Make this Beloved Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken). Tender & moist chicken drowned in a beautiful marriage between American Chinese flavors – refreshingly sweet & sour honey lemon garlic chicken sauce. Super easy to make even on a weeknight!

Jump to: Recipe

The Instant Pot DUO60 & Instant Pot Ultra are on Sale!! Also check out Our Handpicked Best Instant Pot Accessories

Running a restaurant is tough. Real tough.

Hard physical labor, heat in the kitchen, serving interesting customers from all walks of life, managing staff, extremely long hours, stress from all over…

But each satisfied smile you see on customers’ face makes everything worthwhile.

On the days where Jacky and I helped out in my dad’s Chinese restaurant, we wouldn’t get away a day without diners after diners ordering the Beloved Chinese Lemon Chicken. Probably top 10 on the menu!

Those crispy yet tender chicken nuggets drenched in deliciously dangerous sweet & sour sauce. I simply couldn’t say no to any well-balanced sweet & sour anything sauce. hehe~

When life gives you a lemon, make some Lemon Chicken! 😉

Super easy to make Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken): tender moist chicken in refreshing honey lemon garlic sauce.

Subscribe & Never Miss a Recipe!
Tested Pressure Cooker Recipes Delivered To Your Inbox Weekly. 100% Free

On crazy days when we needed a quick fix for some sweet & sour secret sauce. This Zesty Sweet Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe inspired by my dad’s restaurant just hits the spot.

Without the need to dice the chicken, marinate ahead of time, or even fry, this healthy & delicious lemon chicken will satisfy your cravings even on a chaotic weeknight! 🙂

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Because:

  • Super easy to make with simple & healthy ingredients from your pantry
  • Oh~ your taste-buds will fall in love with the sweet, savory, tangy delicious lemon garlic sauce!
  • Refreshing dish that’s very appetizing and easy to eat (kid-friendly flavors)

Ingredients for Instant Pot Lemon Chicken


Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken) Ingredients

  • 4 – 8 (600g – 1200g) skin on chicken thighs, bone-in or boneless
  • 1 (120g) lemon, slice half of the lemon & juice the other half (~1 tbsp or 15ml)
  • 3 (10g) garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ cup (188ml) unsalted chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons (42g) honey
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) light soy sauce (not low sodium)
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) peanut oil
  • A pinch of dried rosemary
  • A dash of shaoxing wine
  • Salt & ground black pepper to taste
  • Thickener: 2 ½ tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch + 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water
  • Optional Garnish: Fresh rosemary

*Pro Tip: Per Gordon Ramsay, be sure to roll the lemon on a cutting board before slicing – it’ll soften the lemon and releases the juices.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken): roll the lemon on chopping board to soften and release the juice before slicing

For this Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe, slice half the lemon, then juice the remaining half.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken): slice half the lemon and juice the remaining half

Instructions for Instant Pot Lemon Chicken


Step 1
Prepare Pressure Cooker

Tool

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click Adjust button to Sauté More function).

how to use instant pot - saute more function

Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT).

Step 2
Prepare Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

4 – 8 (600g – 1200g) skin on chicken thighs, bone-in or boneless
Salt & ground black pepper to taste

Pat dry the chicken thighs’ skin with paper towels.

Season with generous amount of kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Step 3
Brown Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

1 tablespoon (15ml) peanut oil
Chicken thighs
Salt & ground black pepper to taste

Pour 1 tbsp (15ml) peanut oil in pressure cooker. Ensure to coat oil over whole bottom of the pot.

Place 4 chicken thighs (skin side down) in Instant Pot. Do not overcrowd.

Season the meat side lightly with more kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Brown the skin side (don’t touch it for 4 minutes). Flip and brown the meat side for 1 ½ minutes. Remove and set aside.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken): season and brown chicken thighs in Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

*Pro Tip: The chicken skin will stick to the inner pot in the beginning, but it will release itself at the 3-minutes mark.

*Note: If you are preparing 8 chicken thighs, repeat this step for the remaining 4 chicken thighs.

Step 4
Sauté Garlic

Ingredients

3 (10g) garlic cloves, minced

Add minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds until fragrant.

Step 5
Deglaze

Ingredient & Tool

A dash of shaoxing wine

Bamboo Wooden Spoons

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken): deglaze pot with shaoxing wine and wooden spoon

Add a dash of Shaoxing wine in Instant Pot and deglaze by scrubbing the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.

Step 6
Pressure Cook Lemon Chicken

Ingredients

¾ cup (188ml) unsalted chicken stock
1 tablespoon (15ml) light soy sauce (not low sodium)
1 (120g) lemon, slice half of the lemon & juice the other half (~1 tbsp or 15ml)
A pinch of dried rosemary
Browned chicken thighs

Add ¾ cup (188ml) unsalted chicken stock, 1 tbsp (15ml) light soy sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) freshly squeeze lemon juice, lemon slices, and a pinch of rosemary (rub the rosemary with your fingers to “activate” them).

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken): add ingredients to make lemon garlic sauce in Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Give it a quick stir and place 4 – 8 browned chicken thighs on top of the lemon slices.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken): place seasoned and browned Instant Pot Chicken Thighs in the lemon garlic sauce for pressure cooking

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 5 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release (after pressure cooker has finished cooking, wait until the floating valve drops. It should take roughly 10 minutes).

Turn off the heat. Open the lid carefully.

Step 7
Thicken Gravy

Ingredients

3 tablespoons (42g) honey
Thickener: 2 ½ tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch + 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water
Salt & ground black pepper to taste

Set aside the cooked chicken thighs on a chopping board.

Press Cancel button, then Sauté button to heat up the sauce.

Stir in 3 tbsp (42g) honey.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken): thicken gravy and create honey lemon garlic chicken sauce in Instant Pot Multicooker

In a small mixing bowl, mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water. Mix it in one third at a time until desired thickness.

Taste the gravy and season with more honey, salt & black pepper if necessary.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken): place chicken back into Instant Pot in the honey lemon garlic sauce

Step 8
Serve Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

Ingredient

Optional Garnish: Fresh rosemary

Drizzle the lemon sauce onto the chicken thighs and garnish with optional fresh rosemary if desired.

Super easy to make Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken): tender moist chicken in refreshing honey lemon garlic sauce.

Craving more? Subscribe  to Pressure Cook Recipes to get our newest recipes delivered straight to your inbox.

Recipe Card
Super easy to make Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken): tender moist chicken in refreshing honey lemon garlic sauce.
Print

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Quick Meals, Super Easy
Cuisine: American, Asian, Chinese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 452 kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Make this Beloved Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken). Tender & moist chicken drowned in refreshingly sweet, savory, tangy honey lemon garlic chicken sauce. Super easy to make even on a weeknight!

Ingredients

  • 4 - 8 (600g - 1200g) skin on chicken thighs , bone-in or boneless
  • 1 (120g) lemon , slice half of the lemon & juice the other half (~1 tbsp or 15ml)
  • 3 (10g) garlic cloves , minced
  • ¾ cup (188ml) unsalted chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons (42g) honey
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) peanut oil
  • A pinch of dried rosemary
  • A dash of Shaoxing wine
  • Salt & ground black pepper to taste

Thickener

  • 2 ½ tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water

Optional Garnish

  • Fresh Rosemary

Instructions

  1. Prepare Pressure Cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click Adjust button to Sauté More function). Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT).
  2. Prepare Chicken Thighs: Pat dry the chicken thighs’ skin with paper towels. Season with generous amount of kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  3. Brown Chicken Thighs: Pour 1 tbsp (15ml) peanut oil in pressure cooker. Ensure to coat oil over whole bottom of the pot. Place 4 chicken thighs (skin side down) in Instant Pot. Do not overcrowd. Season the meat side lightly with more kosher salt and ground black pepper. Brown the skin side (don’t touch it for 4 minutes). Flip and brown the meat side for 1 ½ minutes. Remove and set aside. 


    *Note: If you are preparing 8 chicken thighs, repeat this step for the remaining 4 chicken thighs.

  4. Sauté Garlic: Add minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  5. Deglaze: Add a dash of Shaoxing wine in Instant Pot and deglaze by scrubbing the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.
  6. Pressure Cook Lemon Chicken: Add ¾ cup (188ml) unsalted chicken stock, 1 tbsp (15ml) light soy sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) freshly squeeze lemon juice, lemon slices, and a pinch of rosemary (rub the rosemary with your fingers to “activate” them). Give it a quick stir and place 4 - 8 browned chicken thighs on top of the lemon slices. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release (after pressure cooker has finished cooking, wait until the floating valve drops. It should take roughly 10 minutes). Turn off the heat. Open the lid carefully.
  7. Thicken Gravy: Set aside the cooked chicken thighs on a chopping board. Press Cancel button, then Sauté button to heat up the sauce. Stir in 3 tbsp (42g) honey. In a small mixing bowl, mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water. Mix it in one third at a time until desired thickness. Taste the gravy and season with more honey, salt & black pepper if necessary.
  8. Serve: Drizzle the lemon sauce onto the chicken thighs and garnish with optional fresh rosemary if desired.

Spread the Love by sharing this recipe & tips on Facebook & Pinterest, so others can enjoy it too! Thank you 🙂

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Lemon Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 452 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 166mg 55%
Sodium 308mg 13%
Potassium 414mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Sugars 9g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 2.7%
Vitamin C 13.5%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Instant Pot Chicken Recipes


Instant Pot Chicken Breast + Homemade Gravy

Make Healthy Weeknight Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Chicken Breast) with Homemade Chicken Gravy. Comforting Instant Pot Chicken Recipe made with real whole food. Super easy and quick family weeknight meal.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice

Easy One Pot Pressure Cooker Teriyaki Chicken and Rice made with sweet & savory teriyaki sauce soaked by moist & tender chicken thighs over Japanese rice!

Super easy to make Delicious Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken): tender moist chicken in refreshing honey lemon garlic sauce.

Last update on 2017-11-19 based on Amazon US | Images from Amazon Product API

Send this to a friend