I was always of the opinion that cooking a whole chicken was more trouble than it was worth. But with my Instant Pot it’s easy and I can get 3 different meals out of it. Now that I have an Instant Pot, I cook a whole chicken about once a week.
INSTANT POT WHOLE CHICKEN
- 1 4-5 lb Chicken
- Unwrap chicken and pull out giblets.
- Add appropriate amount of water for your Instant Pot.
- Place trivet in pot. Put chicken on top of trivet.
- Cook on meat setting, normal pressure, for 25 minutes.
- When done, allow to cool before picking off meat (it’s very hot!).
That’s the very basic way to cook a whole chicken in your Instant Pot. However, I recommend adding vegetables to the bottom so you use all the oils and juices that cook off the chicken for a soup.
WHOLE CHICKEN and VEGETABLE SOUP
I add chopped carrots, celery, and onion to the bottom of my Instant Pot with some minced garlic and then add the required water.
Add a teaspoon of salt and pepper and then set the whole chicken on top of the vegetables to cook. This will create and absolutely divine vegetable soup!
When the chicken is done cooking, lift it out and set it on a plate, then dump the remaining contents into a bowl or container.
Season it to taste. You can eat this with your meal, or set it aside for another delicious meal (which is what I do). And feel free to play around with different vegetables!
WHOLE CHICKEN and VEGETABLE SOUP and BONE BROTH
Once the chicken has cooled, pick the meat off the bones. Then put the frame of the chicken, any extra bones, chicken skin, giblets (I take them out of the raw chicken and set them in the fridge until I make the bone broth), neck, etc. back into the Instant Pot.
Fill your Instant Pot to the 2/3 mark with water. Close the lid and cook on the soup setting for 2 hours.
If you eat/drink bone broth on a regular basis, add veggies for additional flavor and nutritional content.
When it’s done, save the broth and throw out the rest. I hold a colander over my containers and pour it out of the pot. The colander catches the bones and such while the broth drains into the containers.
You can use this as a base for other soups and stews or use it in your pet food. It provide cats and dogs valuable nutrition and they’ll love it—our cats go nuts every time I make this!