Instant Pot Lemon Chicken is the perfect easy meal for busy weeknights, bursting with fresh flavors and can be made in 20 minutes. Best of all, the chicken cooks up tender and juicy in a buttery lemon garlic sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
- 6 boneless chicken thighs
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp butter
- juice of 1 lemon
- 4 garlic cloves (sliced or minced)
- 1/2 small onion chopped
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- zest of half a lemon
- 2-3 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/3 cup homemade or low sodium chicken broth
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- chopped fresh parsley and lemon slices (for garnish, optional)
- sea salt and pepper (to taste)
- Season the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and chili flakes. Press the Saute function (Normal setting) on the Instant Pot and add the olive oil to the pot.
- Place chicken in the Instant Pot and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown. This helps to seal in the juices and keep it tender.
- Once browned, remove from Instant Pot and set aside. Melt butter in Instant Pot and stir in the onions and garlic. Add lemon juice to deglaze pan and cook for 1 minute. Add Italian seasoning, lemon zest and chicken broth.
- Place the chicken back into the Instant Pot, lock the lid and turn the valve to Sealing. Select the Manual (older models) or Pressure Cook (newer models) button and adjust the timer to 7 minutes.
- It will take about 5-10 minutes to come to pressure and start counting down. When done, release the pressure after 2 minutes, then remove your Instant Pot lid. Remove chicken from Instant Pot using tongs and set aside on a large serving plate.
- Stir in cream, if using, into the Instant Pot. Serve with your favorite sides and garnish with lemon slices, if desired.
You can put lemon slices in the instant pot when the chicken is cooking. The whole slice become 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.
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 15gCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 14g