Instant Pot

My Famous Instant Pot French Garlic Chicken Is the Creamiest, Dreamiest Dinner

"A sauce that would make even a boot taste good."

October 10, 2019
Photo by Ty Mecham. Food Stylist: Amelia Rampe. Prop Stylist: Amanda Widis.

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a new series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Comfort food means comfort cooking.

"Creamy Garlic Chicken" excerpted from Instant Pot Fast & Easy © 2019 by Urvashi Pitre. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. Photo by HMH

Hi, my name is Urvashi. You may know me as the Butter Chicken Lady (yep, that's my recipe). The New York Times profiled me the other week. I'm a scientist, home cook, and cookbook author. I also write the blog Two Sleevers, which is where I like to share easy and delicious recipes from around the world with foodies who enjoy good food—but don’t always have the time to cook elaborate meals.

Like me. And my readers.

In fact, the members of my Facebook group have dubbed one of my sauces, from the Creamy French Garlic Chicken recipe, "a sauce that would make even a boot taste good."

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Top Comment:
“I always add a bit more Dijon mustard than the recipe calls for and I like to let the sauce thicken a bit after taking the chicken out. I've served it with rice, mashed potatoes, garlic bread, and pasta. It's allllllll good. ”
— SilksMom

Although I would not recommend serving my chicken with a boot, I do have other suggestions for you to consider making this a sauce you'll want to eat over everything.

This recipe is second in popularity only to my butter chicken—and it’s about as easy. And as versatile, too. You can make this in your Instant Pot or in a frying pan. Choose your own adventure. It’s a very simple dinner recipe that combines juicy chicken thighs with Dijon mustard, garlic, and a mixture of spices to make a French-inspired dish that is as delicious as it looks.

(For all you mustard haters out there: No, it does not taste like you’re drinking mustard.)

If you MUST make this dish tonight—hey, no one's stopping you—and you don’t have herbes de Provence, order them immediately online. Or in a pinch: You can also use a Greek seasoning mix or an Italian seasoning mix until the French stuff arrives in the mail.

How to Make French Garlic Chicken in the Instant Pot


For the marinade:

  • 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs

For the cooking:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade, using a wire whisk to emulsify the oil and vinegar together.
  2. Add chicken thighs and allow to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes. If you need to marinate for longer, put in the refrigerator.
  3. Turn your Instant Pot to Sauté and when it's hot, add the butter and allow it to melt.
  4. Add chopped garlic and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Add in the chicken, leaving behind as much of the marinade as you can. (Do not discard the marinade!)
  6. Cook the chicken thighs so that they can lightly brown on one side, 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Add the marinade and 1/4 cup water.
  8. Close the Instant Pot and set it to cook at high pressure for 5 minutes. Allow it to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes, and then release all remaining pressure.
  9. Remove the chicken to a plate and add 1/4 cup cream into the pot, mixing well with the remaining liquid.
  10. As soon as the sauce thickens, pour it onto the chicken thighs and serve.

In case you don't own an Instant Pot...

Here's the same recipe, but for the stovetop:

For step-by-step instructions with photos, visit Urvashi's blog.

Are you a fan of this Internet-famous chicken, too? Let us know in the comments below.
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Dr. Urvashi Pitre is the President of a global marketing consulting firm, and also the author of the best-selling Indian Instant Pot Cookbook, one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2017. She combines her training as a scientist with her desire to make fast, healthy, authentic, global cuisine, and experiments extensively to create the most streamlined recipes that use fresh ingredients. WEBSITE: FB PAGE: FB GROUP: PINTEREST: INSTAGRAM: YouTube:


Anne M. November 10, 2019
The best chicken recipe around! Don’t second guess it you need to make it today. I made a rice with vegetables and roasted green beans to accompany this delicious dish
Heidi G. October 28, 2019
Another winner from Urvashi! Her butter chicken in on my regular rotation, and now I need to add this one. I served it over mashed potatoes alongside green beans. So easy and yummy!
elizabeth October 27, 2019
Oh my! Will definitely be making this again.
Kate H. October 17, 2019
Hail Urvashi, indeed! It is not actually possible to express how delicious or how . . . FRENCH this dish really is. Also works with boneless, thick cut pork loin chops. I mean, let's be real, it would work on shoe leather. If you're a veggiesaurus, try it with potatoes, or any and all squash, or mushrooms, or a salad . . . Maybe not a salad, but you get the point. This is the recipe I pull out when I want to make people weep and bow down before my domestic Divinity. All hail, Urvashi Regina for she hath blessed us with . . . THE chicken
Now, go buy her books . . . NOW!!
PauletteG October 14, 2019
I will be making this with turkey this week. (I know how delicious the chicken is in this recipe) As the turkey is already cooked I will adjust the cooking a little. The main part is the sauce & how it makes poultry taste. Served on cauliflower or turnip mash will make an awesome dinner.
Pnkfrdm October 14, 2019
This recipe is made frequently at my house. The sauce over mashed potatoes or cauliflower mashed is excellent. It’s one of my favorite Urvashi recipes and she has many.
Kimberly R. October 13, 2019
Can pork chops be subbed for chicken thighs? (Allergic to chicken...). Timing the same?
Kate H. October 17, 2019
Leslie V. October 13, 2019
Where oh Where is the PRINT button??? I need to print out both IP and stove top versions.. Please let me know. Thanks.
Jennifer M. October 13, 2019
Click on view recipe and then it’s the round button next to save and share under the picture of the dish.
Leslie V. October 14, 2019
Thanks..When I went to view recipe..That showed up for only the slow cooker. I wanted the InstaPot version, that was the feature here.
Dinah C. October 14, 2019
Hi. IDK if you already figured it out. But if you go to the area under the IP recipe, there's a subtitle, "In case you don't own an Instant Pot...", there is a link to visit Urvashi's blog w step by step instructions. It'll be the "Low Carb Garlic Chicken Recipe". Go to that and at the top you'll see options to "jump to recipe or Print". It nicely prints both versions with tips on your print out. Good luck.
Jennifer M. October 12, 2019
Super easy and super yummy! I added some sliced baby Bella mushrooms and served over mashed potatoes.
Jyl October 12, 2019
Three words (not necessary in this order) are all you need to know about this recipe... it’s THAT good!
1. French
2. Garlic
3. #TrustUrvashi
Dakota C. October 12, 2019
1/4 C of water + the marinade doesn't equal a cup of liquid. I thought you could only use a minimum of a cup of liquid in order for the Instant Pot to come to pressure. I've never run across a recipe that uses less...
Dakota C. October 12, 2019
(sorry! clicked submit before I was ready.) I'm worried I'm going to mess this up and everyone says it's so delicious, I just want to be sure 1/4 is accurate because I'm dying to try it. Thanks!
Author Comment
Urvashi P. October 12, 2019
Hey there. This is a common misconception, that all the water in a recipe needs to come from tapwater. I have a couple of videos that address this as well. Things like meats and vegetables release a lot of water. Ideally you don’t want a too soupy recipe, and you want to use the natural flavors and broths from meat and vegetables rather than tapwater. Trust me this recipe works exactly as written as do all of mine. Most of my recipes use very little water and yet they all work
Dakota C. October 12, 2019
I'll give it a whirl! Thanks, Urvashi. :)
Dakota C. October 14, 2019
Okay, you win--this was AMAZING! I'm forever going to #trustUrvashi. Thank you!
Amber G. October 12, 2019
I’ve made a number of Urvashi’s meals for my family and they are always well-received, but this French Garlic Chicken is one that is requested time and time again! By far a family favorite, and also the meal I make whenever we have guests over for dinner. It never fails to impress! We enjoy it over thin spaghetti, with a nice, crusty bread. Thanks for an amazing recipe!
Erica October 12, 2019
THE CHICKEN! Honestly we eat this way more often than I care to admit. Always double the sauce. Always eat extra sauce as soup. Never admit how easy it is.

We don't use dairy in our house - cashew cream is a great substitute. Thanks Urvashi!
SilksMom October 12, 2019
This is simply called "Best Chicken" in our house. I will admit to eating the sauce with a spoon ... like soup. It's amazing! I always add a bit more Dijon mustard than the recipe calls for and I like to let the sauce thicken a bit after taking the chicken out. I've served it with rice, mashed potatoes, garlic bread, and pasta. It's allllllll good.
Lee October 11, 2019
I’ve been enjoying Urvashi’s recipes for the Instant Pot since the publication of her first book of recipes from India. Well tested, great use of herbs and spices, and now recipes from around the world!
Anisha October 11, 2019
A favorite in our house. This single recipe is what finally convinced my mom to buy an instant pot!
Ashley B. October 11, 2019
This is the best thing I’ve ever eaten! A must try!
Peg D. October 11, 2019
I love this recipe! Easy to make in the InstantPot and I love it as much as butter chicken! Try it!
Erin T. October 11, 2019
My husband absolutely loves this dish. It’s simple to make and so flavorful. We love it and is recommend anything by Urvashi! We haven’t gone wrong yet.
Tracy R. October 11, 2019
Our family loves this recipe! We always double it and add mushrooms. Great to serve over veggies and pasta too.