Whole Chicken

Cooking that whole chicken on Sunday for the week just got that much easier using the Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker.

Oh yes, I know roasting meat creates this awesome flavor and sometimes you just want some crispy skin or roasty flavor with some gravy. And I do too! But when I am making chicken broth and chicken FOR other dishes, this is the way I do it now. The pressure cooker whole chicken is amazing! It is so tender (more than oven roasting) juicy and 

You can cook an entire chicken and broth in less than an hour. And then you can take the carcass and make bone broth in an hour – which regularly takes HOURSSSSSSSS.

A whole chicken does not have to be a big occasion. Even if you roast a chicken in the oven, it is simple. It is one of the things everyone should learn how to cook. Pressure Cooking makes this simple task even more simple. And stock and chicken can be made all at once. The water put in with the chicken turns to yummy broth that can be strained and used in rice, soup, or in any recipe that calls for broth. Or make a batch of chicken soup. The chicken can be used for sandwiches, salads, casseroles, stews, soups anything. My daughter likes to snack on it and have it plain in her lunches.

During the week if I feel like coming home after work and making a whole chicken, I can! Much faster than roasting it in the oven. The pressure makes this failproof! And I know a lot of you out there bulk cook and prep meals for the week, this is such an easy way to bulk cook – using the pressure cooker.

Put the chicken on a baking sheet and under the broiler for a few minutes to get the skin crisp. And we are eating at a reasonable time.

I like to use my own chicken and seafood seasoning and 1 cup water. Set the chicken on the trivet. I do not brown my chicken since I am going to broil it in the end. Plus browning will not keep the skin crispy.

Set the Pressure Cooker on High for 30 minutes.

You can quick pressure release or natural release the pressure for 10 minutes. I have tried both ways and did not notice a difference in the chicken, in case you want to save time and not do the 10 minute natural release.

Set the oven to Broil. Place the chicken on a baking sheet and cook until the skin is browned and crisp. 5-10 minutes.

Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken
Print Recipe
Juicy, fast and fail proof whole chicken.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken
Print Recipe
Juicy, fast and fail proof whole chicken.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Set the trivet in the inner pot. Pour in 1 cup water or broth.
  2. Rub the chicken with oil, sprinkle the seasoning on the chicken. Place on the trivet.
    Whole Chicken
  3. Place the lid on the pressure cooker, seal the vent, set to high pressure 30 minutes.
  4. QPR or NPR (your choice, I QPR).
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  5. Set the oven to Broil. Place the chicken on a baking sheet and broil until the skin is crispy and brown.
    Whole Chicken
  6. Remove the chicken and strain the remaining liquid (broth).
  7. Use the broth for other recipes and use the chicken to eat right away or shred and store in a container for later use.
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  8. For Bone Broth: Add 1 onion, quartered, 1 carrot, the bones and any remaining meat from the chicken carcass, 1 tablespoon fish sauce and 2 tsp apple cider vinegar. Cover with water in the pressure cooker and set on high pressure for 2 hours. The longer it cooks the better. 30 minutes - an hour is even good enough. Strain off any scum, strain the broth and cool. You can pour the broth in cube trays and freeze, then release from the trays and store in the freezer in a freezer bag.
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Recipe Notes

QPR - Quick Pressure Release (Once the pressure cooker is done cooking, release the pressure)
NPR - Natural Pressure Release (Let the pressure cooker sit for a time certain then release remaining pressure, or until the pressure is completely released)

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