chopped fresh parsley and lemon slices for garnishoptional
Sauce Thickener (optional)
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 the 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 release for 2-3 minutes naturally. 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.
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: You can make this recipe 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.★ Did you make this recipe? Don't forget to give it a star rating below!