Instant Pot Citrus Chicken with Onion Gravy

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This extremely quick drumstick meal is ready in 25 minutes. The blend of onion and citrus produce a delicious sauce for the chicken. This page contains an Instant Pot recipe for citrus chicken with onion gravy.


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This is a delicious chicken recipe for your Instant Pot. The onions melt away and make a delectable sauce to compliment the tangy chicken.

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 drumsticks


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • juice and zest of 1 small orange
  • 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp water
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Press the saute button on the Instant Pot and add olive oil inside. Brown all sides of the drumsticks. Depending on the size of your Instant Pot, you might have to work in batches.
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  3. Remove chicken from pot and add butter until melted.
  4. Add onions, lemon juice and orange juice. Use a wooden spoon to scrape off the bits from the bottom of the pot.
  5. Add lemon and orange zest.
  6. Pour in the chicken broth.
  7. Place the chicken back into the Instant Pot. Lock the lid, and turn the valve to the seal position.
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  9. Select the Pressure Cook mode and set to 7 minutes. It will take a little time to heat up.
  10. When done, allow to release for a few minutes then push the valve to release mode. Take the top off the pot and remove the chicken. To thicken the sauce, mix together the cornstarch and water, then pour it into the liquids in the pot. Switch to saute mode and heat to bubbling.
  11. Spoon the onion gravy over the chicken, garnish with chopped parsley and serve.
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