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Super Moist Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken
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Super Moist Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken in Under 30 Minutes

If you have ever wondered just how to cook a whole chicken in an electric pressure cooker then you have come to the right place. We use an Instant Pot to pressure cook the whole chicken here, but any commercial electric pressure cooker will work. Leaving you with you most intense flavored chicken in under 30 minutes which can be added to any number of meals during the week. Meal prepping just got a lot quicker!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Anytime
Servings: 6 serves
Calories: 74kcal


  • 1 whole chicken, about 4lb (opt for organic if possible)
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil of choice, I use coconut or avocado oil
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth (opt for homemade or organic)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed


  • In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper and cumin. Rub the seasoning all over the outside of the chicken
  • Using the sauté function of the Instant Pot, heat cooking oil in the pressure cooker. Once hot, add in the chicken, breast side down and cook for about 6-7 minutes
  • Turn the sauté function off, flip the chicken over and then add in the broth, lemon juice and smashed garlic 
  • Pop the lid on, set the valve to sealed and set the pressure cooker to high for 25 minutes on manual 
  • Once finished, let the pressure cooker release naturally (natural pressure release)
  • Remove the chicken from the pressure cooker and let stand for 5 minutes before carving. See notes


Carve the chicken and serve OR tear up the whole chicken and save for meals throughout the week. Be sure to save the liquid from cooking the chicken and the bones from the chicken to make your own chicken broth.


Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.3g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 0.4g