Indian Spiced Whole Chicken
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  • 1 whole chicken (mine was 5 lbs frozen)- thawed for about 30 minutes
  • 1 cup chicken stock or broth
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 box Shaan Chicken Tikka powder
  • 1 tablespoon (lal mirchu) cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground/minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground/minced green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 small onion cut into 4-6 large pieces
  • 1 small lemon cut in half
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon of dry thyme
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary or ½ teaspoon of dry rosemary
  • 1 sprig of fresh sage or ½ teaspoon of dry sage
  1. Remove anything that may be inside the chicken such as neck parts. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry with a paper towel.
  2. Turn on the Instant Pot to SAUTE mode
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together all of the ingredients for the rub: chicken tikka powder, cayenne pepper, garlic, green chillies, salt and oil
  4. Mix well until the ingredients form a wet paste
  5. Rub the spice mix all over the chicken
  6. Stuff the inside of the chicken cavity with onions, lemon and the fresh herbs
  7. Add coconut oil into the Instant Pot
  8. Allow it to melt and cover the bottom of the pot
  9. Put the chicken breast-side down into the pot
  10. Allow the chicken to sear for 5 mins
  11. Using two large utensils, flip the chicken to the other side
  12. Allow the chicken to sear for 5 more mins
  13. Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot onto a CLEAN plate
  14. Place the trivet in the Instant Pot
  15. Add the chicken stock to the pot
  16. Slide the chicken breast side up back into the pot on top of the trivet
  17. Place lid on pot and lock
  18. Close vent on lid to prevent steam from escaping
  19. Set pot to MANUAL mode
  20. Set to HIGH PRESSURE
  21. Set timer to 25 minutes
  22. Once the timer goes off on the Instant Pot, allow the steam to release naturally for 10 minutes
  23. After 10 minutes, manually release the steam by opening the vent. The silver prong will drop back into the lid. BE CAREFUL OF THE HOT STEAM
  24. Press CANCEL on the Instant Pot
  25. Open the lid
  26. Using mitts, grab the handles of the trivet and carefully lift out the chicken and place into an oven safe tray
  27. The new steps are if you want to crisp up the skin of the chicken
  28. Turn your oven to BROIL
  29. Place the tray with the chicken under the broiler with the oven door slightly cracked open for 5 minutes
  30. After 5 mins, remove the chicken and let it sit for 5 minutes
  31. Carve your chicken with a sharp knife
  32. You are now ready to serve!
Serving suggestion:
You can garnish your serving tray with fresh herbs and lemons.

You can use any mix of spices you may like: cajun, italian, herbs, etc
You can also stuff the chicken with apples, oranges, celery or other aromatics.
Recipe by Instapottin' With Poonam at