Did you know you can cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot? It’s so easy!!!
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Like many people, I received an Instant Pot for Christmas – and I’m finally getting round to publishing some recipes! When I saw that I could cook a whole chicken in my new gadget – I couldn’t wait to try it! And it didn’t disappoint – the results were moist, tender chicken that was super delicious!
(By the way, if you haven’t heard of an Instant Pot – it’s like a modern-day pressure cooker that you can also use for slow cooking, sautéing, and more!)
The flavors I used for this dish were some of my favorite to go with chicken: garlic, lemon, and tarragon. I think you can be fairly flexible with which herb you choose – most will go well with chicken!
To prepare the chicken, rub some coconut oil over the skin. Then sprinkle some lemon pepper seasoning over the skin, and place a halved lemon in the cavity of the chicken.
Switch the Instant Pot to sauté mode, and carefully place the chicken (breast side down) into the pot. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side – you’ll find some poultry lifters useful for turning the chicken!
Carefully lift the chicken out of the pot, and place it on a board. Place a trivet inside the Instant Pot, then add chicken broth, minced garlic, and chopped fresh tarragon to the pot. Return the chicken to the Instant Pot, and seal the lid.
Switch it to High Pressure, and set the timer for 25 minutes. Release the pressure naturally, then allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before removing and carving.
The chicken is soft, moist, and delicious – it’s almost like it was poached! Both wings fell off when we were removing the chicken from the Instant Pot – but that wasn’t a big deal. For me, there were only two negatives issues. One: the chicken looked a lot paler than a roasted chicken. The texture was wonderful, but if you’re used to the deep brown of a roasted chicken, this was a bit of a shock! And two: the skin wasn’t crispy – so you may prefer to quickly broil the skin after the chicken has been removed from the pot to crisp it up a bit.
I will definitely cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot again. The clean up was much less than a grease-spattered pan that couldn’t go in my dishwasher. With my 6 quart Instant Pot I’d say that a 5lb chicken would be the maximum size – and even then it was hard to manhandle!
A chicken of this size served three hungry adults – but it’s up to you what you do with the cooked meat! It would be perfect for shredding and using for tacos, enchiladas or a dish like that!
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