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Honey Garlic Chicken (Instant Pot) Recipe

Honey Garlic Chicken - moist, tender, fall-off-the-bone chicken thighs in savory and sweet honey garlic sauce and made in an Instant Pot, so delicious. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Instant Pot
Keyword Honey Garlic Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 268 kcal



  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken thighs (4 chicken thighs)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • chopped parsley, (optional)


  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons water or chicken broth, preferred
  • 3 dashes cayenne pepper


  1. Wash and rinse the chicken thighs with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Set aside. Mix all the ingredients in the Sauce together, stir to mix well. Make sure the honey and sugar are completely dissolved. Set aside.

  2. Turn on the Saute mode on your Instant Pot. As soon as the pot is heated, add 1/2 tablespoon of the cooking oil. Pan sear the chicken thighs (skin side down first) until both sides turn nicely brown. Add the remaining cooking oil and saute the garlic a little bit. Pour in the sauce and cover the lid. Select Manual and set to High pressure for 10 minutes.

  3. When it beeps, turn to Quick Release. When the valve drops, remove the lid carefully, add the chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

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 it. Use high heat and cook for 3 hours. For stove top, just pan-fry the chicken and then add in the Sauce. Simmer on low heat and cook until the chicken meat is tender.

Nutrition Facts
Honey Garlic Chicken (Instant Pot) Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 167mg56%
Sodium 676mg29%
Potassium 404mg12%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 445IU9%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.