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.
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
- 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.
2. Remove the giblets from the chicken. Stuff the chicken cavity with the lemon and onions.
3. Rub the chicken with the seasoning spices, putting extra on top of the chicken.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 1 whole organic chicken (about 4-5 lbs)
- 1 large onion cut in half
- 1 lemon cut in half
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp Celtic salt
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 1 tsp black pepper freshly ground
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- Combine all seasoning spices in a small bowl and set aside.
- Remove the giblets from the chicken. Stuff the chicken cavity with the lemon and onions.
- Rub the chicken with the seasoning spices, putting extra on top of the chicken.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Photo credit: Bigstockphoto.com/ weyo
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Lynda, kitchen novice says
Did I miss something? I cut sprigs of rosemary from garden and just slipped on inside cavity and laid the rest around the chicken. Did not take rosemary off the sprig. Hope I did not make a mistake… :-/
Tracey Black says
Not at all. This recipe is so simple. Rosemary inside the cavity and around the chicken are fantastic. You don’t need to take off the sprig. Enjoy!
Is it a must to use organic spices for this recipe to be gluten-free?
Tracey Black says
No, but I do recommend getting through a trusted source to get the best-quality ingredients.
Hi – I just cooked a chicken today and want to make the bone broth from it. I have the liquid that came from cookkng the chicken in the crock pot. Should I dump that and start fresh with the bones, veg’s etc. and cook for 12 hours or can I use the liquid that is left from the chicken?
Tracey Black says
I personally don’t use the liquid from the chicken for my broth. I strip all the meat off the bones and keep the cartilage. Here’s my bone broth recipe: https://dontmesswithmama.com/how-to-make-homemade-stock-or-bone-broth/. I do use the liquid in the chicken sometimes to make Paleo mashed potatoes or even make a gravy with it.
How many potatoes to you add? Are they super mushy if they cook that long or do you recommend throwing in potatoes half way?
Tracey Black says
Usually 3-4 medium potatoes. I put it all in. It is soft but I love it, and sometimes I’ll mash it with the juice left over from the cooked chicken to make mashed potatoes.