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Instant Pot Perfect Roast Chicken | Easy Recipe | Pressure Cooked & Air Fried

Perfect roast chicken cooked in the Instant Pot…

Whole chicken marinated with simple spices & fresh herbs, pressure cooked, and then air fried. Pressure cooking has made the chicken juicy & moist, while air frying imparted a nice golden color & the outside turned crispy.

This will make an awesome centerpiece for any party. Pour the gravy over the chicken & enjoy.

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Instant Pot Perfect Roast Chicken | Easy Recipe | Pressure Cooked & Air Fried
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 8 People
  • Whole Chicken- 2.5 Kg or 5.5 Lb
For Marination
  • Ground black pepper- 2 tsp
  • Paprika- 2 tbsp
  • Ground cumin- 2 tsp
  • Dried herb seasoning- 1 tbsp
  • Fresh lemon juice- 6 tbsp
  • Salt- 2 tsp
For Filling Cavity
  • Rosemary- 2 sprigs
  • Oregano or Thyme- 2 sprigs
  • Lemon slices- 3 slices
  • Garlic cloves- 5
  • Onion, quartered- 1
For making Gravy
  • Corn starch- 2 tbsp
  • Coldwater- 3 tbsp
Marinating Chicken
  1. I've skinned the chicken, if you prefer you can keep the skin.
  2. Spread the marination spices & lemon juice all over the whole chicken & spread well.
  3. Stuff the cavity with the above-mentioned fillings.
  4. Using a kitchen twine, tie the leg-thighs & wings, put a few knots.
  5. Let the chicken marinate for an hour or longer, can be kept in the refrigerator.
Pressure Cooking Whole Chicken
  1. Place the marinated whole chicken into the stainless steel pot.
  2. I've used Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer, 8 quarts.
  3. If you are using 6 quarts Instant Pot, use a chicken weighing 1.5 to 2 kgs. Large chicken might not fit into 6 quarts.
  4. Close the pot with the lid.
  5. Select Pressure cook setting. Set time to 20 minutes at High pressure.
  6. After 20 minutes of pressure cooking, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then do a quick pressure release.
  7. Open the lid.
  8. Take the pressure cooked chicken out of the stainless steel pot, transfer to a platter.
Making Gravy
  1. There will be liquid or flavourful chicken broth left in the pot. Do not discard the liquid.
  2. We will be making the gravy using the chicken broth.
  3. Turn on the Saute setting, temperature should be medium or normal.
  4. Let the chicken broth come to a slight boil.
  5. In a bowl, combine corn starch and water without any lumps.
  6. Add the corn starch slurry, combine well.
  7. The gravy will thicken and turns shiny.
  8. Remove the pot from the main pot.
  9. Transfer the gravy to a bowl & keep covered.
Air Frying the Pressure Cooked Chicken
  1. Let's air fry the pressure cooked chicken, that way the outside of the chicken will turn golden brown in color & crispy.
  2. I've used Instant Pot air fryer. if you have any other kind of air fryer you can use that.
  3. Or roast the chicken in an oven- preheat oven to 400 F, grease the chicken with oil or butter & roast for 15 to 20 minutes till the outside turn golden brown. Do not roast for long, the chicken will dry out.
  4. Place the stainless steel pot in the Instant Pot. Place the air fryer basket in the pot.
  5. Grease the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Spread oil or butter over the pressure cooked whole chicken.
  7. Place in the air fryer basket.
  8. On the chicken, add fresh herbs like rosemary & oregano.
  9. Close the pot with the air fryer lid.
  10. Select Air fry, set temperature to 400 F, time 10 minutes.
  11. After 10 minutes, if you are serving the whole chicken right away you can transfer to a platter.
  12. Otherwise, keep the chicken in the Instant Pot with the air fryer lid, it will stay warm.
  13. Carve the chicken, pour the gravy over the chicken & enjoy.
  14. Chicken will taste aromatic, along with gravy so delicious. Enjoy!




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