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Instant Pot Whole Rotisserie-Style Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Si Foster, A Bountiful Kitchen


  • 1- 5-7 lb whole chicken
  • coarse sea salt and pepper about 1 tablespoon each
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • olive oil for cooking
  • 1 cup chicken broth more if making chicken gravy
  • bakers twine*


  1. Turn on Instant Pot to Saute Setting.
  2. Mix together in a bowl and set aside: sea salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder.
  3. Wash and remove any packaging and extra chicken parts form inside of whole chicken. Pat dry with paper towels and rub all of the seasoning onto the chicken.
  4. Tie together the legs of the chicken. You may also tie the wings to the body of the chicken if you like, this will help the chicken cook more evenly and keep the wings moist.
  5. Pour the oil into the heated Instant Pot.
  6. Brown the chicken in the hot oil in the Instant Pot, turning after about 3 minutes or when chicken is golden brown on both sides.
  7. When chicken is browned, remove from Instant Pot. Place the chicken on the steam rack and lower back into the Instant Pot.
  8. Add one cup of chicken broth to the Instant Pot, around the sides of the chicken.
  9. Place lid on pot with sealing ring in place and lock the lid into place. Make sure the lid is set to the "sealing" position.
  10. Using the manual setting, cook chicken for 25 minutes. After the timer goes off, allow the pressure to natural release for about 15-20 minutes.
  11. Use pot holders to remove chicken by lifting the handles of the steam rack and place the chicken on a serving platter or cutting board. Let the chicken rest for about 5-10 minutes to allow the juices to set up.
  12. Slice the chicken and serve.
  13. The liquid in the bottom of the pan may be used to make gravy.
  14. To make gravy:
  15. Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting, add about 2-3 tablespoons of butter. Whisk until melted. Add 3 tablespoons of flour and whisk until smooth. Add 2-3 cups chicken broth a little at a time, while whisking. Add salt and pepper to season.
  16. Set the Instant Pot to the slow cooker mode to reduce heat.
  17. Taste gravy, if needed, add concentrated chicken flavoring such as bullion cubes or paste.
  18. Serve with chicken.