Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes*
Prep Time: 10 minutes*
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cilantro and lime are such complimentary flavors to chicken!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 2 - lb(s) boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 - cup(s) hot water**
  • 1 - Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 - lime(s)
  • 1 - Tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 - tsp minced garlic
  • 1 - Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/3 - cup(s) chopped cilantro
  • - Salt and pepper
  • Side: - rice**
  • Side: - veggies**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Juice both limes. Chop cilantro.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the canola oil, juice from 2 limes, brown sugar, minced garlic, chili powder and cilantro. Add a little salt and pepper and then whisk the marinade. Add the chicken thighs and coat them in the marinade. Put in the fridge and marinate for at least 30 minutes.*
  3. Cook rice, as directed.
  4. Turn on the Instant Pot and set to Saute. Let warm up and then add the chicken thighs and marinade and saute for 4 minutes.
  5. Then, if needed, add water or chicken stock so that the total liquid is at least 1 cup. Put the lid on and follow the cooking steps below.
  6. Steam valve: Sealing.
  7. Cook on: Manual/High for 10 minutes.
  8. Release: Natural or Quick.
  9. Prepare veggies and rice.
  10. Serve Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken with rice and veggies.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Juice 4 limes.
  2. Chop about 2/3 cup cilantro.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 2 Tbsp canola oil, juice from 4 limes, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 8 tsp minced garlic, 2 Tbsp chili powder, 2/3 cup chopped cilantro and salt and pepper.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie in a round bowl/dish, add the following ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. boneless chicken thighs
  • Half of the prepared marinade into each bag

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before adding contents to electric pressure cooker insert. Saute and pressure cook as directed.

Special notes

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Add 5-10 minutes of pressure cooking time, if cooking from completely frozen or mostly frozen. Note that preheat time and release time may vary by appliance.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Recipe is dairy-free when served with dairy-free sides.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when served with gluten-free sides.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw, then saute chicken with marinade in Instant Pot for 4 minutes, then add any water (if needed), then cook on high pressure for 10 minutes with sealed valve; then natural release.
Serve with rice and veggies.