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Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken

The only way to cook an entire moist and tasty chicken in under thirty minutes while locking in the most flavor is by making a PRESSURE COOKER WHOLE CHICKEN!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 460


  • 1 3-4 pound whole chicken, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic


  • Cover the chicken with the thyme, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Heat pressure cooker to browning setting and add the oil. Once hot, brown the chicken, breast side down, for about 5 minutes. Turn the chicken breast side up.
  • Add chicken broth to the bottom of the pot. Cut lemon in half, squeeze the lemon on the chicken, and then place the two halves from the lemon in the pot along with the garlic.
  • Bring the pressure cooker to high pressure and cook at high pressure for about 20-25 minutes (depending on weight of the chicken with 3 pounds being 20 minutes and 4 pounds being 25 minutes).
  • Once done cooking, allow pressure to naturally release.
  • Insert meat thermometer into breast and ensure it reads at least 165 degrees F.


Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 855mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 26.5mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2.6mg