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Instant Pot Whole Chicken with Vegetables

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I love this Instant Pot Whole Chicken with Vegetables because I can throw everything in the Instant Pot and be done with dinner. The vegetables infuse the chicken with flavor and the meat falls right off the bone. This is one of the easiest (and tastiest) Instant Pot chicken recipes!

a collage of a whole chicken with vegetables with title text reading Instant Pot Whole Chicken


Since dinner time is so chaotic in our house, I love Instant Pot dinners because the pot does all the work for me and leaves me with fewer dishes to wash after dinner. And unlike the crock pot version of this recipe, I don’t have to wait several hours to get tender-fork veggies and fall-of-the-bone chicken.


Like many of my other dinners, I made this in my Instant Pot because I prefer to spend the time before dinner doing other things rather than standing at the stove.

How to Make Instant Pot Whole Chicken with Vegetables

I’m super visual which is why I always try to include in-process shots. This way you know things are supposed to look like when you’re comparing your version to mine.

Step A – Brown the Chicken

In the recipe, you’ll see two different choices. You can brown the chicken in your Instant Pot using the sauté setting before you cook the dish. Or, you can put the chicken under the broiler for a few minutes AFTER it’s cooked.

When I made the Instant Pot whole chicken for these pictures, I sauteed the chicken in the Instant Pot. Other times, I’ve broiled it afterwards. The only difference is that broiling afterwards gives you an extra crispy skin.

Step 1 – Add the Vegetables

The first thing you’ll add to your Instant Pot are your chopped vegetables. Just slice your carrots, potatoes, and onions into large chunks and add to the pot.

large chunks of carrots, potatoes and onion in an instant pot

Then, you’ll add the seasoning – garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil, thyme and rosemary.

Step 3 – Prepare the Chicken

Now we just have to do a few things to get the chicken ready. First, insert lemon slices inside the cavity of the chicken.

a hand putting a lemon slice into the cavity of a whole chicken

Then, rub olive oil all over the outside of the chicken and place it in the pot on top of the vegetables. Season the chicken with thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. Add some liquid (broth or water) so the pot can come to pressure.

a whole chicken with seasonings on it in an instant pot with vegetables

Now you just need to secure the lid and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release the rest of the steam. Your dinner is ready!

chicken with vegetables in an instant pot

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

Ready to make this Instant Pot Whole Chicken with Vegetables? Here’s the complete recipe with measurements:

Instant Pot Whole Chicken with Vegetables

Wondermom Wannabe
Super simple and healthy dinner for the whole family!
3.53 from 106 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
2 mins
Total Time 52 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 349 kcal


  • 1 4 pound whole chicken
  • 6 Tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon
  • 4-6 potatoes chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water


  • Note: to brown the chicken you can do this a couple of different ways. I added a bit of olive oil to the Instant Pot on the sautee setting and seared the top of the chicken for 5 minutes until it released easily from the bottom. However, you can alternatively place the chicken in the oven on broil setting after cooking in the Instant Pot for a quick, crispy skin.
  • Sear chicken as directed above, if desired.
  • Chop up potatoes, carrots and onion and place in Instant Pot along with the garlic. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with 2 Tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle on 2-3 sprigs of the thyme and rosemary, respectively.
  • Cut up the lemon and insert into the cleaned chicken.
  • Rub the outside of the chicken with olive oil, and then season with remaining thyme and rosemary, and then salt and pepper to taste. Add broth (or water).
  • Select the manual setting, set to high, and increase time to 25 minutes.
  • Natural release for 10 minutes to let the chicken rest and then quick release until steam is complete.
  • If desired (and you didn't sear the chicken at the start of the recipe), set the oven to broil and place the chicken under the broiler for 2 minutes to crisp up the skin.


Weight Watchers Freestyle = 16 points per serving


Calories: 349kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 7gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 153mgPotassium: 1099mgFiber: 8gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 5167IUVitamin C: 48mgCalcium: 99mgIron: 8mg
Keyword chicken and vegetables, healthy dinner, instant pot, roasted veggies, whole chicken
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13 thoughts on “Instant Pot Whole Chicken with Vegetables”

    • Hi Melissa, the chickens I get from our local grocery store are typically right around 4 pounds. I’ll add that detail to the recipe. In general, you’ll need about 6 minutes of cook time per pound. And yes, this is for a fresh chicken, not frozen. Thanks for the questions!

  1. So….I read your tip about using the handles on my instant pot to hold the lid…..I just cannot figure it out. I’m thinking that maybe only SOME of them work that way! Does anyone else have this problem, or is it just me?
    Thank you!

  2. I really would love to try this recipe tonight, I have all the ingredients, but am new to the IP and so far the two recipes I have tried have failed pretty badly. I’ve been battling the “burn” message and am afraid that this recipe will also get things that stick to the bottom as it is coming to pressure and I will see that dreaded BURN sign again. I have a 6qt pot. How do I try and prevent this from happening with this recipe. Is 1/2 cup of broth enough or would it hurt the recipe to do at least a cup of liquid?

    • I use a 1/2 cup because otherwise it’s too brothy for me, but adding another half cup definitely won’t hurt. If you increase the liquid, definitely set the chicken on a trivet to keep it out of the liquid as much as possible (otherwise the bottom tends to fall apart). The trivet will also help you avoid the dreaded “burn” message.


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