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whole roast chicken in a white bowl


8 8 8
WW Freestyle: 8
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
A savory whole roast chicken, rubbed with basil butter and flavored with garlic, herbs, and lemon. Easy to make in the Instant Pot.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 312
Author: Katerina | Diethood


  • 3 to 3.5 pound whole broiler-fryer chicken

For the Compound Butter

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided

For the Seasoning Rub

For the Chicken Cavity

  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled

For the Instant Pot

  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth


  • Remove giblets from the chicken cavity; pat dry the chicken with paper towels and set it aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet set over medium-high heat.
  • Add fresh basil leaves to the hot oil and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes; remove from heat.
  • In a small food processor combine basil leaves, butter, garlic, lemon zest, and ½ teaspoon salt; whiz until smooth.
    If you do not have a food processor, chop the basil after cooking, soften the butter and mince the garlic; using the back of a fork, mash and combine all the ingredients.
  • Rub the compound butter all over the chicken and under the skin.
  • In a small bowl combine ½ teaspoon salt, italian seasoning, marjoram, and paprika; rub the seasoning onto the chicken.
  • Lightly salt the chicken cavity and stuff it with lemon wedges and garlic.
  • Add chicken broth to the Instant Pot.
  • Set the trivet inside the Instant Pot and place the chicken on the trivet. If you do not have a trivet, you can make 5 to 6 balls with aluminum foil. Balls should be the size of a golf-ball.
  • Close and lock the lid.
  • Set Instant Pot to cook on HIGH PRESSURE and set the timer to 20 minutes. It is suggested to cook a whole chicken at 6 minutes PER POUND.
  • Once the cooking is done and the timer sounds, press Cancel, but don’t open the lid. Let pressure release naturally.
  • When pressure is released and the pressure pin drops, open the lid.
  • Heat your oven to BROIL.
  • Remove chicken from the Instant Pot and transfer it to a baking sheet.
  • Pop the chicken under the broiler for about 5 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown. Make sure to watch closely so to prevent burning.
  • Remove from oven and transfer to a cutting board; let stand at least 10 minutes before cutting.
  • Serve.


  • NET CARBS: 3 g (per serving)
  • WW POINTS: If you are following a Weight Watchers Plan, to reduce points, remove the skin after cooking and discard, and try to consume only the white parts of the chicken.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 533mg22%
Potassium 323mg9%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 798IU16%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords: instant pot chicken, whole chicken recipes