Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Garlic

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  • 8 boneless chicken thighs (skinless or with skin*)
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter (swap with olive oil for paleo)
  • 1/2 small onion (chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (sliced or minced)
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 teaspoons Italian seasoning (I actually usually use 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoon but feel free to adjust to your liking)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth (or homemade, **PLEASE SEE NOTES BELOW)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream (leave out for paleo)
  • fresh parsley
  • lemon slices
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium10% DV230mg
    Fat45% DV29g
    Protein45% DV23g
    Carbs2% DV6g
    Fiber8% DV2g
    Calories370Calories from Fat260
    Total Fat29g45%
    Saturated Fat9g45%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat260
    Total Carbohydrate6g2%
    Dietary Fiber2g8%
    Vitamin A15%
    Vitamin C50%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    Justin Tajchman 3 days ago
    I made this and it was very successful. I doubled the citrus (by incorporating limes) and next time I would add a pepper to bring a spicy element they would really make this dish sing.
    Leah C. 15 days ago
    Family loved it. Cooked rice in instant pot without washing between and rice picked up flavor beautifully
    Tanner Bradfield 16 days ago
    The lemon was a pretty dominate flavor. Otherwise it was very good!
    Rafe a month ago
    Great dish over rice and a side of veggies. All 3 kids approved!!
    Nicole M. 3 months ago
    Turned out great, delicious and moist! I made this with 12 thighs (that’s the only option my store had at the time) so just used a pinch more seasoning to accommodate. But all the other steps I followed without deviation. Would make again for sure
    Tully Causey 3 months ago
    This was sooo good!!!
    Allison McGrady 4 months ago
    I followed the recipe as is and made no modifications. I did leave out the arrowroot powder and chili flakes (hubby and kids won’t eat anything with even a hint of heat). This was so easy to make and literally everyone loved it! This will definitely be made again!!!
    Stephanie Gilbert 4 months ago
    Delicious, chicken was tender, I had to put it in for an extra 2 mins with 4 large breasts
    Angela Nicole 4 months ago
    Simple recipe. I never used the sauté feature on my instant pot but loved the option. Chicken was extremely moist and kids ate everything without one complaint
    Roslynn Russell 5 months ago
    Great recipe full of flavors
    Aimee N. 5 months ago
    so yummy. I used more than the recommended liquid and butter...and used bone broth. we wanted more sauce!
    Sandra S. 5 months ago
    Siooo good! I substituted the corn starch with flour
    Britt R. 5 months ago
    Easy and quick. My 3 year old had seconds!!
    Deirdre 6 months ago
    A little too buttery for me so I'll cut back a little and probably add more lemon zest next time. But very good!
    Amy G 6 months ago
    Will make this again. I cooked fresh green beans on top of chicken (out of the broth) for a one pot meal.
    Stacey 6 months ago
    I really enjoyed this! I will make again.
    Dooley 7 months ago
    It’s so great. I like chicken and cooking and it really turned out great. My favorite part about this recipe was how great it was. The only thing I didn’t like was the banner blocking the recipe that made me leave a review before I could see all the ingredients. But other than that... I thought it was great.
    Cheryl Walker 7 months ago
    The chicken was so tender and the sauce was super flavorful. I took it for a pot luck dinner and it was a hit. It is also very quick and easy to make. This recipe is a keeper!
    Mary Ellen Beatty 8 months ago
    The onion and garlic flavor sealed really well into the chicken. The lemon taste was more subtle though. I used Greek yogurt for the sauce instead of heavy whipping cream- easy substitute. And served it with broccoli. A flavorful yet light meal.
    Mirkin 8 months ago
    Delicious, use the cornstarch to thicken, makes plenty of sauce, mix of legs and thighs
    j r. 8 months ago
    I either missed paprika as an ingredient or it wasn't listed on the website where i followed the recipe. I imagine it probably helps with color as the color of browned meats tends to lighten up in the pressure cooker. I also omitted the chili flakes and cream. Chicken very juicy and tender. Sauce was bright and flavorful. Served with broccoli and carrots. Descrbed as delicious by my 6yo. update: i now realize there's 2 very similar recipes on yumly using same photo. one with paprika, one without. i made the one without.
    Andrea 9 months ago
    After searing the chicken I deglazed the pan with some white wine & added some fresh mushrooms to the sauce when the chicken was done. I only used 1 1/2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning. The chicken seemed like it could use a bit more flavor so next time I'll try 2 teaspoons of Italian seasong & see how that works. I served the chicken with some cinnamon roasted poatoes & a fresh green salad. All in all, not a bad meal.
    Sonja S. 9 months ago
    It was nice and flavorful, although “Paprika-Lemon Chicken” or even just “Paprika Chicken” probably would have been a more accurate name, since the paprika flavor really took center stage. Not that there’s anything wrong with that - it was yummy! Just not as lemony as I’d expected from the name. Will definitely make again.
    Sue 9 months ago
    This was good. It started out by smelling wonderful in the instant pot, but the finished flavors were very mild. Good, but not great.
    Leslie diDonato 9 months ago
    Delicious! I didn’t use any dairy products and it was still delicious!
    Patricia Flanagan 9 months ago
    very good, will make again
    SkilledFoodie 10 months ago
    Sauce was delicious, chicken cooked perfectly but definitely need the sauce too add the flavor to the chicken. Would probably prefer something other than smoked paprika for flavor/seasoning maybe lemon pepper seasoning? I used a whole small sweet onion. Would make again
    Andrea K. 10 months ago
    It was great. Very easy prep and cooking instructions.
    Connie 10 months ago
    I’d say 3.5 stars served it with pasta did not add cream but used butter added mushrooms and had steamed broccoli on the side. if i make again will use more seasoning
    Stacy Brand 10 months ago
    Delicious! Will definitely make again!