Whole Instant Pot Chicken is the perfect dinner recipe for busy families!
I love my Instant Pot. No really, I love it. I know that sounds kind of funny but I'm kind of an oddball to begin with. When my husband and I first got married we received a slow cooker as a wedding gift. It's gotten a ton of use over the years and I'm probably due for a new one. The thing about my slow cooker though, is that it's slow. I know, I get it. It's supposed to be slow and take all day for the food to simmer and cook through. The thing is, I'm not a slow type of gal, and most days we play the 'what's for dinner?' game around 3-4 o'clock in the afternoon. By then it's way too late to use the slow cooker and I'm out of luck.
Fast forward to this past year and anyone who's anyone that likes to cook was raving about their Instant Pot. Instant what? Yes, the Instant Pot. It's a magical pressure cooker, steamer and slow cooker in ONE handy pot! Cool, right?! At first I kinda didn't believe it. I didn't need an extra kitchen appliance and my cupboards were filled to the brim already. But as I began to use it, I bought my mother-in-law one for Christmas last year.
Last fall, I had the opportunity to try an Instant Pot and make a few recipes for a fellow blogger. I received my Instant Pot from Amazon and didn't really know what to expect. I'd never used an old fashioned pressure cooker but I had watched my grandmother over the years and she always warned about the pressure building up and exploding. This scared the bejesus out of me. I tentatively opened the Instant Pot and flipped through the instruction manual. I rinsed everything out and put it together following the directions and tentatively turned it on making my first Instant Pot meal. I didn't leave the kitchen for the first 30 minutes. I was so afraid it would explode. But, it didn't AND the food was delicious! I. Was. Hooked!
So, for the last few months I've been using my Instant Pot at least 1-2 times a week. If I'm not making dinner in it, I make a side dish like these Easy Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes. The Instant Pot is just so easy to use I don't really have an excuse for not making easy dinners or side dishes!
Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe
- 2-3 lb whole chicken
- 3-4 carrots, peeled and cut in quarters
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 6-7 medium redskin potatoes, cut in half or quarters
- 2 C. chicken broth
- Salt & pepper, olive oil, dried oregano and dried parsley to taste
- Place all the vegetables on the pot of the Instant Pot and place the rack on top.
- Pour the chicken broth over the vegetables.
- Rub olive oil over the chicken and season to taste.
- Place the chicken on the Instant Pot rack and place inside the Instant Pot.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot and seal shut.
- Press Manual, High Pressure and set the timer to 25 minutes.
- After 25 minutes, allow the Instant Pot to vent. You can either do this naturally (takes a bit longer) or manually turn the vent valve using a pot holder or kitchen towel and standing out of the vents way.
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