Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Thighs

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Amazingly moist, tender, juicy lemon-thyme chicken, perfectly golden brown, made right in the IP in just 5 min! So quick!

Yield: 6 servings | prep time: 15 minutes | cook time: 25 minutes | total time: 40 minutes

pot lemon chicken thighs


  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Zest 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. In a small bowl, combine thyme, lemon zest, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Brush chicken with 1 tablespoon canola oil; season with thyme mixture.
  2. Set 6-qt Instant Pot® to the high saute setting. Working in batches, add remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil and chicken, and cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side; set aside.
  3. Place metal trivet into the pot and add chicken stock and lemon juice. Gently place chicken on top of the trivet, slightly overlapping. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 5 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  4. Serve immediately.

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