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Creamy Lemon Chicken with asparagus on a white oblong plate on wooden table

Instant Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken

Instant Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken. Flavored with lots of lemon and garlic, with a creamy gravy. This creamy Lemon Chicken can be served over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker creamy lemon chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
NPR 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 295 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 3-4 Chicken Breasts (or boneless thighs)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (to season chicken)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 sm Onion, diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic (minced or pressed)
  • 1 tsp Fresh Thyme Leaves
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth, low sodium
  • 2 Lemons, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (or to taste)

To Thicken

  • 1-2 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1-2 Tbsp Cold Water

To Finish

  • 3/4 cup Heavy Cream

Serve With Any of These

  • 8-10 oz Cooked Pasta
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Cooked Rice
  • Steamed Broccoli


  1. Prepare the chicken by seasoning both sides of each breast with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. Turn the pot on Sauté setting. When the display reads "Hot" add the olive oil, then the chicken. You may need to brown the chicken in two batches.

  3. Cook chicken for about 2 minutes per side (to get some color), then remove to a plate.

  4. Add the butter and onion to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Use a little of the broth if it's hard to get the bits up.

  5. Add the garlic and thyme. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

  6. Add the broth, lemon juice, and salt. Stir well.

  7. Cancel the Sauté setting.

  8. Place the chicken in the pot and close the lid. Set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  9. Press the Pressure Cook (or Manual) button and then the + or - button to choose 7 minutes. When cook cycle ends, let the pot naturally release pressure for 7 minutes. Then manually release the remaining pressure by turning the steam release knob to Venting.

  10. When the pin in the lid drops, open the lid and using tongs, remove the chicken to a plate and cover loosely with foil.

Thicken the Sauce

  1. Turn on the Sauté setting again. Mix the corn starch and water together and when the sauce starts to simmer, stir into the sauce. Stir the sauce as it thickens.


  1. Turn off the Sauté setting and stir in the lemon zest and the heavy cream.

  2. Slice the chicken breasts and add the chicken back into the pot.

  3. If you want to, transfer to a serving dish. Then serve.