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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 395kcal
Author Gary White

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Liberally season the inside cavity of chicken with salt and pepper (and any other seasonings that tickle your pickle). Stuff the chicken cavity with baby kosher dill pickles. Liberally season the outside of the bird.
  • 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. 
  • Lock lid and cook for 35 minutes at high pressure. Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally. Crisp the skin using the following methods, or serve as is.

To crisp skin in Instant Pot Duo Crisp:

  • Place air fryer lid on pot and set to broil for 10 minutes. Carefully remove from Instant Pot and enjoy!

To crisp skin in oven:

  • Carefully transfer chicken to an oven-safe dish and place under a broiler for 5-7 minutes.

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Notes

FAQs
What is the flavor like? This recipe yields a moist and tender chicken, with a mild hint of pickle flavor. The chicken will have just a hint of pickle taste. For a more intense pickle flavor, simply pour the broth in the bottom of the pot over your chicken. You can also try marinating the chicken in pickle juice before hand if you desire more pickle flavor.
Can I eat the pickles? Absolutely!
Can I make this recipe using only pickle juice, no pickles? Yes! Pour the juice from one 16 oz jar of pickles over the chicken and marinate for 4 hours. Then, cook as directed- simply leave the pickles out of the recipe.
Can I use a frozen chicken? We have not tested this, or any of our recipes, with frozen chicken. As a rule, we don’t recommend cooking from frozen. It’s a quality thing. You can cook from frozen, but the quality will not be as good as cooking from fresh, or thawed, chicken. As we haven’t tested it, we are not able to recommend a cook time.
Can I use chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken? You could do that, but I can’t say how good it will be. The whole chicken is really the best way to go. The cook time would be different as well. As we haven’t tested it, we are not able to recommend a cook time.

Nutrition

Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 523mg | Potassium: 384mg | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.8mg