Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Honey Garlic Sauce

 Serves: 4-5    |     Prep: 10 min     |     Cook: 10-15 min     |     Ready: 20-25 min


2 lbs. boneless chicken thighs
1  1/2 T. olive oil
1 T. minced garlic, this is not too much
1/3 c. honey
2 T. soy sauce, don’t use low sodium 
1 tsp. Sriracha or chili garlic sauce

Mix together 1/2 T.
cornstarch and 1 T. warm water
1 tsp. sesame seeds (optional)


Make your honey garlic chicken Instant Pot recipe a complete meal by serving it with a grain and your favorite veggie. Here are some ideas:

Fried Rice: Whip up our Instant Pot Fried Rice for a veggie-packed side.

Quinoa: Keep things basic with Instant Pot Quinoa so that you get all the flavors from the honey garlic chicken!

Veggies: Serve these honey garlic chicken thighs next to your favorite steamed or sauteed veggies such as broccoli, green beans, peppers, onions, etc.


First, use a few pieces of paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible from your chicken thighs.

Next, turn on the Instant Pot’s sauté feature. Add olive oil and then sear both sides of each chicken thigh for 2-3 minutes. If your chicken has the skin it will brown: if it is skinless it won’t brown very much. You can use a trivet if your chicken sticks to bottom at this point.

While the chicken thighs are sauteing, prepare the honey garlic sauce. Mix together minced garlic, honey, soy sauce, and chili garlic sauce.

Once the chicken thighs are done browning, turn off the sauté function and then pour on the honey garlic sauce. 

Close your Instant Pot and turn the valve to seal. Turn your Instant Pot to manual > high pressure > and set the timer for 5 minutes. It will take around 10 minutes for the pressure to build before it starts counting down from 5 minutes.

When the timer goes off, quick release your Instant Pot by opening the valve.

Remove the lid and then remove chicken thighs.

You can serve immediately and pour the sauce over the chicken thighs. Or, you can thicken your sauce with a cornstarch slurry. To thicken, turn on the Instant Pot’s saute feature. Then, whisk together cornstarch and water until the cornstarch dissolves to create a cornstarch slurry. Pour the slurry into the sauce and whisk until the sauce thickens.

Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve with sesame seeds and your favorite rice and/or veggies.