On those busy weeknights, cooking a tasty meal in your Instant Pot is a great way to get good food on the table fast.
Sitting down to a family dinner is such an important part of family life, don’t you agree?
I’m going to share an easy recipe for you to try, Lemon Chicken is one of our family favorites.
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How Do You Make Lemon Chicken in the Instant Pot?
- 4 boneless chicken breasts
- 1/2 Tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 4 tbs butter
- 1/2 onion
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1 1/2 tbs Italian seasoning
- 1-2 lemons
- 1/3 cup chicken broth
- salt and pepper
Thaw chicken in the refrigerator. Season your chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
I like to brown the chicken in olive oil for just a few minutes in my cast iron pan.
You can also brown it right in the Instant Pot using the sauté button. Either way, when you take the extra few minutes to sauté the chicken, it helps to seal in the flavor and give the chicken the delicious brown color and coating.
Add the olive oil to the bottom of the Instant Pot first and then press the Sauté function. Sear the chicken on each side until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
Once you brown the chicken, remove from pan or pot and set aside.
Melt the butter inside the Instant Pot and then add in onions, garlic cloves, chicken broth, lemon juice, and Italian Seasoning.
Place the chicken into the Instant Pot, and select the Poultry setting. If your Instant Pot is larger, or if you are using more chicken, you may need a little more chicken broth or water to prevent the chicken from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Using 1/3 cup of liquid worked perfectly for me but adjust if needed.
What are Different Ways Cook Chicken?
When you have chicken on hand, you have so many options. If you prefer, you can also use these popular methods to cook chicken:
BAKE: Preheat oven to 375°F. Place the desired amount of chicken breasts on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F. When you bake chicken, it will continue to cook from residual heat after you take it out of the oven. Let the chicken sit for 5 to 10 minutes and use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This Weber meat thermometer is what I use. It is very inexpensive and available at Amazon.com.
POACH: You can poach chicken in a large skillet on the stovetop. Just add 1 to 2 cups of water or chicken broth. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover and cook for 10 to 14 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. You can add your favorite spices and herbs for flavoring.
STIR FRY: Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Season with salt and pepper, Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Keep a close eye on it to prevent burning and then cook the chicken 4-5 minutes per side until it is cooked through.
GRILL: Before you grill chicken breasts, pat them dry and season with salt and pepper. Oil a clean grill and preheat to medium-high heat. Grill the chicken for 5-8 minutes on each side and use the meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is 165 degrees. If you want to add BBQ sauce, wait until the last few minutes so the sauce does not burn.
What Sides Should I Serve With Lemon Chicken?
This chicken dish would go well with so many sides. I served it with small potatoes and green beans but you can serve it with rice.
Find More Chicken Recipes
Another family favorite is my Easy Lemon Chicken with Asparagus.
Need more new ideas for cooking chicken? Here are 15 Crockpot Chicken Recipes to Try!
I have a Pinterest board where I save my favorite chicken recipes. If you are on Pinterest, here is a link to my Chicken recipes pin board. I invite you to save the recipes that look good to you too!
PIN It Now and Make it Later!
This post is in partnership with Omaha Steaks. All opinions are 100% my own.