Instant Pot Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs are one of the easiest ingredients to cook in an Instant Pot. You can use boneless and skinless or bone-in thighs.
All you need is a killer sauce and you will have the most amazing chicken dinner, with very short active prep time and cooked in a matter of minutes. I just love Instant Pot recipes.
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How Long to Cook Chicken Thighs in an Instant Pot?
The pressure cooking time is very short, depending on how tender you want your chicken thighs to be.
I use a 6-quart Instant Pot. For boneless and skinless chicken thighs, pressure cook on Manual setting and high pressure for 6 minutes.
For bone-in chicken thighs, it’s 8 minutes on Manual setting and high pressure. This setting works the best as it yield tender and juicy chicken, with a nice bite to the chicken.
Ingredients for Chicken Teriyaki Sauce
Chicken teriyaki is one of the most popular recipes on my site. The teriyaki sauce is so tasty, easy to make and calls for only 3 ingredients.
Here are the ingredients for Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki recipe:
- Boneless chicken thighs
- Mirin – Japanese sweet cooking wine
- Soy sauce
Can I Use Frozen Chicken Thighs?
You can use frozen chicken thighs for this recipe. Just add 1-2 minutes extra pressure cooking time to the recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Make Chicken Teriyaki Sauce without Mirin?
Mirin is an essential ingredient in Japanese cooking, almost every Japanese recipe uses mirin. If you love Japanese food, you ought to buy a bottle of mirin at Asian stores or online.
If you can’t take alcohol, you can certainly skip mirin and substitute it with water.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This chicken teriyaki recipe is only 298 calories per serving. So healthy!
What to Serve with This Recipe?
Serve this dish with steamed rice and steamed vegetables. For an Asian-style meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
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Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki
Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki - juicy and tender Instant Pot chicken thighs in yummy teriyaki sauce, pressure cooked for 5 minutes and dinner is ready!
Turn on the Saute mode on your Instant Pot. As soon as the pot is fully heated (to make sure the chicken doesn’t stick to the pot), add the cooking oil.
Pan sear the chicken thighs until they turn slightly brown on the surface. (If they stick to the pot too much, you may use a non-stick skillet for pan-searing or skip this step.)
3Add the soy sauce, mirin and sugar. Cover the pot and select Manual and set to High pressure for 6 minutes.
When it beeps, turn to Quick Release. When the valve drops, remove the cover carefully, Set the Instant Pot to Saute mode. Add the corn starch slurry, stir to thicken the sauce.
Turn off the heat, garnish the chicken with sesame seeds (if using) and serve immediately with steamed rice.
What is mirin?
It’s Japanese sweet rice wine.
A delicious recipe and soooo simple. Served with takeout from local Thai restaurant vegetable fried rice.
Hi I just made this tonight and it was so quick, easy and delicious. My family loved it.
Made this for dinner tonight and I cannot believe how easy and fast it was, and even my picky kids loved it! Double win. Thanks for the great recipes!
Hi Ann, thanks for trying my recipe. Please try more IP recipes on my site: https://rasamalaysia.com/recipes/instant-pot-recipes
Kimberly H. Smith
Amazing recipe! I just got my instant pot about a month ago and am still learning the nuances. I had some bone-in chicken thighs with the skin on them. They came out great. Even my 12-year-old son was giving me praise. Thanks a million!
Hi Kimberly, thanks so much for trying my Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki. Please try more recipes on my site: https://rasamalaysia.com/recipes/instant-pot-recipes/
Can this work with breasts?
Excellent recipe! I made this tonight for dinner and everyone (picky kid included) loved it! Thank you!
Hi, just wonder if we do not have the instant pot, how long should we cook in normal pot then?
You may check this recipe: https://rasamalaysia.com/teriyaki-chicken/
This is probably the best instant pot chicken teriyaki recipe ever!!! Put to test and tried. Yum, yum, yummy! Glad I found your site and made full use of my instant pot with this. Can’t wait to try other recipes.
Awesome thanks for trying this recipe. Please try more recipes on my site: https://rasamalaysia.com/instant-pot-chicken-teriyaki/
How long did you put for the bone-in chicken thighs?
Got the recipe have not tried it yet ..just wondering drink if there is enough liquid for IP to come to pressure! Tkd for the recipe
Yes, enough liquid. There is a myth about not enough liquid and it won’t pressure cook. It’s not true. The recipe works beautifully.