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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

These Instant Pot honey garlic chicken thighs are so easy to make! They make the perfect, quick and easy, weeknight dinner that everyone will love!

instant pot honey garlic chicken

These Instant Pot honey garlic chicken thighs make such an easy and tasty dinner. It’s the perfect meal for those busy weeknights!

It’s a very simple recipe to make. Place the chicken thighs (fresh or frozen!) in the Instant Pot, whisk together a very simple honey garlic sauce from ingredients you likely already have, and pour it over top of the chicken.

instant pot honey garlic chicken thighs

Cook for 10-15 minutes depending on whether your chicken is fresh or frozen, and then thicken the sauce with a corn starch slurry.

While the chicken is cooking you can cook some rice and steam some vegetables and dinner is served.

It is such an easy meal. I’ve been making this every couple of weeks lately just because it is so easy. Plus I usually already have everything I need to make it. Perfect for those nights you forget to plan what to make for dinner!

instant pot honey garlic chicken

How long do you pressure cook chicken thighs?

Boneless, skinless, chicken thighs need to cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. If they are frozen it will take 15 minutes at high pressure.

I have never needed any longer than this for cooking chicken thighs. If the chicken is not cooked through after this cook time, you can cook it for a few more minutes. The pot will come to pressure much faster the second time.

Chicken thighs should have an internal temperature of 165F when they are cooked through.

instant pot honey garlic chicken thighs

How do you thicken honey garlic sauce?

In this recipe, the honey garlic sauce is thickened with a corn starch slurry.

Once the pressure cooking time is complete, you can remove the lid and stir in a corn starch slurry. Then use the saute function on the Instant Pot to bring the sauce to a boil.

It will thicken in just a couple minutes with the saute function. Serve the thickened sauce with the chicken thighs over hot, cooked rice.

instant pot honey garlic chicken thighs

How to make Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken:

  • The chicken thighs can be fresh or frozen, but if they’re frozen it is best if they’re not frozen together in a solid lump. In this case you will need to cook for an initial 5 minutes at high pressure, break them apart and then cook them for another 10-15 minutes, until they are cooked through.
  • The sauce can be mixed up several days ahead of time and combined with the chicken if you want to be able to just throw everything into your Instant Pot without any prep work at dinner time.
  • If you prefer, you can also shred the chicken after cooking and stir it together with the sauce.
honey garlic chicken thighs

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honey garlic chicken thighs
Yield: serves 4-6

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

honey garlic chicken thighs

These Instant Pot honey garlic chicken thighs are so easy to make! They make the perfect, quick & easy, weeknight dinner everyone will love!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8-10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • Green onions, sliced (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken thighs in the pot of the Instant Pot.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic.
  3. Pour the sauce over top of the chicken in the Instant Pot.
  4. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, and turn it to the locking position. Make sure the vent is in the sealing position. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes for fresh chicken or 15 minutes for frozen chicken. The Instant Pot will come to pressure and then start counting down the time.
  5. When the pressure cooking cycle is complete, quick release the pressure and then remove the lid.
  6. In a small bowl, stir together the water and corn starch until smooth. Add this slurry to the Instant Pot and stir to combine it with the sauce.
  7. Press the saute button and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1-2 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
  8. Serve the chicken and honey garlic sauce over cooked rice or quinoa, with sliced green onions sprinkled on top.

Notes

If your chicken thighs are frozen together into one big lump, they will take longer than 15 minutes to cook. 15 minutes is the cook time needed for chicken thighs frozen individually. If they are all frozen together, cook at high pressure for 5 minutes and then release the pressure and separate the pieces. After the pieces are separated in the Instant Pot cook for another 10-15 minutes until they are cooked through. The Instant Pot will come to pressure more quickly the second time.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1-2 chicken thighs

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 402Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 229mgSodium: 781mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 46g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.

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