Instant Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken Thighs

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An easy weeknight meal that you are sure to keep coming back to!

This easy instant pot recipe is full of savory flavors!

Our instant pot honey-garlic chicken thighs are an undeniably simple chicken dinner. This meal is so tasty that you will be able to make it again and again without any worry of complaints! Without a doubt, this entree is the most kid-friendly dish– sure to please everyone in your family. Week after week, the sweet and sour medley of tamari with honey and ketchup win, win, and win again.

Chicken Thighs Win Dinner’s Flavor War

These instant pot chicken thighs are juicy and delicious!

Indubitably, the argument against chicken thighs is fierce. In fact, when was the last time chicken thighs were offered in a restaurant near you? In spite of the world’s disdain for the most flavorful part of the chicken, I still tried to offer it in my own restaurant years ago. Even though my cooks overruled my choice, I argued many times in its favor. That’s how passionate I am about chicken thighs. Subsequently, instant pot honey-garlic chicken thighs reigns as one that could quite honestly be a restaurant favorite.

In the health debate on chicken breasts VS. thighs: which is healthier, here’s the breakdown of a 3 ounce serving. 

Nutritional BreakdownChicken BreastsThighs
Saturated Fat13

Since most diets assign at least 20% of food intake to fat, choosing chicken thighs shouldn’t upset the margin. Unless, of course, the goal at present is indeed weight loss and not weight maintenance, breast is the best bet. Notes at the end of the recipe also include detailed instructions for chicken breasts.

Tamari, Honey, and Ketchup Are Sweet And Sour’s Best Friend

The honey garlic flavors in these yummy chicken thighs will satisfy your Chinese food cravings.

Instant pot honey-garlic chicken thighs rank as a favorite because of ingredients most people already have in their pantry. Regular soy sauce can easily sub in for tamari, a wheat-free soy sauce. Honey seems to have a place in nearly every kitchen, and ketchup is kept on hand for french fries, right? Incidentally, we’ve begun touting date syrup as another unrefined sugar source. Feel free to try it in this chicken dinner dish. Also, in keeping with SkinnyMs. guidelines, go for sugar-free ketchup.

How To Make Instant Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken Thighs

Get your fill of protein and carbs by serving these chicken thighs on a bed of white rice.

This one’s so easy, however it does require more than three ingredients which can boggle the tired-as-heck weekday mind. Don’t let it, though! Just grab a liquid measuring cup with a spout and add in the ingredients for the sauce. Top the measuring cup off with honey last so you get all the gold. Then, throw the frozen thighs in the instant pot and pour the sauce over them. Set the timer, and voila! After 25 full minutes of coming to pressure combined with cooking time and decompression, it’s ready. Once you plate the thighs, you can sprinkle on the sesame seeds and green onions.

With all that good sauce, you’re gonna want need a starch. You can go the healthy route with cruciferous riced cauliflower, which will soak up that juice like a champ. Or, you can add carbs in the form of any rice or noodle of your choosing. With so many alternatives available in the pasta section recently, it appears you may also have your pasta and eat it too, if you please! 

This chicken dinner keeps extraordinarily well. If you love all the extra sauce produced, you can keep it for another go in the IP. Maybe just add a bit more of your favorite flavor component to keep up with the quality. Served with wilted greens, this dinner makes everybody happy.

4.34 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

Easy Instant Pot chicken dish with readily available ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Pressurize 20 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Yield 6 People
Serving Size 1 thigh
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American



  • 1/2 cup tamari
  • 1/2 cup no sugar added ketchup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 5 garlic cloves mashed
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning oregano, basil, or marjoram work fine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley 2 teaspoons dried works

Chicken and garnish

  • 6 chicken thighs skinless, boneless
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons green onions sliced


  • Combine all sauce ingredients in a marked glass liquid measuring cup (if you have one). Make sure to start with tamari, followed by ketchup, then honey etc. That way you get all the honey without having to scrape it out.
  • Arrange chicken thighs in Instant Pot, pour the sauce over the chicken and close the lid. Cook on High Pressure for 12 minutes if using frozen thighs, 8 minutes if using fresh. Allow to depressurize naturally for 5-10 minutes before releasing the valve.
  • Serve chicken by plating one thigh per person over starch of choice and topping with sesame seeds and green onions.


If using fresh bone in chicken thighs, set IP for 20 minutes. Add three minutes to that if they are frozen.
Here’s a breakdown for chicken breasts in the Instant Pot. Gauge by weight on the breasts, always. And always, always separate frozen breasts! They never fully cook when pressed so tightly together as frozen units.
  • 6-ounce chicken breasts 6 minutes on high pressure for fresh/ 10 minutes on high pressure for frozen
  • 8-ounce chicken breasts 7 minutes on high pressure for fresh/11 minutes on high pressure for frozen
  • 10-ounce chicken breasts 8 minutes on high pressure for fresh/12 minutes on high pressure for frozen
Note that nutritional information does not include rice (pictured).

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1thigh | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1418mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 114IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 12
Keywords Budget-Friendly, High Protein, Instant Pot

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Alison Borel

Alison Borel came into the culinary world by owning and operating three family restaurants with her husband in San Diego. During that time, she tested, wrote, and taught all the recipes used by her team. She also led cooking classes for small groups. Familiar with vegan and vegetarian cuisine from working in an organic cafe and camp, her preference lies in a plant-based whole foods diet. Alison knows eating for longevity and nutrition not only tastes good, but feels good too.

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