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Best Keto Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipes

Instant pot whole chicken recipe – There’s rarely a household that doesn’t like having chicken on their weekly lunch or dinner rotation during the week but sometimes cooking just takes too long and not everyone has the time.

Another obstacle that sometimes arises is when you’re trying to keep your strict keto diet and a lot of the recipes you have involving chicken are too high on carbs but fear not, as we have a few instant pot whole chicken recipes that will surely peek your interest and prove to be very delicious while not taking too much time to prepare.



You’ll be able to cook for the entire family and it’ll all take under an hour in mostly cooking time where you’re just waiting for the timer to go off and tell you that your dinner is ready to be served.

Keto Whole Chicken Recipe #1

The first recipe we have for you is one that is not just keto friendly but relatively easy to execute even if you’re a beginner in the kitchen.

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

All you need is you instant pot and some time to spare for preparation and cooking.

To make this meal from start to finish you’ll need about 35 minutes and following the exact recipe will yield 6 servings.

This is an absolutely delicious, juicy and tender recipe that will surely find itself on your permanent cooking schedule for the week.

To make this recipe, the ingredients you’ll need are:

  • 5lb Whole Chicken
  • ½ cut in half Onion
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 cut in half Lemon
  • 1 cup Chicken stock
  • ¼ cup grass-fed Butter
  • Thyme (to taste)
  • Dill (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon zest
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

To start preparing this instant pot whole chicken recipe you’ll need to start with cleaning the chicken and getting rid of the neck and the giblets.

Afterwards you’ll need to take half of the herbs, take out the stems and chop them up nicely before mixing them with the lemon zest, salt, pepper and softened butter.

Once they are well mixed, take half of the mixture and rub the chicken breasts.

Next, you’ll need to take the remaining herbs, lemon and onion and place them in the cavity before tying the legs using a kitchen twine.

The next step involves turning the Instant Pot and setting it to sauté. Use the olive oil to rub the outside of the chicken and season with some salt and pepper.

Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Add olive oil to the instant pot as well and put the chicken inside the pot with the breasts facing down.

Sear the chicken for a few minutes on both sides till it gets brown and afterwards take it out from the pot and onto the instant pot wire rack before putting it back in the pot.

Add the chicken stock in the pot and shut the lid making sure the valve is sealed.

Set the mode to manual and the timer for 25 minutes using the natural pressure release which takes around 15 minutes.

When the time has passed, remove the cover carefully and take out the chicken and serve it.

The amount of nutrients and energy this dish provides is 374 Calories, 0g Carbs, 29g Fat and 24g Protein per one serving.

Keto Whole Chicken Recipe #2

The second recipe we are going to share with you today is another keto friendly chicken prepared using an instant pot that has a few different ingredients than the previous one but it’s equally if not even more delicious because of them.

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

It takes about 40 minutes to prepare from start to finish and following the exact recipe will yield 10 servings of this delicious chicken dinner.

The ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe are:

Instant Pot Whole Chicken

What to Do With a Whole Chicken - Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Diet Recipes
Servings 10 Serving


  • 4 lb Whole Chicken
  • 1 cut in half Onion
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 cut in half Lemon
  • 1 cup Chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 ½ Sea salt
  • 2 tbsp smoked Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp Onion powder
  • ½ tbsp Chili powder
  • ½ tbsp dried Basil


Keyword What to Do With a Whole Chicken

To start making this instant pot whole chicken recipe you’ll need to get a small bowl and add the pepper, salt, paprika, thyme, basil and chili powder to combine well.

Next, you’ll need to prepare the chicken by carefully lifting the skin and taking it off the breasts using your hands.

Using the olive oil and half of the seasoning you prepared in the bowl, rub the chicken till all of it is covered and ready to bake.

Once done, add the onion, garlic cloves and lemon in the cavity of the chicken and tie the legs using a twine.
Set your Instant Pot to sauté mode on high and heat up one tablespoon of olive oil.

Once well heat up, add the chicken in the pot with the breasts facing downwards and sear it for about 7 minutes.

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

After the 7 minutes have passed, turn over the chicken and sear for another 6 minutes on the other side so it’s cooked evenly.

Take out the chicken and the trivet from your instant pot and set the chicken on it, then place both back in the inner pot.

Add the chicken broth, cover and seal the lid and set the instant pot to manual high pressure and the timer to 24 minutes.

Let the instant pot release pressure naturally which may take up to 15 minutes.

When the time has passed (24 + 15 minutes) use the quick pressure release to get rid of the remaining pressure, open the lid and take out to chicken, transferring it to a plate and getting it ready for serving.

The amount of nutrients and energy this dish provides is 234 Calories, 2g Carbs, 17g Fat and 16g Protein per one serving.

While both of these keto instant pot whole chicken recipes are absolutely delicious and amazing, we’re sure that one of them will capture your heart more than the other and we’d like to know the reason so feel free to leave a comment in the section below or contact us directly via email.


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