How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot

If you’ve ever wondered How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot, this post has you covered. It tastes just like a rotisserie chicken you buy at the store, only you get to control the ingredients! It’s largely hands-off cooking time and the chicken is so juicy! This chicken is perfect to serve as is for dinner, or you can use for meal prep or for other chicken recipes.

Can you roast a whole chicken in instant potHow to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot

It’s How to Wednesday and today we’re talking about: How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot! The rotisserie chickens you find in the grocery stores often have such tender juicy chicken, and they definitely are convenient, but we always love to be able to control the ingredients in our food. When you cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot, using our blend of spices, it comes out just as tender and juicy as a store-bought whole rotisserie chicken. It’s great to serve as-is with a few sides like Mashed Potatoes, Herbed Cucumber Salad or Honey Glazed Carrots or you can use it for meal prep for the week. You can turn it into Chicken Salad, Soup or Chicken Bacon Ranch Baked Hummus Dip.

How long does it take to cook chicken in instant pot

Now we aren’t saying we don’t enjoy an Oven Roasted Chicken, because we do, but there are definitely a lot of advantages of cooking a whole chicken in the Instant Pot.

  • The first is that it is quicker. It takes about an hour to roast a chicken in the oven, but then you also have the prep time, the time it takes to heat up an oven and the cooling time. Cooking in the Instant Pot does speed up the time.
  • The second advantage is because there is no guess work as to when your chicken is done! Roasting a chicken in the oven can have so many variants, and if you leave it in too long it will be dry. But in the Instant Pot it will most definitely be done at the time it states on the recipe.
  • And third, the chicken is SO JUICY and fall-off-the-bone tender. Hands down a chicken that is cooked in the Instant Pot is way more tender and juicy than one that is brined and roasted in the oven, because that is what makes cooking in a pressure cooker so magical.

How do I cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot?

And the best part is, it’s so easy to do!

  1. Season the chicken
  2. Sear the chicken
  3. Add onion and remaining seasoning to chicken
  4. Place trivet inside of the Instant Pot with 1/2 cup broth
  5. Cook on manual pressure for 24 minutes (or 6 minutes per pound)
  6. Natural release for 15 minutes and then release remaining pressure
  7. And then your chicken is READY!

P.S. you can also roast a chicken in the slow cooker or in the oven

How do I cook a whole chicken in pressure cooker

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How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:24 Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Using a paper towel, dry off chicken.
  2. In a small bowl mix together all of the spices. Place half of the spices in another small bowl and add 1 tablespoon avocado oil to create a paste.
  3. Carefully rub the paste underneath the skin on the chicken breasts. Take care not to break the skin.
  4. In a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot press the saute function.
  5. Once hot add remaining oil and sear the whole chicken, breast side down about 3-4 minutes. Then flip and sear on the other side.
  6. Remove chicken, and season the inside of the cavity with salt and pepper and place ½ an onion inside of the cavity. Rub the remainder of the dry spices all over the chicken breasts and thighs and set aside.
  7. Place the trivet inside of the Instant Pot and pour in chicken stock.
  8. Cook on manual for 24 minutes (or 6 minutes per pound)
  9. Natural release for 15 minutes, then use the manual release function to release any remaining pressure.
  10. Let chicken sit until it has cooled down slightly, about 10 minutes. Butcher the legs, wings and finally the breasts and serve along with your favorite sides!

Recipe Notes

  1. If your chicken is a different size than 4 lbs. adjust the cooking time to be 6 minutes per pound.
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How to Make Oatmeal (The BEST Method!)

This post is all about How to Make Oatmeal! We tested so many different types of oatmeal with different cooking methods until we found the three that produced the best oatmeal! We used both old fashioned rolled oats (on the stovetop and instant pot) and steel cut oats (in the instant pot) and perfected recipes that are great for a warm hearty breakfast or make ahead prep for the week!

Instant pot oatmeal

How to Make Oatmeal

It’s another How to Wednesday post and today we are talking all about How to Make Oatmeal. But not just any oatmeal, we set out in search of the best oatmeal and the best cooking method! There are so many different choices out there and we tried them all to pick which ones were no only the tastiest, but also for the easiest and quickest cooking method to get you a whole grain, gluten-free, easy breakfast on the table, with leftovers serving as meal prep.

For a few weeks in a row, we made A LOT of oatmeal. We tried and tested every type of oatmeal and every method we had heard of. After eating lots of oats (so much so that we haven’t eaten any since) we have decided on two methods (stovetop and Instant Pot) using two different types of oats (rolled oats and steel cut oats) as the BEST METHOD of How to Make Oatmeal. Each recipe produces a slightly different taste and texture of the oats and each has it’s own redeeming quality and characteristics.

Our favorite oatmeal recipes are for:

  • Stovetop Rolled Oats: This is hands down the quickest method to cook rolled oats. It’s done in under 15 minutes and results in nicely textured creamy oats.
  • Instant Pot Rolled Oats: This is the easiest method to make rolled oats that results in a super creamy oatmeal that doesn’t require any stirring and is done in around 30 minutes, which means you can start it as soon as you wake up and breakfast will be done for you (and your family) by the time you’ve showered and gotten ready!
  • Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats: This is the quickest and easiest method to cook steel cut oats! The hands-off cooking method takes almost the same amount of time as rolled oats and is super creamy. The texture of steel cut oats has more bite to it!

How to make oats

You may notice some omissions in this post and that’s because we tried them, and didn’t like it. The biggest omission from here is that we did not include slow cooker overnight oats. We tried making them more than 4 times with both rolled oats and steel cut oats and in the end we just felt that they tasted like they were overcooked. We even tried making them with the “warm setting” on the slow cooker and they still were not to our liking.

This is obviously a matter of preferences, but we preferred to have oats that still kept a nice texture so we are not including instruction on cooking them overnight in a slow cooker. We also are not including quick oats here, because we felt it did not take much more time to make the old fashioned rolled oats  and felt they have a far better texture. Are you sensing a theme here? We prefer the oats that keep there structure well and do not get cooked so much that they turn into one mass and so that is why we are recommending these three methods to make the best oatmeal.

Does Oatmeal Taste Better with Milk or Water?

When oatmeal is cooked with just water it is REALLY plain. We preferred a combination of almond milk and water in our recipes, but you can feel free to sub in other milk whether it be dairy or dairy-free. We like the combination of milk and water because it was perfectly balanced and the flavor didn’t overwhelm the oats, but also brought some creaminess to them.

How to Make Old Fashioned Rolled Oats?

We are recommending to make old fashioned rolled oats with two methods: stove top and instant pot! The stove top is the quickest method with oatmeal ready in about 15 minutes. If this still feels like too much than you can make ahead of time and simply reheat it! The other method is in the instant pot which is the easiest method. It requires no stirring and you can accomplish other things while it’s cooking!

How to cook oatmeal

How do you make the best steel cut oats?

The instant pot is the best method to cook steel cut oats! It’s the quickest method, that produces the best taste and texture. But there is a catch: you can’t cook them straight inside the pot! We found that some parts of the oats got overcooked and produced a rubber-y oatmeal, so we used the pot-in-pot method to make the oatmeal. This simply means we cooked the oatmeal inside of a bowl that sat on a trivet! It produces the most luxuriously creamy oatmeal, without any cream!

Are oats gluten free?

Oats are naturally gluten-free, but they can sometimes be processed in a facility where wheat products are also processed so there can be cross-contamination. If you are sensitive to gluten be sure to purchase oats that are labelled gluten-free!

How do I make oatmeal

What can I put on top of oats?

There is an endless number of toppings you can add to oats! Below find some examples with a suggested amount for a typical serving bowl of oatmeal. Have fun and mix and match these serving suggestions!

Sweet:

  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup / honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raisins, nuts, shredded coconut
  • 1-2 tablespoons drizzled almond butter, peanut butter or sun butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons cashew cream
  • 1/4 fruit like berries, banana or chopped apple (you can also add the apple while cooking for a twist)
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 2 tablespoons seeds (such as chia, flax, pumpkin or sunflower)
  • 1 scoop protein powder or collagen peptides (add while still hot and stir to combine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon spices like cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

Savory:

  • 1 strip crumbled cooked bacon or sausage
  • 1-2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoons sliced green onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon spices like cumin or chili powder

How do you make oatmeal

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How to Make Oatmeal

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:10 Serves 4

Ingredients

Stove Top Rolled Oats

Instant Pot Rolled Oats

  • 2 cups (old-fashioned) rolled oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk of choice
  • pinch of salt

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk of choice (we used almond milk)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

For Serving for each portion

  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup / honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raisins, nuts, shredded coconut
  • 1-2 tablespoons drizzled almond butter, peanut butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons cashew cream
  • 1/4 fruit like berries, banana or chopped apple (you can also add the apple while cooking for a twist)
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 2 tablespoons seeds (such as chia, flax, pumpkin or sunflower)
  • 1 scoop protein powder or collagen peptides (add while still hot and stir to combine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 strip crumbled cooked bacon or sausage
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoons sliced green onion

Directions

Stovetop Rolled Oats:

  1. In a pot over medium heat bring water to a boil with salt
  2. Add oatmeal and lower the heat. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring often, until the oatmeal is creamy and tender. Stir in maple syrup, if using.
  3. Serve immediately with toppings, as desired or for make-ahead place in individual containers and let cool completely before covering. Oatmeal will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop with a little extra water or milk, or using preferred method.

Instant Pot Rolled Oats:

  1. In a 6 or 8 quart instant pot, place metal steaming rack and 1 cup of water inside the inner pot.
  2. Inside a heat safe medium bowl mix together oats, water, milk of choice, pinch of salt and maple syrup, if using. (see note about bowl)
  3. Place the bowl on top of the rack, place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing.
  4. Cook on manual high pressure for 8 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then release any remaining pressure.
  5. Remove bowl from Instant Pot and serve with desired toppings.
  6. If preparing make-ahead oatmeal, place into individual containers and let cool completely before covering. Oatmeal will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat gently on the stove top with a little extra water or milk, or using preferred method.

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats:

  1. In a 6 or 8 quart instant pot, place metal steaming rack and 1 cup of water in the inner pot.
  2. Inside a heat safe medium bowl mix together oats, water, milk of choice, pinch of salt and maple syrup, if using. (see note about bowl)
  3. Place the bowl on top of the rack, place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing.
  4. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then release any remaining pressure.
  5. Remove bowl from Instant Pot and serve with desired toppings.
  6. If preparing make-ahead oatmeal, place into individual containers and let cool completely before covering. Oatmeal will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat gently on the stove top with a little extra water or milk, or using preferred method.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you are strict gluten-free make sure to buy oats that are labelled as being gluten-free!
  2. We used stainless steel and pyrex bowls during testing. 
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The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

For the longest time hard-boiled eggs were one of those, “well, they’re never going to be beautiful” situations for me. I tried every which way- vinegar, baking soda, putting them into hot water, starting them in cold. You name it, I tried it! I was always left peeling an egg and having half of the white come off with it. Not fun, and not conducive to deviled eggs or any situation where you need them looking pretty!

You can find a million different ways to make the “perfect” hard/soft-boiled egg on the internet. Take it from me, I’ve tried them all! Finally I stumbled across the trick. The only way I will make hard or soft boiled eggs again! This week for Foodie Friday with American Express I wanted to share it with you in an easy handy infographic that you can pin or save to have on hand. 

The trick? STEAM THOSE EGGS!

The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg: The Trick? STEAM them! | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Place 1 inch of water into your pot

2. Place steamer insert into pot

3. Cover pot and bring to a boil

4. Add eggs into the steamer basket, cover, and cook for 6-11 minutes (soft-boiled —> hard-boiled)

5. Remove and place eggs directly into a bowl of ice cold water

6. Peel and enjoy!

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What are your favorite ways to use hard-boiled eggs? Have you ever tried to steam them?

Healthy Food Friday: Hot Peppers {Plus How to Roast Peppers}

The months just keep flying by! May is already here, and this month for Healthy Food Friday I’m inspired by the idea of traveling around the world. You’ll see some flavors inspired by different cultures and cuisines this month!

Let me start by saying that I love all things SPICY. I put hot sauce and red pepper flakes on everything. Literally, everything. Last week I made a Honey Mustard Chicken Salad recipe; which will be coming to the blog in the upcoming weeks (see Instagram for a sneak peek). I typically add some cilantro and these roasted red peppers and it brings the dish to life! Since then, I am on a roasted red pepper kick. Whether it be roasted traditional red bell peppers or hot peppers, I am all about it! 

HFF_PEPPERS

Now… roasting your own peppers is way easier than you think. Follow these simple steps with your favorite peppers for a great addition to the condiment section in your refrigerator; and a definite flavor booster for some dips, salsas, toppings, and chicken dishes!
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[yumprint-recipe id=’156′]Aroundtheweb

Roasted Red Pepper Ketchup from Seasonal and Savory

Hot Pepper Honey from The View from the Great Island

Flash-Fried Shishito Peppers from Brooklyn Supper

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Creamy Red Pepper Sauce from Two Peas and their Pod

Asparagus with Lemon, Mint, and Red Pepper from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper Dip from Tasty Yummies

Roasted Red Pepper Soup from Overtime Cook

Thai Chili Garlic Sauce from Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Cream from Beard and Bonnett

Cherry Bomb Chicken from Sugar Dish Me

Red Hot Pepper Jelly from Kitchen Daily

Homemade Chinese Chili Oil from Everyday Maven

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How do you eat peppers? Hot? Roasted? Dried?

How to Roast Peppers

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min

Ingredients

    You will need

    • 10 cups sliced peppers (you can use hot peppers or regular red bell peppers- I used Fresno Peppers)

    Step One

    • Clean and dry off peppers

    Step Two

    • Cut off step and scoop out seeds

    Step Three

    • Slice in half and lay facedown on a lined baking sheet

    Step Four

    • Place oven on broil (high) and place banking sheet in the oven; broil until pepper skin has mostly burnt/turned black

    Step Five

    • Transfer peppers to a ziplock bag; close and let steam inside the bag for 10 minutes

    Step Six

    • Remove from bag and peel off the skin! Store in a jar in the fridge.

    Directions

    Recipe Notes

  • -You can use less peppers, this will make a nice size jar for you to have in the refrigerator.
  • -They will last longer if water or oil is added to the jar.
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