No-Fail Roast Chicken in the Instant Pot

One of my favourite things to cook in the Instant Pot is roast chicken.  They trick is getting the skin nice and crispy first, then allowing the Instant Pot time to naturally release so the chicken stays nice and juicy.  If you have been hesitant to try a whole chicken in the Instant Pot, now is the time!

This recipe is perfect for meal prep.  You’ll have delicious roast chicken in about 1 hour start to finish.

The Instant Pot is a total life saver and makes this recipe 100% fool-proof.  If you don’t have an IP (seriously, what are you waiting for??) you can also make this recipe in a slow-cooker.

The key to moist chicken with crispy skin it to brown it first.  Get your frying pan nice and hot, then add your favourite cooking oil and get ALL sides of the chicken nice and crispy.

Once that is done it’s as easy as putting it in the IP, set it, and forget it!

Roast Chicken in the Instant Pot - Quick and Easy, Perfect Every Time

No-Fail Instant Pot Roast Chicken
Serves 6
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  1. 1 whole chicken, about 4 lbs
  2. 1 cup water or chicken broth
  3. 1 small onion, quartered
  4. 2 carrots, peeled and chopped in half
  5. 2 celery stalks, chopped in half
  6. 1 clove garlic
  7. 1 Tbsp oregano
  8. 1 Tbsp thyme
  9. 1 Tbsp basil
  10. S&P
  11. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  1. Rinse and dry chicken, remove giblets if included.
  2. Mix oregano, thyme, basil and S&P in a bowl.
  3. Brush chicken with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Rub spices on all sides of the chicken.
  4. Preheat large frying pan to medium-high heat and drizzle with 1 Tbsp olive oil.
  5. Brown chicken for about 3-5 minutes on all sides until crispy and brown.
  6. Add water or chicken stock, onion, carrot, celery and garlic to the Instant Pot.
  7. Place chicken on top, breast side up.
  8. Lock lid on Instant Pot. Set manual to 25 minutes (or 6 minutes per pound).
  9. When the timer goes off, allow the Instant Pot to natural release for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove chicken, tent with tin foil and allow to rest for about 10 minutes.
  11. Carve chicken and serve with your favourite vegetables.
  12. Enjoy!
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  • Andrea December 12, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Is it necessary to brown the chicken in a frying pan? Could you use the sauté feature of the IP if you deglaze it after?

    • happyhealthfreak December 12, 2017 at 9:32 am

      I use the frying pan because it’s easier for me to flip it but you can definitely use the saute function on the IP.


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