Whole Roasted Chicken in the Instant Pot

A tender and juicy whole roasted chicken in the Instant Pot in under an hour? Yes, please!

One of the more versatile kitchen appliances for a FAILSAFE kitchen is an Instant Pot because of how much it reduces cook times and therefore amines in cooking. It also makes for quick and easy meals, which isn’t always a possibility when you have to make the majority of your meals from scratch.

I have a 6 QT Instant Pot Duo Nova and I love it. The thing I make most (okay, almost exclusively) in it is chicken. Nothing beats how flavorful, tender, and juicy it turns out. Except, maybe, how little time it actually takes to make it.

Take a whole roasted chicken, for example. In the oven, it would take close to 2 hours to roast a 3lb chicken in the oven. A whole roasted chicken of the same size in the Instant Pot, however, takes a mere 18 minutes of cook time plus the 20 minutes it takes to pressurize. That’s less than HALF the time it would take and puts it well under the 1 hour of cook time recommended for meats and poultry.

And as a fun bonus, whenever you cook chicken in the Instant Pot, you also get at least 1-2 cups of incredibly flavorful chicken stock at the end of it. I seriously consider it liquid gold and am looking forward to drinking it during the cold winter months as a special treat.

What’s your favorite thing to make in the Instant Pot? Anything you’ve been wanting to make?

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 45 mins Total Time 50 mins
Servings: 8


Enjoy a whole roasted chicken in under an hour with this FAILSAFE friendly Instant pot recipe. Nothing beats how flavorful, tender, and juicy it is, except maybe how little time it actually takes to make it.  



  1. Rinse your chicken and make sure to remove and giblets or extra pieces from the inside of your bird.

  2. Set the stainless steel roasting rack in the bottom of your Instant Pot and place your chicken on top. Pour in 1-2 cups of water and sprinkle with salt and garlic (powder). Close the lid and set your Instant Pot to Pressure Cook on High.

  3. General rule of thumb for cooking chicken is 6 minutes per pound for fresh chicken and 10 minutes per pound frozen.

    My 6 lb chicken that was fresh from the store took 36 minutes to cook plus the time it takes to pressurize and then release. If it were a frozen chicken it would have taken 60 minutes plus the time it takes to pressurize and release.

    Chicken should be between 160-170°F when fully cooked.

  4. Remove chicken carefully from your Instant Pot and let sit for a few minutes before cutting and serving. Don’t forget to save your cooking liquid!!


This recipe is FAILSAFE and safe for the strict elimination phase of the RPAH Elimination Diet. It is also gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free, soy free, and low salicylate. 

Keywords: chicken, dairy free, failsafe, gluten free, instant pot, low salicylate, nightshade free, rpah elimination diet, soy free

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