Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken in 30 Minutes
Who knew that you could use your Pressure Cooker to cook a whole chicken in 30 minutes? And have it fall off the bone tender! Now this recipe is going on my weekly have to make rotation because it is easy to make, easy on the budget, and the left overs can be used to make some of the best bone broth I have ever enjoyed.
Pressure Cookers have become my favorite kitchen appliance. They don’t take up much space and can be used to speed preparation in almost every meal. Currently I am using the Instant Pot and the Power Pressure Cooker XL. Both are comparable in price and features.
1 whole chicken (5-6 lbs.)
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Butter
Salt to preference
3 Tablespoons of your favorite dry rub blend (our basic is a teaspoon of dried thyme, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika)
1.5 cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth
Set up the pressure cooker and start heating it on the saute or the meat button depending on your device
Add olive oil and butter to the pressure cooker to heat for browning the chicken
Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels
Generously salt both sides of the chicken
Combine dry rub in a small bowl or baggie
Rub the dry rub on both sides of the chicken
Place chicken in the pressure cooker breast side down and allow to brown for 4 to 5 minutes, then rotate a turn and brown until all sides have been done
Remove the chicken from the pressure cooker and place the steamer / trivet rack in the liner and set chicken on rack
Pour the broth in the liner (the liner is hot, so the broth may steam up, keep hands and face from over the liner while working)
Set the lid in place making sure the locking pin is engaged and the vent button / knob is set to seal
Depending on your unit, press the manual button and set time to 25 minutes or the meat/poultry button
Once the cook time has completed, turn off the unit and allow the pressure to release naturally (about 10 minutes)
Carefully remove the chicken from the pressure cooker and allow to rest for a couple of minutes before slicing or shredding
What I like about making chicken in the pressure cooker is that I can enjoy a meal, if not two depending on how many of the crew are home. Then I can make bone broth with the carcass. The bone broth is amazing! I use it in any dish that requires broth. It is also wonderful to use to make rice or cook noodles as it adds so much flavor.
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