Cooking a rotisserie chicken in the Instant Pot is the easiest and quickest way to cook a whole chicken. You will have tender and juicy chicken that you can serve as is, or make an amazing chicken dinner recipe.
Prepare the whole chicken by removing the giblets and neck from the inside of the chicken cavity. Pat the outside of the chicken dry with paper towels.
In a small bowl mix together the 2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and ½ teaspoon onion powder.
Sprinkle ⅓ of the seasoning mix in the inside cavity of the chicken. Place as much of the cut onion, garlic cloves and lemon as you can inside the bird.
Sprinkle the remaining seasoning mix on all sides of the outside of the chicken.
Pour the water or broth into the bottom of the Instant Pot.Place the metal trivet in the pot.Put the chicken BREAST SIDE UP in the pot.
You will cook the chicken on pressure mode/high for 6 MINUTES PER POUND.3 lbs. - 18 minutes.4 lbs. - 24 minutes.5 lbs. - 30 minutes.6 lbs. - 36 minutes.
Do a 15 minute natural pressure release at the end of the cook time and then quick release any remaining pressure. Make sure your chicken has reached 165° F by using an instant read thermometer instered into the thickest part of the breast and/or thigh!
Remove the chicken from the pot by using the trivet - be careful the handles of the trivet may be hot.Place on a rimmed baking sheet.Let the chicken rest 5-10 minutes for the juices to redistribute before cutting or serving.
Crisping/Browning the Skin
Crisping the skin of the rotisserie chicken is completely optional. If I am just using the chicken for recipes then I definitely will not crisp the skin. But if I am serving the chicken as an 8 piece dinner than I will probably crisp the skin.
Once it comes out of the IP place on a sheet pan and lightly brush with olive oil or melted butter. Set under the broiler for about 3 minutes until the skin is golden.Watch it closely so it doesn't burn
Store your leftover cooked chicken meat in and airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days
You can also freeze leftover cooked chicken in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Leftover Chicken - If you want to use the leftover cooked chicken in recipes for the week, head over to this post for Leftover Chicken Recipes.Shredding Chicken -If you are going to use your rotisserie chicken to make other recipes then you will want to cut or shred your chicken.The easiest way to shred your chicken is with a hand held blender or stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Just make sure to do it when it is still warm/hot.Run it for about 30 seconds. There may be some larger pieces you need to shred by hand. Don't overmix or your chicken will turn to dust!