Instant Pot Roasted Chicken



Veggies and Lemon For Cavity:

Oil and Spice Rub:

Chicken Stock:


  1. Remove any wrapped parts from chicken cavity and either toss or use for chicken giblet gravy.
  2. Rinse chicken and pat dry.
  3. Rub 1 teaspoon salt in the cavity.
  4. Place veggies and lemon slices in the cavity of the chicken.
  5. Mix oil and spices together in a small bowl.
  6. Rub the oil and spice mixture over the chicken.
  7. Remove the lid from the Instant Pot and set aside.
  8. Press "Sauté" on the cooker. Note: Do not use lid when sautéing.
  9. When the word "Hot" appears on the display add oil.
  10. Place the chicken, breast side down, in the preheated Instant Pot, allowing to crisp up; about 3 to 4 minutes total.
  11. Using the tongs, remove the chicken to a plate.
  12. Place the trivet/steam rack in the cooker.
  13. Add the chicken stock.
  14. Place the chicken on the trivet, breast side up.
  15. Place the lid on the cooker and lock in place per Instant Pot instructions.
  16. Check to make sure the steam release handle points to "Sealing".
  17. Press the "Manual" high pressure setting.
  18. Set the timer according to the size of your chicken. Cooking time will be 8 minutes per pound.
  19. Time for a 3 pound chicken: 24 minutes
  20. Time for a 4 pound chicken: 32 minutes
  21. Time for a 5 pound chicken: 40 minutes
  22. The Instant Pot will automatically build up internal pressure. This can take up to 10 minutes. Once the unit is pressurized a timer will automatically display the amount of cooking time you programmed.
  23. When the timer goes off the cooker will automatically go to the "Keep Warm/Cancel" mode.
  24. Allow the cooker to cool down naturally until the float valve drops down. This can take up to 15 minutes.
  25. Carefully unlock and remove the lid.
  26. Transfer the chicken to a serving plate.


Serves 6 to 8.

The high pressure method of cooking will not only save time, but will intensify the flavor of the roasted chicken.

The meat will be so tender it will literally fall of the bones.

Strain and save the drippings in the bottom of the pot. They can be used to make a quick pan gravy for roasted meat or as chicken broth for a future soup like chicken noodle soup.

Feeling ambitious, why not serve the chicken with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and chicken giblet gravy?

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