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Instant Pot Whole Chicken, Instant Pot Duo Crisp

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.

Update: This recipe also works with the upgraded Instant Pot Pro Crisp and Air Fryer, which you can view here at Amazon:  Instant Pot Pro Crisp. You can see user Instant Pot Pro Crisp reviews there too.

Want to learn more about those pressure cooker and air fryer combos? See my Instant Pot Duo Crisp review and my Ninja Foodi vs. Instant Pot Duo Crisp Comparison

Instant Pot Whole chicken Instant Pot Duo Crisp

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.  

trussed chicken for Instant Pot whole 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. 

Instant Pot Duo Crisp whole chicken

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. 

Instant Pot air fryer whole chicken

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.

finished air fryer whole chicken

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! 

Instant Pot Duo Crisp Chicken

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. 

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Instant Pot Duo Crisp Chicken

Instant Pot Whole Chicken, Instant Pot Duo Crisp

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Instant Pot Whole Chicken made in the Instant Pot Duo Crisp for Pressure Cooker chicken that is also air fried for a crispy skin. Also great in the Ninja Foodi!


  • 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


  1. Wash and truss the chicken.
  2. Mix the seasonings and rub a small amount on the chicken.
  3. Pour the broth into the Instant Pot.
  4. Place the Chicken in the air fryer basket and place it in the Instant Pot .
  5. Pressure cook on manual high pressure for 25 minutes followed by 15 minutes of natural release.
  6. Discard liquid from the Instant Pot if needed (if it is touching the chicken).
  7. Spray or rub the top of the chicken with oil and rub it with half of the seasoning.
  8. Place the air fryer lid on the Duo Crisp and air fry at 400 for 10 minutes.
  9. Flip the chicken, spray it with oil, and rub with the remaining seasoning.
  10. 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.
  11. Allow the chicken to rest for 10 minutes (It will normally reach the needed 165 degrees during this time), then carve and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 441Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 1192mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 42g
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Tim S

Tuesday 21st of November 2023

This recipe was so good, that with Thansgiving coming up, family is begging I do the same with a small turkey. I have the 8 qt Duo Crisp and an 8.5 pound turkey, do I treat/season turkey the same as chicken and increase the pressure cook time of 6-7 minutes per pound (thinking 55 min) and then give the same crisper of 10 minutes at 400 degrees of air fry on each side regardless of weight or type of bird?


Tuesday 21st of November 2023

Hi! I haven't done a turkey in the Duo Crisp, but that seems like a good plan to me. The only worry I would have is making sure the bird fits in the pot OK. But you can truss it up fairly tight if need be. If it is crowding the pot too much to crisp well after pressure cooking, try carving the legs off and crisping those separately. Happy Thanksgiving and let me know how it goes!


Thursday 10th of August 2023

Marking as a best recipe for combined dúo crisp use. Blew away store rotisserie. Used 5.2 lbs organic chicken, no trussing but put on Instant Pot silicon sling for easy flip. Times given were perfect. Pressure made it juicy inside and air fry crisp outside. Montreal seasoning really made it. Steamed veggies separate on stove while chicken cooked. Too risky to combine with such a perfect chicken, but loved combining leftover veggies with leftover broth for next day soup.


Thursday 10th of August 2023

I'm glad you liked it!


Friday 9th of September 2022

I do not have the DuoCrisp. I have a regular IP with a separate air fryer lid. I had planned to cook the chicken as directed with just a regular trivet, then put on the air fryer lid to crisp up the skin. Will the timings work as written?


Tuesday 27th of September 2022

Hi! Yes, it generally should work. You might find you have to adjust the air fry time a bit simply based on differences in the lids. It should be pretty close to the same though.


Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

I'm not sure what's going on but I cannot put the pressure lid on with the crisper basket inside the pot. Also, timing per pound would be a good addition here. According to Instant Pot, 8 minutes per pound on high is best for a whole chicken.


Monday 22nd of August 2022

I am confused about flipping the chicken near the end. Do you cook it breast down under pressure and then flip it to finish browning at the end? I would think that you would want to do the last browning part breast up. Thank You.


Monday 22nd of August 2022

You can cook it either way under pressure. When browning, you may want to flip it to brown both sides. I usually brown breast up first and then flip and do the other side as needed.

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