It’s simple and energy efficient to make a pressure cooker whole chicken in the Instant Pot. And, it results in the juiciest meat ever!
Since moving to a dairy-free paleo diet this month, I’ve been using my Instant Pot a lot more. One of the things I’ve found it useful for is for cooking whole chicken.
I usually cook chicken pieces. But, I needed a bunch of bones to make some homemade chicken bone broth. So, I picked up two air chilled organic chickens at Whole Foods.
Turns out, it’s super easy to pressure cook whole chicken in the Instant Pot. And, there’s even a Poultry button to make it even easier!
The electric pressure cooker has a much smaller volume than my convection oven. That’s why I’m sure it also a much more energy efficient way to cook as well.
In fact, I love pressure cooking so much, I decided to start the Facebook page Best Electric Pressure Cooker recipes to share my favorites. Just be aware that the page shares more than just low carb recipes.
Of course, I stick to keto friendly dishes in the electric pressure cooker like this pressure cooker whole chicken. I also love making soup in the Instant Pot. One of my favorites is my low carb taco soup.
The cost of an Instant Pot and other electric pressure cookers may seem like a lot. But, I can tell you it’s an investment that will save you in the long run.
It’s been worth the money just to make homemade low carb yogurt. I’ve even been making yogurt out of coconut cream using the standard yogurt method. I’ll share my dairy free yogurt recipe soon.
In addition to pressure cooker whole chicken, I also use my Instant Pot for steaming vegetables. I just put them on a vegetable steamer basket in the pot with water underneath and cook on the “steam” setting.
If you like your chicken to be nicely browned on the outside, you can get that with pressure cooker whole chicken. You’ll just want to use the “Saute” setting to sear the the chicken before it’s cooked.
I didn’t bother browning the chicken because I was using the meat to make a bone broth based soup. No need to brown the skin for that!
The seasonings are also up to you. Most of the time, I just rub olive oil over the skin and then sprinkle on some garlic powder, salt and pepper.
This time, I chose to give the chicken some lemon flavor by stuffing the cavity with organic lemon slices. I also used fresh minced garlic and stuffed it under slits made in the skin.
Feel free to customize the pressure cooker whole chicken with your favorite flavors. The herbs and spices that I used in my pressure cooker turkey breast recipe would also work on chicken.
I’ll admit that I didn’t really get started with pressure cooking until this year. But, it didn’t take long for me to be hooked. It’s such a convenient way to cook!
If you haven’t bought an electric pressure cooker because of kitchen space, you definitely need to check out the Instant Pot Mini 3 quart model. It does everything that the standard 6 quart does, but in a smaller size.
What’s your favorite use for the Instant Pot?
What to serve with Instant Pot Chicken
Not sure what to serve with this juicy pressure cooked chicken? Here’s some low carb recipes to go with it:
You may also want to try Insta Pot short ribs in the pressure cooker.
Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken
- 1 medium whole chicken 4-5 pounds
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 dash ground black pepper
- 1 medium organic lemon sliced
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Cut three slits in chicken skin on top. Stuff minced garlic into each slit.
- Drizzle olive oil over chicken, then sprinkle and rub on salt and pepper. [To brown chicken first, add a tablespoon or two of oil into bottom of pot. Press "Sauté" to heat up the bottom of the pot and then sear all sides of chicken in hot oil. Cancel setting and remove chicken from pot.]
- Add water and apple cider vinegar to the pot. Place rack in pot.
- Place lemon slices in the cavity of the chicken then place on rack in pressure cooker.
- Cover with lid close the vent valve. Press the “Poultry” button and adjust timer to 25 minutes.
- When timer goes off, allow the pot to sit there for a natural pressure release for about 15 minutes. Open valve and remove lid. Remove chicken and allow to cool slightly before cutting.
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