I tried Melissa Clark’s Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Garlic & Olives

As I’ve shared before, I rarely cook anymore. It’s one of the perks of having an empty nest! The hubs and I both work full time jobs, his hours are ridiculous, and there’s not much point in cooking a meal when there’s nobody here to enjoy it! But every once in awhile, I’ll see a recipe that makes me want to dust the cobwebs off my brain, just to see if I still know how to cook! What can I say? I love a challenge! I saw this recipe for Lemon Chicken with Garlic and Olives, created by Melissa Clark, in the latest issue of People Magazine. How did it turn out? Well, let’s say it was so delicious and easy that I ordered her cookbook! Read on for the recipe and details.

I thought the recipe sounded delicious! And I’m always looking for new ways to use my Instant Pot. It’s so easy to get into a rut. And a whole cookbook full of comfort food recipes? Yes Please! I rushed to the Amazon website and ordered her cookbook almost immediately after trying the recipe. Here’s the link if you’re interested: Comfort in an Instant (I’m not an Amazon affiliate, just sharing my purchase with you). Here’s the recipe:

Lemon Chicken w/ Garlic & Olives

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Garlic & Olives

Melissa Clark’s delicious recipe for Lemon Chicken with Garlic and Olives from her cookbook “Comfort in an Instant”. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Natural Pressure Release time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4


  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs. bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup mixed pitted olives
  • 4 thin lemon slices
  • 4 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. capers drained
  • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds lightly crushed
  • 2 anchovy fillets chopped (optional)


  • Add oil to the Instant Pot and set to ‘Saute’, until it reads ‘Hot’. Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken thighs with salt and pepper, and place skin side down in a single layer in the bottom of the pot. You may have to work in batches. Cook, undisturbed for 8 to 10 minutes on one side. Don’t peek! Let them brown!
    Chicken with Lemon and Olives
  • Flip chicken thighs, and pour in broth. Scatter olives, lemon slices, garlic, capers, rosemary, thyme, fennel seeds, and, if using, anchovies over chicken. 
    Lemon Chicken with Garlic and Olives
  • Cover and lock the pressure cooker, making sure it’s set to sealing. Set to High Pressure (or choose the meat feature) for 20 minutes. Allow a natural pressure release when cooking time is complete, about 10 minutes. 
  • Uncover the Instant Pot, and remove the lemon slices. Transfer chicken to serving plates; loosely tent with foil. 
  • Set the Instant Pot to Saute, and bring the sauce to a simmer, cooking until slightly thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. 
  • Spoon the sauce over the chicken, and garnish with fresh thyme. Enjoy with couscous, or noodles. True comfort food! 
    Chicken with Lemon and Olives
Keyword Instant Pot

A couple of side notes: I didn’t use the anchovies. Because…well…anchovies. Nope. And my grocery store was out of fresh rosemary and thyme, so I used dry. It turned out fine. I chose the beautiful mixed olives from our local grocery store’s olive bar, but I’m sure jarred ones will be just fine too! Don’t stress too much over this recipe. It’s so easy. Thank You Instant Pot, and Thank You Melissa Clark!

Check out a couple more of my favorite Instant Pot Recipes:

Have you jumped on board the Instant Pot bandwagon yet? If so, share some of your favorite recipe ideas. I’m always open to new recipes and I’m thrilled when I actually remember how to cook! Thanks for popping in! Leave a comment and say hi!

14 thoughts on “I tried Melissa Clark’s Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Garlic & Olives

  1. As a ‘partial empty-nester,’ – 2 out of 4 kids on their own – I don’t cook much anymore either. But my crock pot was a life-saver when I had four teenage boys at home! (Except when I forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer to de-frost. Nobody’s perfect.)

  2. I don’t have an Instant Pot, but oh, this recipe sounds delicious!!! I’m sure I could adapt it to regular cooking – I’ll have to give it a try. I like the fact you didn’t use the anchovies…I would leave them out as well. Thanks for sharing this!!!

    1. Hi! I’m sure this could be prepared in a crock pot too. Of course you’d have to brown the chicken first, but I’m sure it would still be yummy!

      1. I’m definitely trying this in my own Instant Pot! Sounds delicious! I cook all the time even though there’s just two of us because the kitchen is my happy place. Thx for sharing…I’ve tried these recipes at the back of People magazine, too! Found some new faves this way!

  3. Thanks! This looks great! I got an Instant Pot for Christmas and I only used it twice so far because it seems difficult. I know I just need to get used to it. I’m glad you posted this, because it makes me want to get mine out this week and try something!

    1. I know it seems overwhelming, but once you try it you’ll be hooked. Make a pot roast! You’ll be amazed!

  4. I am an empty nester and I love spending hours cooking and making pickles, dips etc. I usually have a cook-up Sunday or Saturday. I love having lots of homemade healthy options in the fridge

    1. Hi Vicky! You’d probably need the larger 8 quart instant pot, making your quantities larger to accommodate 12 servings. Brown the chicken in batches, so they’re not crowded. Then follow the instructions that came with your cooker for time and pressure for chicken. You might have to experiment! Let me know how it goes. You can also do this slowly the old fashioned way in a crockpot or in a Dutch oven on the stovetop.

  5. Wow it looks and sounds delicious! I am definitely going to try it though I don’t. yet have an instant pot. Your pictures look great, too! What brand or model did you get for your instant pot? Are you pretty happy with it?

    1. I love my Instant Pot! Ours is a six quart, and I really wish I had gotten the bigger size. The extra size would work better when browning a roast or extra pieces of meat. Maybe I’ll upgrade one day!

  6. I made it last night and it was delicious. BUT, the instantpot let out the “burn” signal. There was not any extra sauce to heat up. Should there be more liquid?

    1. Hmmm. No. That should be plenty of liquid, and you should have quite a bit left in the pot after you pull the roast. I’m not sure what happened there!

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