I just got my Instant Pot Duo Crisp and had to try out making an Instant Pot whole chicken in it. I have already done air fryer whole chicken in the Vortex (Instant Pot Vortex Rotisserie Chicken) and the Omni (air fryer rotisserie chicken, Instant Omni) so I was excited to try the combination of pressure cooking and air frying in the Duo Crisp.
You can also make this recipe in a regular Instant Pot and finish it in the oven. Or saute it before pressure cooking to brown the skin. I will give instructions for that as well, but this recipe is best made using the Duo Crisp and is formulated for that. It also will work wonderfully as a Ninja Foodi whole chicken.
Instant Pot Whole Chicken in the Duo Crisp
With the Instant Pot Duo Crisp or a Ninja Foodi, you get the best of both worlds because you can pressure cook and broil or air fry in the same pot. So, while most Instant Pot whole chicken recipes will have you either saute your chicken first or put it under the broiler after cooking, you can do it all in one device with the Duo Crisp. This is key because normally an Instant Pot rotisserie chicken recipe will not really have that crispy skin that you want unless you broil it in the oven.
The result of using the Duo Crisp is that you really do get that truly wonderful crispy skin that you can only get from making an air fryer whole chicken.
By the way, doing a whole chicken this way is not particularity any faster than only air frying it. But it does do a nice job off getting a chicken that has that nice golden finish without being over browned because it is under the air fryer for less time.
Instant Pot Duo Crisp Whole Chicken Recipe
Start by trussing the chicken. Tie its legs and also tie up the wings and thighs. This makes it more compact and helps it hold together. Need a step-by-step tutorial in trussing a chicken? Check here for how to truss a Chicken.
Mix up a seasoning blend or grab your favorite rub and rub a bit on the chicken. Reserve most of it for later though. My mix here is a mix of Italian Seasoning and various spices.
Give it a good amount of salt and pepper too. I actually used Montreal Steak seasoning in this recipe because it is extra salty. That helps make the skin crispy.
Put the whole chicken in the air fry basket. It might be a bit of a tight fit.
Add a cup and a half of chicken broth to the pot, then put the air fryer basket on its base inside.
Pressure cook for 25 minutes on high pressure followed by 15 minutes of natural release. Then, if needed, drain the liquid. I drained mine, but probably did not have to do so because it was not touching my chicken.
Next, spray the chicken with some oil. I like to use an avocado oil spray, and then give it a good rub with the seasonings. Put on the air fryer lid and air fry at 400 for about ten minutes. Take the chicken out, flip it over, and repeat for the other side. I had to use oven mitts to pull my chicken out. Next time, I might make a foil sling for it.
Your chicken is done when it reaches 165 degrees internal temperature. I recommend letting it rest in the pot for about 10 minutes starting at 160 degrees. That will help seal in the juices.
Then, remove it from the pot, carve it, and serve!
The result is an Instant Pot whole chicken with a crispy air fryer skin. I forgot to take pictures of it plated, I was so hungry when it finished! The house smelled amazing from it.
How to make Instant Pot Whole Chicken In a Regular Pressure Cooker
If you do not have a Duo Crisp or Ninja Foodi, you can still make this recipe by pressure cooking for 30 minutes, followed by natural release and then broiled in the oven to crisp the skin and until the chicken is the proper temperature. Or saute it first in the pot to brown it and then pressure cook for 35 minutes, followed by a natural release. Just put it on the trivet in the Instant Pot.
I do not particularly recommend using the method that sautes first though, because it is hard to monitor when your chicken is actually done.
- 1 Whole chicken
- 2 T or spray of oil of choice (I use an avocado oil spray)
- 1 t garlic powder
- 1 t onion powder
- 1 t paprika
- 1 t Italian seasoning
- 2 T Montreal Steak Seasoning (or salt and pepper to taste)
- 1.5 c chicken broth
- Wash and truss the chicken.
- Mix the seasonings and rub a small amount on the chicken.
- Pour the broth into the Instant Pot.
- Place the Chicken in the air fryer basket and place it in the Instant Pot .
- Pressure cook on manual high pressure for 25 minutes followed by 15 minutes of natural release.
- Discard liquid from the Instant Pot if needed (if it is touching the chicken).
- Spray or rub the top of the chicken with oil and rub it with half of the seasoning.
- Place the air fryer lid on the Duo Crisp and air fry at 400 for 10 minutes.
- Flip the chicken, spray it with oil, and rub with the remaining seasoning.
- Place the air fryer lid on the Duo Crisp and air fry for another ten minutes or until the chicken reaches 160 degrees internal temperature.
- Allow the chicken to rest for 10 minutes (It will normally reach the needed 165 degrees during this time), then carve and serve.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 441 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 19g Cholesterol: 133mg Sodium: 1192mg Carbohydrates: 4g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 42g