • Make sure your chicken fits your instant pot size.  For reference a 6 qt pot can fit up to a 5 lb. chicken.  You will need an 8 qt. one for larger chicken.
  • Do not discard the drippings – the flavor from the chicken and spices blow away any store bought canned gravy.
  • Keep the bones to make a killer chicken stock.

Instant Pot Chicken

Cooking Times for Whole Chicken:

As a general rule of thumb, cook your chicken on high pressure for 6 minutes per pound, then do a natural pressure release for 15 minutes before manually releasing remaining pressure.

  • 3 lbs cook on HIGH for 18 minutes
  • 3 ½ lbs =cook on HIGH for 21 minutes
  • 4 lbs cook on HIGH for 24 minutes
  • 4 ½ lbs cook on HIGH for 27 minutes
  • 5 lbs cook on HIGH for 30 minutes
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SIMPLE Instant Pot Roasted Chicken

SIMPLE Instant Pot Roasted Chicken

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 (4-5 lbs) whole roasting chicken
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth or stock
  • 1 lemon, cut in quarters
  • 1 medium white onion, cut in quarters


  1. Clean chicken, pat dry with paper towel, set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine seasonings and sprinkle seasoning mixture over chicken and inside the cavity.
  3. Stuff the cavity with lemon and onions.
  4. Set the instant pot to high sauté setting and add oil to the pot.
  5. Lay the chicken breast side down and cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Turn chicken over and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  8. Place metal rack into the pot with the handles up, add chicken broth.
  9. Place chicken on top of rack.
  10. Select manual setting to HIGH and set time for 6 minutes per pound.
  11. When timer goes off, carefully naturally release pressure for 15 minutes.
  12. Let chicken rest for 10-15 minutes before cutting.


  • Serving Size: 4-6

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    September 20, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Finally a fool proof recipe for roast chicken. This is delicious!!!

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