How Long to Cook Whole Chicken in Instant Pot


Instant Pot is a popular brand of electric pressure cookers that can be used to make many different types of food. Some Instant Pot recipes are easier than others, but cooking chicken in an Instant Pot may seem intimidating at first. However, it is actually quite simple! Here we’ll show you how to cook a whole chicken in your Instant Pot using this recipe:

Allow the chicken to reach pressure.

  • Allow the Instant Pot to reach pressure. This can take about 10 minutes, depending on your model of Instant Pot, but is an important step in cooking the chicken correctly.
  • Place the chicken breast side down in your pot and set it to cook for 25 minutes with natural release (meaning you let it sit after you turn off the heat).
  • Remove from heat and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing or serving

Turn off the Instant Pot.

It’s important to know how to turn off the Instant Pot. To do so, press and hold down the [Cancel] button for 5 seconds until you hear a beep. If you don’t hear anything, it means that you haven’t pressed the button long enough or hard enough. Try again until you get it right!

Once your chicken is done cooking, let it rest for 10 minutes before removing from its cooking liquid (or else all that tasty juice will run out). Don’t forget: The longer food sits at room temperature after being cooked in an electric pressure cooker, the more bacteria can grow on its surface–so keep things cold!

Remove and cool the chicken.

To remove the chicken, use a pair of tongs to lift it out of the Instant Pot. Place it on a plate and cover with aluminum foil to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Place the pot of chicken back onto the stovetop.

Place the pot of chicken back onto the stovetop.

Use a pot holder to remove the lid and be careful not to burn yourself as steam will escape from inside.

Pour in water and seasonings.

Add water and seasonings to the Instant Pot. You can use either chicken broth or water, depending on your preference. If using water, add salt and pepper to taste.

If you’re using a good quality chicken broth (like Kitchen Basics), omit any additional salt as it will likely be salty enough for you. Add other seasonings as desired–I like adding garlic powder, paprika, and dried parsley flakes for flavor!

Cover with a lid, lock lid and set pressure time to 13 minutes.


  • Place the chicken in the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water or broth.
  • Make sure the lid is on tight, lock it, and set pressure time to 13 minutes (high pressure).
  • Pressure cook on high pressure for 13 minutes then use a natural release (this means don’t touch anything until all steam has been released).

Allow pressure to release naturally for 10-15 minutes before opening lid.

Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10-15 minutes before opening lid.

This is important because when you’re cooking with high heat, there’s a chance that your chicken will be undercooked if you don’t allow enough time for it to cook through completely before removing from heat and allowing it to rest.

Cooking a whole chicken in an Instant Pot is quick, easy and delicious!

The Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer and more. It’s perfect for making healthy meals at home because you can easily cook large batches of food in one go!

The Instant Pot cooks the chicken to perfection–it’s tender, moist and flavorful. Plus it’s easy to prepare (no messy stovetop splatters) and healthy too!


We hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe for Instant Pot whole chicken. It’s quick, easy and delicious! If you want to try something a little different, check out our other Instant Pot recipes such as Instant Pot Beef Stew or Instant Pot Tomato Soup. Happy cooking!

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