Instant Pot Chicken Recipes
I love chicken and all kinds of chicken recipes.
Chicken thigh is my favorite part of chicken; it has tender and juicy meat, with some fat and the perfect texture for cooking in an Instant Pot.
I made the chicken thighs with Honey Garlic Sauce as Honey Garlic Chicken is an easy and delicious recipe.
The combination of honey, garlic and soy sauce always guarantees mouthwatering results, especially with chicken.
Instant Pot is an amazing kitchen appliance as it pressure cooks the chicken to tender, juicy, moist perfection, and the meat just fall off the bones. Watch the video here and learn how to make this recipe.
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- Ginger Soy Chicken
- Honey Sesame Chicken
- Honey Mustard Chicken
- Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken
- Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken
Can You Brown Chicken in Instant Pot?
Yes, Instant Pot is perfect for browning meat such as chicken. To pan-fry and brown chicken meat, turn on the Saute mode.
You can brown the chicken thigh until the skin turns brown on both sides.
Instant Pot Chicken Recipes – How to Cook Chicken in Instant Pot?
How to cook Instant pot chicken using an Instant Pot.
- To brown chicken or meat in an Instant Pot, make sure the pot is nicely greased. Add at least 1 tablespoon of cooking oil and make sure that it coats the entire surface of the pot.
- Turn on the Saute mode and heat up the pot. Make sure it’s fully heated and the cooking oil becomes more liquidy before adding the chicken.
- If you have skin-on chicken, for example: chicken thighs or chicken breasts, always brown and cook the chicken with the skin side down first. This will prevent the chicken from sticking to the pot.
- Brown, pan-fry and saute the chicken uninterrupted, for about 3 minutes on each side before flipping over. This will avoid the chicken from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Can You Cook Frozen Chicken in an Instant Pot?
Yes, you can cook frozen chicken right out of freezer in an Instant Pot. Just pressure cook for an extra 5-10 minutes.
What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?
This meal is best served with rice or pasta. For a wholesome meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is only 388 calories per serving.
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Instant Pot Chicken Recipes - Honey Garlic Chicken
One of the best Instant Pot chicken recipes is honey garlic chicken. Keto, healthy chicken with yummy sauce. This Instant pot chicken is easy for beginners.
- 1 1/2 lbs. chicken thighs (4 chicken thighs)
- Ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Honey Garlic Sauce:
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon sugar or brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons water or chicken broth preferred
- 3 dashes cayenne pepper
1Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Set aside.
2Mix all the ingredients in the Honey Garlic Sauce together, stir to mix well. Make sure the honey and sugar are completely dissolved. Set aside.
3Turn on the Saute mode on your Instant Pot. As soon as the pot is heated, add 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil. Pan sear the chicken thighs (skin side down first) until both sides turn nicely brown.
4Leave the chicken thighs in the Instant Pot, add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon cooking oil and add the garlic. Saute the garlic a little bit. Pour in the sauce and cover the lid. Select Manual and set to High pressure for 10 minutes.
5When it beeps, turn to Quick Release. When the valve drops, remove the lid carefully, add the chopped parsley and serve the Instant Pot chicken with honey garlic sauce immediately.
Watch the cooking video on this page for step-by-step guide.
I used a 6-quart Instant Pot.
The Sauce in the recipe equals to 8 tablespoons of liquid content, which is 1/2 cup, the min amount of liquid for Instant Pot.
If you don't have an Instant Pot, you can make this honey garlic chicken in a slow cooker, or on your stove top.
If you use a slow cooker, make sure not to overcook the chicken thighs. Use high heat and cook for 3 hours.
For stove top, just pan-fry the chicken thighs and then add in the Sauce. Simmer on low heat and cook until the chicken meat is tender.
I made this tonight for my family for the first time. OMG everyone loved it (and I have some picky kids) Thank you for sharing, we will definitely make this again, and share with our friends/family!
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I doubled the sauce by accident and I’m glad I did! It was tasty!
Hi Kellie, thanks for trying the recipe. Please try more recipes on my site: https://rasamalaysia.com/recipes/instant-pot-recipes
This is my first instapot use. My family and i loved this. Already had all the ingredients. Tried browning the chicken in it but ended up using a skillet. We used the leftover juices to pour over white rice. Delicious!
Hi Victoria, thanks for trying this recipe. I am so glad that you love this Instant pot recipe. Please try more recipes on my site: https://rasamalaysia.com/recipes/instant-pot-recipes
What an amazing meal. I am a rookie trying to scramble and put something on the table for my bride
who works super hard especially during tax season.
This was exactly what I was looking for and the sauce was excellent over the side of rice.
Thank You Bee.
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This chicken was the most delicious I think I have ever made! My family LOVED IT! I DOUBLED the sauce and thickened it with a roux and spooned it over rice, they couldn’t get enough! Thank you for an excellent recipe!
Hi Judy, thanks for trying my Instant pot chicken recipe. Please try more Instant Pot recipes on my site: https://rasamalaysia.com/recipes/instant-pot-recipes
I added Cornstarch to the sauce before putting it in the cooker and doubled the sauce. It was delicious! Great recipe!
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I am currently making this and confused. On step 2 it says pour in sauce and cover lid. Then it says cover the pot. Am I missing something??
I already made this and its great!
Hi Paulette, thanks for trying this recipe.
This was so easy and so delicious! It was to tasty I wanted to drink to leftover sauce out of the gravy boat, LOL. I used chicken breast and cooked for 12 minutes,
Have you ever tried thickening the sauce a bit to hold on to the meat better?
Thank you for another go to recipe!
Hi Susan thanks for trying. You can thicken the sauce by adding cornstarch + water mixture. I didn’t because you can reduce by saute mode.
Do you saute the garlic with the chicken in the pot?
Yes, please watch the video in the post.
This was so fast and yummy dish!!!