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Instant Pot Whole Chicken with Figs & Veggies

You can get crackly crisp skin instant pot whole chicken. With veggies and figs this is an easy insta pot whole chicken made for busy nights.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Entrees
Keyword: insta pot whole chicken, instant pot whole chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 731kcal

Equipment

  • instant pot

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 1/2 to 4 pound) whole chicken
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion , sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves , peeled
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Dried Figs , halved
  • 4 large carrots , roll-cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 pound petite gold potatoes , left whole

Instructions

Instant Pot Method

  • Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Tuck the wing tips under, so they sit flat against the chicken, tie the drumsticks together with kitchen twine, then season the chicken all over with the salt, pepper, and paprika. Place the chicken breast side up on the wire metal trivet that comes with your Instant Pot.
  • Select the high Sauté setting on the Instant pot and heat the olive oil for 2 minutes. Add the onion and garlic cloves and sauté for about 5 minutes, until the onions are softened and translucent. Add the thyme, lemon juice, and chicken broth, and use a wooden spoon to nudge any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Stir in the halved figs, then add in the potatoes and carrots in an even layer.
  • Cancel the cooking program to turn off the Instant Pot. Carefully lower the chicken on its trivet into the Instant Pot, sothat it rests on top of the cooking liquid and vegetables. Secure the lid in the Sealing position, then select the Pressure Cook or Manual setting and set the cooking time for 20 minutes at high pressure. (The pot will take about 15 minutes to come up to pressure before the cooking program begins.)
  • When the cooking program ends, perform a quick release by moving the Pressure Release to Venting.
  • At this point, if you have an air fryer lid for your Instant Pot, you may use it to brown the top of the chicken. Replace the pressure cooking lid with the air fryer lid, cancel the cooking program, then select the “Broil” setting for 10 minutes. If you do not have an air fryer lid, you may either finish the chicken under an oven broiler for a few minutes, or serve it as is, without browning the skin.
  • Open the pot and, wearing heat-resistant mitts, grab the arms of the trivet and lift the trivet with the chicken out of the pot. Transfer the chicken to a serving dish. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables and figs to the serving dish, arranging them around the chicken. Ladle some of the cooking liquid over the vegetables and serve right away.

(Alternate Method — Use Your Oven)

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF. In a small saucepan on the stove, or in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave, heat the chicken broth to boiling. Remove the broth from the heat, add the figs, and soak for at least 30 minutes, or up to 1 hour. 
  • Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Tuck the wing tips under, so they sit flat against the chicken, then tie the drumsticks together with kitchen twine. Season the chicken all over with the salt, pepper, and paprika and drizzle it with the olive oil, then place the chicken breast side up in a roasting pan.
  • Arrange the onion, garlic, carrots, potatoes, and thyme in the pan around the chicken. Pour in the soaked figs and chicken broth, and the lemon juice.
  • Roast the chicken and vegetables for about 1 ½ hours, or until a probe thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken thigh, without touching the bone, reads 165ºF.
  • Transfer the chicken to a serving dish. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables and figs to the serving dish, arranging them around the chicken. Ladle some of the cooking liquid over the vegetables and serve right away. 

Notes

Notes: When cooking a whole chicken in the Instant Pot, it must not be too large. A broiler/fryer in the 3 ½ to 4-pound range will fit comfortably in a 6-quart Instant Pot and cook perfectly in 20 minutes. If you’re using an 8-quart Instant Pot, you can get away with cooking a chicken up to 6 pounds. Just make sure that you add an extra ½ cup of broth if you’re using the larger pot *and* a larger chicken, so that there’s enough liquid to boil and allow the pressure to build. You’ll also want to add on a few more minutes of cooking time -- 30 minutes under pressure should do the trick.
In order to make sure your chicken is cooked all the way through, you can check it with a probe thermometer. Inserted into the thickest part of the chicken thigh, without touching the bone, it should read 165ºF. If you put your chicken into the pot at all partially frozen, it will require a few extra minutes of cooking time. I like to leave my chicken out on the counter for 30 minutes to an hour before cooking, to ensure that it doesn’t have any chill.

 

Recipe and photos by Coco Morante

Nutrition

Calories: 731kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1348mg | Potassium: 1481mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 10777IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 4mg