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Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken

The Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe can be made with fresh or frozen chicken! With garlic butter and traditional seasonings, it becomes juicy, flavorful, and fall-off-the-bone tender.

This Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken recipe calls for a whole chicken. That’s right, the whole bird. Usually, I choose lean and boneless cuts, but whole chickens are great for a traditional Sunday dinner with all the trimmings, or for meal prep! Once the meat is off the bones, you can make sandwiches, tacos, salads, wraps, soups, casseroles… the possibilities are endless.

Why you will love this recipe!

  • Easy: The chicken only needs to be prepped minutes before cooking. Just let the pressure cooker do the rest!
  • Simple ingredients: You will have the majority of the ingredients on hand to make the perfect whole chicken, so there’s nothing fancy you need.
  • Quick: With this Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken recipe, you get the most flavorful and juicy meat in less time.
Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken
Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Why Use the Instant Pot?

What’s so great about making a whole chicken in the Instant Pot? Well, there are actually quite a few reasons to love this method from Pioneer Woman. Here are just a few:

  • Convenience: You can cook the chicken in the Instant Pot without watching it all the time. You don’t have to peek inside the oven to make sure it’s not overcooked, you don’t have to bast, and you don’t have to worry about the meat drying out. The Instant Pot does all the work for you, so you can set the timer and walk away.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Whole chickens are one of the most economical protein sources out there. It’s not uncommon to pay twice the amount for thighs, wings, and breasts. This recipe makes it easy to take advantage of those savings.
  • Quality: Because pressure cookers trap steam and moisture inside, instead of letting them evaporate, you are able to fully cook both dark meat and white meat without losing moisture. As a result, you get tenderized food without losing any of the juices.
  • Time: For this Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken recipe, you’ll need the Instant Pot to heat up for a few minutes, and then about 8 minutes per pound (fresh) or 13 minutes per pound (frozen).

Ingredients That You’ll Need:

  • Chicken: The recipe makes one chicken, weighing around four pounds.
  • Butter: For rubbing all over the chicken, you’ll need 1/4 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature.
  • Parsley: Dry parsley might seem boring, but it really helps to create that classic herbal flavor profile that I associate with a good roast chicken.
  • Seasoned Salt: The flavor of seasoned salt packs such a punch into one versatile ingredient.
  • Garlic Powder: About 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder goes into this spice blend.
  • Black Pepper: Together with the lemon, pepper adds a bit of bite and pungency to this dish, which helps to balance out the richer ingredients.
  • Paprika: Just a bit—1/4 teaspoon will do it.
  • Chicken Broth: While building pressure in the Instant Pot, I use 1 1/2 cups of low sodium chicken broth to add flavor. You can also use water, if you prefer.
  • Onion: Quarter one onion and toss it in.
  • Lemon: It is optional, but a quartered lemon adds a lovely fragrance and flavor.

Can I Use Frozen Chicken?

Even if you forgot to thaw your chicken, you can still make this easy Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken recipe. Just follow the recipe exactly, but cook the chicken for 13 minutes per pound.

How to easily unpack frozen chicken: To remove the wrapper, hold the chicken under cool running water for a few minutes to defrost it.

Check for giblets: It may be difficult to get the giblets out of the cavity if the chicken is frozen. I have done it without a problem, but I have also had trouble getting them out. Womp, womp. If that happens, you’ll need to put the chicken in the refrigerator to thaw, then cook it another time. Cooking a chicken with giblets inside is not recommended!

Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken
Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Cooking Times for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken:

As a general rule of thumb, cook your chicken on high pressure for 6 minutes per pound, then do a natural pressure release for 15 minutes before manually releasing the remaining pressure.

  • 3 lbs = 18 minutes of high pressure followed by 15 minutes of natural release
  • 3 1/2 lbs = Using high pressure for 21 minutes with a natural release for 15 minutes
  • 4 lb = 24 minutes of high pressure followed by 15 minutes of natural release
  • 4 1/2 lb = High pressure for 27 minutes, natural release for 15 minutes
  • 5 lb = High pressure for 30 minutes and natural release for 15 minutes

How To Make Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken?

  1. Unwrap your chicken and remove any bag from the cavity if it has one. Carefully loosen the skin without removing it.
  2. Combine butter, parsley, seasoning salt, garlic powder, pepper, and paprika in a small bowl. Evenly spread butter under the chicken’s skin. *At this point, you can cook or freeze the chicken.
  3. In the Instant Pot, add the trivet and chicken broth. Add the chicken, onion, and lemon quarters around and under the chicken, if desired (the lower pieces of chicken will absorb the lemon flavor, so if you do not want that, don’t use them).
  4. Close the lid and set the valve to seal. Set the Instant Pot on manual, high pressure (the default), and for 32 minutes (or 8 minutes per pound of chicken). Let it come to pressure for 15 minutes and count down from there.
  5. After the Instant Pot has finished cooking, turn it off and let the pressure naturally release for 5-10 minutes before venting and releasing any remaining pressure.
  6. Open the lid and insert a meat thermometer in three or four places where the meat is thickest. Make sure it reaches 165 degrees F everywhere.
  7. Peel the skin off the chicken (or broil it, if you like) then serve.

Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken Serving Suggestions

You can’t go wrong with traditional sides for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken. Here are a few family favorites!

  • Peas: These Easy Creamed Peas And Potatoes make a great side dish with just about anything, including rotisserie chicken.
  • Potatoes: The crispy exterior and fluffy interior of my No-Fail Roasted Potatoes will make a perfect companion to your tender chicken!
  • Pasta: Colorful Ramen Noodle Salad go great with chicken. This Creamy Ranch Bowtie Pasta Salad is not only delicious but also simple to prepare.
Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken
Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Recipe Tips

  • Adjust the Seasonings: Don’t like garlic? Leave it out. Want a little more spice? Throw in some cayenne (but, please start slowly!). Want to add some fresh herbs from the garden? No problem!
  • Cook It Upside Down: If you don’t care about beauty, you can flip the chicken upside down so that the breasts cook in the juices – this will result in juicy white meat!
  • Save It for Later: The chicken can also be rubbed with seasoned butter at step 2 and then rolled up and frozen for another time. Use within 6 months for the best flavor.
  • Pretty Presentation: It’s important to separate the chicken pieces and serve them on a large serving platter. The chicken is so tender when it comes out of the Instant Pot that it generally will not hold together.

FAQ Section

How long to cook Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken?

Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken takes about 30 minutes to cook. A general rule of thumb is to weigh the chicken before cooking and stuffing it and to cook it for 6 minutes per pound of chicken. It will take 30 minutes to pressure cook a 5 lb chicken, whereas it will take 24 minutes to pressure cook a 4 lb chicken.

Can I make crispy skin on the chicken?

Place the chicken breast side up on a foil-lined sheet pan. Brush the skin with olive oil or melted butter. Broil in the lower middle of the oven until the skin is crispy. You can skip searing the skin inside the pot and broil after pressure cooking.

How to Store Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken?

To store Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken leftovers, Remove the skin from the bones and place them in food storage containers or bags. Store in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Properly stored, it should keep for up to four days.

How to Freeze Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken?

You can freeze chicken by removing it from the bones and then placing it in freezer bags. Remove any excess air, mark the date, and freeze the chicken for up to three months.

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Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving ( 4oz )

  • Calories 240
  • Total Fat 17g
  • Saturated Fat 5g
  • Cholesterol 85mg
  • Sodium 80mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 0g
  • Protein 21g
  • Vitamin C 2%
  • Calcium 2%
  • Iron 6%

Nutrition Facts Source: Source

Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 10 minutesCook time: 32 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 42 minutesServings:8 servingsCalories:240 kcal Best Season:Available

Description

The Pioneer Woman Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe can be made with fresh or frozen chicken! With garlic butter and traditional seasonings, it becomes juicy, flavourful, and fall-off-the-bone tender.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Unwrap your chicken and remove any bag from the cavity if it has one. Carefully loosen the skin without removing it.
  2. Combine butter, parsley, seasoning salt, garlic powder, pepper, and paprika in a small bowl. Evenly spread butter under the chicken’s skin. *At this point, you can cook or freeze the chicken.
  3. In the Instant Pot, add the trivet and chicken broth. Add the chicken, onion, and lemon quarters around and under the chicken, if desired (the lower pieces of chicken will absorb the lemon flavor, so if you do not want that, don’t use them).
  4. Close the lid and set the valve to seal. Set the Instant Pot on manual, high pressure (the default), and for 32 minutes (or 8 minutes per pound of chicken). Let it come to pressure for 15 minutes and count down from there.
  5. After the Instant Pot has finished cooking, turn it off and let the pressure naturally release for 5-10 minutes before venting and releasing any remaining pressure.
  6. Open the lid and insert a meat thermometer in three or four places where the meat is thickest. Make sure it reaches 165 degrees F everywhere.
  7. Peel the skin off the chicken (or broil it, if you like) then serve.

Notes

  • Adjust the Seasonings: Don’t like garlic? Leave it out. Want a little more spice? Throw in some cayenne (but, please start slowly!). Want to add some fresh herbs from the garden? No problem!
  • Cook It Upside Down: If you don’t care about beauty, you can flip the chicken upside down so that the breasts cook in the juices – this will result in juicy white meat!
  • Save It for Later: The chicken can also be rubbed with seasoned butter at step 2 and then rolled up and frozen for another time. Use within 6 months for the best flavor.
  • Pretty Presentation: It’s important to separate the chicken pieces and serve them on a large serving platter. The chicken is so tender when it comes out of the Instant Pot that it generally will not hold together.
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Nutrition Facts

Servings 8


Amount Per Serving
Calories 240
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g27%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 85mg29%
Sodium 80mg4%
Total Carbohydrate 0g
Protein 21g42%

Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2%
Iron 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.