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Instant Pot Chinese Lemon Chicken
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Instant Pot Chinese Lemon Chicken

This Instant Pot Chinese Lemon Chicken is a delicious takeout recipe with a savoury lemon sauce that comes together with pantry staples!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Instant Pot Stir Fry
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 chicken breasts, diced
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups cooked jasmine rice (about 1 cup dry, cooked according to package directions)
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • sesame seeds for garnish
  • Lemon slices, for garnish


  • Mix lemon juice, sugar, chicken broth, lemon zest, garlic, soy sauce and salt together in a medium-sized bowl and set aside. Meanwhile, get rice cooking in a rice cooker according to package directions.
  • Add vegetable oil to Instant Pot and turn on saute mode. Toss chicken with cornstarch in a large bowl. Add chicken to Instant Pot and saute for 5-7 minutes until lightly browned, then add in sauce, cover with lid and let sit on saute mode for 2-3 minutes.
  • Open lid and stir chicken, cooking another 2-3 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Serve overtop of rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve and enjoy!