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Instant Pot Lemon Chicken That’s Amazing!

This easy Instant Pot Lemon Chicken recipe is bursting with fresh flavors and can be made in 30 minutes! The perfect weeknight meal to make in your pressure cooker. The sauce is just amazing!

Instant Pot Spaghetti [1], Instant Pot Tortellini Soup [2], and Instant Pot Mac and Cheese [3] are all fan favorites!

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken in front of the pressure cooker

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

We think we found a new favorite Instant Pot Recipe!! Hello, delicious Instant Pot Lemon Chicken! Families just adore this recipe because of the buttery lemon sauce that accompanies the tender chicken. If you’re a sauce person, definitely give this recipe a try. 

Wow, the flavor! And wow, the ease!

We love recipes like this and Instant Pot Butter Chicken [4] because they have so much flavor and take little time to cook. Like, just 30 minutes!

The Instant Pot is made for recipes like this and busy weeknights!

If you want a baked lemon chicken recipe [5], we have that too!

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken on a plate with roasted asparagus.

Ingredients for Lemon Chicken in the Instant Pot

 

How To Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken

Ok, it’s time to start making dinner and have it DONE in about 30 minutes!

Step 1

Grab your chicken and season it with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and chili flakes on both sides.

Step 2

Now, put your Instant pot to the sauté function and add olive oil into the pot. Let it get nice and hot.

Lemon Chicken going into the Instant Pot

Step 3

Once it’s hot, place chicken in the instant pot and brown the chicken on both sides, approximately 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown. You will likely have to work in batches depending on the amount of chicken you are making. I always do since we have so many mouths to feed!

Once browned, remove the chicken from Instant Pot and set aside.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken inside the slow cooker.

Step 4

Add the butter to Instant Pot and melt. Now, stir in the savory onions and garlic. Add lemon juice to deglaze the pot. Make sure you get all the little bits, so you don’t get the burn notice.

Cook for 1 minute and then add Italian seasoning, lemon zest, and chicken broth.

Step 5

Put chicken back into the Instant Pot with the other ingredients, lock the lid, and turn the valve to seal. Select the “pressure cook” button (on newer models) and set a timer to 7 minutes.

(Note: It takes 5-10 minutes to get to pressure and start counting down.)

Step 6

When done, allow the chicken to naturally release for 2-3 minutes. Then, push the value for a quick release.

This Instant Pot Lemon Chicken recipe is bursting with fresh flavors and can be made in 30 minutes! The perfect weeknight meal to make in your pressure cooker.

Step 7

If you like a nice thick sauce, remove chicken from Instant Pot and take cornstarch and mix it in a small bowl with water and add it to Instant Pot. Press sauté and allow the sauce to thicken and boil. Add chicken back into the pot to get coated with the yummy sauce and heat back up.

Serve chicken with sauce spooned over top (lots of sauce) and garnished with parsley and sliced lemons if desired.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with lemon wedges for garnish.

What Sides go with Instant Pot Lemon Chicken?

Enjoy this Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken with Roasted Brussels Sprouts [6]. Soooo, good! It would also be great with roasted or steamed asparagus [7] or cauliflower.

You may also like a side of quinoa [8] to go with your chicken. 

Tips for Making Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

 

Tender Instant Pot Lemon Chicken on a plate in front of a pressure cooker

Can You Freeze Lemon Garlic Chicken?

Yes, you can freeze this Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe.

  1. Once cooked, let the chicken cool completely. 
  2. Place in an airtight container. Label and date and then store in the freezer for up to two months. 

Follow our Tips for Preventing Freezer Burn [9] and you’ll always serve great tasting food from the freezer. 

When it’s time to use your Lemon Chicken thaw overnight in the refrigerator or thaw slowly in the microwave. Then, place in an oven-safe dish and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. It can also be reheated in the microwave until the desired temperature. 

Supplies Used to Make Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

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We like the 6-quart Instant Pot Ultra [11], but the 6-quart Instant Pot [12] Duo [12] is also an awesome choice. 

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Instant Pot Lemon Chicken on a plate with roasted asparagus.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

This Instant Pot Lemon Chicken recipe is bursting with fresh flavors and can be made in 30 minutes! The perfect weeknight meal to make in your pressure cooker.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 266kcal
Author: Erin Henry [20]

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 6-8 boneless chicken thighs (skin on or off)
  • sea salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 medium onion (chopped)
  • 4-5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • juice and zest of one lemon (more if desired)
  • 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth (see notes)
  • chopped fresh parsley and lemon slices for garnish (optional)

Sauce Thickener (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons water

Instructions

  • Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and chili flakes on both sides.
  • Select the sauté function on your Instant Pot and add olive oil into the pot.
  • Once hot, place chicken in the Instant Pot and brown on both sides, approximately 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown. You will likely have to work in batches depending on the amount of chicken you are making. Once browned, remove from Instant Pot and set aside.
  • Add butter to Instant Pot and melt.  Now stir in onions and garlic. Add lemon juice to deglaze the pot.  Cook for 1 minute and then add Italian seasoning, lemon zest, and chicken broth.
  • Put chicken back into the Instant Pot with the other ingredients, lock the lid, and turn the valve to seal. Select the "pressure cook" button and set time to 7 minutes. (Note: It takes approximately 5-10 minutes to get to pressure and start counting down.)
  • When done, allow the chicken to naturally release for 2-3 minutes.  Then, push the value for a quick release.
  • If you like a thick sauce, remove chicken from Instant Pot and take cornstarch and mix it in a small bowl with water and add it to Instant Pot. Press sauté and allow the sauce to thicken and boil.  Add chicken back in to coat it with sauce and heat back up.
  • Serve chicken with sauce spooned over top and garnish with parsley and sliced lemons if desired.

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Notes

  • If you're looking for a healthier option, leave the skin off the chicken. If you don't mind the extra fat, leave the skin on to get a nice crisp.
  • If you can't get enough lemon, double the amount of lemon zest listed.
  • You can put lemon slices in the instant pot when the chicken is cooking. The whole slice becomes soft and edible--and quite delicious. For presentation add fresh lemon slices at the end. However, the flavor bonus is worth doing both if you'd like!
Note:  This recipe was made in a 6-quart Instant Pot.  We use 1/3 cup chicken stock and that combined with the lemon and chicken juices, I've never gotten a burn notice. If you have a sensitive Instant Pot, add more liquid so you don't get the burn notice. 
Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.
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Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 213mg | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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Other Delicious Instant Pot Recipes

Instant Pot Butter Chicken [4] – our fav!

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese [3] – the kid’s fav!

Instant Pot Tortellini Soup [2] – an all-around favorite.

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce [1] – another simple, but delicious meal.

 

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