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A white plate with cauliflower rice, shredded instant pot chicken thighs, tomatoes, cabbage and avocado.
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5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

Cajun spiced chicken thighs cooked quickly and perfectly in an Instant Pot. Chicken thighs are an ideal protein source on the keto diet. Combine with cauliflower rice, some greens, and some avocado, for a balanced, healthy keto meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bonesless chicken thighs, cajun chicken thighs, chicken thighs, instant pot chicken thighs
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 268kcal



  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth or bone broth
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Heat an Instant Pot on the Saute setting. Once it's hot, add the avocado oil, and add the chicken thighs. Allow them to cook about 3 minutes on both sides to begin to brown.
  • In a small bowl, combine salt and all the spices.
  • Turn the Instant Pot off, and then add the chicken broth and spices. Flip the chicken over a few times to evenly coat in the spices.
  • Set the Instant Pot to Manual, and set for 7 minutes, with the steam valve closed to build pressure.
  • Once the Instant Pot is done, manually release the steam. When the Instant Pot is ready, remove the chicken from the pot, and shred using 2 forks.
  • Add the chicken thighs to a serving dish or storage container, and pour the remaining broth and spices into the chicken.
  • Serve hot, or refrigerate for up to 3 days. You can also freeze this chicken in air tight containers for up to 3 months for easy reheat protein portions.


Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 348IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg