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Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

Everyone should know how to make one great chicken dish. Mine was a whole oven roasted garlic chicken- I have made it so many times that I am now an expert :) This instant pot lemon garlic chicken is far easier to make than a whole oven roasted chicken and possibly more flavorful too! The citrus from the lemons mixes perfectly with the garlic and herbs. Best of all, it only takes 17 minutes to make. Get to it!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Instant Pot Prep Time10 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot, lemon garlic chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 368kcal


  • 6-8 chicken thighs boneless, skinless
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil olive oil can also be used
  • 3 tbsp ghee or butter
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 tsp italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • cup low sodium chicken broth
  • chopped parsley and lemon slices for garnish


  • Season the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili flakes and set aside.
  • Set the Instant Pot to Sauté setting (Normal setting) and add in grapeseed oil.
  • Once oil is hot, placechicken in the Instant Pot and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown. Once brown, remove from pot and set aside.
  • Next, add in butter into the Instant Pot and stir in onions and garlic. Add lemon juice to deglaze pan and cook for 1 minute then add in the Italian seasoning, lemon zest and chicken broth.
  • Place the chicken thighs back into the pot and lock the lid. Remember to turn the valve to seal.
  • Select the "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" button and set the timer to 7 minutes. It will take about 5-10 minutes to come to pressure and start counting down.
  • When done, release the pressure after 2 minutes, then remove your Instant Pot lid.


Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 285mg | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.3mg