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

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

Recipe developed by 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!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Asian, Chinese
Keyword instant pot lemon chicken, lemon chicken instant pot
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 452kcal


  • 4 - 8 (1 1/3 - 2 2/3 lbs, 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 (63g) honey
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) regular soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) peanut oil
  • A pinch of dried rosemary
  • A dash of Shaoxing wine
  • Salt & ground black pepper to taste


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

Optional Garnish

  • Fresh Rosemary


  • 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).
  • Prepare Chicken Thighs: Pat dry the chicken thighs’ skin with paper towels. Season with generous amount of kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  • 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.
  • Sauté Garlic: Add minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • 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.
  • Pressure Cook Lemon Chicken:
    Add ¾ cup (188ml) unsalted chicken stock, 1 tbsp (15ml) regular 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.
  • 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 (63g) 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.
  • Serve: Drizzle the lemon sauce onto the chicken thighs and garnish with optional fresh rosemary if desired.


Lemon's Piths: If your lemons has thick piths (white part), just grate out the lemon zest and use the lemon juice instead.
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Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 414mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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