How to cook Instant Pot Whole Chicken!

Instant Pot Whole Chicken, cook a rotisserie style whole chicken in your Instant pot or other electric pressure cooker! gluten free, paleo and whole30.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 412 kcal
Author Sheena Strain


  • 4-5 lb whole chicken
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup water 125mls


  1. Mix the herbs, spices, and 1 tbsp oil together in a small bowl.

  2. Using a basting brush, brush the mixture onto the chicken.

  3. The 'browning' the chicken skin step is entirely optional as by the time the chicken is cooked in your pressure cooker the skin will be soft, not crispy like an oven roasted chicken.

  4. Turn on the 'saute' function in your Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker and add 1tbsp oil. Wait 1-2 minutes for the oil to heat up (don't wait until the display says hot) and then add the chicken, breast side down,  until it is browned and no longer sticks to the bottom of the pot, this will take about 5 minutes per side.

  5. Once the chicken is browned, turn saute function off and lift out the chicken.

  6. Add 1/2 cup water to the pot, then add the small trivet that came with your Instant Pot and sit the chicken on top of it.

  7. Lock the lid, turn the steam vent to 'sealing' and using the manual setting, adjust it to cook for 26 minutes at High Pressure for a 4lb chicken, adding approximately an additional 6 minutes per lb for bigger chickens.

  8. When the cook time time is up, allow the unit to reduce pressure on its own without opening the steam release vent (Natural Release) for at least 12 minutes. 

  9. After 12 minutes you can carefully and slowly release the rest of the pressure.

  10. Your chicken needs to be at an internal temperature of 165°F, you can check it with a digital kitchen thermometer. If it is not cooked simply put the lid back on and return it to pressure for 6 more minutes, or until fully cooked.

Nutrition Facts
How to cook Instant Pot Whole Chicken!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 412 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 696mg30%
Potassium 341mg10%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 1080IU22%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.