The 30-minute cook time applies to whole chickens that are between 3 and 4 pounds (approximately 8 minutes per pound). Add 5 minutes to your cooking time for every pound over 4 lbs.
Before you place the chicken in the Instant Pot, be sure to remove any gizzards bags that may be stuffed inside.
Feel free to add stuffing to the inside of your chicken, but be sure it isn’t spilling out of the cavity. A standard rule of thumb is to use 1/2 cup for every pound of meat. Try adding large onion pieces, apples, dried bread pieces, cubed potatoes, spices, seasonings or a mixture of any of the above!
Do not skip the sauteing step, as this is what will give you a chicken with deliciously crispy skin. Plus, browning your chicken helps to avoid that too-white color that isn’t appealing when you remove it from the pot.