How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in The Instant Pot

Contributor: Tawnie Kroll

It’s true! You can totally cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot. Here’s how.

  • Author: Tawnie Kroll
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 whole chicken (innards removed)
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 red onion, cut in half
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary

Seasoning for chicken

  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 and ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 and ½ tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne


  1. Put the trivet in the bottom of your Instant Pot insert and pour 1 cup water into the pot. To maintain the chicken’s form while cooking, stuff the cut onion in the cavity of the chicken.
  2. Mix the chicken seasoning ingredients together then rub the seasoning all over the chicken. Next, place the lemon slices and rosemary around and on top of the chicken. Place the lid on and be sure the valve is on sealed. Cook on HIGH pressure for 6 minutes per pound of chicken (mine took 27 minutes). Once it has cooked, let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes. Then, turn valve to venting and remove lid. Always temperature check poultry. (Should be 165 degrees F or above.)