Lemon-Garlic chicken from the instant pot pressure cooker topped with a slice of lemon next to mashed potatoes on a white and grey marbled plate with a stainless steel fork on top of a white and grey napkin on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Instant Pot Lemon-Garlic Chicken

The Instant Pot pressure cooker makes meals easy. Try combining the bold flavors of lemon and garlic with chicken for a delicious dinner.

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Having an Instant Pot pressure cooker means I have a great way to make some quick and easy meals. So far, we’ve made a few different things in the Instant Pot, all dinners. I haven’t ventured into desserts or breakfast yet. But we love chicken meals here, so I decided to make some lemon-garlic chicken in the Instant Pot.

Lemon and garlic is one of our favorite flavor combinations. The tart lemon plus the tangy garlic adds a delicious kick of flavor to so many dishes. A few of our favorites include Pasta with a Lemon Butter Sauce, Shrimp Orzo with Lemon, and Toasted Gnocchi with Spinach.

Including the time it takes for the Instant Pot pressure cooker to fully pressurize, this recipes takes just over 30 minutes. And, one of the benefits of using the Instant Pot is being able to use chicken that hasn’t thawed yet. There are often times I forget to take meat out of the freezer, but that isn’t a problem with the pressure cooker.

Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 lb chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 lemon, sliced

Preparation

Heat the olive oil in the instant pot on the sauté setting. Add the onion, garlic, and lemon juice to the pot and cook for about 1 minute.

Diced vegetables in an instant pot pressure cooker on a wooden surface

Add the chicken to the instant pot and sprinkle with garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook until browned on the outside, flipping at least once (2-3 minutes per side).

Seasoned chicken and diced vegetables in an instant pot pressure cooker on a wooden surface

Pour in the chicken broth and add the Italian seasoning.

Seasoned chicken and diced vegetables with chicken broth in an instant pot pressure cooker on a wooden surface

Place the lid on the instant pot and set it to the poultry setting for 9 minutes. Note: if your chicken was frozen, this may take an extra few minutes. Manually release the pressure.

Remove the chicken and serve topped with the sauce from the instant pot and garnish with a lemon slice.

Lemon-Garlic chicken from the instant pot pressure cooker topped with a slice of lemon next to mashed potatoes on a white and grey marbled plate with a stainless steel fork on top of a white and grey napkin on a wooden surface (vertical)

Leftovers

Save any leftover lemon-garlic chicken in containers in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat by placing in a sauté pan on medium heat until warmed through. This chicken can also be eaten cold as leftovers.

Recipe

Originally Published On: March 31, 2021

Lemon-Garlic chicken from the instant pot pressure cooker topped with a slice of lemon next to mashed potatoes on a white and grey marbled plate with a stainless steel fork on top of a white and grey napkin on a wooden surface

Instant Pot Lemon-Garlic Chicken

The Instant Pot pressure cooker makes meals easy. Try combining the bold flavors of lemon and garlic with chicken for a delicious dinner.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Pressurizing Time 15 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Diet
Gluten Free
Keyword:
chicken
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garlic
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instant pot
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lemon
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Egg-Free
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Gluten-Free
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Nut-Free
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Paleo
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Whole30
Meat:
Chicken/Turkey
Cooking Method:
Instant Pot
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 lb chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 lemon (sliced)

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in the instant pot on the sauté setting
  • Add the onion, garlic, and lemon juice to the pot and cook for about 1 minute
  • Add the chicken to the instant pot and sprinkle with garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper
  • Cook until browned on the outside, flipping at least once (2-3 minutes per side)
  • Pour in the chicken broth and add the Italian seasoning
  • Place the lid on the instant pot and set it to the poultry setting for 9 minutes (Note: if your chicken was frozen, this may take an extra few minutes)
  • Manually release the pressure
  • Remove the chicken and serve topped with the sauce from the instant pot and garnish with a lemon slice
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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Lemon-Garlic Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 each)
Calories 406 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 559mg23%
Potassium 1225mg35%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 51g102%
Vitamin A 304IU6%
Vitamin C 70mg85%
Calcium 148mg15%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Lemon-Garlic Chicken FAQs

Is the chicken healthy?

Honestly, define healthy to me. This is free from most allergens, and is a fairly low-calorie meal. When you have cooked chicken that isn’t breaded, it is usually a pretty light meal. But “healthy” depends on which diet you consider healthy.

What sides would go best with lemon-garlic chicken?

We ate ours with a side of mashed potatoes. Or, if you are looking for a healthier side, you could try making some garlic mashed cauliflower. We also like it with a side of sun-dried tomato and basil orzo.

4 thoughts on “Instant Pot Lemon-Garlic Chicken”

  1. I really need to buy a pressure cooker – you make such great meals in yours! We eat a lot of chicken… and this dish sounds so tasty.

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