Instant Pot Roast Chicken

Make this Instant Pot Roast Chicken in less than an hour. It’s made with a delicious rotisserie seasoning blend that the whole family will love.

An instant Pot Roast Chicken sitting on a large serving plate garnished with thyme sprigs

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This Instant Pot Roast Chicken recipe is so easy and delicious. Once you make it, you’ll wonder why you ever just by chicken breasts or thighs on their own.

It’s so much more cost-effective to buy a whole chicken and cook it, and then use the bones from the chicken to make this Homemade Bone Broth Recipe (and then we make amazing soups like this Instant Pot Minestrone Soup).

It’s like getting at least three meals out of one whole chicken. We also love to shred the chicken to make chicken tacos or taco bowls (Chipotle-style). Yum!

What Makes This Instant Pot Roast Chicken So Good?

The seasoning is flavorful… like rotisserie chicken that’s even better than Costco. And the chicken comes out so tender and juicy, it will literally fall off the bone.

The added bonus? This recipe is gluten-free and Paleo-friendly… and kid-friendly too. My kiddos ask for seconds when I make this recipe.

Easy Roast Chicken

There is no guess work as to when your chicken is done! Roasting a chicken in the oven can have so many variants, and if you leave it in too long it will be dry. But in the Instant Pot it will most definitely be done at the time it states on the recipe.

What to Serve With This Instant Pot Roast Chicken

  • Paleo mashed potatoes
  • Crispy roasted kale
  • Fresh homemade salad (try baby spinach, tomatoes, feta, cucumber)
  • Roasted carrots
  • Roasted parsnips
  • Corn on the cob
  • Rice
  • Homemade gravy

How to Make This Instant Pot Roast Chicken – Step by Step

1. Combine all seasoning spices in a small bowl and set aside.

Ingredients for instant Pot Roast Chicken

2. Remove the giblets from the chicken. Stuff the chicken cavity with the lemon and onions.

lemon and onion in chicken

3. Rub the chicken with the seasoning spices, putting extra on top of the chicken.

Dry rub on instant Pot Roast Chicken before cooking

4. Put a metal trivet in the inner stainless steel pot. Add 1 cup water. Place the chicken on the trivet. The chicken should not be touching the water at the bottom of the Instant Pot inner pot.

pouring water in instant pot

5. Put the lid on and close it shut. Make sure the valve is sealed. Set on high pressure for 30 minutes (or about 6 minutes per pound of chicken). When it’s done, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10-15 minutes.

Chicken in instant pot before cooking

6. The meat will be really tender (falling off the bone), so if you want it intact as a whole chicken to serve carefully remove from the Instant Pot and place on a serving dish. Garnish with parsley and serve with your favorite side dish.

Closeup of Instant Pot roast chicken in a white bowl with potatoes on the side

Can You Make Broth with Leftover Bones?

Totally! Save the liquid and bones from the chicken to make a delicious chicken bone broth later. I do this right after I make this chicken to get double time out of my crockpot before I put it away.

Can You Use a Frozen Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot?

Some people may have had success using frozen chicken. But the results seem to be mixed. So for best results, I recommend using fully thawed chicken.

Can You Add Vegetables or Rice to the Pot to Cook with the Chicken?

Rice isn’t recommended , since the cook times don’t match up. Your rice would most likely get very mushy. One vegetable that can work  are small/medium red potatoes. The trick is to fit them around the chicken. They will get really soft, but they are still good. Larger/ thick carrots may work okay too.

Top Tips for Instant Pot Roast Chicken

  • Opt for organic chicken, for best flavor,
  • To keep the chicken extra moist and flavorful, stuff the chicken cavity with lemon and onions.
  • Use the leftover bones to make broth in the crockpot.
  • Serve with your favorite side.

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instant Pot Roast Chicken in a dish

Instant Pot Roast Chicken

Don’t Mess With Mama
Make a whole roast chicken in less than an hour with the Instant Pot. This chicken recipe is like having a homemade rotisserie chicken without taking hours to cook. 
4.98 from 38 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Natural Release 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 23 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 whole organic chicken (about 4-5 lbs)
  • 1 large onion cut in half
  • 1 lemon cut in half

Seasoning Spices

Instructions
 

  • Combine all seasoning spices in a small bowl and set aside.
    ingredients for instant Pot Roast Chicken
  • Remove the giblets from the chicken. Stuff the chicken cavity with the lemon and onions. 
    lemon and onion in chicken cavity
  • Rub the chicken with the seasoning spices, putting extra on top of the chicken. 
    instant Pot Roast Chicken with dry rub before cooking
  • Put a metal trivet in the inner stainless steel pot. Add 1 cup water. Place the chicken on the trivet. The chicken should not be touching the water at the bottom of the Instant Pot inner pot. 
    pouring water into the instant pot
  • Put the lid on and close it shut. Make sure the valve is sealed. Set on high pressure for 30 minutes (or about 6 minutes per pound of chicken). When it’s done, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10-15 minutes. 
    instant Pot Roast Chicken - delicious and ready in less than an hour - DontMesswithMama.com
  • The meat will be really tender (falling off the bone), so if you want it intact as a whole chicken to serve carefully remove from the Instant Pot and place on a serving dish. Garnish with parsley and serve with your favorite side dish.
    instant Pot Roast Chicken - delicious and ready in less than an hour - DontMesswithMama.com

Nutrition

Calories: 23kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 778mgPotassium: 88mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 390IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Easy roast chicken, Instant pot roast chicken
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17 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this recipe for a few years and all of a sudden it has changed! Can you please email me the spices and amounts for the original crock pot recipe? It’s a family favorite! Thank you!

    1. Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it. So I updated it to an Instant Pot recipe to cut down the cooking time but the spices are the same. The original crock pot / slow cooker time was on high for 5 hours.

      1. Thank you! I thought I remembered rosemary in it also (maybe 1 TB?) and a little cayenne pepper (we call it spicy crock pot chicken). And I don’t remember the thyme….

  2. Looks easy! Might try it sometime. It’s good that you make bone broth out of the left over chicken bones as well.