If you’re looking for a healthy and tasty chicken breast recipe that comes together quickly and easily, you’ve come to the right place!
This dish is full of fresh asparagus and the Instant Pot chicken breast is covered with a thick and creamy lemon sauce. It’s all made in your Instant Pot using just one pan! It can’t get much easier than that!
Why You’ll Love This Creamy Lemon Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipe
- Juicy and Tender: The Instant Pot ensures perfectly cooked, succulent chicken every time.
- Bright and Creamy: The lemon brings a refreshing zestiness, balanced by the creamy sauce.
- Effortless Elegance: This dish offers sophisticated flavors with minimal prep and cooking time.
Getting Your Instant Pot
If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, I highly recommend getting one. Instant pots speed up the cooking process and save so much time. You can see all the Instant Pot appliances and accessories available here .
Cooking Times for Creamy Lemon Chicken Breast
- Prep time: 5 minutes
- Cook time: 30 minutes
- serves 2 double ingredients to serve 4
How to Make This Lemon Chicken Breast Dairy Free
This Creamy Lemon Chicken Breast recipe with asparagus is very versatile. You can use chicken breasts, thighs, or even drumsticks if you prefer them over white meat. For a dairy free alternative just replace the cheese with olive oil or avocado oil and omit the cream.
Ingredients for Creamy Lemon Chicken Breast
You have two separate sets of ingredients. The first is for the Chicken breast and the second for the creamy cheese lemon sauce.
Ingredients for the Chicken Breast
- Basil: Adds a sweet, peppery flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the chicken.
- Garlic Powder: Provides a robust, aromatic element that complements the chicken’s natural flavors.
- Onion Powder: Gives a mild, sweet onion flavor that adds depth to the dish.
- Oregano: Imparts a warm, earthy flavor that pairs well with the lemon and chicken.
- Parsley Flakes: Contribute a fresh, slightly bitter note that balances the richness of the dish.
- Chicken Breasts: The main ingredient, lean and tender, they absorb the flavors of the herbs and lemon beautifully.
- Red Pepper Flakes: An optional ingredient, adding a spicy kick to contrast the creamy, tangy sauce.
- Minced Garlic: Infuses the dish with a strong, pungent flavor, enhancing the overall taste.
- Chicken Stock: Adds a rich, savory base to the creamy sauce, making the chicken more flavorful.
- Asparagus/Vegetables: Adds color, texture, and nutritional value, complementing the creamy chicken.
- Fresh Lemon: Adds a bright, tangy note that cuts through the creaminess and enhances the overall flavor.
Ingredients for Creamy Cheese Lemon Sauce
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice – fresh lemon juice is best!
- 1/8 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated – This is 28g in weight or just under 1 oz.
- ¾ cup heavy cream – This is needed to make the sauce thick and creamy. If you don’t want to use heavy cream then add either some olive oil, chicken stock or chicken broth instead.
How to Make Creamy Chicken Breast?
This creamy lemon chicken breast recipe is simple and easy to make with step by step instructions.
Step One: Prepare Your Seasoning
Add to your instant pot your Italian seasoning, Red pepper flakes, minced garlic, and chicken stock. Whisk together.
Step Two: Add Chicken Breasts and Stock
And your chicken breasts in a single layer to your instant pot. Coat them in the stock mixture, and then flip to the other side so that they are evenly covered.
Step Three: Pressure Cook Your Chicken Breast
Close the lid on your Insta pot and close the ceiling valve. Set your instant pot on high pressure for 12 minutes. Pressure cook on high. Once the timer is done, do a quick release by bringing the sealing valve towards you.
Step Four: Remove the Cooked Chicken Breasts
Remove your cooked chicken breast. Set aside.
Step Five: Saute and Simmer Your Cream Sauce
Turn your instant pot on to sauté mode. Allow it to heat up which should take about two minutes. Add in the rest of your ingredients: heavy cream, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese.
Allow the sauce to reduce and simmer for about seven minutes.
Step Six: Serve With Lemon Garnish
Serve your chicken, and use the sauce to pour over each breast. Add more or less to your liking. Enjoy!
What to Serve With Instant Pot Chicken Breast
If you love cooked chicken you may want to try one of the following recipes:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Instant Pot Gourmet Carrots
- Instant Pot Spanish Rice
- Jalapeno Corn Dip
- Instant Pot Back Beans
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Pressure Cook Asparagus?
Asparagus cooks super fast in an Instant pot and you only need to build up the pressure for this superfood to be cooked. In fact, if you set your Instant Pot to zero, the asparagus will be cooked by the time the pot has come to pressure.
All you need to do then is release the pressure as a quick release and serve with your creamy lemon sauce and chicken.
If you’re a fan of asparagus then check out these Turkey Bacon Wrapped Asparagus snacks!
What Other Sides Can I Serve With Creamy Instant Pot Chicken Breast?
You can serve this dish with pretty much anything you like. You can try parmesan asparagus, cheesy asparagus, steamed green beans, broccoli salad or a green salad if you want to keep it light. Don’t forget to make sure everyone gets their fair share of lemon sauce!
If you’re looking for carbs, add some Instant Pot rice or mash to the side. We have a great instant pot mashed potatoes recipe or you may want to serve with a loaded baked potato.
Can I Use a Different Type of Chicken?
Of course! This is a super versatile recipe and you can use any meat of your choice. We have used chicken breast but you could try this recipe with thighs or even drumsticks. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure that your meat is cooked through.
Can I Cook the Chicken Breast From Frozen?
Yes you can cook chicken breast in the instant pot from frozen. You will need to adjust the timing for cooking from 12 minutes to 14 minutes in order to get perfectly cooked chicken.
Can I Make the Creamy Sauce on the Stove Top?
Yes, you can use a stove top instead of the Instant pot to cook your creamy cheese lemon sauce. Simply use a pot large enough to fit the ingredients and saute over the stove.
This Instant Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Breast Recipe is easy and delicious. It’s a keeper! Enjoy!
- TBSP dried Italian Seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 4 TBSP garlic, minced
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Ingredients for the sauce:
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/8 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- Add to your instant pot your Italian seasoning, Red pepper flakes, minced garlic, and chicken stock. Whisk together.
- Add your chicken breasts To your instant pot. Coat them in the stock mixture, and then flip to the other side so that they are evenly covered.
- Close the lid on your Insta pot and close the ceiling valve. Set your instant pot on high pressure for 12 minutes. Once the timer is done, do a quick release by bringing the sealing valve towards you.
- Remove your chicken. Set aside.
- Turn your instant pot on to sauté mode. Allow it to heat up which should take about two minutes. Add in the rest of your ingredients: heavy cream, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese.
- Allow the sauce to reduce and simmer for about seven minutes.
- Serve your chicken, and use the sauce to pour over each breast. Add more or less to your liking. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 606Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 212mgSodium: 401mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 46g