This is a superb way to cook a whole chicken in a pressure cooker. An ideal recipe to create cold cooked chicken for salads and sandwiches, etc.

The result is similar to using our steamed chicken recipe which leaves the meat moist and full of flavour but it takes even less time!

Whole chicken pressure cooker recipe
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:265
Ready in:40 minutes
Prep. time:10 minutes
Cook time:30 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:20th October 2012

Best recipe review

A different way to cook chicken


I was surprised how good it was.

Paul R Smith


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  1. Remove the giblets and the parson's nose. Wash the bird in running water and pat dry - see rationale
  2. Heat the olive oil and carefully brown the chicken on all sides. This should take about 5 minutes. I prefer to use my wok for this, though you could use the pressure cooker.
  3. Discard the oil
  4. Place the bunch of herbs in the base of the pressure cooker and cover with the upturned perforated trivet so the chicken can sit on the and be out of the cooking liquid
  5. Mix 2 teaspoons of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons of dark soy sauce to 1 litre of boiling water, stir and add to the pressure cooker
  6. Sit the chicken on the perforated trivet, put the lid on and bring up to high pressure
  7. Cook for 25 minutes
  8. Release the pressure naturally
  9. Discard the cooking liquids and the herbs and serve or use as your recipe directs.

Chef's notes

Next time I will try reducing the pressurised cooking time to just 20 minutes. At 25 minutes it was certainly not overcooked but I just feel that 20 minutes together with the natural de-pressurising would be time enough.

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