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Instant Pot Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken is a quick and easy dinner made with seasoned chicken breasts cooked in a delicious creamy lemon garlic sauce.

instant pot creamy lemon garlic chicken breasts with lemon slices on white platter

If you’re looking for lighter Instant Pot recipes, you’re going to go crazy for this easy Instant Pot creamy lemon garlic chicken recipe! It’s basically boneless skinless chicken breasts cooked with plenty of garlic and topped with a to-die-for creamy lemon garlic sauce.

I have a ton of Instant Pot chicken recipes on the blog, but I’m trying to make lighter recipes for spring and summer. This easy chicken recipe is just a kicked-up version of my basic Instant Pot Instant Pot chicken breasts. You just saute the chicken, season it and pressure cook it!

The only difference is the sauce. Yes, friends. The secret is the SAUCE!

This creamy lemon garlic chicken recipe is easy enough for every day, but it’s also delicious and perfect for special occasions. My daughter loves this Instant Pot chicken so much that she requested it for her birthday dinner!

How to Make Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken in the Instant Pot

While most of my pressure cooker chicken recipes are the dump and start kind, there are a few extra steps in this one. Although you can technically add the chicken to the  pot and cook it, I highly recommend using the Saute setting to brown the chicken breasts first.

Saute the Chicken Breasts

Season the chicken with a little bit of sea salt and pepper, and brown it on both sides for about 2 minutes per side. This step helps lock in the juices and helps the chicken keep its shape during pressure cooking.

You may have to brown the chicken in batches so that it fits and browns evenly. You can also brown the chicken in a pan on your stove, but why dirty another pot — know what I mean?!

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts browned in the instant pot

Deglaze the Pot

After the chicken is browned –not fully cooked, remove it to a plate, and cover with foil to keep warm. Then, pour in your cooking liquid to deglaze the pot and remove those yummy browned bits from the bottom.

Deglazing also helps prevent the burn notice due to food being stuck to the bottom of the pot. You don’t want that!

Throw in the chopped garlic, then add the chicken back to the pot, and add the rest of the seasonings and lemon juice.

4 seasoned chicken breasts in instant pot pressure cooker

How Long to Cook Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot

Since the chicken is partially cooked, you only need to pressure cook the chicken for 6 minutes. If you decide to skip browning the chicken, you’ll need to cook it for 10 minutes. In both cases, allow a 10 minute natural pressure release or full release, which usually takes the same time.

creamy lemon garlic chicken breasts in instant pot

Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe Variations

You can use water, chicken stock or white wine for the cooking liquid. Add a little heavy cream at the end for a creamy sauce or skip the sauce to make a simple healthy chicken recipe.

You can also use only garlic powder to cut down on prep work. And, you can substitute Italian seasoning in place of herbes de Provence, although this seasoning blend is pretty darn good!

lemon garlic chicken breasts with lemon slices and creamy lemon garlic sauce on white platter

What to Serve with Lemon Garlic Chicken

Even though I used 4 chicken breasts here, I got about 8 servings out of this one recipe. Just slice the chicken, and serve it over pasta, rice, cauliflower, mashed potatoes or with baby potatoes. Don’t forget to pour that amazing sauce over it!

We like to add broccoli or other veggies to round out the meal. If you want, you can always serve the chicken just as it is!

creamy lemon garlic chicken over pasta with broccoli

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Instant Pot Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken

5 from 7 votes

Instant Pot Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken

By: Dee
Instant Pot Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken is a quick and easy dinner made with seasoned chicken breasts cooked in a delicious creamy lemon garlic sauce. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
pressure time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup white wine or water or chicken broth
  • lemon juice from one lemon
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence seasoning
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
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  • Season chicken breasts with sea salt and pepper
  • Hit SAUTE on the Instant Pot, and when it reads Hot, add the olive oil and brown the chicken on both sides. (Do 2 at a time for best results, and keep covered on a plate until you finish)
  • Add the white wine (or water or broth) to deglaze pot. Make sure any browned bits are scraped off the bottom. Then, stir in the chopped garlic and lemon juice
  • Hit CANCEL to turn pot off, then place the chicken breasts in pot, directly in the liquid, and season with garlic powder and herbes de Provence
  • Place lid on Instant Pot, turn vent to Sealing position and hit PRESSURE COOK for 6 minutes
  • Pot will take a few minutes to reach pressure then begin counting down and cook. When pot beeps, allow a pressure release of 10 minutes. Pot may fully release before 10 minutes.
  • When pin drops, remove lid, and remove chicken to a clean platter, and cover with foil to keep warm. Internal temperature should be 165 degrees, according to a meat thermometer
  • Hit CANCEL, then hit SAUTE, and stir in heavy cream. Allow sauce to reduce slightly, then Hit CANCEL, and pour sauce over chicken. Garnish with additional lemon slices and fresh chopped parsley if desired


Recipe was made in a 6 quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. If using an 8 quart, you will need to double cooking liquid but not the cook time. 


Calories: 122kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 46mg, Sodium: 360mg, Potassium: 236mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 135IU, Vitamin C: 1.2mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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  1. Erika says:

    This is my new favorite chicken recipe! I made it for dinner the other night, and my children want it again!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you SO much, Erica! So glad your family liked it!

  2. Sara Welch says:

    I’ll never get tired of this seasoning! Great dinner for busy weeknights; my family loved this!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Sara! I’m thrilled that you all liked it!

  3. Beth Pierce says:

    This was one of the best chicken recipes I’ve had in a long time! So flavorful and perfect for spring and summer!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      That is so good to hear! Thanks so much, Beth!

  4. Katerina @ diethood .com says:

    mmm..such a wonderful meal!!5 stars

  5. Taylor says:

    I’m always looking for easy and delicious instant pot recipes…adding this one to my list! Yum!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks! I think you’ll like this one!

  6. James says:

    Had to try this! It was great and very simple, tons of flavor.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, James! So glad you liked it!

  7. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says:

    YUM!!! I love this delicious version!!!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Erin! It was a huge hit with my family!