Beer Can Chicken in the Instant Pot


1 Whole Chicken
4-6 slices of butter 1/8 inch thick
1 Onion chopped
1 Can Beer or Chicken Broth
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder or Dehydrated Onions
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Tbsp HOT water


Mix rub ingredients
Remove chicken parts and dry the bird with a paper towel
Massage the rub all over the bird including under the skin of the breasts and through a small slit in the skin for the legs and thighs
Chop 1 Onion
Rub 1 Tbsp of olive oil into the cold instant pot
Add 2/3 cup beer or chicken broth to the instant pot saving the rest of the beer/broth in the can, peel the paper off the can and remove the can lid
Add ~2 Tbsp of the rub and a handful of chopped onion into the 1/3 full can of beer/broth
Add the rest of the onion to the instant pot
Carefully slide the chicken onto the beer/broth can with the rub and onion, it’s a tight fit
Slide butter slices under skin of the breasts and thighs
Place Chicken with the can into the Instant Pot with the bird standing up
lightly oil the underside of the instant pot lid, the chicken will probably hit the lid
Put on the instant pot lid, Seal the pressure release valve, and pressure cook your bird for 6 minutes per pound (a 3 pound bird is 18 minutes)
Natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then release pressure valve
Once the pin drops, remove the lid and carefully remove the bird with tongs and a spatula placing it on a plate
It will be very delicate and may fall apart; but no worries, the chicken is AMAZING, the bones and cartilage have been cooked down, so a chicken that falls apart is a good thing
Let the bird rest for about 5 – 8 minutes and then carve the bird
Preheat your air fryer or broiler to 400 degrees for 5 minutes
Oil the air fryer basket and place the chicken pieces in the air fryer basket skin side up
Air fry or broil at 400 for 5 – 10 minutes or until the skin is golden brown, keep your eyes on the chicken so it does not burn
Remove your chicken and serve with rice, potatoes, broccoli, green beans, and/or a salad

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