If you love lemon and garlic, you'll love this chicken main dish recipe whether you're on a keto diet or not. It's delicious with roasted asparagus on the side.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
40 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Heat vegetable oil.

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  • Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper on both sides; add to Instant Pot®. Cook one side at a time until both sides of the chicken are a golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove chicken from the pot and set aside.

  • Add onion and sauté for 1 minute. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Pour in white wine and stir to scrape brown bits from the bottom of the pot. Stir in chicken broth and lemon juice; bring to a boil and cook until broth has reduced slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the Sauté function.

  • Return chicken Instant Pot®. Close and lock the lid. Select High pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 10 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, for 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  • Remove chicken from the pot and set aside. Select the Sauté mode and bring sauce to a boil. Whisk in butter or margarine, heavy cream, salt, and thyme. Cook until sauce has thickened slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve chicken drizzled with the sauce.

Nutrition Facts

445 calories; protein 20.5g; carbohydrates 5.2g; fat 35.6g; cholesterol 128.5mg; sodium 521.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2019
I agree with the others that the sauce was too thin I had to reduce it separately. Next time I also would eliminate the chicken broth. But the flavors are exquisite. Will definitely make it again and for guests. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2019
this was the first time using my new Instant Pot and the chicken turned out perfectly. I did not care for the lemon taste and the sauce was too thin so I reduced it as much as I could. I would probably eliminate the broth next time and perhaps thicken the sauce. Read More
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2019
Yum! Even the 5 and 3 year olds like it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2019
I agree with the others that the sauce was too thin I had to reduce it separately. Next time I also would eliminate the chicken broth. But the flavors are exquisite. Will definitely make it again and for guests. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/29/2020
I read the suggestions of the other reviews and I eliminated the chicken broth totally! I squeezed a whole lemon, not sure how many Tbsp that was. The sauce was good, it still was a little thin, I had to sauté it in the Instant Pot for a long time after I added the cream. But in the end the flavor was good. I found that most recipes with sauces in the instant pot turn out runny. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2020
I followed what some of the reviewers said about the sauce, I used 3/4 C of bouillon for the 1 C of bullion and left out the wine. I also added 1/2 t of lemon peel to increase the lemon flavor. It was great. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/01/2020
I forgot to read the reviews before I made this. The sauce was too thin and runny, and not much of a lemon taste. I did add another squeeze of lemon afterwards, and that made a big difference in taste. Although this is a keto recipe, I'm not a strict keto person so I did take a good heaping teaspoon of cornstarch in a little bit of water to thicken the sauce. That did the trick. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/24/2021
Made it with asparagus. Didn't have heavy cream so googled for a substitute. Used equal quantity of Philly cream cheese. Interesting flavor. Wife enjoyed the lemon tangy flavor. Be careful with the sauce reduction during saute setting knowing it will further thicken as it cools. I gave it a 7/10 and my wife an 8.5/10. Will be making it again. Should have photo'd it, it! 4.5 Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/11/2019
Decent taste but sauce was thin and didn t taste of lemon. I spent 10 minutes trying to reduce the sauce. Any longer and the chicken would get cold. I m going to cut the chicken broth and wine in half next time. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2019
this was the first time using my new Instant Pot and the chicken turned out perfectly. I did not care for the lemon taste and the sauce was too thin so I reduced it as much as I could. I would probably eliminate the broth next time and perhaps thicken the sauce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2020
Followed others' recommendations and eliminated the chicken stock, then reduced sauce without the chicken at the end only. Read More