An Easy Meal to Share
Whether you’re trying to eat healthier this January or not, chicken is often a go-to protein. And, if you’re like me, you’ve probably stared into your freezer, wondering when you’re ever going to get to that frozen whole chicken sitting in there … Here’s an Instant Pot recipe courtesy of Gail Hunter from Harvest Culinary Ministries that will turn that frozen block of bird into a delicious dinner in no time …
What You’ll Need:
- 1 frozen chicken (hopefully the giblets/neck have been taken out before you froze it)
- 1 ½ cup chicken stock or water
- avocado oil
- salt and pepper
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- garlic cloves
- smoked paprika
Instant Pot Whole Chicken: How to Make It
- Put your chicken stock or water in the bottom of your Instant Pot. Then place your frozen chicken in the bottom (either on the trivet, or right on the bottom – it doesn’t matter).
- Drizzle a little avocado oil over the chicken, then liberally sprinkle spices all around your chicken. Then sprinkle the top with my new favorite spice – smoked paprika – which is totally different from regular paprika! It gives not only a yummy taste, but an amazing colour to the top of the bird.
- Close your Instant Pot, put the knob to “seal.” Frozen chicken cooks at 6 minutes per pound, so you’ll have to know the weight of your bird to set your time. Round UP the time if you’re not sure, or if you don’t have a scale. (For example, a 3-lb. frozen chicken will take 18 minutes, a 4-lb. frozen chicken will take 24 minutes, etc.)
- Put on “Manual” mode, set your time, … and let it go! And don’t worry … it’ll take about 10 minutes to get up to pressure (remember, it’s frozen in there!)
- When your timer goes off and beeps, choose Natural Pressure Release to let the juices settle and to continue cooking for a bit. Then, after about 10 minutes or so, fully release the pressure, carefully take the lid off, and you’ll have a wonderful, succulent, yummy chicken for dinner, or for salads, etc.!
Please note, this may not exactly be an Instagram-worthy looking bird when it’s done … but just remember – you were staring at a FROZEN CHICKEN just 40 minutes ago, and now you can eat!!! However, if you want to make it a little more pleasing to the eye (and add a little extra flavour) you can crisp up the skin by taking the chicken out, placing it into an oven-safe dish, and popping it under your oven broiler for 2-3 minutes to brown.
TIP: If you want gravy, just use the stock in the bottom of the pot (see below), and whisk in either a flour or cornstarch and water slurry; set your Instant Pot to “saute” to thicken.
Add an easy salad mix and some buns or mashed potatoes as sides, and boom! You’ve got yourself a complete meal. Don’t have an Instant Pot? No worries … this can easily be adapted for a slow cooker; just check correct timing for slow-cooking a frozen chicken (thanks, Google).
Why not share this recipe with a friend – or better yet, invite your neighbour over for dinner?
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Recipe by Gail Hunter; written by Julie McPhail