Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

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Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken is simple and easy to make in the pressure cooker and perfect for busy weeknights. The chicken cooks up tender and juicy in a buttery lemon garlic sauce.

This chicken is enhanced with a hint of lemon, flavorful herbs and cooked to perfection in your instant pot. Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli, Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos or Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta are some of our family favorites too!

Cooked Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken in an Instant pot

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

This is an easy Instant Pot dinner recipe.

With two little ones that keep me busy all day, I don’t always have time to prep ahead when it comes to dinner.

That’s why I am such a big fan of the Instant Pot and use it regularly at our house.

If you love using your instant pot try this Instant Pot Ribs or Instant Pot Pasta with Meatballs.

Instant pot is just what you need for those busy weeknights!

This Lemon Garlic Chicken is tender, juicy and full of flavor.

And the best part is that dinner can be on the table in just 30 minutes with the help of a trusty pressure cooker.

It is the one stop meal that is perfect for busy nights and a growing family that loves a flavorful meal!

What you need to make Lemon Garlic Chicken:

  • Chicken: boneless chicken thighs skinless or with skin.
  • Garlic powder: great for taste and flavor.
  • Olive oil: helps cook the chicken without sticking to the instant pot.
  • Butter: adds flavor as well as helps cook the chicken and gives it a golden color on the outside.
  • Onion: a sweet flavoring for the chicken.
  • Garlic cloves: sliced or minced.
  • Italian seasoning: full of flavor on the chicken.
  • Lemon: sweetness from the zest of it.
  • Chicken broth: adds flavoring and juiciness to the chicken.
  • Parsley: optional

How do you make Lemon Garlic Chicken?

Start off by seasoning the chicken thighs with some salt, black pepper and garlic powder.

Next, you’re going to brown the chicken in the Instant Pot (I use an Instant Pot DUO 6 Quart) using the sauté function.

Searing the chicken helps to seal in those amazing flavors and gives the chicken that crispy coating.

Once the chicken is golden brown, transfer to a plate then add butter, onions, garlic, Italian seasoning, lemon zest, lemon juice and chicken broth.

Place the chicken back in the Instant Pot, seal the lid and pressure cook for 5 minutes.

  • Prepare chicken: Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Prepare Instant Pot: Press the Sauté function (Normal setting the Instant Pot (I used a 6 Quart DUO) and add the olive oil to the pot.
  • Brown chicken: Place chicken in the Instant Pot and allow to sear on each side for 2 minutes, or until golden brown. This helps to seal in the juices and keep it tender. (You may have to work in batches depending on the size and amount of chicken you are using). Once browned, remove from Instant Pot and set aside.
  • Add seasonings: Melt butter in Instant Pot and stir in the onions and garlic. Add lemon juice to deglaze pan. Cook for 1 minute then add Italian seasoning, lemon zest, and chicken broth.
  • Cook the chicken: Place the chicken back into the Instant Pot, lock the lid, and turn the valve to SEAL.
  • Adjust the Instant Pot: Select the Manual (older modeler Pressure Cook (newer model button and adjust the timer to 7 minutes. It will take about 5-10 minutes to come to pressure and start counting down.
  • Natural release: When done, allow to naturally release for 2-3 minutes then using a long spoon push the valve to RELEASE, then remove your Instant Pot lid.
  • Serve: Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve hot with your favorite sides. Spoon sauce over chicken and garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

Lemon Garlic Chicken in a Staub pot with asparagus and lemon slices over top.

Tips for making Instant Pot Lemon Chicken:

  • Thicken you sauce: If you want to thicken the sauce – make a cornstarch slurry using 1 teaspoon of cornstarch whisked with 2 teaspoons cold water and stir in the Instant Pot. Press SAUTE and allow to bubble and thicken up.
  • Frozen chicken: Using frozen chicken will work. It is best to thaw your chicken ahead of time but if that is not an option simply cook the frozen chicken in the Instant Pot.
  • Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Recipe: Follow all the same instructions for preparing the chicken. When it is time to add the chicken and other ingredients to the instant pot, add it to the slow cooker. Cook on low for about 3 to 4 hours until your chicken is cooked through. Get ready to have all the smells in your home!

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken on a plate up close of chicken.

What sides can I serve with this Garlic Chicken?

This chicken would go well with so many sides.

I chose to serve it with some roasted asparagus since it’s one of my favorite spring vegetables but broccoli, zucchini or cauliflower would be delicious as well.

This Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken is a quick and easy dish bursting with bright and fresh flavors.

It’s perfect for spring and and any busy weeknight!

Instant pot lemon garlic chicken in an instant pot

Storing Instant Pot Chicken:

  • How to store Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken: Once your lemon garlic chicken is cooled down from being cooked, place in an airtight container or ziplock bag. This will store in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days longs. This makes for a great prep meal too! Just add a vegetable and/or rice to a container and enjoy each day.
  • Can you freeze Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken? Yes, this is a great dinner to freeze. Once it is cooked, let cool then place in a ziplock bag. Release the air and lay flat in the freezer. This will stay in the freezer for one month. When ready to warm up, simply thaw in the refrigerator over night.
  • Warming up Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken: When ready to warm up, simply heat the oven to 350* Fahrenheit and warm up in a oven safe pan for about 15 to 20 minutes. You can also use a microwave to warm up slowly and flipping your chicken each time.

Instant pot lemon garlic chicken on a plate with asparagus and lemon slices.

Looking for More Lemon Chicken Recipes? Here you go!

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

4.64 from 57 votes
Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken is simple and easy to make in the pressure cooker and perfect for busy weeknights. The chicken cooks up tender and juicy in a buttery lemon garlic sauce.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 6-8 boneless chicken thighs skinless or with skin* *sea salt and pepper, to taste divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon butter divided
  • ½ small onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced or minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup homemade or low sodium chicken broth
  • **SEE NOTE Chopped fresh parsley and lemon slices for garnish, if desired

Instructions
 

  • Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Press the Sauté function (Normal settinon the Instant Pot (I used a 6 Quart DUO) and add the olive oil to the pot.
  • Place chicken in the Instant Pot and allow to sear on each side for 2 minutes, or until golden brown. This helps to seal in the juices and keep it tender. (You may have to work in batches depending on the size and amount of chicken you are using). 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. Cook for 1 minute then add Italian seasoning, lemon zest, and chicken broth.
  • Place the chicken back into the Instant Pot, lock the lid, and turn the valve to SEAL.
  • Select the Manual (older modelor Pressure Cook (newer modelbutton and adjust the timer to 7 minutes.
  • It will take about 5-10 minutes to come to pressure and start counting down.
  • When done, allow to naturally release for 2-3 minutes then using a long spoon push the valve to RELEASE, then remove your Instant Pot lid.
  • (**If you want to thicken the sauce - make a cornstarch slurry using 1 teaspoon of cornstarch whisked with 2 teaspoons cold water and stir in the Instant Pot. Press SAUTE and allow to bubble and thicken up. )
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve hot with your favorite sides. Spoon sauce over chicken and garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

Notes

Updated on January 3, 2020
Originally Posted on May 18, 2019 by Kelly Kwok at https://lifemadesweeter.com.
**I use ⅓ cup of broth combined with the juice from the lemon in my 6 Quart Instant Pot DUO with no problems or *burning sign - if needed you can increase the amount of liquid if this combination doesn't work for your Instant Pot model
 
 

Nutrition

Serves: 6

Calories236kcal (12%)Carbohydrates2g (1%)Protein22g (44%)Fat15g (23%)Saturated Fat5g (25%)Cholesterol122mg (41%)Sodium157mg (7%)Potassium319mg (9%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A223IU (4%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium36mg (4%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, lemon garlic chicken, glazed chicken, instant pot, instant pot chicken, instant pot lemon garlic chicken
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Hello. Love this recipe so much.
    I’m currently traveling and my family wants to have this for dinner but we don’t have a instant pot or crock pot at our current location. How would you advise I can do this recipe by stove or oven?

  2. 5 stars
    Just yummy – kids and husband loved this one, and I made 12 thighs, instead of 8 and it worked out perfectly – licked up all the gravy 🙂

    1. 3 stars
      Super easy recipe. I didn’t like the Italian seasoning and feel it took away from the lemon flavour, so will make again and use only rosemary. Also had this with jasmine rice, and think it would be better with sweet potatoes. Next time 😉

    1. This was absolutely wonderful! Next time, I will double the sauce.I served this to friends last night and had some for breakfast. Great recipe!

  3. Delicious! doubled the butter, onion, and added a little white wine and added to pasta. Turned out wonderfully!

  4. 5 stars
    So good! We used chicken thighs and served it with roasted broccoli. The sauce was excellent–so much so that we kept it to use on another dish!

  5. 5 stars
    This was the first recipe I tried using the Instant Pot and it was so delicious! The chicken was very moist and tender and wonderful flavor.

  6. 5 stars
    I loved this so much! I WILL make it again. I did add extra lemon when cooking, plus, I added a squeeze of fresh lemon on top before serving, and some lemon zest, which made it perfectly lemony without overdoing it.

  7. 5 stars
    I used this recipe as the basis for a soup. I added spinach and cauliflower rice. I used boneless chicken breasts instead of thighs. And I used Greek seasoning instead of Italian seasoning. Delicious!

  8. I love chicken thighs but hubby loves only white meat, breast. Would you need to adjust the cooking time if cooking a couple thighs and breast together?

  9. 5 stars
    I used organic chicken breasts and followed the recipe perfectly. It came out moist and flavorful. We were having kale, lemon and tomato pasta and it provided a perfect protein addition. Thanks.

  10. 4 stars
    First I will say that this chicken turned out moist/tender and tasted great. However, I was disappointed in the browning of the chicken in the Instant Pot. If presentation matters, this is not pretty. Lol. I should have known better than to talk myself out of using an extra pan to brown on the stove top. Instant pot for browning chicken skin just doesnt work unless you like scraping it out of the pan. Make in the oven next time with skin side up. Will turn out much better. But it did taste good!

  11. I’m going to make this for dinner tonight with chicken breast since that’s all I have. Just wanted to see how you felt if I added Yukon gold potatos and carrots to the mix? Would the flavors go together you think? If so, how long would you suggest me increasing cook time?

  12. 4 stars
    Lovely flavours and a great recipe thank you. I used boneless skinless thighs trimmed of visible fat. I sliced chicken which was lovely & tender and served on a bed of mash with a side of slow roasted Roma tomato halves (sprinkled with Salt, Italian herbs & sprayed with oil in the oven at 100 degrees for 2 hours). Thickened the sauce with Cornflour slurry on sauté mode and poured over chicken & sprinkled with parsley. Chicken does not come out caramelised as per the pics but no meat does in a pressure cooker. Thanks, our family loved it!!

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