Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

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.

What sides can I serve with this Lemon 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!

Tips for making Instant Pot Lemon Garlic 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.

Storing Lemon Garlic 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 in an instant pot

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

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

4.65 from 45 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 6 people

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.

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

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
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced or minced
  • 1 1/2 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

  1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  2. Press the Sauté function (Normal settinon the Instant Pot (I used a 6 Quart DUO) and add the olive oil to the pot.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Place the chicken back into the Instant Pot, lock the lid, and turn the valve to SEAL.
  6. Select the Manual (older modelor Pressure Cook (newer modelbutton and adjust the timer to 7 minutes.
  7. It will take about 5-10 minutes to come to pressure and start counting down.
  8. 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.
  9. (**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. )
  10. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve hot with your favorite sides. Spoon sauce over chicken and garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Updated on January 3, 2020

Originally Posted on May 18, 2019 by Kelly Kwok at https://lifemadesweeter.com.

**I use 1/3 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 Facts
Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 157mg7%
Potassium 319mg9%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 223IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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. I have a Ninja Foodi, also a pressure cooker and has a sear/sautee feature. Can I simply translate this recipe to the Ninja Foodi?

    1. Hi there!

      What I love about your recipes is that they are all healthy and nutritious and simple to prepare.
      I particularly enjoyed the chicken recipe with olive oil and lemon and garlic etc. Being a food lover and an Indian, I lurve spicy food so I will add coriander powder and loads of chilli flakes to this.

      Thank you for sharing these recioes and I would habe loved to own one of these instant pots. Really simplifies life, doesn’t it!

  2. Illustrated text says to pressure cook for 5 minutes but the printable recipes says 7??? Also, the printable says to divide the butter, but in the text there’s only one butter instruction.

    Trying this tonight…only my second IP attempt. Wish me luck!

    1. If you can thaw the frozen chicken ahead of time that would be best. If not, I would recommend adding about 8 minutes to the instant pot. I have not tried it with frozen chicken but I think that it will still work great! Enjoy your Chicken!

  3. Looks delish, but we’re not huge fans of chicken thighs. Can I use chicken breasts instead? Would you cook it for the same amount of time? Thanks!

  4. Recipe says 3 tablespoons butter, divided. Instructions don’t indicate more than just adding the butter to the onions and garlic. There’s no mention of using divided.

  5. 4 stars
    Is it me or does the recipe call for olive oil, yet there are no instructions on when or how to use the olive oil?

    I made this just now for the 1st time. I won’t get to taste it before my lunch but it smells yummy! I hope and pray it passes the toddler test for dinner tomorrow night!

    1. It does have olive oil at the beginning. You will sauté the chicken in the olive oil. (Press the Sauté function (Normal setting) on the Instant Pot (I used a 6 Quart DUO) and add the olive oil to the pot.) Hope that helps clarify! Your toddler is going to love it! Good luck! Way to make a dinner with a toddler, too! That is amazing in itself.

  6. This recipe was good but is seems like the chicken is bland like most recipes I have cooked in my instapot. I an’t figure it out., All my recipes turn out like that even though I follow the recipe exactly

  7. I do not have an Instant Pot. Will need to use my slow cooker. How long does it take and will I need to set on high or low?

    1. Hi Melissa,
      The recipe is best when you able to use an Instant Pot. I have not tried it with a slow cooker but I would recommend putting the setting to low and cook for four to six hours. Please let me know if you decide to try it and how it turns out! I would love to hear back from you. Thanks for following along with me!

    1. Kathy!
      I would recommend to use the low pressure setting. I hope this is helpful. Let me know how it turns out. I would love to hear! Thanks for the comment and for following along with me!

    1. Maya!
      That sounds great. I’m sure you will love it. I’m happy that you are giving it a try. Please let me know how you like it and how it turns out. Thanks for follwoing aling with me!

  8. 5 stars
    Was super yummy. I have an 8qt instapot so I used half a cup of chicken broth instead of 1/3. Served over brown rice with the yummy sauce and it was perfect.

  9. 5 stars
    Tried this dish last night. Absolutely wonderful. I’m a huge fan of garlic and lemon together. Served if with white rice and asparagus. Sauce over the rice was a perfect bite. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Darnell!
      This recipe calls for italian seasoning. You can typically find this at your local grocery store in the spice and baking isle. Thanks so much for following along with me!!

      1. I found 1 1/2 TBS too much for our family. It overpowered the other flavors. If you want more of the lemon and garlic to come through, try reducing it to 1 1/2 tsp.

  10. 5 stars
    I grilled chicken thighs for a few minutes each side instead of sauteing. Followed the recipe. Cooked lemon quarters in the IP with the chicken. Made the broth too tangy. My husband loved everything about this recipe. Will make again with a side of lemon roasted potatoes.

  11. I made this Whole30 compliant by subbing ghee in for the butter, and used breasts instead of thighs. My whole family loved it and asked me to make a double batch this week. Thanks for the recipe! I’m getting a lot of raves on it!

  12. 5 stars
    My husband loves the chicken! Ours did not look as pretty as yours.

    This was my first time using the instapot, not sure I like it yet. I am going to try again tomorrow.

  13. This recipe sounds delicious. I am planning to make it tomorrow. We do not eat dark meat so I was wondering what adjustments I would need to make for chicken wings & boneless chicken breasts. Thanks in advance!

  14. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for dinner and it was a big hit. I used legs and thighs, bone in, increased the stock to 1 cup and cut the cook time to 5 minutes. Tender but firm chicken, lots of sauce. Perfect for leftover pasta.

  15. This recipe is soooo good! Mine doesn’t look as pretty as yours (ever lol) BUT this is a family favorite and wanted to say THANK YOU! I serve it over white rice with a splash of lemon juice, kosher salt and parsley mixed into the rice… and of course, the juice dripped over everything. Delicious!

  16. Can you double the recipe? I’m trying to cook for a large group. Also, have you tried using chicken wings without the small little leg portion of the wing? If yes, what’s the cooking time you recommend?

    Thank you!

  17. 5 stars
    I really loved this recipe. It was the perfect balance of spices in my opinion, and it didn’t take forever to make. I love the Instant Pot. It’s my favorite kitchen tool aside from my cast iron skillet.

  18. For those who get the burning warning- I noticed that I get that warning more often on recipes that I go from saute to pressure cooking. I now take the liner out after saute to let it and the unit cool before sealing for pressure and haven’t had any more issues with it.

  19. 5 stars
    Yum, this was really good using boneless skinless chicken breasts. We had it on top of cooked kale, and it was a yummy meal!! I loved how I had all the ingredients on hand for an easy meal!! I will have to try it with chicken thighs next time. Thank you for the recipe!!

  20. 5 stars
    This recipe was a hit with the whole family. With ages ranging from under 2 to 65, that can be a hard feat sometimes. Will definitely make again.

  21. 5 stars
    Dear Alyssa: Thanks so much for your Lemon Chicken, Instant Pot Recipe, it was excellent! I first received it on my cell phone, so no printer, copied out by hand. it took four days for your site to come on my lap top computer, but, now that it has I have a lovely printed edition.
    My daughter gave me this cooker a year ago, fear of the pot stopped me from using, not now it is wonderful, easy, fast.
    I will check in on your site for more instant pot recipes.

  22. 5 stars
    So delicious! My family loves lemon so I added the juice and zest of an extra half. Served with brown rice and stir fried vegetables.
    Will definitely make this again 🙂

  23. 5 stars
    My husband and I LOVED this recipe! This was my first time using my Instant Pot and I am thoroughly impressed with the instructions and darn right yumminess provided by this recipe. I didn’t have lemons so we used limes and it was perfect! I would suggest using a bit more liquid to avoid sticking, but overall I highly recommend trying this out.

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