Why on earth did I waited so long to get an Instant Pot. This Lemon and Garlic Glazed Chicken is so moist and flavorful! It is ready in 30 minutes and wow it’s delicious! This is how dinner should be done.
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About a week ago I decided it was time to bring this wonderful Instant Pot into my life. It has me reminiscing of being in my grandmother’s kitchen. Can’t you just hear that whistling sound her pressure cooker used to make and the smell of her famous Swiss steak? Takes me right back to sitting at her table in their row home in Baltimore and watching her moving around the kitchen preparing us a meal.
One of the things I love most about food is the memories associated with each meal we enjoy. Aside from all the new dishes that will be created with this Instant Pot; I am thankful that each time I cook in it, these beautiful thoughts of my grandmother and our times together in her home come flooding back.
Okay, back from my walk down memory lane….. Now about this Lemon and Garlic Glazed Chicken and cooking it in the Instant Pot. To say the least I was a little skeptical of the texture. But I am glad that did not stop me from giving it a go – because that fear is now gone!! It came out so tender and the texture was perfect!
Don’t you just love lemon and garlic with chicken? The acidity in lemon brings such brightness to the dish. Then there is garlic!! Glorious garlic!! Is there any other choice in life but to add garlic? NOT! Not sure there are many days that go by that cooking doesn’t have this wonderfulness included! Garlic is healthy right! That is a great excuse!
Let’s Make this Magical Chicken
First get organized and gather all your ingredients. Season the chicken on both sides with the salt, paprika, parsley and garlic.
Next turn the Instant Pot on to Saute and add the butter, and onion. Get them nice and translucent. Add in the chicken two at a time and brown on each side. Once they are browned, remove to a plate.
Then add in all the rest of the ingredients, except the cornstarch, and give a little stir. Put back in the chicken breast. Put the lid on and lock it. Make sure the steam valve is shut. Press the poultry button and wait 15 minutes for perfection.
Once it is done. Put the chicken on a sheet pan and put under the broiler a minute or few. Just keep an eye out. You can skip this step. I like mine to be browned just a tad.
Meanwhile with your other eye. Turn Instant Pot to Saute. Scoop out 1 to 1 ½ cups of the drippings (with a measuring cup) and slowly add the cornstarch and stir like crazy to get a slurry, well really a little thicker than a slurry. Don’t fear, if it seems thick there are a lot of juices in that pot and you want it thick enough for a glaze. Once it’s smooth, pour back into instant pot with the rest of the drippings and stir until combined! This is a magic sauce – YUMMO!
By now the chicken has been removed from the oven, time to plate and drizzle with all the beautiful glaze. The hubby was working late so back into the Instant Pot the chicken goes. Set it to warm and it is ready to get all cozy in all that glaze. And man, that was good too. Either way you cannot go wrong. If you are not keeping warm make sure to turn off your Instant Pot.
Serve with rice pilaf and a garden salad and you have a perfect meal!
Dish done in 30 minutes from start to finish! Yes – Score! Easy meals that are quick and tasty are always a BIG WIN!
- 2 pounds chicken, boneless skinless breasts
- 1½ teaspoons sea salt
- ¼ cup onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ¼ cup white wine (Pino Grigio)
- Juice of 1 large lemon
- 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
- Turn your Instant Pot on to the saute feature and add butter and diced onion
- Cook the onions for 3 to 5 minutes or until softened. Stir often.
- Sprinkle salt, paprika, parsley and garlic on all both sides of chicken
- Add to Instant Pot two at a time and brown on each side.
- Remove chicken to a plate. Add in the remaining ingredients except for the cornstarch and secure the lid on your Instant Pot.
- Select the “Poultry” setting (This is a 15-minute high setting) and make sure your steam valve is closed.
- Allow cook time to complete, release steam valve to vent and then carefully remove lid.
- Remove chicken to sheet pan. Place in oven and broil 1 to 3 minutes. Watch to make sure they do not burn. Remove when browned to your liking.
- At this point you may thicken your sauce by making a slurry. To do this remove about 1 to 1½ cup drippings from the pot, add in the cornstarch, stir until well combined.
- Stir slurry into rest of drippings and serve right away.
You can also find this on one of my favorite link ups – Weekend Potluck!