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How To Cook A Whole Chicken In Your Instant Pot

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 4



  • Place 200ml of water into the bottom of your Instant pot and add your steaming shelf.
  • On a chopping board place your whole chicken. Massage olive oil into the skin and rub your seasoning into the skin.
  • Place it onto the steam shelf, place the lid on your Instant Pot, set the valve to sealing and cook for 40 minutes on the steam function.
  • Allow to rest for 15 minutes on the keep warm setting before releasing the valve and serving.


Our chicken was 2 kilos (4.5 pounds) and many consider this to be a tiny chicken. So please if you have a bigger chicken add a little extra time so that it is cooked and check to see if it is cooked before you serve it.
We also found that we got the same results from a 40 minute steam and a 15 minute rest as we did from a 50 minutes and no rest. So play about with it depending on how quick a rush you are for your chicken.
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