A beautifully browned honey-lemon chicken Recipe with herbs, cooked in an Instant Pot and served with a flavorful sauce.

The Best Instant Pot Provencal Honey-Lemon Chicken

Looking for a recipe that combines the aromatic flavors of Provence with the convenience of an Instant Pot? Look no further! This Instant Pot Provencal Honey-Lemon Chicken brings together the fragrant herbes de Provence, the tangy zest of lemon, the sweetness of honey, and the unique touch of lavender. Perfect for a family dinner, this dish is sure to become a favorite in your household.

The Best Instant Pot Provencal Honey-Lemon Chicken

This recipe is a symphony of flavors. The herbes de Provence blend perfectly with the honey and lemon, creating a balance of sweet and tangy that is simply irresistible. The addition of lavender gives it a sophisticated twist that will impress your guests.

Notes on Ingredients

  • Herbes de Provence: This blend of herbs typically includes thyme, rosemary, basil, and lavender. It’s essential for that authentic Provencal flavor.
  • Chicken: A mix of legs and thighs ensures the meat stays juicy and flavorful.
  • Honey and Lemon: The honey adds sweetness while the lemon provides a fresh, tangy counterbalance.
  • Lavender Flowers: Adds a unique floral note. For a more intense flavor, grind the lavender before using.

How to Make Instant Pot Provencal Honey-Lemon Chicken

  1. Prep the Chicken: Rub herbes de Provence into the chicken legs and thighs.
  2. Sauté: In your Instant Pot, sauté the garlic in olive oil, then brown the chicken on all sides.
  3. Pressure Cook: Add chicken stock, set the rack, and pressure cook the chicken.
  4. Make the Sauce: While the chicken cooks, whisk together honey, lemon zest, juice, thyme leaves, remaining oil, and lavender.
  5. Broil: After pressure cooking, brush the chicken with the sauce and broil until browned.
  6. Reduce the Sauce: Thicken the remaining sauce with cornstarch and serve alongside the chicken.

How to Serve Instant Pot Provencal Honey-Lemon Chicken

Serve this delightful chicken with a side of roasted vegetables or a simple salad. The rich, flavorful sauce is perfect for drizzling over mashed potatoes or rice. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh thyme for a beautiful presentation.

How to Store Instant Pot Provencal Honey-Lemon Chicken

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the microwave or on the stove to avoid drying out the chicken. The flavors meld even more as it sits, making for delicious leftovers!

Nutrition information

NutrientAmount per serving% Daily Value
Calories581.63 kcal29%
Total Fat41.86 g60%
Carbs11.93 g5%
Sugars9.45 g10%
Protein37.83 g76%
Sodium250.33 mg13%
Fiber0.19 g1%
Saturated Fat10.71 g54%
Trans Fat0.15 g
Monounsaturated Fat19.11 g
Polyunsaturated Fat8.21 g
Cholesterol211.72 mg71%
Calcium24.77 mg3%
Magnesium44.51 mg12%
Potassium515.56 mg15%
Iron1.78 mg13%
Zinc3.26 mg33%
Phosphorus361.2 mg52%
Vitamin A62.71 mcg8%
Vitamin C3.25 mg4%
Thiamin B10.18 mg17%
Riboflavin B20.36 mg26%
Niacin B311.21 mg70%
Vitamin B60.77 mg55%
Folic Acid B911.3 mcg6%
Vitamin B121.29 mcg51%
Vitamin D0.13 mcg3%
Vitamin E1.27 mg11%
Vitamin K8.31 mcg11%
Nutrition Information for Instant Pot Provencal Honey-Lemon Chicken

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

FAQs About Instant Pot Provencal Honey-Lemon Chicken

Can I use boneless chicken for this recipe?

Yes, but adjust the cooking time accordingly as boneless chicken cooks faster.

What if I don’t have an Instant Pot?

You can bake the chicken in the oven. Follow the same steps but bake at 375°F (190°C) for about 45 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.

Can I skip the lavender?

Yes, the dish will still be delicious without it, but the lavender adds a special floral note that enhances the overall flavor.

A beautifully browned honey-lemon chicken with herbs, cooked in an Instant Pot and served with a flavorful sauce.

Instant Pot Provencal Honey-Lemon Chicken Recipe

Discover the delicious blend of herbes de Provence, honey, lemon, and lavender in this Instant Pot Provencal Honey-Lemon Chicken recipe. Perfect for family dinners, easy to make, and bursting with flavor!
Temps de préparation 10 minutes
Temps de cuisson 45 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Temps total 1 heure
Type de plat Dinner Plate, Main Course
Cuisine French, Mediterranean
Portions 8 servings
Calories 322 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons herbes de Provence
  • 6 chicken legs
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 2 sprigs thyme leaves picked
  • 1 tablespoon lavender flowers
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  • Rub the herbes de Provence into the chicken legs and thighs.
  • Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select the Saute function. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and sliced garlic. Add chicken legs and thighs to the pot and brown on both sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove chicken from pot and set aside. Add chicken stock to the pot and place a rack inside. Return chicken to the pot, on top of the rack. Close and lock the lid; choose high pressure and set the timer for 25 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
  • While chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce. Whisk honey, lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme leaves, remaining oil, and lavender flowers together in a small bowl.
  • Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven’s broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer’s instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Transfer chicken to the prepared baking sheet. Brush sauce liberally over the chicken; reserve remaining sauce.
  • Broil chicken in the preheated oven until browned, about 2 minutes, watching carefully to prevent burning.
  • Pour remaining sauce into a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add one ladleful of liquid from the pressure cooker. Whisk in cornstarch and boil until reduced by half or thickened to your preference, stirring frequently to prevent burning, 1 to 3 minutes. Serve sauce alongside chicken.
Keyword Chicken, Honey Lemon Chicken, instant pot, Provencal Cuisine
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This recipe blends simplicity with sophistication, making it a go-to for both weeknight dinners and special occasions. Enjoy the delightful Provencal flavors and the ease of using an Instant Pot to create a dish that will impress and satisfy!

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