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Pressure cooker (Instant Pot) whole chicken

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Fall of the bone, tender and juicy whole chicken perfectly cooked in your Instant pot. With crispy delicious skin, using new Crisplid technology.  Keto, Whole 30, Paleo and gluten free!

MyWW green plan, blue plan and purple plans points are listed in the notes of the recipe card, specified by the part of the chicken ( all calculations are done by adding ingredients to Weight watchers app calculator). Points are per serving.

Originally published on February 8, 2018 and then updated with new pictures and instructions

browned whole chicken in instant potThis chicken almost tastes like a Rotisserie Chicken you buy at the grocery store. But maybe a little bit better! If you like to cook your chicken whole, try my other recipes- Easy smoked whole chicken and  Air fryer whole chicken.

Recently i received a  Mealthy CrispLid (you can order it through this link) and wanted to try it out right away. This device converts your Pressure cooker (6 or 8qt) into an air fryer! Broil, crisp, and air fry directly in the steel pot of your electric pressure cooker. I am impressed!

Crisplid on pressure cooker

Pressure cooked whole chicken

First i wanted to make a whole chicken in my Instant Pot. I washed and cleaned the chicken, rubbed it with salt, freshly ground pepper and of course some fresh rosemary from my backyard. Placed the trivet inside the inner pot, added 1 cup of water (you can use chicken broth for extra flavor). Added the whole seasoned chicken and closed and locked the lid.

raw chicken in instant pot

Cooked for 20 minutes on MANUAL  high pressure. Once done, quick release the pressure.

You don’t have to babysit the whole process of cooking too, just place the chicken in the pot, close the lid, push to start and….go do something amazing while the chicken is cooking!

Now to the fun part!

Broiling chicken with CRISPLID

  1. Once you open the pressure cooker lid, let some steam to escape. Take your CRISPLID, plug it in and place on top of your instant pot (or other pressure cooker you are using).
  2. Set the time and temperature and set start. For this recipe i chose to use 500 degrees setting for 5 minutes.
  3. You are monitoring the entire process so you can stop the broiling process once the chicken will get as browned and crispy as you want.
  4. Order your own CRISPLID HERE. I loved it so you will too.

crisplid top view

You can use the Crisplid as an air fryer as well.  Use same temperature and time as provided in the recipes below:

  1. Best Air fryer Steak recipe
  2. Perfect Air Fryer Salmon fillets
  3. Air fryer teriyaki chicken drumsticks

Or you can use it with more instant pot recipes like these (for broiling) :

  1. Instant Pot turkey legs with gravy
  2. Instant Pot Cornish hen with potatoes
  3. Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo pasta (add more cheese on top and melt it with Crisplid)
chicken in pressure cooker
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4.75 from 8 votes

Whole chicken in instant pot

Fall of the bone, tender and juicy whole chicken perfectly cooked in your Instant pot. Keto, whole30, low carb, gluten free
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crisplid chicken, pressure cooker chicken, whole chicken in instant pot
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 89kcal
Author: Tatiana


  • 1 chicken (about 4 lb)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary (or use your favorite spices)
  • 1 cup chicken stock or water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • lots of freshly ground pepper


  • Wash the bird and dry with paper towels. Rub with minced garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Add more spices if you will like.
  • Place the chicken in to the instant pot. Add water or broth, and wine if using. Close and lock the lid. Set to 20 minute on high pressure.
  • Once done, quick release the pressure. Replace the lid with the CRISP LID. Broil for about 5 minutes at 500 degrees.


Be careful getting the chicken out of the pot- it will be falling apart.
Weight Watchers points ( all calculations are done by adding ingredients to Weight watchers app calculator). Points are per serving:
Chicken breast (skinless):
MyWW green plan 4 points, blue plan 1 points, purple 1 points
Chicken thigh (skinless):
MyWW green plan 3 points, blue plan 3 points, purple 3 points
Chicken wing:
MyWW green plan 2 points, blue plan 2 points, purple 2 points
Chicken drumstick (skinless):
MyWW green plan 2 points, blue plan 2 points, purple 2 points

Tools used in this recipe

Pressure cooker


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 1767mg | Potassium: 88mg | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators.

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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 9th of December 2020

You are not supposed to wash raw chicken before cooking.

Tatiana Shifruk

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Thank you for you opinion Chris. I always wash chicken or any kind of meat before cooking because you have no idea where its been and whats on it.... If you worry about bacteria, well, just wash your sink after, that's it. And, are you going to use tongs or hands to take the chicken out of package? To use knife to cut it and the cutting board? You are still going to wash it all in the sink after, bringing the bacteria. Just keep your kitchen clean and use good soap and you will be fine.

Kelly Anthony

Monday 22nd of July 2019

I just got an instant pot and I can't wait to cook a whole chicken in it. The skin looks crispy and cooked perfectly!


Tuesday 16th of July 2019

That looks mouth-watering!


Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Yes!! Instant pot recipes are the best, I love that you used fresh rosemary! Thanks for the great idea :)

Pam Greer

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

I have never heard of this lid, but now I have to have it!! I love how browned it got your yummy chicken!!