Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs are made in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker with a few simple ingredients! The chicken thighs recipe is low carb and packed with flavor.
Are you looking for a flavor-packed low carb dinner? If you love quick and easy dinners, then I have the perfect dinner recipe for you. Instant Pot Lemon Butter Garlic Chicken Thighs combines two of my favorite flavors in one easy dinner recipe. Combining only a few simple ingredients in a pressure cooker yields the most flavorful chicken thighs. Serve it with a side of Asparagus with Burrata cheese for additional low-carb nutrients and flavor. The meal is perfect for any day of the week and is great for kids and adults. Make the chicken in advance and reheat for lunch or dinner throughout the week.
Low carb chicken thighs
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Combine butter, chicken, chicken stock or bone broth, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. In less than 30 minutes, you have a high quality, low carb meal on your dinner table. For more low carb recipes, simple solutions for reducing carb and sugar and meal plans, check out the new lifestyle book Atkins: Eat Right, Not Less. The book features 100 whole-food, low carb recipes and explains the “hidden sugar effect” – foods that you think are healthy that actually turn into sugar when digested. You don’t see the sugars, but your body does. Recipes include everything from Portobello Pizza to Double Chocolate Brownies.
How to make Instant Pot Lemon Butter Garlic Chicken Thighs
To make lemon butter garlic chicken in the instant pot, pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Set the instant pot or pressure cooker to sauté mode and then add the butter to the pot. Once the butter is melted, add the chicken thighs skin side down. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until skin is golden brown. Remove chicken thighs from pot and set aside.
Next, add the stock and lemon juice to the pot. Hit the cancel button on the pot to cancel the sauté mode. Add the chicken thighs back to the pot. Add the whole garlic cloves. Lock the lid and turn the valve to seal. Cook at manual pressure for 12 minutes, and allow the pot to do a full natural pressure release (mine takes about 15 minutes to depressurize). Internal temperature should be at or above 165°F. Serve the chicken with a simple side dish.
How to cook chicken thighs
Chicken thighs in the instant pot
Cook chicken thighs in the instant pot in less than 30 minutes. For a crispy texture, cook the chicken on each side on sauté mode until golden brown. Turn off sauté mode and cook at manual high pressure for 12 minutes or until internal temperature is 165 degrees F. Natural release before serving.
Chicken thighs in the slow cooker
To make chicken thighs in the slow cooker, lay the chicken thighs on the bottom of a slow cooker. Add other ingredients including liquid and seasonings. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 2 to 3 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer.
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Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs
- 4 bone-in skin on chicken thighs
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup chicken stock or bone broth
- juice of 1 lemon
- 6 whole garlic cloves
- Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
- Set the Instant Pot or pressure cooker to sauté mode. Add butter to the pot. Once butter is melted, add the chicken thighs skin side down. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until skin is golden brown. Remove chicken thighs from pot and set aside.
- Add stock and lemon juice to the pot. Hit the cancel button on the pot. Add the chicken thighs back to the pot. Add the whole garlic cloves. Lock the lid and turn the valve to seal. Cook at manual pressure for 12 minutes, and allow the pot to do a full natural pressure release (mine takes about 15 minutes to depressurize). Internal temperature should be at or above 165°F. Serve with a simple side dish and enjoy!
- Optional: Use an immersion blender to puree garlic cloves once chicken is cooked. Turn pot to sauté and let mixture reduce. Pour over chicken thighs for additional flavor.
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Can you please tell me how to double the recipe? I’d like to do 8 chicken thighs but I don’t know how that would affect the cooking time.
You can cook 8 chicken thighs without doubling the liquid (broth). Slightly overlap the chicken thighs when adding them to the pressure cooker in step 3. You shouldn’t need to adjust the time at all as they will all cook the same. Enjoy!
Thank you so much for your quick reply!
Love this recipe! I used chicken breasts instead of thighs and it turned out great!
Instant Pot recipes like this are the best! I love those flavors!