Keto Instant Pot Pulled Chicken Low Carb Recipe
instant pot pulled chicken

Keto Instant Pot Pulled Chicken

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Chicken is your go-to-meat when you’re keto. This soft meat can absorb different marinades and sauces so it gives a lot of space for experiments.

Although be careful while preparing chicken in instant pot, due to its softness you don’t want to overcook it, but if you using different meat with this recipe consider changing the cooking time.

You can also use fish filets with the same recipe but cut the time to 40 minutes as long as it’s fresh you’re good!

While putting all ingredients in instant pot, we recommend to just crush garlic with a flat blade and leave it like that in a pot. Crushed gloves will give away the aroma and absorb seasonings so later you can eat garlic too or using it as part of the decoration for the side dish.

If you don’t want to add cheddar at the end, you can also put cubes of cheddar on top 10 minutes before finishing cooking and use them as a side dish.

The good thing about this recipe is that it can be reheated and every time you can use a different sauce. For breakfast, a light chicken with greens, for lunch chicken with spinach and Asian sauce and for dinner French styled with cream cheese.

low carb instant pot pulled chicken

Do you have an instant pot at home yet? If not, check this convenient Instant Pot DUO60.

It’s a 7-in-1 multi-uses which you can use as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté, and warmer.

Instant Pot DUO60

Let’s Ketofy It!

Cut chicken into medium-size pieces and transfer them to the instant pot.

pulled chicken ingredients

Combine all the seasoning and spices in a bowl then sprinkle over the meat.

Next, add lemon juice, garlic, sour cream, water in the pot and mix well.

add sour cream and water

Put the lid on and turn on the instant pot. Choose the “saute” mode and cook for 2 hours.

When the time is up, remove the meat and shred it, transfer back to the pot and add cheddar in. Stir well so the cheese can melt in the hot chicken and broth from chicken meat.

pulling cooked chicken

You can top with freshly chopped dill or scallions and serve with a low carb side such as cauliflower rice, a bed of spinach or zoodles.

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Keto Instant Pot Pulled Chicken

This low-carb pulled chicken cooked with an instant pot is so easy to make. You'll love it!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword instant pot chicken, instant pot pulled chicken, keto pulled chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 226kcal
Author KetoVale Team


  • 1 lb chicken meat breast or thigh
  • 4 oz sour cream
  • 1/3 cup cheddar shredded
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp fresh dill chopped (for garnish, optional)


  • Chop the meat into medium-size pieces and put into the instant pot.
  • In a small bowl mix onion powder, red pepper flakes, himalayan salt and black pepper and sprinkle over the meat.
  • Add minced garlic, lemon juice, sour cream, water and stir well.
  • Turn the instant pot on, click “saute” and cook for 2 hours.
  • When done cooking, take the meat out and shred well, transfer back to the pot, add shredded cheddar and stir well.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped dill (optional).
  • Serve with keto rice, zucchini noodles or on a bed of spinach.



*You can use pork in the place of chicken, too.


Nutrition Facts
Keto Instant Pot Pulled Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 218mg9%
Potassium 469mg13%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 380IU8%
Vitamin C 3.3mg4%
Calcium 105mg11%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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