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Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Romano

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Seasoned and sauteed chicken tenders with Romano cheese and creamy lemon sauce. 


  • 7 chicken tenders (about 1 pound 4 ounces)
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • Lemon zest from one lemon
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch + 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup shredded pecorino romano cheese
  • 2 cups chopped spinach, optional


  1. Turn Instant Pot to sauté setting. 
  2. Season the chicken tenders on all sides with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano and smoked paprika.
  3. When display on Instant Pot says HOT add in the olive oil. Add the chicken tenders in one layer. Let them brown for 2 minutes then turn over and brown for 2 minutes on the other side. Use tongs and place them on a plate.
  4. Add in the onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes. 
  5. Pour in the lemon juice and broth and scrape bottom of pot so that nothing is sticking. Turn off Instant Pot.
  6. Add in the butter, garlic, lemon zest and the chicken pieces.
  7. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button 2 minutes on LOW pressure. When time is up let pot sit for 5-10 minutes and then move valve to venting. Remove the lid. 
  8. Stir in the cream and Romano cheese and spinach, if using. If the sauce needs to be thickened make a cornstarch slurry and stir it in on the sauté setting. 
  9. Serve and enjoy!
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Instant Pot