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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Is a Weeknight Winner

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I love my Instant Pot so much that I even use it for recipes I could make just as quickly on the stove. It might not save me any time, but I tend to find it easier to clean up afterwards, and it can definitely be convenient to be able to close the Instant Pot lid and leave the room if, hypothetically speaking, things suddenly get suspiciously quiet in the room the kid and/or dog is supposed to be playing in.

And the Instant Pot does a lot of things particularly well, like cooking chicken breasts that are tender and juicy, not dry or tough at all. That’s why I have my eye on this sweet, garlicky chicken recipe for dinner tonight.

Start with three chicken breasts cut into one-inch pieces and seasoned with salt and pepper. Using the sauté function on the Instant Pot, cook the chicken chunks in olive oil for about three minutes, or until their outsides turn nice and golden.

While the chicken cooks, mix up a combination of honey, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and minced garlic. Add about three-quarters of a cup of water to thin out the sauce, and then pour the mixture over the chicken. Give the mixture a stir to make sure everything is well-coated, then put the lid on the Instant Pot and set it to cook at high pressure for five minutes.

When the timer beeps, quick-release the pressure on the Instant Pot. When you remove the lid, the chicken will probably look like it’s floating in soup. Thicken the sauce by turning the Instant Pot back onto sauté mode and stirring in a mixture of cornstarch and water. Let it cook for a few minutes until the sauce is about twice as thick and the chicken is completely coated. Then season to taste with salt and pepper and serve the chicken and sauce over rice. (I keep a second Instant Pot insert around for situations just like this, so I can also use the Instant Pot to make both the rice and the chicken without having to clean out the insert between them.)

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken from Salt and Lavender

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