instant pot lemon garlic chicken

I found this recipe on the blog Living Locurto. I revised it just a bit. Today was the first time I made it and I was very happy with the way the chicken turned out. I used it to make Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup.

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts and/or thighs
  • 2 T olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 3 T minced garlic (6-8 cloves) or 1/2 tsp garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp fresh minced thyme or 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • the juice of one large fresh lemon or 3 T bottled lemon juice
  • 1 cup chicken broth or water

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  • Turn your Instant Pot on sauté and, while waiting for it to heat and the “HOT” button to show, add the oil.
  • Sprinkle the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Place chicken in the Instant Pot and sauté on each side for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Then remove from Instant Pot.
  • Add the minced garlic, oregano and thyme. Sauté and stir for 1 minute.
  • Add broth and the lemon juice and stir.
  • Place chicken in the Instant Pot, lock the lid, and make sure the steam valve is closed. Push the poultry button and set it to cook for 15 minutes.
  • When done, release the pressure, then remove the Instant Pot lid. Let stand for 2-3 minutes.

Note: I doubled the recipe and it would take too long to brown all that chicken in the IP, so I browned it in bacon grease in a large skillet. Faster.

Tip: If releasing the pressure valve by hand is a bit daunting, use a wooden spoon to turn the valve.

Serve this Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken with a salad, rice or your favorite pasta. Toss pasta with butter and spoon the juices from the Instant Pot over the pasta.

This chicken is delicious diced and used in casseroles, salads, or soups.

The lemon chicken can also be made in a crock pot. Brown the chicken in a skillet as directed, place in a greased crock pot. Add  the remaining ingrendients and cook on high for four hours.

I meant to take picutes of the process but didn’t get that done. Next time I make it, I’ll add some to this post. The soup I made with the chicken was delicious and I will post that recipe soon.


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