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Cooking a whole chicken has never been easier than this Instant Pot roasted chicken! The chicken cooks in just 30 minutes and produces a moist and juicy bird that’s the perfect simple dinner option!

Entire cooked chicken on a plate.

I love to make roasted whole chickens – they’re economical, taste great and the leftovers make countless other delicious meals. I don’t always have the 90+ minutes it takes to roast a whole chicken, so I tried cooking one in my Instant Pot and I am hooked! In just 30 minutes I had dinner on the table and it was a hit with the whole family!

The first step to cooking a chicken in your Instant Pot is to mix together some spices to season your bird with. I like a combination of salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder and onion powder. You can also try a Mexican style chicken with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and coriander; there are so many flavor possibilities! The chicken is first browned in the Instant Pot, then pressure cooked for 25 minutes. I like to put together my side dishes while the chicken cooks. I typically make a simple pasta or rice and a green veggie to go on the side.

Sliced Cooked chicken and a fork.

You’ll be amazed at how juicy and tender your Instant Pot chicken is! It tastes like rotisserie chicken, but you can make it at home for a fraction of what it would cost to buy one at the grocery store.

The best part about cooking a whole chicken is that there’s bound to be lots of meat leftover! The leftover meat is perfect shredded and served in tacos, soups or salads.

Cooked whole chicken on a plate.

If you’re looking for chicken with extra crispy skin, you can always stick your fully cooked bird until the broiler for 5-6 minutes as a final touch. However you serve your Instant Pot chicken, it will most definitely be on the dinner time rotation on a regular basis!

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Instant Pot Roasted Chicken

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Cooking a whole chicken has never been easier than this Instant Pot roasted chicken! The chicken cooks in just 30 minutes and produces a moist and juicy bird that's the perfect simple dinner option!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6



  • Place the salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder and onion powder in a small bowl; stir to combine.
  • Rub the spice mixture all over the outside of the chicken.
  • Press the Saute function (Normal setting) on the Instant Pot and add the olive oil to the pot.
  • Place the chicken in the pot, breast side down and cook until browned, 4-5 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken over and add the chicken broth to the pot.
  • Seal the Instant Pot.
  • Select the Manual pressure and adjust the timer to 25 minutes.
  • Let the Instant Pot naturally release the pressure at the end of the cooking time.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and serve.


Calories: 415kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 34gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 136mgSodium: 658mgPotassium: 382mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 420IUVitamin C: 5.6mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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With 3 kids aged 6 and under, meals can feel like feeding time at the zoo! I’m Sara, a foodie turned mom. I traded in elaborate dinners for simple, yet delicious dishes to please the palates of my growing girls, and I blog about my recipe creations over at Dinner at the Zoo.

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  1. Hi, I am just getting to know my 8 qt instant pot. Is 1 cup broth enough liquid for the instant pot to be able to pressurize?
    Instant pot manual was adamant about 2 cups liquid for a 6 qt pot and 3 cups for an 8 qt.
    Thank You for all the great recipes 😋 Carole

    1. Yes, that is great information. You will want to make sure that you are using the right amount of liquid according to your instant pot. If you have a larger instant pot then adding more liquid would be best.