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A bowl of creamy lemon chicken and white rice made in an Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Best Damn Instant Pot Lemon Chicken and Rice

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  • Author: RecipeTeacher
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings


Make a delicious dinner in under 30 minutes with this easy Instant Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken and Rice recipe! Tender chunks of chicken breast with white rice and a vibrant, creamy lemon sauce. Perfect for a quick and comforting meal any day of the week.


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 23 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about lemons)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • Lemon slices, for garnish


  1. In a small bowl, mix the Italian seasoning, kosher salt, and black pepper. Rub the seasoning mixture onto the chicken pieces.
  2. Set your Instant Pot to the sauté function (high) and let it heat up. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil, followed by the chicken and diced onion. Sauté for 3-4 minutes until the onion becomes translucent and chicken is no longer pink.
  3. Add the minced garlic and sauté for an additional 30 seconds.
  4. Press cancel to stop the sauté process, add half the broth, and scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to remove any stuck-on bits, then add remaining broth and rice.
  5. Secure the Instant Pot lid and set the pressure release valve to sealing position. Set the Instant Pot pressure cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
  6. When the cooking time is complete, allow for a natural pressure release for 3 minutes (do nothing), then quick release the remaining pressure.
  7. Carefully remove the lid and add the heavy cream, lemon juice, and lemon zest, stirring gently to combine.
  8. Stir in the frozen peas and let the residual heat warm them up for about 2 minutes.
  9. Serve the creamy lemon chicken and rice in bowls, garnished with fresh parsley and lemon slices. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American