Pressure-Cooker Lemon Chicken with Basil

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min.


4 servings

Updated: Mar. 24, 2023
No matter when I eat it, this tangy chicken dish always reminds me of summer meals with friends and family. The recipe produces a lot of lovely sauce; serve it as is or spoon it over some lightly herbed couscous. —Deborah Posey, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Pressure-Cooker Lemon Chicken with Basil Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 2 medium lemons
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves (3/4 ounce)
  • 2 cups chicken stock


  1. Place chicken in a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker. Finely grate enough zest from lemons to measure 4 teaspoons. Cut lemons in half; squeeze juice. Add zest and juice to pressure cooker.
  2. Tear basil leaves directly into pressure cooker; add chicken stock. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 6 minutes. Quick-release pressure. A thermometer inserted in chicken should read at least 165°. When cool enough to handle, shred meat with 2 forks; return to pressure cooker. If desired, stir in additional lemon zest and chopped basil. Serve with a slotted spoon.

Can you freeze Pressure-Cooker Lemon Chicken with Basil?

Place chicken and cooking liquid in freezer containers. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, stirring gently.

Nutrition Facts

5 ounces cooked chicken: 200 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 337mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 37g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat.