Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

This 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!

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

Hey everyone! It’s Kelly back again from Life Made Sweeter here to share 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.

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.


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.


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!


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Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

4.55 from 35 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
This 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.


  • 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


  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

**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

Kelly Kwok

Kelly is the blogger behind Life Made Sweeter. She is a self-taught baker and loves using her slow cooker. You can often find her in the kitchen dreaming up tasty new dishes that are quick and easy to make for her family. She also enjoys adding a fun and healthy twist to many classic favorites.

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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?

  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!!

  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.

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