Fall Apart Instant Pot Chicken – This is a delicious way to prepare a whole chicken. Made with easy ingredients that are also economical.
Let me preface this post to say that it is tough to photograph a whole chicken!
This guy didn’t really have an ‘angle’, particularly because he was falling apart. I did what I could though, so let’s segue into today’s recipe!
I’ve had my Instant Pot for around three years now, and I use it at least once a day, if not more! It is quite literally my most used kitchen appliance next to the stove.
These are all foods I keep on hand in our fridge that I can pull out whenever the craving strikes.
With six people in our family, food goes fast, so I find I need big batches now more than ever.
What does Instant Pot chicken taste like?
Instant Pot chicken is actually my favorite way to prepare the bird!
The meat becomes very juicy and falls apart in such a way that it reminds me of pulled chicken. If you have a good homemade barbecue sauce or chicken salad recipe, this texture is ideal for both.
I love to keep this on hand for salads throughout the week, and for adding to various dinner recipes, like stir-fries, at night.
Don’t waste the broth!
After cooking, the remaining juices in the Instant Pot make a tasty base for soups or just enjoying by itself. I like to pour it into a large mason jar and keep it in the fridge. It turns to ‘jello’ when cold, but becomes liquid again upon heating.
Recipes that may pair well with Instant Pot Chicken:
Fall Apart Instant Pot Chicken
- Instant Pot
- 1 3 - 3 1/4 pound whole chicken (organic tastes best!)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 yellow onion roughly chopped
- 1 carrot roughly chopped
- 1 cup celery roughly chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 1/2 cups water
- salt and pepper
- Rinse chicken and trim excess skin, if necessary.
- Add oil to the Instant Pot and hit 'SAUTE' button.
- Place chicken breast side down into the Instant Pot.
- Let cook for five minutes. If it begins to sizzle too much, just hit 'OFF' and let it sit the remaining time that way.
- Add in vegetables and bay leaf along with some salt and pepper.
- Flip the chicken over.
- Pour in the water.
- Close the lid and let the chicken cook on high for 30 minutes.
- Once done, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes.
- Release remaining pressure manually and open the lid.
This is the model Instant Pot I use.
I like to add in a sprig or two of fresh thyme, as it goes well with the chicken. I think any herbs you enjoy would be good in here!
To double check that the chicken is cooked through, use a food thermometer to check. It should be at least 165°F.
Add the chicken, breast side down, into a warm Instant Pot…
Add in the rest of the ingredients…
Continue with the recipe…