How To Pressure Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot
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Pressure cooking a whole chicken in the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker makes life so much easier! It really is a game changer on how simple and quick you can cook a whole chicken compared to the time it takes to oven roast. You are basically cutting the cooking time in half!
You should keep in mind that there is a big difference between the cooking results when pressure cooking a whole chicken versus oven roasting. When a whole chicken is a pressure cooked, it will not have the crispy skin that is achieved with roasting. If you are looking to serve a golden roasted chicken at the family dinner table for a nice presentation effect, I would suggest sticking to oven roasting. As an alternative, you could also place the pressure cooked chicken in the oven for a few minutes at the end of cooking to crisp up the skin. If you are meal prepping or want to use the chicken meat and bones for other meals, then pressure cooking is definitely the right way to go!
The biggest benefits of pressure cooking a whole chicken is cutting down on the cooking time, no need to plan ahead, and the chicken meat will be fall-off-the-bone tender. Not to mention that you can save the meat drippings and bones to continue to make a nice chicken stock or bone broth. I personally love to pressure cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot so I can turn around and next make a nutrient filled Bone Broth in the Instant Pot. Then I like to add the chicken meat to the strained stock with vegetables so I can finish off by pressure cooking a heart-warming Chicken Noodle Soup. I think it is one of the ultimate ways to cook with love for your family and friends!
Recipe to Pressure Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot:
This is the type of pressure cooker that I prefer to use in my cooking: I get readers asking which electric pressure cooker brand I prefer to use for cooking. I personally use the Instant Pot Multi-Use Pressure Cooker. I love having 7 cooking functions in one space saving appliance – Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute Pan, Steamer, Yogurt Maker and Warmer.
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