Instant Pot Lemon Tarragon Chicken

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Welcome spring with this refreshing recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Tarragon Chicken that’s juicy, herby, and cooked to perfection thanks to your pressure cooker.

close up on a bowl of lemon tarragon

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe: This Instant Pot chicken recipe is fast, simple, and easy to pair with your favorite side dishes. 

My tulips have bloomed, my peonies are coming up, and my allergies are out in full force. Spring is here, and I’ve been craving spring flavors.

Recently I’ve been loving tarragon. If you’re new to it, tarragon is a springy herb that adds delicious flavor to every bite. It has a hint of black licorice, but it’s really subtle.

I knew that tarragon would be a delicious way to mix-up my favorite lemon chicken recipe.

How to Make Instant Pot Lemon Tarragon Chicken

This Instant Pot Lemon Tarragon Chicken recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant PotNinja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL

Start making your tarragon chicken by briefly searing the meat in the pressure cooker. This adds a nice golden-brown color and extra caramelized flavor to the meat. 

You can also skip this searing step if you like and cook this as a dump-and-go recipe. In that case, follow the instructions for a reverse sear to brown up the chicken after pressure cooking. 

Once the chicken is cooked through, you’ll use a cornstarch slurry to quickly thicken up the lemon sauce so it coats the chicken nicely. 

overhead of chicken breasts in an instant pot with lemons

Can I Use Frozen Chicken?

You can make this recipe starting with frozen chicken breasts if you forgot to defrost the meat ahead of time. You can read this guide on how to defrost and cook chicken from frozen in the Instant Pot to get started. 

A good rule of thumb is to add one minute to the cook time for each ounce of chicken if you’re using a whole solid breast. You can also add 5-6 minutes of cook time per inch at the thickest part of the meat.  

lemon tarragon chicken breasts in front of an instant pot

Serving Suggestions

You can top each serving of lemon chicken with more fresh herbs to serve. We like to pair this fresh springy recipe with other simple side dishes to complete the meal, like:

white bowl with lemon tarragon chicken breasts

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close up on a bowl of lemon tarragon

Instant Pot Lemon Tarragon Chicken

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Instant Pot Lemon Tarragon Chicken is juicy, tender, and full of delicious herby flavor for springtime dinners. 


  • 6 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon leaves*
  • ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Fresh tarragon, to serve


  1. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper. Select Sauté to preheat the pressure cooking pot. When hot, add the olive oil and then the chicken breasts. Sear until browned on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate. 
  2. Add the garlic. Sauté for 1 minute, until fragrant. 
  3. Stir in the chicken broth and scrape all the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Add lemon juice and fresh tarragon. Return the chicken and any juices to the pot and lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 3 minutes cook time. 
  4. When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker. Let the pressure release naturally for 4 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover to keep warm.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Add the slurry to the pot. Select Sauté and simmer, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens.
  6. Reverse sear, if you like: After pressure-cooking the chicken, while you thicken the sauce, in a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and sear the chicken until browned and crisp on both sides. 
  7. Serve the chicken with the lemon-tarragon sauce on top garnished with fresh tarragon.


*In a pinch, you can substitute 1 teaspoon dried tarragon and add it when you add the garlic. However, I really love the flavor from fresh.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 377Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 278mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 56g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.


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originally published May 3, 2021 — last updated September 30, 2021
Categories: Chicken