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Instant Pot Pickle Chicken -Tastes Like Chick-fil-A!

pickle stuffed chicken in Pyrex dish on wood board
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Instant Pot Pickle Chicken

(Tastes Like Chick-fil-A)

I don’t know about you, but I am head-over-heals in love with the chicken from Chick-fil-A. I’ve always felt like they must be adding crack to it or something because it’s definitely addictive. Well, come to find out, it’s not crack – it’s pickle juice! While we can’t confirm that it’s true, we’ve heard from several former employees that once upon a time they used pickle juice in their brine, which gives it the unique flavor. Think about that the next time you bite into a sandwich and I guarantee you’ll taste it! So this Instant Pot pickle chicken is meant to remind of our favorite chicken place. And you get to eat the pickles too!

 

pickle stuffed chicken in Pyrex dish on wood board

 

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The Process

Greenwise chicken label

Start with the highest quality chicken available in your grocery store.

 

chicken cavity seasoned with salt and pepper

Liberally season the inside cavity of chicken with salt and pepper.

 

pickles stuffed in chicken

Stuff the chicken cavity with baby kosher dill pickles.

 

uncooked chicken stuffed with pickles on white cutting board

Liberally season the outside of the bird.

 

pickle juice in bottom of Instant Pot

Pour the remaining pickle juice from the jar (about 1 1/2 cups) into pot and insert trivet.

 

whole uncooked chicken on trivet in Instant Pot

Place stuffed chicken on top of trivet, breast side up. Lock lid and cook for 35 minutes at high pressure. Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally. Transfer to an oven-safe dish and place under a broiler for 5-7 minutes.

 

And this is the AMAZING Result…

whole chicken stuffed with pickles in an Instant Pot

 

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Instant Pot Pickle Chicken

Easy peasy chicken that tastes like Chick-fil-A!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 395 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats

Ingredients

  • 5 lb. whole chicken
  • 16 oz. jar of baby kosher dill pickles
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Liberally season the inside cavity of chicken with salt and pepper. Stuff the chicken cavity with baby kosher dill pickles. Liberally season the outside of the bird.

  2. Pour the remaining pickle juice from the jar (about 1 1/2 cups) into pot and insert trivet. Place stuffed chicken on top of trivet, breast side up. 

  3. Lock lid and cook for 35 minutes at high pressure. Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally.

  4. Transfer to an oven-safe dish and place under a broiler for 5-7 minutes.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Pickle Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 395 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 523mg 22%
Potassium 384mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 6.7%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Patty
    January 11, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Do you suppose this recipe would work for oven roasted or crockpot chicken?? No instapot at my house😕

    • Reply
      Gary
      January 11, 2019 at 8:10 am

      I’m sure it would! I’m actually going to oven-roast a pickle chicken next week.

      • Reply
        Jacqueline
        January 12, 2019 at 5:14 pm

        Did you try this in the oven yet? Curious on results

        • Reply
          Gary
          January 12, 2019 at 5:22 pm

          Not yet, but it’s on my list to try before the end of the month.

  • Reply
    X-CFA manager
    January 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Sounds delish! I will need to try it.

    However, Chick-fil-A does not use pickle juice in their brine. As a former long time manager, the chicken does not have a pickle juice brine. It comes lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. The raw chicken is then dunked into a simple milk and egg wash. From there it goes into the coater. The coater is where the CFA magic happens. I don’t know what’s in it. That recipe is locked away tight. In fact, 3 different companies go into the making of the coater to protect the recipe. One mixes one half of the ingredients, and a second mixes the other half of the ingredients. Both ship them off to a third party who mixes together and packages to go out to the stores.

    Yes, I wish it was as simple as pickle juice.

  • Reply
    April Hatcher
    January 13, 2019 at 11:15 am

    I’ve also worked at CFA and in previous years late 90s. The grilled chicken and strips was actually marinated in part pickle juice part water mixed with a seasoning pack. Then later everything came frozen ready to bread/grill.

  • Reply
    Billy
    January 14, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Never knew Chick-Fil-A makes their chicken like this! Can’t wait to try this at home. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Gary
      January 14, 2019 at 9:59 pm

      We can’t confirm that they actually make their chicken like this, but the flavor reminds us of it a little.

  • Reply
    Heather
    January 15, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Turned out great! Thanks!

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