Keto Instant Pot Creole Chicken Recipe

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If you are looking for a spicy (can be altered) but delicious meal, this Instant Pot Creole Chicken Recipe is going to hit the spot. Easier than ever to make in the pressure cooker, this creole style chicken recipe is a family favorite and a great way to serve a keto friendly meal everyone in the house enjoys!

chicken creole with tomato on white plate.

Creole Chicken Recipe

Sometimes boring chicken breasts just don't sound good for dinner. Instead, I like to add a bit of "kick" to the meal, and that's when some classic cajun spices come into play. Using an Instant Pot for this recipe not only saves me time, but it really infuses those flavors into the meat.

If you prefer something a bit less spicy or have kids that don't tolerate the spice well, you can cut the seasoning blend in half. It's easy to mix in extra hot sauce on your plate if you want more heat with your meal.

keto chicken creole on white plates.

What do You Serve With Creole Style Chicken?

Typically, most Cajun dishes are served with some rice. Whether it's a basic bowl of rice or some dirty rice, it's a traditional meal to serve up this saucy meal over a steaming bowl of rice.

If you are following the keto diet, then you may prefer to serve this over cauliflower or broccoli rice instead. Zoodles are another easy option that could pair beautifully with the creole spices.

Is Creole Seasoning Keto Friendly?

This depends upon the brand of mix you buy in-store. Some contain sugar, and others do not. It also will depend upon if you are following a very strict keto or dirty keto.

For me, a bit of sugar in a spice blend that doesn't really contribute to the carb count isn't worth worrying over. However, for those who follow macros to the letter, then making a homemade spice blend may be preferred.

Most Cajun seasoning blends include paprika, oregano, black pepper, basil, salt, cayenne, granulated onion, thyme, and garlic.

Typically, this will be a large amount of paprika (⅓-1/2 cup), and then 2-3 teaspoons each of the other spices. Play with this mixture until you find a blend you like.

creole seasoning in glass dish on table.

Can I Add Sausage to This Creole Chicken Recipe?

You can definitely add traditional andouille or chicken sausage into this creole chicken recipe. Just watch for added sugar in the ingredients if you are following keto closely.

ingredients for creole chicken in dishes on table.

How to Make Instant Pot Creole Chicken

Begin by setting your Instant Pot to the saute function, then add in oil when it shows hot and cook your chicken until it is brown on all sides.

Add the onions, bell pepper, celery, and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Next, pour your chicken stock into the pot, and scrape the bottom to remove any cooked on pieces. Pressure cookers are touchy and skipping this step could cause a burn error, so make sure you do this step.

Turn OFF the Saute function by selecting Cancel. Pour the tomatoes and spices and mix well so nothing is sitting stuck to the bottom of the pot.

keto chicken with tomatoes in instant pot.

Cover and set the valve to seal, then set to manual and 9 minute cook time. Once the timer goes off, allow it to naturally release for 5 minutes before manually releasing the remaining pressure.

For those that like a bit thicker sauce, you can turn the saute function back on and stir in some xanthan gum and bring to a boil then stir until desired thickness.

Serve the creole style chicken over cauliflower rice or noodles.

Want More Keto Recipes?

Keto meals don't have to be boring! If you need more fun meals for your meal plan, check out some of my favorite keto-friendly recipes below.

  • Keto Deep Dish Pizza is everything you want in a pizza, with none of the guilt. A delicious crust, perfect toppings, and of course, plenty of cheese. It's a must on the weekly meal rotation.
  • For a simple casserole packed with flavor, the Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Casserole is a perfect choice. Loaded with meat, veggies, and a richly flavored sauce.
  • If you want an easy meal, make the Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore. This cooks all day while you work, and is a perfect family-friendly meal everyone loves.
  • Of course, you can't go wrong with this Chicken Fajita Casserole. It's absolutely delicious and ideal for both keto and non-keto followers at the dinner table.
What is Creole Chicken?

Creole chicken is a spicy (traditionally) dish of chicken simmered in tomatoes with a flavor profile coming from bell peppers, onion and celery. It is a hearty guilt free comfort food.

Can I freeze this Keto Creole Chicken?

Yes! We add this , when cooled, to a freezer safe container such as a meal prep and then store for up to 2 months. Anything longer will get icy on top.

How Do I Reheat this Creole Chicken?

To reheat the creole chicken from the fridge, simply microwave on low for 1 minute at a time. To reheat from frozen, using a microwave safe dish reheat on high for 2 minutes then 1 min intervals. Stir in between.

How many Carbs are in this Creole Chicken?

One serving of this keto creole chicken has 4 carbs & 2 fiber resulting in 2 net carbs

Where can I find Tony's Creole seasoning?

I have seen Tony's creole seasoning at almost every large grocery store, mainly Walmart. If not, it can certainly be ordered online.

chicken creole with tomato on white plate.

Keto Instant Pot Creole Chicken Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Instant Pot Creole Chicken is a delicious and easy meal that packs a powerful punch of flavor while staying keto friendly!


  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons creole seasoning (like Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum, for thickening if desired, see instruction number 7
  • Sliced green onions, for garnish


  1. Set the electric pressure cooker to saute function. When the pressure cooker reads “hot,” add 1 tablespoon oil. Add the chicken and cook just until brown on each side. 2-3 mins.
  2. Add the onions, bell pepper, celery, and garlic to the electric pressure cooker. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until softened slightly.
  3. Pour chicken stock into electric pressure cooker pot with the saute function on and scrape the bottom of the pot to remove any cooked on pieces.
  4. Turn OFF the saute function by selecting CANCEL. Pour the tomatoes over the chicken, add the seasoning and mix.
  5. Cover the electric pressure cooker and set the valve to sealing.
  6. Set the electric pressure cooker to manual or “pressure cook” for 9 minutes. Once the cycle is complete, allow the pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes before quick release.
  7. If a thicker sauce is desired, reset the electric pressure cooker to turn on the saute function. Stir in the xanthan gum and bring to a boil. Stir until thickened.
    8. Serve creole chicken over zucchini noodles, rice, or alone. Garnish with sliced green onions.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 1325mgCarbohydrates: 4gNet Carbohydrates: 2gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 20g

Nutrition facts are auto- populated by the app for this recipe card, numbers may vary. For best results, input your exact brand ingredients into a recipe analyzer like Verywell or MyFitnessPal.

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