Instant Pot Chicken Pot Roast

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This juicy whole chicken is perfect for Sunday night dinner!

Running out ways to use your Instant Pot? Need new and fun recipes? You’ll love adding this one to your collection. This take on a beloved dish uses a lighter, leaner protein while serving those traditional pot roast feel. In each step of this recipe, you will introduce new flavors to the chicken and allow them to marinate to get an evenly roasted, savory chicken. Since the ingredients are fresh, the chicken absorbs a natural, wholesome flavor. First, delicious herbs, then vegetables, and finally white wine come together beautifully. After letting it sit inside for about 30 minutes, you are all set! Give this recipe a try for your next family gathering and you will have everyone at the dining table raving over it!

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Instant Pot Chicken Pot Roast

This lean and delicious Chicken Pot Roast is a winner at any dinner table.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 4 ounces chicken and 2 ounces carrots
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 4 pounds whole chicken
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 rosemary sprigs fresh
  • 2 sage sprigs fresh
  • 3 thyme sprigs large, fresh
  • 5 garlic cloves smashed
  • 7 carrots small to medium, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 cup yellow onion diced large
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine or low-sodium chicken stock


  • Rinse the whole chicken in cool water and pat dry. Sprinkle salt and pepper onto the chicken, covering all sides.
  • Plugin the Instant Pot and press the saute button. Using the adjust button, program the saute setting to medium. Add the olive oil to the Instant Pot, once hot sear the whole chicken on each side until golden brown, remove from the Instant Pot.
  • Juice the lemon and set aside the juice. Stuff the chicken cavity with lemon peels, rosemary, sage, and thyme. Set aside.
  • If needed, add more olive oil to the Instant Pot. Add the garlic, carrots, and onion and saute until vegetables begin to brown. Pour in the lemon juice and white wine. Stir and scrape the bottom of the pot to release any pieces on the bottom of the Instant Pot. These bits have the most flavor!
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and ensure the vent is closed and lid is sealed. Press the cancel button followed by the poultry button. Using the adjust button, change the pressure to high and use the plus (+) button to increase the timer to 30 minutes.
  • When the timer is finished, the Instant Pot will beep. Carefully vent the Instant Pot to release steam. The steam will be very hot! Be sure your hand is not over the actual vent. Once the steam has finished venting remove the lid. Check to be sure the chicken has reached 165 degrees. Let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes before carving. Serve with the carrots on the side.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 4ounces chicken and 2 ounces carrots | Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 487mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11
Keywords Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Paleo

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Also, be sure to try Instant Pot Corned Beef Brisket.

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  1. Hi! I’m really interested in your One Pot recipes. They all sound delicious!
    I’m new to the One Pot concept and I’ve seen a couple at the store.
    Could you please tell me the brand name of the one you use and the manufacture? (A bar code # would be great, too). I want to get the best one!

    1. Hi Mary Lou! I love my Instant Pot! I use this Instant Pot from Amazon. This is from the brand and manufacture “Instant Pot”. This particular part is a 6 quart pot, which is the perfect size and it has several programmable settings which I describe and use in the recipes. The model number is: IP-DUO60 . Unfortunately, I do not have a bar code number. Hope this helps and you find the perfect Instant Pot for your needs!

  2. Hi! Thanks for all the recipes! I’m new to my Instant Pot, but loving it.
    So do you put the trivet on top of the sautéed vegetables and add the chicken to the pot?

  3. Thank you for all the yummy recipes! I’m new to my Instant Pot And loving it.

    I have a couple questions: the beginning of the post you talk about marinating the chicken, are you referring to the time it’s cooking in the pot? And secondly, do you put the chicken on the trivet on top of the vegetables after you have deglazed the pot?

    1. In this context we’re referring to the flavors to marinate, or blend together, as the chicken cooks.

      No trivet is needed.

  4. If I don’t have an insta-pot how would I cook my chicken in the oven? thanks elizabeth

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