If you haven’t heard of the Instant Pot – let me tell you a secret – they’re AMAZING. The Instant Pot is a brand of electric pressure cooker that is also so, so much more than a pressure cooker. It’s not just a pressure cooker. The Instant Pot is also a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté pan and warming pot. It is truly one of the best kitchen tools you can purchase.
I had originally purchased the Instant Pot to replace my slow cooker – and let me tell you I’m DELIGHTED that I did. I love it as a slow cooker, don’t get me wrong. But, by far, best feature I’ve found is the electric pressure cooker setting.
Gone are the days when you worry about whether the stovetop pressure cooker will explode when you try and bring it up to pressure. You don’t have to run it under cold water to quick release the pressure (please don’t do this with an electric pressure cooker, you’ll end up buying yourself a new one). You don’t have to count rattles and turn down the heat to make sure it isn’t cooking too high or count whistles for the length of time that you need the food at pressure.
The Instant Pot allows you to brown your food, put the lid on, set the pressure cooking function and walk away. It’ll come up to pressure on its own (don’t forget to check and make sure the vent valve is set to “sealing” or it won’t come up to pressure), then begins to count down. Once it’s cooked at pressure for as long as you’ve told it to, it quits pressure cooking and immediately goes into the “keep warm” phase while the pressure naturally releases. You can wait for the pressure to naturally release (usually about 15-20 minutes), or quick release the pressure by turning the vent valve to “venting”. This will depend on your recipe.
The best part of pressure cooking is that the high pressure helps the food cook much, much faster. But, you don’t need to sacrifice any delicious flavor with the shorter time. Your soups, stews and chilis still taste like they’ve been simmering all day.
It’s the same with this Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken Recipe. This rotisserie chicken has long been a reader favorite here at LaaLoosh, so I thought I’d give it an update with my new kitchen gadget. Believe me, I’m glad I did.
It will take you a few minutes to prepare and season the chicken and then you just let the Instant Pot do it’s magic. In less than an hour, you’ll have a juicy, tender and ridiculously amazing chicken to enjoy. You can see that mine was so tender that it was just falling apart – forget carving it!
We frequently just eat the chicken for dinner, but it’s also great for me to cook the whole chicken, then debone it and shred the meat. I’ll use the cooked chicken for other recipes later in the week that require rotisserie chicken.
One thing to note, the point value will vary based on the piece of chicken you consume. Breast meat will be fewer points than thigh meat. I’ve calculated the recipe nutrition and point value based on an average of the whole chicken with the skin removed.
MORE INSTANT POT CHICKEN RECIPES
- 1 4 lb whole chicken
- 1 cup fat free chicken broth or water
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tbsp granulated garlic
- 1/2 tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 tbsp paprika
- 1 1/2 tbsp avocado oil or coconut oil
- Remove all parts from the cavity of the chicken; rinse well and pat dry with paper towels.
- Combine spices and oil in a small bowl, forming a paste. Rub the mixture all over both sides of the chicken.
- Preheat your Instant Pot on “saute” on normal. Once it is well-heated, place chicken in pot, breast side down. Allow to cook for about 3-4 minutes to brown and crisp the skin. Carefully flip the chicken over to the other side, and let it crisp up the skin on that side for another 2- 3 minutes.
- Turn off Instant Pot and add in chicken stock. Place lid on top and lock it. Set to manual high pressure for 25 minutes. Allow the Instant Pot to naturally depressurize, without manually releasing the valve. This takes about 15 minutes.
- Remove lid and transfer chicken to a serving platter. Spoon over some juices from the pot to keep the chicken nice and juicy.
Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is 1/6th of chicken, skin removed
**Each serving = 1-6 Points*
*based only on ingredients that have an SP Freestyle value
**The nutritional information and Points value will vary depending on which parts of the chicken are consumed. The data I have posted here is calculated based on an average of the nutritional data for the whole chicken with the skin removed.