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Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

This Instant Pot Lemon Chicken is light, fresh, and healthy. Tender chicken is tossed in a sweet and spicy lemon sauce then served over brown rice!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken breast, healthy, instant pot
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 252kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth




  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce or gluten free alternative
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes more or less to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 (8 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Grease a 6 quart Instant Pot with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together broth, 1/2 cup lemon juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, ground ginger, and black pepper.
  • Pour half into the prepared Instant Pot, place chicken breasts on top, then pour remaining sauce over chicken.
  • Cover and lock lid - be sure steam releasing handle is pointing toward SEALING.
  • Cook on HIGH pressure for 10 minutes, then flip the valve to "VENTING" for a quick release.
  • Remove chicken and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch with 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
  • Whisk that mixture into the Instant Pot.
  • Hit SAUTE on the Instant Pot and bring the sauce to a simmer.
  • Add chicken back in and simmer until the sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Shred or cube the chicken directly in the pot, taste and re-season, if necessary, then serve and enjoy!
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Serving: 1person | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1330mg | Potassium: 684mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg