Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken Recipe

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During the summer, we love making beer can chicken on the grill. Beer can chicken – also known as beer-butt chicken or chicken on a throne – is a classic dish for grilling season.

It is a simple and great way to get a moist full chicken every time.  Since it’s still winter, we are sharing the same great concept, but in an Instant Pot.      

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Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken Recipe How to make a whole chicken in instant pot

Our family has just starting adapting to using an Instant Pot and have made Instant Pot soup, but this is the first time making something as large and hearty as a full chicken.  In about 50 minutes you can have a fully cooked chicken that literally falls off the bone.


Like the recipe says, it calls for a beer can, well a full can of beer that is!  We are going with Yuengling.  Similar when cooking with wine, only use a beer you would want to drink too. 

How to make Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken 

Cut up an onion and celery in large chunks and add them to the bottom of your Instant Pot or Electric Pressure cooker with water. 


Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken Recipe How to make a whole chicken in instant pot


Place your opened, but full can of beer into the middle of the veggies. 


Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken Recipe How to make a whole chicken in instant pot


Wash, pat dry and carefully place butter cubes under the chicken skin.  Season the chicken well with the dry rub.


Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken Recipe How to make a whole chicken in instant pot


Carefully place on top of the beer can, pushing it all the way through so it fits.  Our chicken is a little large for the pot size, so it was slightly angled.  


Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken Recipe How to make a whole chicken in instant pot


Set the Instant Pot for 30 minutes and let it do its magic. Then allow it to naturally steam for 20 minutes before opening the top.  Weeknight dinners just got easier. 



Will my Instant Pot Chicken have a Crispy Skin?

If you prefer a crispy skin, we rubbed the outside with a little olive oil and placed the whole chicken on a sheet pan under the broiler for 5 minutes. (This is completely optional).



Look at all those juices coming from the Instant Pot Chicken!  With Beer Can Chicken it is almost always guaranteed! 


What should I serve with Beer Can Chicken in Instant Pot?

Serve with a tall glass of beer or wine and enjoy the Instant Pot Whole Chicken that literally fall off the bone. 

Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken Recipe How to make a whole chicken in instant pot

Why we love Yuengling. 

Did you know Yuengling is operated by its 6th generation?  Plus the owners are all women, four sisters, who have combined over 60 years of brewery experience — Jen, Wendy, Debbie and Sheryl Yuengling.

Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken Recipe How to make a whole chicken in instant pot

These women all grew up in the business, and it’s an interesting time to be leading a company as women, particularly in a male-dominated industry.

They are truly a family business , dedicated to their community as well.  Yuengling enriches their local community as a way to help the members of our extended family thrive economically and socially.

Whether you are buying Yuengling for this Instant Pot Beer Can chicken or just to enjoy as you pass the winter away, be sure to look for the new cans.  



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How to make Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken Recipe 

Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken Recipe How to make a whole chicken in instant pot

Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken Recipe

Yield: 5 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

How to make a whole chicken in an Instant Pot. This Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken will be falling off the bone.


  • 8 qt Instant Pot
  • 5-6 pound whole chicken
  • 1 16 oz can of Yuengling beer
  • 1 onion, chopped into large chunks
  • 2- 3 stalks of celery(chopped in large Chunks)
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


Remove any packing from inside of chicken. Rinse chicken, pat dry, and place butter under the skin.

Mix dry seasonings in a small bowl and rub dry seasonings all over the chicken. 

Place cut veggies in the Instant pot with 1 cup water.

Open beer and place in the middle of the veggies.

Carefully place your chicken so the chicken is standing on the beer.

No trivet needed. Place your Pot on manual high pressure for 30 minutes.

Do a natural release for 20 minutes.

Optional to rub with olive oil and place under broiler for 3-5 minutes watching carefully not to burn.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 cup chicken
Amount Per Serving Calories 899Total Fat 52gSaturated Fat 17gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 30gCholesterol 315mgSodium 773mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 94g

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  1. This is the first time I’ve heard of this beer technique. It’s quite unique and I’m excited to try it!

  2. I only can immagine how this chicken tastes. A must try recipe!

  3. Who would have thought that it is so easy to incorporate beer into this awesome recipe! Again, I am taking this recipe home, girl!

  4. I know my husband will want to try this chicken. No more freezing his butt of to use the BBQ.

  5. I’m not much of a drinker, but I’ve heard that adding beer to chicken makes it super moist. I may need to try it sometime soon!

  6. Can you say delicious?!
    What a great instant pot recipe.

  7. I don’t have an instant pot yet. But, I am going to try this recipe in the oven!

  8. This is such a delicious idea. I’d love to make some for my family and see how flavorful that chicken turns out.

  9. I bet that smells and tastes delicious. I am going to be trying this soon and perfect timing as we have a family reunion coming up and need to feed a large group.

  10. Nice post enjoy every bit of it.


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