Instead of complaining about chicken for dinner, everyone will be begging for these Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Lemon Sauce! Quick and easy and packed with delicious flavor!
I have a version of this recipe that I make in the slow cooker, but I thought it was about time to make it for the pressure cooker as well! It adapts perfectly, and while having dinner started in the morning is always nice, sometimes you can still find yourself in a bind needing a quick and easy home cooked dinner. And I just don't think in that situation that you should ever have to settle for a frozen dinner or pizza, especially when there are recipes like these Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Lemon Sauce that are so quick and easy to make!
I love things that can be made all in one pot, because who likes washing extra dishes. Take full advantage of the fact that the Instant Pot can brown your meat and pressure cook your meal all in one.
How long does it take to cook chicken thighs in an Instant Pot?
- of actual high pressure time, it takes about 8 minutes to cook boneless thighs
- but you need to account for a couple of other things as well
- to come to pressure it could take 10-15 minutes after browning the chicken
- I find it best with meats to allow for a 10 minute natural pressure release (meaning just leave the pot alone when it's done)
How to make lemon sauce in the Instant Pot?
To make the sauce, we will wait until the end and take out the chicken thighs. Then thicken the sauce using a cornstarch slurry plus a little cream, and use the sauté function once more to bring the sauce to a quick simmer.
That's it! There you have a dinner that will have the whole family scrambling to the dinner table. And while it does take longer than an "instant" you can still plan on having dinner ready in about 35 minutes from when you start cooking, and most of that will be hands off time you might be able to use to get a few other things done as well.
Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Lemon Sauce
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon garlic and herb seasoning
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon grainy mustard
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ cup heavy cream
- Turn pressure cooker on sauté and heat olive oil and butter
- Add seasoning and salt to chicken and add to pot
- Saute for 3-4 minutes on each side until lightly browned
- Add broth, cover, seal and set on high pressure for 8 minutes
- Allow for 10 minute natural pressure release then perform a quick release
- Remove chicken from pot, set aside and return pot to saute
- Whisk cornstarch with equal amount of water to make a slurry and add to pot along with mustard, lemon juice and cream
- Let simmer until thickened and serve sauce over chicken