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Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Check out this super simple recipe for Instant Pot Whole Chicken.


  • 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


  • Clean chicken, pat dry with paper towel, set aside
  • In a small bowl, combine seasonings
  • Sprinkle seasoning mixture over chicken and cavity
  • Stuff the cavity with lemon and onion
  • Set instant pot to high saute setting
  • Add oil to pot
  • Lay chicken breast side down and cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes
  • Turn chicken over and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove chicken and set aside
  • Place metal rack into the pot with the handles up, add chicken broth
  • Place chicken on top of rack
  • Select manual setting to high and set time for 6 minutes per pound
  • When timer goes off, carefully naturally release pressure for 20 minutes
  • Let chicken rest for 10-15 minutes before cutting
  • Serve immediately 
  • Store leftovers in refrigerator