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. When we are in the mood for some delicious salads or really any recipe with chicken I go to 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 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’s grocery app to your phone, you’ll love it too.

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

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Michelle - Powered by Mom
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot


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!



  1. 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  2. 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  3. 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  4. 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  5. 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  6. 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  7. 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  8. 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  9. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  10. 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  11. Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  12. 1/3 cup chicken broth
  13. 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  14. Chopped fresh parsley and lemon slices for garnish if desired


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.

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. Remote from Instant Pot and set aside.

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 7 minutes. Once done, do a quick release and remove the lid, then remove the chicken and set aside.

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.

Garnish with parsley and lemon slices, and plate with your favorite sides. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Keywords: chicken, Instant pot, lemon chicken, chicken dinner, instant pot lemon chicken

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Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

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?

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

    • 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.

  4. 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

  5. Sounds delicious! Now I just need an instapot! I’ve heard so many great things about them!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. I will have to try out this recipe. I already have all the ingredients and an instant pot! And it sounds yummy!

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

  10. 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.

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Instant pot recipe looks really delicious and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. I have not used my instant pot because it’s a little intimidating. Maybe this is the recipe to try it out on.

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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!

  28. 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!