This tender chicken has savory seasonings and the bright taste of lemon. Making a whole chicken can sometimes be time consuming, and even messy, but thanks to your Instant Pot pressure cooker, making a whole chicken is now a breaze. Try our Instant Pot Whole Lemon Chicken for a delicious dinner your whole family will enjoy.Instant Pot Whole Lemon Chicken

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Instant Pot Whole Lemon Chicken

This Instant Pot Whole Lemon chicken full of flavor with none of the extra fat and calories of a heavier meal.

Instant Pot Whole Lemon Chicken
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
 
This whole lemon chicken has amazing rich flavor and cooks with less hassle in your Instant Pot pressure cooker.
Ingredients
  • 5 pound natural chicken
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ red onion
  • 2 pieces of celery in long pieces
  • fresh thyme
  • 1-2 organic lemons, washed
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. Set the Instant Pot to the sauté setting and add the olive oil, fresh thyme, salt, pepper, pieces of celery, chopped onion.
  2. Cover with a basic lid and sweat the onions, stirring occasionally. Once cooked through, remove the lid and let the onions brown for just a minute before quickly pouring in the 2 cups of water.
  3. Carefully add the trivet and get ready to place the chicken in the pot, breast side up. Double check that all packaging has been removed from the chicken and everything inside of the cavity has been removed.
  4. Place sliced lemons inside or around the chicken.
  5. Sprinkle with a little more salt, pepper, thyme and onions.
  6. Twist on the locking lid, make sure the steam valve is set to sealing. 
Cancel the sauté setting and select manual on high. You want to cook the chicken for about 5.5 minutes per pound, so a 5lbs chicken would cook for 27 minutes. You can go as low as 5 minutes or as long as 6 minutes per pound with pretty good results.
  7. Once the cook time has ended and the IP has beeped, let it natural pressure release for 25 minutes before removing the lid.
  8. Remove the chicken by carefully lifting out the trivet and setting it right down onto a large plate or into an 8x8 baking dish. Let it rest while you filter the liquid left in the pot. You’ll want to save this! It is a type of super broth called bone broth, and because of the way the chicken cooks here, collagen is pulled from the skin and bones in particular and is perfect for sipping or cooking with! I strain it and then we either drink it with dinner or will freeze it in an ice cube tray to use late.

Instant Pot Whole Lemon Chicken

Set the Instant Pot to the sauté setting and add the olive oil, fresh thyme, salt, pepper, pieces of celery, chopped onion. Cover with a basic lid and sweat the onions, stirring occasionally. Once cooked through, remove the lid and let the onions brown for just a minute before quickly pouring in the 2 cups of water.

Instant Pot Whole Lemon Chicken

Carefully add the trivet and get ready to place the chicken in the pot, breast side up. Double check that all packaging has been removed from the chicken and everything inside of the cavity has been removed.

Place sliced lemons inside or around the chicken. Sprinkle with a little more salt, pepper, thyme and onions.

Twist on the locking lid, make sure the steam valve is set to sealing.

Cancel the sauté setting and select manual on high. You want to cook the chicken for about 5.5 minutes per pound, so a 5lbs chicken would cook for 27 minutes. You can go as low as 5 minutes or as long as 6 minutes per pound with pretty good results.

Once the cook time has ended and the IP has beeped, let it natural pressure release for 25 minutes before removing the lid. (You can quick release, but meat will not be as tender.)

Instant Pot Whole Lemon Chicken
Remove the chicken by carefully lifting out the trivet and setting it right down onto a large plate or into an 8×8 baking dish. Let it rest while you filter the liquid left in the pot.

Be sure you save the broth from this chicken! It is a type of super broth called bone broth, and because of the way the chicken cooks here, collagen is pulled from the skin and bones and is perfect for sipping or cooking with! I strain it and then we either drink it with dinner or will freeze it in an ice cube tray to use late. (Check out our recipe for beef bone broth here.)

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