Instant Pot Provencal Honey-Lemon Chicken


I love the blend of herbes de Provence, honey, lemon, and lavender. The acidity of the lemon perfectly balances the sweetness of the honey. This dish is always a hit and all five of my children cheer when I place this on the table. I use an Instant Pot, but this recipe can be easily adapted to be baked in the oven instead. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • 3 tablespoons herbes de Provence

  • 6 chicken legs

  • 4 chicken thighs

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock

  • 4 tablespoons honey

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • 2 sprigs thyme, leaves picked

  • 1 tablespoon lavender flowers

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Rub the herbes de Provence into the chicken legs and thighs.

  2. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select the Saute function. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and sliced garlic. Add chicken legs and thighs to the pot and brown on both sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove chicken from pot and set aside. Add chicken stock to the pot and place a rack inside. Return chicken to the pot, on top of the rack. Close and lock the lid; choose high pressure and set the timer for 25 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. While chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce. Whisk honey, lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme leaves, remaining oil, and lavender flowers together in a small bowl.

  4. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  5. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Transfer chicken to the prepared baking sheet. Brush sauce liberally over the chicken; reserve remaining sauce.

  6. Broil chicken in the preheated oven until browned, about 2 minutes, watching carefully to prevent burning.

  7. Pour remaining sauce into a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add one ladleful of liquid from the pressure cooker. Whisk in cornstarch and boil until reduced by half or thickened to your preference, stirring frequently to prevent burning, 1 to 3 minutes. Serve sauce alongside chicken.


If you do not have a rack, you can use aluminum foil. It is also possible to just place the chicken in the liquid, but the skin will probably be even soggier (the one downfall of Instant Pot cooking).

If you want the get even more flavor, run the lavender through a coffee grinder real quick; it helps to release more floral flavor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

322 Calories
19g Fat
16g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 322
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 304mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 11mg 55%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 213mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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