Keto Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Thighs

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  • prep time

    prep time

    6 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    40 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    46 min

Keto Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Thighs

These quick and easy Keto instant pot chicken thighs are seasoned with Cajun spices and pressure cooked until perfectly tender. Our simple Keto Cajun chicken is sautéed and steamed in the instant pot before finishing with a helping of cauliflower rice to serve. Perfect for easy family dinners, served alongside your favorite Keto Cajun-inspired sides.

Can I Use a Different Cut of Chicken?

We have chosen to use skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs for this Keto instant pot recipe. This is a great cut of meat for low carb diets as it is a fattier option and provides the most flavor. However, should you wish to use chicken legs, wings, or breasts, you may. Be sure to adjust your cooking times for your chosen cut of meat.

Can I Bake These in The Air Fryer?

We have used the instant pot to keep this recipe simple and cooking methods minimal. However, these chicken thighs would also work well cooked in an air fryer or oven-baked until crisp and golden; simply coat the chicken with the spices and cook with a touch of oil. If you choose an alternative cooking method, please adjust your cooking times accordingly. As air frying and baking do not require the stock and tomato sauce, this can be used for simmering the rice until tender. Please be sure to adjust your macros to account for any changes made to the recipe.

  • Net Carbs

    3.2 g

  • Fiber

    2.8 g

  • Total Carbs

    6.1 g

  • Protein

    25.4 g

  • Fats

    14.8 g

259 cals

Keto Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Thighs

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  • Chicken Thigh With Skin

    Chicken Thigh With Skin

    4 medium

  • Cauliflower Rice

    Cauliflower Rice

    3 cup

  • Gourmet Collection Smoked Paprika by Mccormick

    Gourmet Collection Smoked Paprika by Mccormick

    1 tsp

  • Cayenne


    1 teaspoon

  • Oregano, Dried

    Oregano, Dried

    1 teaspoon

  • Onion Powder

    Onion Powder

    1 teaspoon

  • Lemon Peel Or Zest Raw

    Lemon Peel Or Zest Raw

    1 tsp

  • Olive Oil

    Olive Oil

    1 tablespoon

  • Garlic Powder

    Garlic Powder

    ½ teaspoon

  • Chicken Broth, Bouillon Or Consomme, Ready-to-serve Can

    Chicken Broth, Bouillon Or Consomme, Ready-to-serve Can

    ½ cup

  • Tomato Sauce

    Tomato Sauce

    ¼ cup

  • Salt, Sea Salt

    Salt, Sea Salt

    ¼ teaspoon

  • Black Pepper

    Black Pepper

    ⅛ teaspoon

Recipe Steps

steps 4

46 min

  • Step 1

    Add the chicken thighs to a large bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano, the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to rub the spices and seasonings evenly all over the chicken thighs. You may adjust the quantity of spices, adding more or less to suit your personal taste.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Add the olive oil to the instant pot. Set to sauté. Once the oil is hot, place the chicken thighs in the pan skin side down. Leave the chicken to cook for 4-5 minutes on the first side until golden and crisp. Turn the chicken pieces over and cook on the second side for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown all over.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Add the chicken stock, tomato sauce, and remaining herbs and spices to the instant pot. You may use an alternative stock if preferred, such as vegetable. Stir gently to mix. Place the lid securely on the instant pot and ensure that it is set to sealing. Set the pressure to high and set the time for 15 minutes. After this time, quick release any remaining pressure.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    Once safe to do so, remove the lid from the instant pot and check the chicken is completely cooked through. Add the cauliflower rice to the instant pot and set to sauté. Heat the rice through in the pan juices for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Divide the chicken and rice between 4 serving plates or bowls, accompanied by your preferred Keto sides.
    Step 4

Comments 2

  • FortuitousKale381786

    FortuitousKale381786 2 years ago

    The bones of this meal, ingredients are great. But using the insta pot and adding the cauliflower rice at the end was disgusting. The skin was mushy the and the cauliflower rice turned to complete mush. would be best to cook this in a frying pan, remove the chicken then saute the rice in its juices.

    • OutstandingMacadamia435629

      OutstandingMacadamia435629 3 years ago

      I will gladly be the first reviewer for this recipe…. If you like a little heat this is perfect! I love Cajun and this recipes was right on mark! LOVE LOVE LOvE Easy! Flavourful and filling! I doubled all ingredients to freeze some but I do t think I will. I’m sure I will eat it all!!! This will be a staple in my meals