How to make a delicious and easy lemon chicken stew in your Instant Pot

If you are looking for a cozy and comforting meal that is ready in less than an hour, you might want to try this lemon chicken stew with potatoes. This recipe uses an Instant Pot, a versatile multicooker that can pressure cook, sauté, slow cook, and more. You can make this stew with just a few simple ingredients and enjoy a hearty and satisfying dinner.

What you need for this recipe

To make this lemon chicken stew, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Chicken breasts
  • Mini potatoes
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice and a whole lemon
  • Chicken broth
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cornstarch
  • Fresh parsley (optional)
How to make a delicious and easy lemon chicken stew in your Instant Pot
How to make a delicious and easy lemon chicken stew in your Instant Pot

You will also need an Instant Pot or a similar electric pressure cooker. This recipe is adapted from the book “Instant Pot Miracle Mediterranean Diet” by Urvashi Pitre, who is also known as the “Butter Chicken Lady” for her popular Indian recipes.

How to make lemon chicken stew in the Instant Pot

The first step is to season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and sear them in the Instant Pot using the Sauté function. This will give them a nice golden brown color and add more flavor to the stew. You can do this in batches if your chicken breasts are large or if your Instant Pot is small.

The next step is to sauté the garlic in the same pot and deglaze it with some chicken broth. This will help loosen up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot and prevent them from burning. Then, you can add the lemon juice, the sliced whole lemon, the butter, the Italian seasoning, and some more salt and pepper. Stir everything well and make sure the lemon slices are submerged in the liquid.

The third step is to add the potatoes on top of the chicken and lemon mixture. You don’t need to stir them in, just arrange them in an even layer. Then, you can close the lid of the Instant Pot and set it to Pressure Cook on high for 15 minutes. Make sure the valve is in the sealing position.

The final step is to release the pressure manually by turning the valve to venting. Be careful of the hot steam that will come out. Then, you can open the lid and transfer the chicken and potatoes to a serving platter. To thicken the sauce, you can whisk some cornstarch with water and stir it into the pot using the Sauté function. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer until it reaches your desired consistency. You can also adjust the seasoning if needed.

To serve, you can spoon some of the sauce over the chicken and potatoes and garnish with some chopped fresh parsley if you like. Enjoy your lemon chicken stew with some crusty bread or a green salad on the side.

Why you will love this recipe

This lemon chicken stew is a great recipe for many reasons:

  • It is easy to make with minimal prep work and only one pot to clean.
  • It is flavorful and aromatic with a tangy and buttery sauce that complements the tender chicken and potatoes.
  • It is nutritious and wholesome with lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and vitamin C from the lemon.
  • It is versatile and adaptable to your preferences. You can use different types of potatoes, such as Yukon gold or red potatoes, or cut them into larger chunks if you prefer. You can also use chicken thighs instead of breasts, or add some other vegetables, such as carrots or green beans, to the stew.
  • It is perfect for any season or occasion. You can make it on a chilly night to warm up your family, or on a busy weeknight to save time and effort. You can also make it ahead of time and reheat it when you are ready to eat.

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