Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Garlic Lemon Chicken

Instant Pot & Slow Cooker Garlic Lemon Chicken | All that's Jas

Need a flavorful recipe for your new Instant Pot or an old and trusty slow cooker? This tender garlic lemon chicken thighs and creamy potatoes Italian recipe suits both cooking methods easily. It is simmered to perfection in rich, aromatic jus that your whole family will absolutely love.

 

This tender Italian Instant Pot and slow cooker garlic lemon chicken and creamy potatoes are simmered to perfection in rich, aromatic jus.

Need a flavorful recipe for your new Instant Pot or an old and trusty slow cooker? This tender garlic lemon chicken thighs and creamy potatoes Italian recipe suits both cooking methods easily. It is simmered to perfection in rich, aromatic jus that your whole family will absolutely love.

 

My slow cooker mostly collects dust and is only being put to use during holidays to keep food warm. The last thing I made in my slow cooker is this Irish beer-braised pot roast for St. Patrick’s Day last year.

 

I don’t trust leaving it on when I’m not in the house (my husband is a fire investigator and I hear horror stories about things that can start a fire all the time). I don’t have the patience to cook in it during the day, and I don’t want my house smelling like food while I’m sleeping. Shortly, I barely use it.

 

After I bought an Instant Pot for my daughter’s birthday and she told me that her solid frozen, rock-hard chicken was done in 20 minutes, I just had to have one too. The first recipe I made was pork ragu I found on Pinterest and I should’ve trusted my guts (and experience) to adjust the recipe. It asked for no salt and for too much liquid with no thickener. My step-daughter asked what kind of soup that was, lol.

 

How to use an Instant Pot is definitely a learning curve. It takes time for the pot to build up pressure (sometimes up to 30 minutes) but once it does, your meal is done in no time. There are different sizes and functionalities to choose from. For the two of us, a 6 Qt is plenty big.

 

If you’re resisting the trend (like I was), I got you covered. I’m listing the steps to make this delicious garlic lemon chicken in a slow cooker too.

 

Can you make it on the stove top? Absolutely! Use a dutch oven or a heavy non-stick pot and just make sure to simmer on low for about an hour after you’ve browned the chicken for a bit. Now you have no excuse – go ahead and make it!

 

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Recipe adapted from Cooking Light magazine.

 

Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Garlic Lemon Chicken Recipe

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Creamy potatoes and garlicky chicken from an instant pot

 

INGREDIENTS:
Serves 4-6

  • 6 bone-in, skin-on large chicken thighs (about 2-3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (cornflour)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 ½ pounds small red potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 whole garlic head, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley (optional)

 

~ Free Tip~

  • To quickly peel a whole garlic head, separate the cloves, place in a small (Tupperware) container with a lid and vigorously shake until the skin is off. (I only had two cloves left unpeeled)
  • Use fresh thyme sprigs instead of ground but discard before serving.
  • Substitute cornstarch with 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour. 
  • Sprinkle chicken with more fresh lemon juice right before serving if desired. 

 

DIRECTIONS:

Instant Pot

  1. Select “Sauté” to pre-heat the Instant Pot. When the word “Hot” appears on the display add olive oil and brown the chicken thighs on all sides for about 5 minutes and set aside (work in batches if necessary).
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the stock, cornflower, butter, and lemon juice. Whisk until combined and there are no clumps.
  3. Deglaze the inner pot with wine. Press “Cancel” to turn the cooker off.
  4. Add the chicken pieces back in the inner pot, skin side down. Pour the liquid mixture over the chicken. Sprinkle evenly with salt, pepper, and thyme. Arrange potatoes and garlic over chicken. Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Select “Meat/Stew”, “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” and set the timer (+/- button) to 12 minutes.
  5. When time is up, open the lid using Quick Release (press “Cancel” and then turn steam release handle on the lid to “Venting” position.)
  6. Take the chicken pieces, potatoes, and garlic out of the inner pot with a slotted spoon and place on a serving dish. Sprinkle with parsley.
  7.  Strain cooking liquid through a sieve into a small bowl. Let stand 3 minutes. Discard any fat that rises to the top of the liquid. Serve jus with chicken, potatoes, and garlic cloves.

 

Slow Cooker

  1. Coat the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker with olive oil. Place thighs in the slow cooker, skin side down.
  2. In a small bowl combine the stock, wine, cornstarch, butter, and lemon juice. Whisk until combined and there are no clumps. Pour the liquid mixture over the chicken.  Sprinkle evenly with salt, pepper, and thyme. Arrange potatoes and garlic over chicken. Cover the slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Take the chicken pieces, potatoes, and garlic out of the slow cooker with a slotted spoon and place on a serving dish. Sprinkle with parsley.
  4. Strain cooking liquid through a sieve into a small bowl. Let stand 3 minutes. Discard any fat that rises to the top of the liquid. Serve jus with chicken, potatoes, and garlic cloves.

 

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Instant Pot & Slow Cooker Garlic Lemon Chicken with creamy potatoes

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Delicious recipe for garlic lemon chicken in an instant pot or slow cooker with potatoes.
Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Garlic Lemon Chicken Recipe

Tender Italian garlic lemon chicken and creamy potatoes are simmered to perfection in your Instant Pot or Slow Cooker.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 6 bone-in skin-on large chicken thighs (about 2-3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch cornflour
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 ½ pounds small red potatoes scrubbed
  • 1 whole garlic head peeled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley optional
Instructions
Instant Pot
  1. Select "Sauté" to pre-heat the Instant Pot. When the word "Hot" appears on the display add olive oil and brown the chicken thighs on all sides for about 5 minutes and set aside (work in batches if necessary).
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the stock, cornflower, butter, and lemon juice. Whisk until combined and there are no clumps.
  3. Deglaze the inner pot with wine. Press "Cancel" to turn the cooker off.
  4. Add the chicken pieces back in the inner pot, skin side down. Pour the liquid mixture over the chicken. Sprinkle evenly with salt, pepper, and thyme. Arrange potatoes and garlic over chicken. Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Select "Meat/Stew", "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" and set the timer (+/- button) to 12 minutes.
  5. When time is up, open the lid using Quick Release (press "Cancel" and then turn steam release handle on the lid to "Venting" position.)
  6. Take the chicken pieces, potatoes, and garlic out of the inner pot with a slotted spoon and place on a serving dish. Sprinkle with parsley.
  7. Strain cooking liquid through a sieve into a small bowl. Let stand 3 minutes. Discard any fat that rises to the top of the liquid. Serve jus with chicken, potatoes, and garlic cloves.
Slow Cooker
  1. Coat the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker with olive oil. Place thighs in the slow cooker, skin side down.
  2. In a small bowl combine the stock, wine, cornstarch, butter, and lemon juice. Whisk until combined and there are no clumps. Pour the liquid mixture over the chicken. Sprinkle evenly with salt, pepper, and thyme. Arrange potatoes and garlic over chicken. Cover the slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Take the chicken pieces, potatoes, and garlic out of the slow cooker with a slotted spoon and place on a serving dish. Sprinkle with parsley.
  4. Strain cooking liquid through a sieve into a small bowl. Let stand 3 minutes. Discard any fat that rises to the top of the liquid. Serve jus with chicken, potatoes, and garlic cloves.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip~

  • To quickly peel a whole garlic head, separate the cloves, place in a small (Tupperware) container with a lid and vigorously shake until the skin is off. (I only had two cloves left unpeeled)
  • Use fresh thyme sprigs instead of ground but discard before serving.
  • Substitute cornstarch with 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour.
  • Sprinkle chicken with more fresh lemon juice right before serving if desired.

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34 Comment

  1. Reply
    Ann
    February 4, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Chicken and potatoes are my favourite combo! Slow cooker though…I have no space to store that in my kitchen.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 5, 2018 at 8:38 am

      I don’t store mine in the kitchen either. That’s probably why I forget to use it. Out of sight…

  2. Reply
    Michelle
    February 5, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    I can’t even tell you how delicious this looks! I’ve yet to break open my instant pot because for some reason it seems daunting, but after printing off this recipe I am ready to try! Thanks for being so detailed and the pictures are great!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      I totally know where you’re coming from. It just seems more complicated than it is (especially if you read the manual, ha). Make sure to go through the initial process to get familiar with it and it’ll be easy sailing from there on. Thanks for the 5-star review! Much appreciated. 😀

  3. Reply
    Sheila
    February 6, 2018 at 11:02 am

    This is timely as I just got myself a new slow cooker. I would love to try this recipe soon. Thinking about the garlic, lemon and chicken combination surely excites me. Can’t wait to grab some ingredients and thank you for sharing this recipe.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 6, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      Yay, so happy you’re going to try this recipe. Let me know how it turned out. Thanks, Sheila!

  4. Reply
    Jess
    February 6, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Pinned!! YUMMY!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 6, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      Shared! Thank you 🙂

  5. Reply
    Amber Ferguson
    February 6, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Okay I was already hungry! This sent me over the edge! Looks like a wonderful recipe!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 7, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Haha, sorry (#notsosorry) Amber! It’s super flavorful and I hope you try it. 😀 Thanks for stopping in!

  6. Reply
    Joanne Viola
    February 8, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Printed this as I have had lemon chicken cooked in the oven but never had a recipe for it. Chicken & potatoes makes a wonderful dinner. The juice can also be served over white rice instead (which was how it was served when I had it). Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 9, 2018 at 11:51 am

      This is great over rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes. In that case, I would omit potatoes as an ingredient. 🙂

  7. Reply
    Elise Cohen Ho
    February 8, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    This looks perfect for a weeknight dinner. I love the idea of giving this a try.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 9, 2018 at 11:55 am

      Thank you, Elise! You will love it!

  8. Reply
    angie
    February 8, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    oh this sounds like some wonderful flavored chicken. My favorite part is that it can become a well deserved meal after a busy day as it is slow cooked. Thanks for sharing
    come see us at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 9, 2018 at 11:56 am

      Exactly how I feel about it. Thank you, Angie! 🙂

  9. Reply
    Jann Olson
    February 8, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Looks very yummy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  10. Reply
    Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook
    February 9, 2018 at 8:45 am

    I was just about to ask if I can do this on stovetop. Thanks for telling me before I could ask. So I don’t have an excuse, then – I should try this soon. This looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing, Jas. x

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 9, 2018 at 11:58 am

      Beat you to it, ha! 😉 Thanks, Jhuls!

  11. Reply
    Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food
    February 9, 2018 at 10:51 am

    I love everything about this recipe! First, that it’s so versatile: I don’t have an Instant Pot, so my slow-cooker does a lot of the work. But on the other hand, sometimes I like cooking dinner in my favorite Dutch oven on the stovetop, too! Second, chicken thighs are the protein of choice. YAAAAAAASSSS! Thighs are the best part of the chicken, IMHO. Third, I love that you use cornstarch as the thickener: it makes the jus clear and silky. This recipe has such great flavors working together—and it’s all done in one pot!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 9, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you, Michelle! The best part is that is really so super flavorful and tender. I hope you give it a try!

  12. Reply
    Miz Helen
    February 11, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Your Garlic Lemon Chicken looks fabulous, I just love the lemon flavor with chicken! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 11, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      I am, Miz Helen! Thank you and wishing you the same. x

  13. Reply
    Megan
    February 11, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Looks delicious! I love using my slow cooker, and I’ve been wanting an instant pot ever since my friend got one.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 12, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      You’d love it even more, Megan! Food is done in no time and it’s an easy clean-up too. 🙂

  14. Reply
    Sheri
    February 11, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing in our link party!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 12, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      Thank you, Sheri!

  15. Reply
    Theresa
    February 12, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    I don’t have an instant pot, just a crockpot. Your recipe looks really good. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the InspirationSpotlight party @DearCreatives Pinned & sharing.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 12, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks, Theresa! That’s why I gave instructions for both. Instant Pot is not yet in every household. 🙂

  16. Reply
    Susan
    February 12, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing at the Happiness is Homemade Link Party. This looks great, I love my Instant Pot.
    Susan @craftingafamily.com

  17. Reply
    Michelle Leslie
    February 13, 2018 at 5:10 am

    Whoop, whoop Jas, I just had to come back and share the good news. I MADE IT!!!!!! And nothing burnt down, there were no explosions of any kind plus, everyone loved it!!!! I have a nasty suspicion that I might just be making this garlic lemon chicken every single day for the next month. Okay maybe every second day. It was so awesome. Thank you

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 13, 2018 at 7:18 am

      YASSSSSSSSS! So happy to hear that you liked it and really impressed that you cooked, lol. 😛 You made my day, Michelle! Thank you, thank you, thank you! XO

  18. Reply
    Matt
    April 4, 2018 at 4:07 am

    Great chicken recipe!
    I’m now gonna try to make it before my GF gets home (I’m in the dog house for forgetting our anniversary!!!)
    Hopefully this recipe will do the trick.
    Keep up the great work!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 4, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks, Matt!

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