Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 8 reviews

Chicken Instant Pot Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 30 minutes

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs made with just a few ingredients, are sticky delicious, crispy on the outside, and incredibly tender on the inside. Learn quickly how to make this recipe by watching the short video tutorial below. 

Making meals in the Instant Pot is fun and easy. We like a good and easy meal like our popular Orange ChickenPressure Cooker Mongolian Beef and Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken.

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

The Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken thighs are the perfect quick and easy meal that is also budget-friendly and so tasty that everyone will lick their fingers clean. The thighs are marinated in the most amazing honey garlic sauce, which is a great combination of sweet and savory.

What I love most about this recipe is that you can marinate the chicken in advance and cook it when you are ready. You can also add all the ingredients to a freezer-friendly ziplock bag and freeze it. Just thaw the day you want to cook this for dinner, the flavors will be amazing.

Once cooked, the chicken thighs are broiled for a few minutes to crispy perfection. Served with the delicious, sticky honey garlic sauce. The combination of honey, garlic, and soy sauce always guarantee mouthwatering results, especially when it comes to poultry. 

How to make chicken thighs in an electric pressure cooker or Instant Pot?

  • You always have to use at least the minimum liquid requirement for your pressure cooker.
  • For this recipe, I used a 6 quart Instant Pot and I used about 1.5 lbs of chicken thighs.
  • There are different methods to cook the chicken thighs: on the rack that usually comes with your pressure cooker or to directly add the chicken in the liquid on the bottom of the pot.
  • The cooking methods depend on the recipe and the result you want. It is best to cook the meat in the liquid. Because it contains all the flavors and its intended to flavor the chicken.
  • If the recipe is heavier on seasonings and the intention is to have the rub on the chicken. It’s best to cook the chicken on the rack. In that case, for the liquid part, only water or broth is usually used as it’s not used to add extra flavor to the meat itself.
  • Also, I find 15 minutes to be enough cooking on High Pressure for 1.5 lbs of chicken thighs. That comes down to about 4 chicken thighs. If you want the meat to be so tender that it falls off the bone, you can increase the cooking time to 20 minutes. I like 15 minutes, as the chicken is tender and it also gets cooked under the broiler for extra crispiness.
  • Always do a 10-15 minute Natural Release when cooking meat. If you do a quick release, the meat will toughen from the quick change in pressure.
  • Place thighs on a lined cookie sheet and brush them with the sauce. Then broil for 2-5 minutes, watching carefully not to burn them.

Can I make these Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs ahead of time?

Yes, you can. Here is how you can prep these ahead of time:

  • Add all the sauce ingredients to a medium bowl and mix until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Then, add the chicken thighs to a large freezer zip lock bag.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  • Next, close the bag, shake to coat all the pieces, and freeze flattened so all the chicken thighs are covered in sauce.
  • When ready to make, remove the bag from the freezer in the morning and move it to the refrigerator to thaw.
  • Once thawed, shake well, and add all the ingredients to the pressure cooker.

What is best to serve with Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs?

What is a 10 Minutes Natural Pressure Release?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm and wait 10 minutes. After this, you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release. Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker, wait 10 minutes and after that open the valve.

A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta, or steel cut oats. This method prevents any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

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Recipe Tips:

  • You can make this recipe with boneless chicken breasts as well. Simply follow the exact steps. Also, the cooking time will be the same. 
  • Use an instant-read thermometer to check that your chicken is cooked to at least 165 degrees F.
  • To make it spicier, add some dried red pepper flakes or chopped jalapenos. 
  • To control the saltiness, I use low sodium soy sauce. However, if you decide to go with the regular soy sauce, ensure to taste and adjust the salt level per your preference. 
  • Also, you can cook fresh or frozen meat in the instant pot. If using frozen meat, the cooking time should be increase by about 5 minutes. 

Tools/Ingredients I used to make the Instant Pot Honey Garlic Thighs Recipe:

  • Instant Pot – I use it all the time, I have the 6 quarts one. It makes weeknight meals so much easier.
  • Cornstarch – I prefer using cornstarch instead of flour to thicken sauces, and this organic brand is my favorite.

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5 from 8 reviews

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken thighs made with just a few ingredients, are sticky delicious, crispy on the outside and incredibly tender on the inside.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 30 mins



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Nutrition information

0 Calories: 611 Carbohydrates: 42 Protein: 29 Fat: 36 Saturated Fat: 8 Cholesterol: 166 Sodium: 1203 Potassium: 438 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 35 Vitamin A: 205 Vitamin C: 0.2 Calcium: 44 Iron: 2.3


You can also make this recipe with chicken drumsticks, the cooking time stays the same.

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Jacque Hastert

Love how easily this comes together in the Instant Pot.


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

Looks so perfect! Definitely a must try this chicken recipe!


Michelle @ The Complete Savorist

Instant Pots make busy nights so much easier! Gonna try this soon!


Michelle Campbell

I'm an Instant Pot Rookie! Can you use chicken breast?


Yes, marinate frist, sauce the chicken breast on each side for 2-3 minutes, add the sauce and cook for 5 minutes of high pressure. Remove the chicken breasts, add the cornstarch to thicken the sauce, serve over chicken.


Paula Davies

I made this tonight and it was a hit!! My VERY picky 5 year old exclaimed that the chicken was delicious and she wanted to eat it every night! Needless to say, I was shocked. I made this with frozen bone-in chicken thighs and cooked for 22 minutes. Thanks for the easy, tasty recipe!


Glad that you liked it!!!



The recipe says to "Add all the sauce ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk until all well combined". According to the recipe list, this would include the cornstarch slurry, but then the slurry comes back into play in step 7. I might be missing something, and if I am, then sorry.


Hi Theo, sorry fo rah confusion, the Cornstarch Slurry is a separate category, I have updated for it to be displayed properly.


Michael Redbourn

I will try the recipe tonight but won't put the chicken on parchment paper. Parchment paper catches on fire under a broiler. Aluminum foil is now considered dangerous when heated so maybe just clean the baking dish after use.



Looks delicious. How would the cooking time vary for the Instant Pot if I were to use boneless and skinless chicken thighs?


For whole boneless/skinless thighs I would do 6-8 minutes with 10min NPR.



How to double recipe?


Just double the ingredients, cooking time stays the same.


Vicky McLaughlin

I understand I can double the recipe, but most likely the chicken will be in the inner pot on top of each other (not single layer) Does that change cooking time or texture of chicken? Thank you


no, same cooking time, it should turn out the same.



This was delicious. I made extra sauce when I made it the first time last week and wondered how I could use the leftover sauce (I have lots) in a new batch. Since it's already thickened, can I still use it to make more? Thanks for any guidance and for the great recipe. 



I made this tonight, followed directions to a tee except not marinade meat. This turned out yummy!


Hi Judi, thank you for stopping by! We are glad you liked it, and enjoyed it as much as we do! Keep in touch! thanks



I have 4 chicken legs, would the cooking time be the same?


yes, please use the same cooking time


Karlene Campbell

Can I use frozen boneless/skinless thighs?!


Hi, yes you can.



Can you sear it first and skip the broil?


Yes, the broil is done to make them crispier at the end.


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