Roast Chicken

 Instant Pot South Africa   2019-08-26  Comments Kid Friendly, Poultry
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Once you’ve tried the Instant Pot roast chicken, you won’t look back!  The Instant Pot method means you have a perfectly cooked roast chicken on your table in an hour from start to finish – with roast vegetables and a sauce to serve!
 
Instant Pot seals in moisture and flavour, ensures the meat is perfectly cooked through out and saves electricity.   Instant Pot’s magic means you are also left with the most delicious sauce (gravy) thanks to the pressure cook cycle.  While you let Instant Pot do the work, you can then prepare your roast vegetables in the oven and get it hot to finish the chicken off.  It is also possible to do a roast chicken from frozen (check recipe for time adjustments).


Serves:
6-8
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins (depending on whether frozen and on size)


  • 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • 1 whole chicken (giblets removed, can be frozen)
  • 2 tbsp spice or flavour rub of your choice
  • 1 cup water
  • A drizzle of olive oil

 
Place the half lemon inside the whole chicken.  Into the inner pot, place the chopped onion and garlic and one cup of water.  Insert the trivet on top.  Place the whole chicken on to the trivet.  Rub the chicken with your chosen spice mix or flavouring.
 
Secure the lid and move vent to Sealing Position.  Calculate the time as follows:  7 mins of cook time per 500g.  If frozen use 10 mins of cook time per 500g. So for a 1kg whole chicken it will be 14 minutes (thawed) or 20 minutes (frozen). Set to Pressure Cook on High and change time as per calculations.
 
Once the pressure cook cycle is complete allow a 15 min Natural Pressure Release, and turn Sealing Vent down to manually release the remaining pressure.  Once the valve drops, open the lid and lift the trivet and chicken out. 
 
Move the whole chicken to a roasting pan, drizzle with olive oil, and place in a hot oven (200c) for 10 minutes to grill and crisp all over.
 
At the same time, switch the Instant Pot back to Sauté mode and allow the sauce to cook up and intensify in flavour.  Adjust the salt / spices as per your taste.
 
Serve the roast chicken with roast vegetables and sauce!

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