If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, all I can say is, well, you should! This is truly my favorite kitchen appliance ever. Why? Because I can make a delicious one-pot dinner—even starting with dried beans or frozen meat—in well under an hour. I can also use it as a slow cooker, to make rice, to make Homemade Chicken Broth, and even yogurt. But my very favorite thing to do is to cook a whole chicken in an Instant Pot. I use the meat as the basis for other dishes—my Gluten-Free Chicken Pot Pie, chicken enchiladas, chicken tacos, chicken salads, or my son’s very matzoh ball soup. Then I use the bones and cooking juices as a base for a rich, delicious Homemade Chicken Broth (great for matzoh ball soup!), which is also cooked in the Instant Pot.
By the way, if you don’t know what an Instant Pot is, the technical answer is that it is a multi-function electric pressure cooker. It is extremely safe and easy to use and a huge time-saver for busy cooks. The non-technical answer is that it is a magical kitchen appliance that you will absolutely fall in love with the first time you use it.
Here is my super easy method for how to cook a whole chicken in an Instant Pot. I use a very simple spice mixture that adds some nice color to both the chicken and the broth without adding super strong flavors that may not work in the recipes I’ll use the chicken for later, but you should feel free to use whatever spice mixture you like best.
One thing to note is that although other bloggers will show you photos of their stunning Instant Pot cooked whole chickens that look as beautiful as a slow-roasted bird, I will tell you right now that yours will undoubtedly not come out of the pot looking like that. The chicken becomes so tender during pressure cooking that it more or less falls apart when you lift it out of the pot. That’s okay, though! Because the tenderness is what makes this chicken so great. It’s not the kind of bird that you present on a platter at the table and then carve into serving pieces. But it is the perfect chicken to shred and use as a filling for tacos, burritos, or enchiladas; toss into salads or pasta dishes; or make into soups and stews. I usually use half for a meal straightaway and freeze the other half for a later meal.
Disclaimer: I have no connection to the company that makes the Instant Pot and have not been compensated in any way for this post. The post does contain affilliate links that will earn me a small commission if you should click on them to buy an Instant Pot. All opinions are my own.