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How to Make Lemon Chicken in the Instant Pot

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How to Make Lemon Chicken in the Instant Pot

No need to heat up the house by turning the oven on during the hot summer months when you can make this delicious Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe. A little bit of tang and lots of flavour and no oven needed what could be better?Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

I’ve just started to use my Instant Pot more and more and I’m so glad that I am now that summer is here. I sure don’t want to turn on an oven with hot sunny weather and the family doesn’t want cold style meals every so this Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe is a great addition to our summer menu.

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When we are in the mood for some delicious salads or really any recipe with chicken I go to chicken.ca for some recipe inspiration. So many great recipe ideas the possibilities are endless. Instant Pot Lemon ChickenFor this Instant Pot lemon chicken with garlic I like to serve it with either a few different veggies, a salad or rice but it really goes with anything. It’s refreshing and oh so full of flavour it has become a hit with family.

It’s a hit with me as well because it’s easy to make and thanks to the Instant Pot doesn’t heat up my kitchen during these hot summer months. Instant Pot Lemon ChickenTo help me get our meals ready for the week like this Instant Pot Lemon Chicken I use the chicken.ca grocery app to make my grocery shopping quick and easy. I can add the grocery items right from their site for the recipe of my choice to the app, it’s so handy and convenient. It makes my life just a little bit easier and our meal planning a lot easier. Make sure to add Chicken.ca’s grocery app to your phone, you’ll love it too.

Let’s get to this tasty Instant Pot Lemon Chicken recipe shall we?

Yield: 6

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

No need to heat up the kitchen or the whole house by turning on the oven when you can make this delicious Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Chopped fresh parsley and lemon slices for garnish if desired

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix the smoked paprika, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Rinse and pat dry the chicken, then sprinkle with the seasoning mixture.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE and add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Once hot, add the chicken breast, in batches if needed, cooking for 3-4 minutes on each side until browned. Remove from Instant Pot and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining olive oil, then toss in the onion and garlic, cooking for a minute until fragrant and slightly softened. Add the Italian seasoning, lemon juice and zest, and chicken broth and stir to combine. Nestle the chicken breast back into the Instant Pot, close the lid and set the valve to SEALING. Turn the Instant Pot on to MANUAL and set the time for *5-7 minutes (will depend on the size of your chicken breasts and your pressure cooker). Once done, do a quick release and remove the lid, then remove the chicken and set aside.
  4. Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE once more, and add the heavy cream. Allow the mixture to cook and thicken, stirring frequently, around 2 minutes. Place the chicken back into the Instant Pot and gently coat in the lemon garlic sauce.
  5. Garnish with parsley and lemon slices, and plate with your favorite sides. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

*please note that cooking times of the chicken will depend on the size of the chicken breasts and even the type and size of your pressure cooker, age of the pressure cooker etc.. you may have to adjust cooking times accordingly once you've tested out the recipe for yourself.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 514Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 199mgSodium: 456mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 71g

Please note that we can not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information. They are a best guess calculation.

Now doesn’t this Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe sound and look delicious?! Are you ready to try to make it in your Instant Pot?

Can you freeze this instant pot lemon chicken?

Yes you can definitely free this instant pot lemon chicken, it freezes very nicely in a vacuum seal bag. I love that you can just defrost it and warm it up in the microwave and it’s good to go with your favourite vegetables, rice or pasta. It’s very tasty on top of angel hair pasta. 

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

What side dishes can you serve with this lemon chicken?

That’s the beauty of this lemon chicken it really goes with everything. Obviously I like it with green beans but it would also be delicious on top of a salad, rice or you can chop it up and have it as part of your favourite stir fry. The possibilities are endless!

Make sure to PIN this recipe for later so that it’s there when you’re ready to make it! You will love this Instant Pot Lemon Chicken recipe and we want to hear from you when you make it!Instant Pot Lemon Chicken recipeStop by our Recipes section for more delicious meals, snacks, desserts and more like this Jerk Chicken and Mango Avocado Salsa Recipe HEREEasy and Delicious Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

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By on December 30th, 2019

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121 thoughts on “How to Make Lemon Chicken in the Instant Pot”

  1. I’m really anxious to try out this recipe! I received an insta pot for Christmas and just beginning to try recipes. I’m sure this will be a hit with my family.

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  2. I really like how easy this is to make and that it doesn’t take a whole lot of time to fix . I love that I can add it easily to many sides for a great meal

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  3. This looks and sounds so good!! Going to share this with my sister in law who does a lot of cooking. She and her insta pot are real pals.

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  4. I am always on the lookout for new Instant Pot recipes. Thank you for sharing, this one looks delicious! I am pretty sure my entire family would love this.

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  5. I like the idea to make this in the Instant Pot. I don’t have one, but I keep hearing how useful they are. I didn’t realize you can sauté in them. I thought you just cooked with pressure in them.

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  6. Wonderful recipe. For my family, we will reduce the amount of red pepper flakes next time. Though I am more sensitive to hear, my husband, who loves heat, felt the red pepper flavor overpowered the other herbs. We will definitely make again…thank you!

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  7. I made this last night.
    I didn’t have heavy cream, so I substituted light sour cream. It was fabulous! I am excited about leftovers for lunch today. Can’t wait to make it again and serve it for friends!

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  8. Thank you for this recipe. I served it at a small dinner party and made it to the letter. It had wonderful flavor but I was honestly embarrassed by how salty it was. I was a little skeptical when adding the salt but I thought, ‘well if that’s all the salt for the chicken and the sauce maybe it’s okay’. I should’ve trusted my instincts. Also the chicken was cooked but not tender so next time I will either cut the pieces smaller or cook longer (my pieces weren’t unusually large). As a side note. I browned my chicken in a separate pan instead of doing it in batches in the instant pot. I know the point of the instant pot is to do everything in one pot but saving time was more important to me 🙂

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    • Thanks for sharing Heather, it’s always helpful to hear back from people who have tried it. Just curious, did you use kosher salt? For 3lbs of chicken 2 tsp should not make it overly salty when using kosher salt. That said we have decided to reduce the salt because it won’t take away the flavour & everyone could do with less sodium. So again thanks for sharing 🙂

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  9. This was wonderful + easy! It was incredibly flavorful. We served it over rice. It would pair well over pasta, served with a salad, asparagus, anything!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Stellar sauce permeated depths of the chicken. 7 minutes was too long for my chicken, and it was overcooked. I will make it again pressure cooking for less time and checking temperature of chicken. We really loved the seasoning! 5 stars there!

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    • Thanks for sharing and good point, I will add a note that timing will depend on size of the chicken and too the Instant Pot, sadly we can’t guess it for all so it’s always a bit of playing around in your own kitchen with each recipe.

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  11. This lemon chicken looks so delicious! I have seen so many wonderful recipes out there to use with an insta pot. I am going to have to check into getting one soon.

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  12. I have been wanting an Instapot because I keep seeing recipes like this one that look so delicious. We enjoy chicken cooked with lemon so this lemon garlic chicken would be so full of flavour. The jerk chicken with the mango avocado salsa also looks so good. I will bookmark them and hope One day soon I can make them.

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  13. On top of this crazy pandamic, I am going thru a kitchen reno, going to borrow an instapot and try this recipe. sounds delicious

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  14. This looks and sounds really simple. And I love lemon chicken. I don’t have an instant pot. Wouldn’t this work in my crockpot though? Thanks for the recipe!

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  15. I just got an instant pot and I am trying to find easy recipes to make in it until I get comfortable with using it. This lemon chicken looks so good. I will be making this. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  16. I just got an instant pot and I am trying to find easy recipes to make in it until I get comfortable with using it. This lemon chicken looks so good. I will be making this.

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  17. I’m completely intimidated by my instant pot. I haven’t tried making anything in it but I’d like to start with something like this.

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    • Yummy recipe! I would decrease the amount of red pepper flakes since I’ve got young kids. My 1 year old ate it but my sensitive 3yo wouldn’t touch it and my 7yo said it was too spicy but she ate it. I drenched my chicken with the sauce after cutting it up and enjoyed it with riced cauliflower.

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  18. Nice. Especially the color.
    How did you get it to brown up?
    I got an instapot for Christmas and can’t get my chicken to brown.
    Looking for more recipes and still experimenting with it.

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  19. We love lemon chicken at our house. So good. This recipe sounds so good. I can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you for sharing

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  20. This recipe sounds so good. We are going to give it a try. I love cooking in my insta pot and looking for more great recipes to try

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  21. I have had an Instant Pot for more than a year and have never used it. this looks like it might be easy enough for me to start with. I think I’ll put it on my plan for next week. the only thing I’m lacking is the lemon.

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  22. I have an instant pot and I am having a hard time figuring it out, we love lemon chicken so I will try this and maybe I can convert my Husband, he loves the crock pot.

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  23. This looks delicious and I was just looking for instant pot recipes as I just got one for Christmas. Made my first recipe the other night and now I am hooked and looking for more. I’ll have to try this one. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. I have been contemplating getting an Instant Pot to help get meals on the table quicker for my busy family. This recipe for the Lemon Chicken sounds good and healthy.

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  25. I always think of a TV show ever time I hear Lemon Chicken. Have never had it but have to say just looking at the pictures made me real hungry. It sounds so easy and so quick

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  26. This looks so tasty and healthy! I love cooking in our Instant Pot. It makes cooking healthy meals so much easier. Thank you for the recipe. I will be making this!

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  27. I received some gift cards for Christmas and I think getting an Instant Pot is what I will be spending them on. I’ve been looking at these great recipes and thinking that is the way to go. Easy and they look delicious. I love lemon chicken. Thanks for the recipe.

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  28. I’m always looking for new chicken recipes, because I love chicken, but am getting tired of my same old recipes. This looks like a good one to me and I’ll give it a try. Can’t tell you how many recipes I’ve tried that didn’t have a lot of flavor…this one seems to have tons of it.

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  29. I have finally decided to purchase an Instant Pot after looking at so many great recipes. This Lemon Garlic Chicken one looks so good and it is a family favourite. I don’t make it often because it takes a bit, but in this pot it would be a breeze.

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  30. I made this tonight. It was my first time I used an Instant Pot ever. It was fantastic. This may be a newbie question but when you say put iron manual is that high or low?

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    • Hi Jane,

      So glad you liked it 🙂 I don’t have to select high or low when I select seal and then pressure cook (or manual on older models), if yours does require that I’d try low first.

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  31. This looks amazing and I needed some new chicken recipes for my Pot, this looks easy to make and it looks very tastey too. I will try it this weekend

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  32. I love lemon and chicken is my favorite protein to have. This is a great recipe and I will make it soon. I love that it takes no time to prep.

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  33. I will make this tomorrow for my friends that are visiting from out of town. Looks delicious and the recipe sounds easy enough to make.

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  34. This sounds so good. I have been looking for instant pot recipes to try. I will be giving this one a try for sure.

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  35. What I like about this is that the chicken is brown. Not a fan of the chicken that is just white. This sounds so easy and simple going to have to make it.

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  36. One of my favorite food combinations is lemon with chicken and this recipes looks like it fits the bill. Thank you for the recipe.

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  37. This Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe looks delicious! I will have to look into a instant pot! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. I love lemon chicken and white rice. I first enjoyed it at a Chinese restaurant. When they closed, my husband was able to make the sauce by simply tweaking around with it to best mimic theirs. We enjoy this often. Even if we pick up ready made chicken we sometimes will make the sauce to put on it.

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  39. I have been debating getting the instant pot and this has me sold! That sounds so good and I love that it doesn’t heat up the kitchen. And my daughter eats anything chicken so I’m grateful for the site for chicken recipes. Makes it easier on this busy mom.

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  40. This looks really tasty and really east to do. The instant pot does most of the work for me, so what a great tool and recipe too.

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  41. This lemon chicken recipe sounds and looks delicious. I do not own an Instant Pot yet but my friends do and love it!

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  42. This sounds delicious. I have been using my Instant Pot a lot this summer, sometimes I even set it outside so even the steam isn’t in the kitchen. I am probably lucky I haven’t attracted any wildlife so far, we are very rural, but at least my house stays cool, lol.

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  43. An Instant Pot would be so useful to have. My husband enjoys a nice chicken dinner and this seems so tasty and the photos are terrific.

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  44. I am always looking for new instapot recipes, so I can’t wait to try this because I absolutely love Lemon Chicken. It looks so delicious and easy!

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  45. The lemon chicken looks delicious . I like how fast and easy it was to make . I must get an Insta-Pot. Thanks for the wonderful review!

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  46. I love lemon chicken! I also always put almonds on my green beans. I have to try this recipe. It will be a hit in my home!

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  47. This sounds like such a delicious recipe! I really need to get an instant pot so I can make it. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing, I will bookmark for later!

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  48. Our house gets so hot in the summer that recipes like this are exactly what I am looking for. A good scrumptious meal without heating up the house.

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  49. This lemon chicken sounds so good. It is also fairly easy to make. We eat alot of chicken so I can’t wait to try this. Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe

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  50. This does look so good, and to think you could have a nice meal like this in no time at all. I want to check into getting an instant pot – it would be fun!

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  51. My mom loves lemon everything! This will be an ideal dish she and I can enjoy together. You can make a lot from the leftovers, like great-tasting, hearty sandwiches. Also, you could slice it up to top pasta or salads with! Can’t wait to try it!

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