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Keto Lemon Herb Rotisserie Chicken in the Instant Pot

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Keto lemon herb whole chicken made in an Instant Pot is the perfect recipe to make for when you’re craving some delicious, homemade, low carb rotisserie chicken. This keto friendly recipe is super easy to make and is very family friendly!

Keto Lemon Herb Rotisserie Chicken in the Instant Pot Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken, 4-6 pounds
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • juice from 2 lemons or 6 tablespoons concentrated lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1-2 teaspoons arrowroot powder (optional)

Keto Lemon Herb Rotisserie Chicken in the Instant Pot Directions

  • 1
    Mix together Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, mustard powder and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
    seasoning mixed in a small bowl with a mini whisk next to it
  • 2
    Pat chicken dry with a paper towel.
    patting a whole chicken dry with a paper towel
  • 3
    Place a trivet down into the liner of the instant pot. Pour in 1 cup of chicken broth. Place chicken on the trivet in the instant pot.
    pouring chicken broth into the liner of an instant pot with the trivet insdie
  • 4
    Mix together melted butter with lemon juice. Lift up the chicken skin underneath the breast and pour half the lemon butter mixture underneath the skin. Pour remaining butter mixture over the chicken.
    pouring lemon butter mixture underneath the chicken skin above the breast
  • 5
    Sprinkle seasoning all of the outside of the chicken.
    chicken inside of an instant pot covered with seasoning
  • 6
    Lock on the instant pot lid and set the valve to sealing. Pressure cook on high for 6 minutes per pound. Then let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure.
    the face of an instant pot with a red arrow next to the pressure cook button and a 27 in the minutes screen
  • 7
    To get a crispy, golden brown crust, remove the chicken from the instant pot and place on a baking tray. Set oven to broil and broil on high for 3 minutes or until the skin is golden brown.
    whole chicken on a baking tray with a brown crispy crust
  • 8
    To make a lemon herb gravy, set the Instant Pot to saute. Add 1-2 teaspoons arrowroot powder to the remaining chicken juice and simmer until mixture reduces.
    lemon gravy simmering in an instant pot

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Low Carb Lemon Herb Rotisserie Chicken in the Instant Pot

closeup overhead view of a whole rotisserie chicken with crispy golden brown skin

Cooking keto lemon herb whole chicken in an Instant Pot is such an easy keto dinner! This recipe makes a perfectly juicy whole chicken in your pressure cooker. It tastes as if it would take at least a few hours to make, but in reality, this home cooked meal can be prepared and served in less than an hour! Whole chicken in an Instant Pot is also extremely versatile and can be dressed up or down in so many ways. It can be paired with a simple green salad for an easy, healthy weeknight dinner or it can be served as a main course for a special occasion.

Keto lemon herb rotissarie chicken is great to make as a family meal as it can feed a lot of people all at once. This recipe would make for a perfect Sunday supper, especially if you’re having family or friends over. It will surely impress everyone! The best part about this recipe is there is no need to wake up early in order to prepare a delicious homemade roasted chicken. Before you start cooking, the only thing you need to check is that the whole chicken you have, fits in your instant pot. Most 4-6 pound chickens will fit in an 8 quart Instant Pot.

a hand pulling off a chicken leg from a roasted whole chicken at the dinner table

Instant Pot Keto Recipe

This recipe calls for the use of a pressure cooker. A pressure cooker will make the chicken more tender, full of flavor and perfectly roasted! When it’s done, the chicken will be oozing with juiciness and it ends up being so tender that the meat just falls off the bone. A pressure cooker will also reduce the amount of pots and pans used, so you won’t even need to clean a ton of kitchen equipment after - A bonus! Keto lemon herb whole chicken in an Instant Pot is such an easy and hassle free dinner to make. Utilizing a pressure cooker will allow you to cut down on the cooking time too.

the face of an instant pot pressure cooker with all the buttons

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in an Instant Pot

Step One: Prepare your Pressure Cooker

  • Place a trivet down into the liner of your Instant Pot.
  • Pour in 1 cup of chicken broth - Liquid is needed in order for pressure to start building up in the instant pot.

Step Two: Season the Chicken

  • Clean out the chicken, but make sure not to rinse it. Rinsing raw poultry can splash bacteria all over you, kitchen towels, countertops and any other food which is nearby.
  • Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel.
  • Place the chicken on the trivet.
  • Mix lemon juice and butter together. Pour some of the mixture under the skin and use the rest to cover the chicken.
  • Pat the outside of the chicken with the seasoning.

Step Three: Pressure Cook the Chicken

  • Place the lid on the pressure cooker (set valve to seal).
  • Cook for 6 minutes per pound of chicken.

Step Four: Release the Pressure

  • When the chicken is fully cooked, allow pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes.

pointing to the valve on an instant pot where the pressure gets released

How Long Does it Take to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot?

The cooking time varies depending on the size of your whole chicken. As we already mentioned above, for the ideal tender chicken, we recommend cooking it for 6 minutes per pound. If your chicken is quite thick, you might need to increase the time to 7 minutes per pound.

Here are the suggested cooking times based on how big the chicken is:

  • 3 pound chicken - pressure cook for 18 minutes
  • 3.5 pound chicken - pressure cook for 21 minutes
  • 4 pound chicken - pressure cook for 24 minutes
  • 4.5 pound chicken - pressure cook for 27 minutes
  • 5 pound chicken - pressure cook for 30 minutes

Apart from the above times, add an additional 15 minutes to allow the pressure to release naturally. Always check to make sure that your chicken is at the safe temperature of 165 degrees before serving.

an entire chicken in an instant pot, dressed and ready to cook

What if My Chicken is Still Not Fully Cooked?

In order to check whether your chicken is fully cooked, always use a meat thermometer to check that the chicken has reached 165 degrees, which is the recommended safe temperature to eat chicken. If you the chicken has not reached this temperature yet, put the lid back on and pressure cook for an additional 2 minutes for every 5 degrees below 165 degrees.

a whole organic chicken on a white counter still in the packaging

Cooking a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot from Frozen

You can cook a whole chicken from frozen in an Instant Pot, but you need to make sure that the gizzards and any type of plastic have been removed before the chicken was put into the freezer. It is also safe to cook a whole chicken from frozen in an instant pot, unlike when you put a whole frozen chicken in a slow cooker. This is a great feature of the instant pot as you don’t even need to worry if you forget to thaw your chicken!

Lemon Herb Gravy

If you would like to give your roasted chicken some extra flavor, we have an easy solution for you! Lemon herb gravy can be made from the leftover juices in the instant pot. All you need to do is add 1-2 teaspoons of arrowroot powder to help thicken the gravy up. Then, use the Sauté function on the Instant Pot until the gravy is thickened et voilà, you have your very own homemade Lemon Herb Gravy! Pour on top of your keto chicken or a side of mashed cauliflower.

pouring lemon herb gravy on a roasted chicken

Crispy Skin from Instant Pot Cooked Whole Chicken

Chicken cooked in an Instant Pot doesn’t come out having crispy skin. However, if you would prefer your chicken to have crispy skin, all you need to do is, after the chicken is fully cooked in the pressure cooker, transfer your chicken to a baking sheet and place it under the broiler in the oven for a few minutes. Keep an eye out on the chicken as it only needs a few minutes to get crispy, if you leave it for any longer, it could easily burn.

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