Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken and Potatoes 

You can make this easy and tasty pressure cooker whole chicken and potatoes in the Instant Pot or another electric pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken and Potatoes

Whole chickens are one of the most frugal ways to buy chicken. I can normally find them for right around 99 cents per pound and that’s not a sale price. I can get two or three meals out of a 4 to 5 pound chicken depending on how I serve it.

The only downside I can think of with a whole chicken is when you roast one it is super easy to dry it out. That’s what is great about cooking it in an electric pressure cooker. You end up with a fall apart tender chicken in just about an hour. And the meat stays nice and juicy. No sawdust chicken here.

Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken and Potatoes

The skin doesn’t get crispy like an oven roasted or rotisserie chicken does but no one here likes the skin anyway so it’s not a big deal. If you like a crispy and golden skin just put the chicken in a baking dish in a nice hot, 425ish, oven for a few minutes until it’s how you want it.

Can I Use a Frozen Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot?

I wouldn’t recommend cooking a whole chicken from frozen in an Instant Pot or another brand of an electric pressure cooker. Whole chickens are often packaged with plastic or paper pouches containing gizzards or other parts that are meant to be removed before cooking. If the chicken is still frozen those are pretty much impossible to remove.

What recipes can use leftover meat from the whole cooked chicken?

Pretty much any recipe that calls for cooked shredded chicken can use meat from the Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken and Potatoes recipe. Just make sure that the seasonings used on the chicken match the new dish. For example, you wouldn’t want to use chicken that has been seasoned heavily with rosemary and basil in a Mexican style dish.

If you want specific examples my favorites are:

Cheesy Green Chile Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chicken and Green Chile Enchiladas

Serve Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken and Potatoes with the following for a delicious supper

Southern-fried cabbage, garlic and herb butter dip biscuits

spicy jalapeño creamed corn sour cream biscuits

5 from 1 vote

Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken and Potatoes

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Micha M


  • 1 4 to 5 pound Chicken
  • 8 potatoes
  • 1 cup Chicken broth
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

For the rub

  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt free garlic and herb seasoning
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons olive oil


For the rub

  1. Combine all the rub ingredients together in a small bowl

For the chicken

  1. Peel and quarter the potatoes 

  2. Place potatoes in the insert of a 6 quart or larger electric pressure cooker 

  3. Season with salt and pepper 

  4. Pour in the chicken broth 

  5. Put the chicken breast side up on the potatoes and spread generously with the rub. I like to rub the seasoning on the meat as well as the skin

  6. Place lid on pressure cooker and set to sealing

  7. Use manual setting on high pressure for 30 minutes 

  8. Let it do a natural pressure release 

  9. Serve the chicken and potatoes 

Recipe Notes

The cook time does not include getting the cooker up to pressure or the natural pressure release. Once I put the lid on and get it started the chicken is done in right at an hour. 

Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot Whole Chicken and Potatoes

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  1. 5 stars
    Lady, big hugs and smoothies from our kitchen. This post was perfect timing! We consistently enjoy your recipes, with no failures for us, so thank you so very much. Looking forward to more of your instant pot recipes.

    God bless you and yours,

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