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Low Carb Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

Make this Low Carb Instant Pot Lemon Chicken for dinner tonight – everyone will love it.
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Low Carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Instant Pot Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 338kcal
Author Nora


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound chicken thighs I used bone-in, skin-on
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 lemon juice only
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon glucomannan OR 1/4 teaspoon Xanthan gum OR 1 teaspoon cornstarch OR arrowroot mixed in 3 tablespoons cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Brown meat: Set instant pot to sauté. Add oil to pot and add thighs skin-side down. Cook, in batches if needed, until golden and crisp. Flip and cook until browned on the other side. Remove chicken from pot.
  • Start sauce: Add onion and garlic to pot and cook until starting to soften, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth, lemon juice, herbs and seasoning. Stir, scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the pot.
  • Pressure cook: Place chicken thighs back in the instant pot. Secure lid and set the pressure valve to "sealing". Choose "pressure cook" (or "manual") and "high" for 12 minutes. Naturally release pressure after cooking time is up (just switch off the instant pot and leave it alone until pressure is gone).
  • Finish sauce: Carefully remove thighs. Set the Instant Pot to sauté. Pour thickener slurry into pot, stir well and simmer until sauce has thickened. Stir in butter until melted and serve sauce over chicken.


Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.6g | Protein: 29.9g | Fat: 21.8g | Saturated Fat: 7.3g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 1.3g