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Instant Pot Creamy Rosemary Chicken

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My Instant Pot Creamy Rosemary Chicken has to be one of the easiest recipes in my repertoire. Chicken thighs are cooked in the pressure cooker with garlic, onion, spices and lemon juice and finished off with cream.  I like to serve them with mashed potatoes, risotto or orzo. This is comforting and so easy to make! 

Instant Pot Creamy Rosemary Chicken on a white plate.

INSTANT POT CREAMY ROSEMARY CHICKEN THIGHS

One of my favorite instant pot chicken recipes has to be my creamy rosemary chicken thighs.

These creamy rosemary chicken thighs are also one of the most popular instant pot chicken recipes with my family.

Not only do these creamy lemon rosemary chicken thighs taste great, but they are versatile too.

They work with a whole range of side dishes to make a great tasting family dinner.

Tender pieces of instant pot chicken thighs, bound together in a creamy lemon and rosemary flavored sauce, this is a dish your family will keep coming back to.

Even better, this dish can be prepared and cooked in minutes, making this an ideal dinner dish for busy week nights.

I love making chicken in the Instant Pot because it is so quick and easy and involves little clean-up.

I often have this Instant Pot Creamy Rosemary Chicken Thighs recipe on rotation with this Easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken, Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken or this Instant Pot White Chicken Chili.

Instant Pot Creamy Rosemary Chicken with rosemary.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN MY CREAMY LEMON ROSEMARY CHICKEN THIGHS?

CHICKEN THIGHS: I have opted for bone-in, skin on chicken thighs as both the bone and skin really do add extra flavor into the dish and create a more tender piece of chicken. 

We make so many recipes using chicken thighs in my house whether it is these Moroccan Chicken Thighs, Mediterranean Chicken or these Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs. 

Boneless chicken thighs or boneless skinless chicken thighs also work great.

You can use any joint of chicken: chicken drumsticks, chicken legs or chicken breasts. Just be sure to adjust the cooking times accordingly.

BUTTER: The butter is melted in the Instant Pot and used to sauté the chicken. The butter gives great flavor to the chicken thighs and adds a silkiness to the sauce.

 

OLIVE OIL: Olive oil is added to the butter to saute the chicken and helps to stop the butter from burning. Olive oil is my go-to but you can use your favorite oil.

ONION & GARLIC: A sweet yellow onion and garlic form the base flavors in the sauce.

ROSEMARY: Fresh sprigs of rosemary adds a wonderful fresh herbal flavor to the sauce. If you can’t find rosemary, thyme is a great substitute.

ITALIAN SEASONING: Italian seasoning is a blended mix of Italian herbs and really adds flavor to the sauce.

LEMON: The juice from one lemon is added to the sauce to add a fresh and zesty flavor and a touch of acidity.

HEAVY CREAM: The heavy cream adds a velvety texture to the sauce but you can substitute with light cream or low fat creme fraiche.

Instant Pot Creamy Rosemary Chicken with mashed potatoes.

HOW TO MAKE MY INSTANT POT CREAMY ROASTED CHICKEN?

SET THE INSTANT POT TO SAUTE. Heat the olive oil and butter in the Instant Pot and add in the chicken, skin side down, and saute for 3 minutes.

 Instant Pot Creamy Rosemary Chicken thighs in the instant pot.

ADD VEGETABLES.  Now add the onion and garlic, along with the Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, chicken stock, rosemary sprigs and lemon juice. Give everything a good stir to combine.

Instant Pot Creamy Rosemary Chicken with broth and rosemary.

COOK THE CHICKEN. Close the lid and the valve on the Instant Pot and set it on the high pressure setting and cook for 8 minutes.

FINISH THE SAUCE. After 8 minutes open the value and lid and naturally release the steam. Stir the heavy cream through the sauce and serve immediately.

Instant Pot Creamy Rosemary Chicken with creamy sauce.

WHY COOK CHICKEN WITH THE BONE-IN?

I have opted for bone in chicken thighs with the skin on as they taste great and stay moist and juicy.

When you cook chicken with the bone in, all the flavor from the bone seeps out into the chicken meat.

This results in chicken which has a richer depth of flavor.

TIPS FOR MAKING INSTANT POT CREAMY ROSEMARY CHICKEN THIGHS:

  • SEASONING: Take time to properly season the chicken thighs before you start, this will make a huge difference in the flavor of the finished dish.
  • REST THE CHICKEN: Once cooked, allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes. This allows the juices to be reabsorbed back into the joint resulting in tender, juicy pieces of chicken.
  • FEEDING A CROWD? No problem, this recipe is easily doubled up.
  • FRESH HERBS: Adding fresh herbs to the rosemary chicken when done cooking is a great way to brighten it up and add that wonderful, fresh flavor to the chicken. 

Instant Pot Creamy Rosemary Chicken with blue napkin.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS – WHAT TO PAIR WITH CREAMY ROSEMARY CHICKEN:

My creamy lemon rosemary chicken is a really versatile dish and can be served with mashed potatoes, rice, pasta and a whole host of side dishes!

Looking for some inspiration, then why not give some of these recipes a try?

SIDE DISHES: If you like to pair vegetable side dishes with chicken you should try these Lebanese Green BeansBrussels Sprouts with Cranberries or these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables. 

POTATOES: Another great addition to this meal is potatoes. I often make Slow Cooker Gouda Smashed Potatoes, Air Fryer Twice Baked PotatoSpicy Lebanese Potatoes or Lemon Cilantro Roasted Potatoes.

SALAD: I always try to have a salad with my chicken dishes. I love this Lemon Arugula Salad, Mediterranean Bean Salad, Easy Lebanese Salad or this Tomato Cucumber Feta Quinoa Salad

Instant Pot Creamy Rosemary Chicken with rosemary on white plate.

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER CHICKEN THIGHS:

If you have any leftover chicken thighs, allow them to cool completely and place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

The chicken can be shredded and is great added to salads, soups and pasta sauces. Leftovers also make a superior chicken sandwich!

CAN YOU FREEZE ROSEMARY CHICKEN?

Yes. Once cooked, allow the chicken thighs to cool completely.

Place into an airtight container, along with some of the cooking liquids and freeze for up to 2 months.

When ready to eat, defrost thoroughly in the fridge before reheating.

Instant Pot Creamy Rosemary Chicken with logo.

MORE GREAT TASTING, EASY CHICKEN RECIPES:

Love chicken, then why not give some of my other great tasting chicken recipes a try:

Easy Baked Chicken Thighs

Moroccan Chicken Thighs

One Pot Mediterranean Chicken and Rice

Greek Lemon Chicken

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Margarita Grilled Chicken

Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

Instant Pot Creamy Rosemary Chicken on a white plate.

Instant Pot Creamy Rosemary Chicken

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

My Instant Pot Creamy Rosemary Chicken has to be one of the easiest recipes in my repertoire. Chicken thighs are cooked in the pressure cooker with garlic, onion, spices and lemon juice and finished off with cream.  I like to serve them with mashed potatoes, risotto or orzo.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs with skin {you can sub in boneless chicken thighs}
  • 1/2 of a sweet onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 Rosemary sprigs
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Fresh rosemary for garnish
  • Lemon slices for serving

Instructions

    1. Set the Instant Pot to the sauté setting. Add the olive oil and butter and melt. Place the chicken, with the skin side down and cook for 3 minutes.
    2. Add the onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, stock, lemon juice, and rosemary sprigs. Stir to incorporate.
    3. Close the lid and valve and set on manual high pressure for 8 minutes.
    4. Let the steam naturally release. Open the valve to release the remaining steam once done cooking and open the lid.
    5. Stir in the heavy cream.
    6. Serve the chicken with fresh parsley and rosemary and lemon slices. I like to serve this over mashed potatoes, orzo or risotto.

Notes

This recipe is easy to double if you want to feed a bigger crowd.


The chicken is soft and juicy with a herby and zesty flavor that’s amazing. It’s a great dish for the winter months while also being a great all-year long type of recipe.


You can serve it with mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta!

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