How to Cook a Whole Chicken in an Electric Pressure Cooker?

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in an Electric Pressure Cooker?

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in an Electric Pressure Cooker? Have you ever been in a rush to make dinner for the family? Well, this article is for you! This article will explain how to use a pressure cooker to cook a WHOLE chicken in under an hour! A fast and delicious meal for the family in no time at all. All you need is a chicken, a pressure cooker, some spices, and a ready-to-go attitude!

Even if you are a beginner using electric pressure cookers this chicken recipe is easy to make. Cooking a whole chicken in an electric pressure cooker is fast, simple, and budget-friendly. Rather than buying a pre-cooked chicken at the store, you can make this pressure-cooked whole chicken recipe with just minutes of prep time. Your homemade chicken will taste much better than the store-bought. Plus you can control the ingredients to your liking! Below are the steps to make a perfect pressure-cooked chicken. 

Step One: Make Sure the Chicken Fits into your Pressure Cooker

Step One: Make Sure the Chicken Fits into your Pressure Cooker
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Though this seems like a silly step, the chicken must fit! If it is too large it will not cook correctly and will not turn into the perfect pressure-cooked chicken. A good-sized chicken to use is between 4 – 4.5 lbs (though you can use smaller-sized chickens as well, make sure to use a different cooking time see below). 

Step Two: Prepare Your Pressure Cooker

Step Two: Prepare Your Pressure Cooker
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Place your trivet (the metal bracket used to lift items from the pot out) into your pressure cooker.

Pour in 1 cup of cold water (you need liquid for pressure to build and pressure cooking to be possible). If you have a larger 8-quart instant pot use 1.5 cups of water.

Step Three: Season the Chicken

Step Three: Season the Chicken
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Clean out your chicken. Make sure that all the innards are removed and that it is all clean. then rub the chicken with the homemade rotisserie rub or any dry or wet rub of your choice. Make sure to get under the skin and the meat to ensure that the seasoning reaches all parts of the chicken. 

Step Four: Pressure Cook the Chicken

Step Four: Pressure Cook the Chicken
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Once you place the chicken into the pressure-cooker, place the lid on your pressure cooker, and set the valve to sealing. Then set the cooking time according to how large your chicken is (see below to see how long it must be cooked for).

Step Five: Let the Pressure Release

Step Five: Let the Pressure Release
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After the cooking time has finished, allow pressure to naturally release for at least 10 minutes (though you can leave it for longer as it will make the meat more tender). And during this time it is okay to leave the pressure cooker in a warm setting.

Move chicken to a cutting board and let rest for an additional 10 minutes before serving so that it doesn’t cook longer in the pressure cooker and to allow the juices to redistribute. 

Step six: Eat!

Step six: Eat!
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Once your chicken has finished cooking, dig in! 

How Long Does it Take for Different Sized Chickens?

The length of cooking time for a whole chicken will vary based on the size of the chicken. A safe rule of thumb is to cook your chicken 6 minutes per pound and let it naturally release for at least 20 minutes for perfectly cooked chicken. 

3-pound chicken: 18 minutes on high pressure

4-pound chicken: 24 minutes on high pressure

5-pound chicken: 30 minutes on high pressure

For every added pound make sure to add 6 minutes and for every half a pound add 3 minutes to the total cooking time. 

How to Cook a Frozen Chicken in a Pressure Cooker

It is possible to cook a frozen chicken for this recipe, but a fresh or thawed chicken works the best. You can cook a frozen whole chicken but it will take significantly longer (60-70 minutes on high pressure) and we found that a thawed or fresh chicken will cook more evenly. 

For a frozen chicken you will need half of the amount of spice rub needed in the recipe.

Pressure cook a frozen chicken for 13 minutes per pound at a high pressure, in addition to a 15 minutes natural release.

An example would be that a 4-pound frozen chicken will take roughly 52 minutes, a 4.5-pound frozen chicken will take roughly 59 minutes and a 5-pound frozen chicken will take roughly 65 minutes to cook.

To make sure that the chicken is fully cooked make sure that the internal temperature has reached at least 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the leg, without touching the bone. 

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in an Electric Pressure Cooker? – Conclusion

By following these steps you will be able to make the perfect pressure-cooked chicken in no time! And will be able to impress your family and friends with this simple recipe. 

Written by Jacklyn Mok

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