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A close up of farfalle pasta with chicken breast on top with lemons in background

Instant Pot Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: American


Flavorful chicken in a buttery lemon sauce, perfect for serving over pasta, zoodles, rice or potatoes! Ready in just 30 minutes, this Instant Pot chicken recipe is a weeknight staple.


Units Scale
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • juice of two lemons
  • 3/4 cup beef broth or beef bone broth
  • 3-4 chicken breasts (about 2 lbs)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Turn the Instant Pot to Saute mode and add butter, onion, garlic, and spices. Allow butter to melt and cook until onions are translucent and tender.
  2. Add chicken breasts and sear on 4 minutes each side or until outside is golden brown.
  3. Pour broth and lemon juice over chicken and shut Instant Pot lid. Turn to Pressure cooking mode for chicken. Set to 15 minutes if chicken was frozen, or 8 minutes if chicken was thawed. When finished cooking allow steam to release naturally, this should only take about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove chicken to plate. Return Instant Pot to Saute mode.
  5. In a small bowl mix cornstarch with about 1/4 cup water and slowly add to liquid while stirring with a wire whisk. Bring to a boil then turn off heat and allow to thicken.
  6. Serve over pasta, zoodles, rice, or potatoes as desired.


Each serving is 3 Weight Watchers Freestyle Smart Points.

Keywords: lemon, chicken, instant pot