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Instant Pot Queso Chicken (Keto, Low Carb)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Natural Release
10 mins
Total Time
35 mins

This keto and low carb friendly recipe is delicious.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: instant pot queso chicken, keto queso chicken, low carb queso chicken
Servings: 5
Calories: 413 kcal
  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup broth
  • 1 ½ cup Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  1. Place the chicken tenderloins in a single layer in the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  2. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of taco seasoning over the chicken. Then, sprinkle with salt and pepper, 

  3. Pour broth over the chicken (use bone broth for keto, otherwise chicken broth is okay).

  4. Pour a can of Rotel tomatoes evenly over the top of the chicken.

  5. Place cream cheese on top of the chicken.

  6. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and set valve to Sealing.

  7. Set the Instant Pot to manual for 15 minutes. When the cook time ends, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before turning the valve to venting to quick release the remaining pressure.

  8. Remove the lid and stir the ingredients to fully incorporate the cream cheese.

  9. Add the Monterey Jack cheese, and stir to combine. Continue stirring until cheese has fully melted.

  10. Serve over cauliflower rice for a low-carb or keto meal alongside a salad. For a kid-friendly meal, serve over rice or with tortilla chips.

Recipe Notes

One reader recommended an alternate cook time for those who are concerned about overcooked chicken. Instead of setting the time for 15 minutes, she set hers to 3 minutes and then waited 6 minutes after the cook time ends before releasing the remaining pressure and had great results. I still recommend 15 minutes at high pressure since I dread undercooked poultry, but wanted to share her results for those who worry about overcooked chicken.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Queso Chicken (Keto, Low Carb)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 413 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 171mg57%
Sodium 601mg26%
Potassium 730mg21%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 720IU14%
Vitamin C 2.4mg3%
Calcium 284mg28%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.