Lemon and Herb Chicken
By :Kellyann Petrucci
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Need to get dinner on the table in a flash? You can “roast” a whole chicken in your Instant Pot in about 25 minutes. The chicken will be juicy and tender. Filling the cavity with lemon slices and herbs with bring added flavor. The skin won’t be browned and crusty as if roasted in the oven, but you’re not eating the skin anyway, right
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Rating: 3.85
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Broth, Chicken, Lemon
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 pound whole chicken giblets removed and chicken rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter or ghee, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt or Celtic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 cup chicken bone broth
  • 1/2 lemon cut in slices
  • 1/2 yellow onion quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Several sprigs herbs fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, Italian parsley, and fresh sage
Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Broth, Chicken, Lemon
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 pound whole chicken giblets removed and chicken rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter or ghee, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt or Celtic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 cup chicken bone broth
  • 1/2 lemon cut in slices
  • 1/2 yellow onion quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Several sprigs herbs fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, Italian parsley, and fresh sage
Votes: 27
Rating: 3.85
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Instructions
  1. Rub the chicken breast with the olive oil and butter/ghee and season the entire chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat your Instant Pot by using the Sauté setting, and place the chicken in the cooker breast side down.
  3. Brown the chicken for about 2 minutes or until the breast is golden brown, but not burned. Remove the chicken from the cooker place on a plate.
  4. Deglaze the pan with the chicken bone broth.
  5. Put the lemons, onions, garlic, and fresh herbs into the cavity of the chicken and return to the Instant Pot.
  6. Place the trivet inside the Instant Pot and place the chicken on the trivet; it makes removing the chicken from the pot easier. (this is optional but will make things easier)
  7. Using the Manual setting, adjust the instant pot to high pressure and adjust cooking time to 20 minutes.
  8. When time is up, allow pressure to naturally release and test the chicken for doneness. A thermometer inserted into the thigh should register at least 170 degrees Fahrenheit
  9. If necessary, bring the cooker back to high pressure and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. Quick release and recheck the temperature.
  10. Transfer the chicken to a plate or carving board, tent with foil and allow to rest. If desired, strain and degrease the broth using a fat separator.
  11. Carve the chicken and pour part of the broth on the carved meat and serve the rest on the side. Serve and enjoy!
13 replies
  1. danoroberts2
    danoroberts2 says:

    Great simple recipe and the bird does end up soft and juicy. Just go straight to 30 minutes in preasure cooker mode because 20 minutes is a raw chicken. I also added an extra step, 15 minutes in the oven at 400 to give it the “bake taste” without all the wasted time.

  2. Aleesh
    Aleesh says:

    I didnt enjoy this one. Even though i stuffed the bird with all the spices, it tasted bland. The only good thing i found to be good about this recipe was how fast the chicken cooked.

  3. Fasteddy
    Fasteddy says:

    This was my first attempt at cooking a full chicken and it turned out great. I didnt really change much other than adjusting pressure cook time to 30 minutes due to size of chicken. Only comment i would make is that stuffing the chicken after the saute/browning phase is not as easy as it suggests. Maybe doing it before woud be a better choice!

  4. JFR4109
    JFR4109 says:

    I followed the recipe with the exception of cooking time. I used a 5 lb bird so I increased the time to a full 30 minutes, which I feel was the right move. The moisture was fantastic, however there really wasn’t much flavor. Probably could skip all the added work and expense of herbs (etc) and have the same flavor in the end. The bird fell apart after pulling it out of the IP not leaving much for presentation.

  5. cmarie12783
    cmarie12783 says:

    Super easy and good flavor. I read the other reviews and decided to set the time for 30 instead of 20. It ended up being a little dry, so I need to experiment with the time a little. Nothing beats a crispy roasted chicken, but I love that I can knock this out on a weeknight!

  6. Pinkduckies06
    Pinkduckies06 says:

    Only thing I liked about this recipe was how quick the chicken cooked. I thought the chicken tasted bland and didn’t have any flavor.

  7. Manu
    Manu says:

    Should have read the reviews first… the skin stick to the bottom of the pan, it took 45 minutes to cook and it was dry…but putting the juice over it made it nice…

  8. Shengfang
    Shengfang says:

    Made it the first time and worked well! Followed the receipe mostly but also made some adjustment: 30min high pressue is good but next time i might use 35min for a 5lb chicken. Used a large yellow onion and it created some nice juice, also added a large turnip. Coating the bird with salt and pepper might have been key to have a nice flavor (becasue other reviewers commented that it’s bland). Definitely will make again dome time!@

  9. Sincerelyhelen
    Sincerelyhelen says:

    Very tasty, with nice lemon flavor and herbs infused. Breast meat was tough , but that could be attributed to the quality of the chicken, not the recipe itself. First time using my InstantPot

  10. Charlene Sargent
    Charlene Sargent says:

    I made this for dinner today. I was in a hurry so wasn’t sure how itwould be or taste. Surprise it was excellent. Nice Sunday dinner i give it 5 stars. Thanks!

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