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Juicy, fast-to-cook Chili Lime Chicken with sides dishes on green plates with copper silverware

Chili Lime Chicken in the Instant Pot

Chili Lime Chicken made in the Instant Pot is sweet, lightly spicy and tangy! Only 10 minutes of cooking time are needed.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 407kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 6 quart Instant Pot


  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 small jalapenos , seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 pounds boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for chicken and chicken broth.
  • Pat chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. Toss chicken into marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Place trivet in Instant Pot®. Place steamer basket on trivet. Pour in chicken broth.
  • Arrange thighs on steamer basket and pour extra marinade over the thighs. Lock lid.
  • Press the Manual button and adjust time to 10 minutes. When timer beeps, let pressure
  • release naturally for 10 minutes. Quick release any additional pressure until float valve drops and then unlock lid. Check the chicken using a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature is at least 165°F.


Total Time: I've added extra time to the Total Time to account for the marinating, the Instant Pot coming to pressure and the 10 minute slow release dictated by the recipe.
Excerpted from The I Love My Instant Pot© Recipe Book: From Trail Mix Oatmeal to Mongolian Beef BBQ, 175 Easy and Delicious Recipes by Michelle Fagone (CavegirlCuisine.com). Used by permission of the publisher, Adams Media, a division of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.


Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 737mg | Potassium: 367mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 9.9mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1.2mg