Instant Pot Chicken in Lemon-Basil Sauce

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Braised chicken usually requires browning, then cooking for 45 minutes. Amazingly, you don’t need the skin for flavor or color when pressure cooking in an Instant Pot, and the braising takes just a fraction of the time. Serve with rice or orzo to soak up the lemony sauce.


Instant Pot Chicken in Lemon-Basil Sauce




  • 1 chicken, about 3 1/2 lb. (1.75 kg), cut into 8 pieces and skin removed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. minced shallots
  • 1/3 cup (3 fl. oz./80 ml) dry white wine or dry vermouth
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 6 paper-thin lemon slices, seeds removed
  • 1/3 cup (1/2 oz./15 g) chopped fresh basil



1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.


2. In an Instant Pot set to Sauté, warm 1 Tbs. of the butter with the olive oil. In batches, sear the chicken until golden brown all over, about 6 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.


3. Add the shallots to the pot and stir for 30 seconds. Pour in the wine and cook for 1 minute, then add the broth, lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon slices. Return the chicken to the pot, stacking the pieces so that the breasts are on top.


4. Lock the lid in place and turn the valve to Sealing. Set the Instant Pot to cook at high pressure for 15 minutes.


5. When the pressure cooking is complete, turn the valve to Venting to manually release the steam. When the steam stops, carefully remove the lid. Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a platter and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Use a slotted spoon to remove and reserve the lemon slices.


6. Set the Instant Pot to Sauté and bring the cooking liquid to a boil. Boil until the liquid is reduced by about a third, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.


7. Cut the remaining 2 Tbs. butter into 4 pieces and stir into the sauce along with the basil. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Garnish with the reserved lemon slices and serve immediately. Serves 4.


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3 comments about “Instant Pot Chicken in Lemon-Basil Sauce

  1. Judy Roud

    Please make the printable version of a size that it doesn’t take 3 pages, and make the photo a full page…

  2. Linnea

    The recipe does not have enough liquid to prevent it from burning. Before my instant pot was even up to pressure, the sauce had already burnt to a crisp. I took the chicken out, made the sauce again and popped it in the oven to finish cooking.


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