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Instant Pot Pickle Chicken with roasted potatoes

Instant Pot Pickle Chicken

Easy peasy chicken that tastes like Chick-fil-A!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 395kcal
Author Gary White


  • 5 lb. whole chicken
  • 24 oz. jar of kosher dill pickles
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper


  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper (and any other seasonings that tickle your pickle). Stuff the chicken cavity with the pickles.
  • Pour the pickle juice from the jar (about 1 ½ cups) into the pot and insert the trivet. Place the chicken on top of the 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.



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 into the bottom of the pot over your chicken. You can also try marinating the chicken in pickle juice for 1-4 hours 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 cannot 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 cannot recommend a cook time.


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