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Simply Delish Instant Pot Whole Chicken

This is our go-to whole chicken instant pot recipe!

Simply Delish Instant Pot Whole Chicken
Simply Delish Instant Pot Whole Chicken
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We totally get it. Somedays, you just want a nice whole-cooked chicken for dinner, but your tight schedule simply doesn't permit the time that a chicken needs to bake. Lucky for us, this Simply Delish Instant Pot Whole Chicken recipe is here to save the day!

Our Instant Pot Whole Chicken means that you can bring that wonderful, home-cooked family meal back to the dinner table on busy weeknights. Best of all, you only need a handful of ingredients, which makes this recipe budget-friendly! 

Ready to learn how to make a whole chicken in the instant pot? Our recipe awaits below! 


Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time45 min



  • 1 whole chicken (3-4) pounds
  • 1 half of a lemon
  • 1 half of an onion
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon garlic lemon pepper seasoning
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika


  1. In your pressure cooker, place trivet and pour in at least 1 cup of water. 

  2. Place your whole chicken onto the trivet. Insert the onion half and lemon half into the chicken cavity. With a sharp knife, carefully carve the skin of each breast and fold back. 

  3. Rub cajun seasoning and garlic lemon pepper seasoning onto the breast meat as well as onto the legs, wings, and thighs. Fold skin back over chicken breast. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and paprika over whole chicken. Feel free to toss a little extra cajun seasoning and garlic lemon pepper seasoning over the whole chicken as well. 

  4. Place lid on pressure cooker and seal. Set pressure cooker to high. Cook for 18-24 minutes (or 6 minutes per pound). 

  5. Once cooking has finished, let your pressure cooker naturally release for a minimum of 10 minutes. Letting it release for 15-20 minutes will yield more tender chicken. 

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I just got a new instant pot so need receipts please

This is one of those go - to recipes that is so easy to remember due to the straightforward ingredients and measurements. No recipe cards needed - just make it once and it'll be in your memory! With such a short cooking time and bare minimum prep work, there is no excuse to not make this!


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