Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

Tender chicken thighs cooked in the Instant Pot with sauce made from butter, lemon juice, plenty of garlic and herbs. This is an outrageously delicious chicken thighs recipe and one of my best Instant Pot recipes!

How To Make Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 336kcal


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound chicken thighs (I used bone-in, skin-on)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 lemon (juice only)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cream OR milk OR water
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Brown meat: Set instant pot to sauté. Add oil to pot and add thighs skin-side down. Cook, in batches if needed, until golden and crisp. Flip and cook until browned on the other side. Remove chicken from pot.
  • Start sauce: Add onion and garlic to pot and cook until starting to soften, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth, lemon juice, herbs and seasoning. Stir, scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the pot.
  • Pressure cook: Place chicken thighs back in the instant pot. Secure lid and set the pressure valve to "sealing". Choose "pressure cook" (or "manual") and "high" for 12 minutes. Naturally release pressure after cooking time is up (just switch off the instant pot and leave it alone until pressure is gone).
  • Finish sauce: Carefully remove thighs. Set the Instant Pot to sauté. Pour cornstarch slurry into pot, stir well and simmer until sauce has thickened. Stir in butter until melted and serve sauce over chicken.


Chicken: I usually make this with bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. You can also use boneless, the cooking time is the same. If you prefer chicken breast, you can use that, too. The cooking time changes to 8 minutes for fresh chicken and 12 minutes for frozen chicken breast.
Chicken broth: If you don’t have any, you can use water instead. It will still be delicious, but you may need to add more seasoning. Please do not use beef broth, it alters the taste and color too much.
Onion and garlic: If you have picky eaters who will walk away from their uneaten dinner if they find so much as a single piece of onion in it… Ahem, like my 3 year old, feel free to use 1 teaspoon onion powder and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder in place of the fresh ingredients.
Dried herbs: Feel free to cut back on the herbs if you want their flavors to be less dominant.
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