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Slow Cooker/Instant Pot French Onion Chicken (Low-Carb, Paleo, Whole30)

  • Author: Fit SlowCooker Queen
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 23 lbs chicken
  • 2 lbs white onions, sliced thinly


  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp ghee, melted
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Slow Cooker

  1. Add half of the onions to the bottom of the slow cooker. Add chicken on top of onions. Add remaining onions on top.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together sauce ingredients. Pour sauce on top of chicken.
  3. Cook HIGH 2-4 hours or LOW 4-6.

Instant Pot

  1. Turn the Instant Pot to saute. Once hot, add the oil and chicken and sear, few minutes on each side until browned. Remove chicken from the pressure cooker.
  2. Add onions (and more oil if needed) and cook 3-5 minutes until soft.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together sauce ingredients. Pour the sauce into the pressure cooker and deglaze the bottom of the pressure cooker by scraping all the bits off with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add chicken back into the Instant Pot. Mix in the onions so they’re evenly distributed.
  5. Close lid and seal valve. Set high pressure and cook 10 minutes.
  6. Quick release pressure.