Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken comes together quickly and easily. Five ingredients is all you need to create a delicious and addictive dinner that is great any night of the week. The sticky honey garlic sauce that has so much flavor you’ll want to lick the spoon!
I am ALL about easy dinners. They save me so much time. I mean, there is definitely a time and a place for more complicated recipes, but not if you are a busy human preparing meals multiple times a week for your family. We all have a lot going on and many things to accomplish on any given day, so simplifying dinner is a MUST on those busy nights.
This Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken recipe is a dream come true because not only is it done in under 30 minutes (you read that right — DONE IN 30 MINUTES!), it is also totally packed with delicious flavor. If you prefer to keep your meals on the mild side, this chicken dinner can cater to that. And if you prefer a spicier meal then you can definitely go that route. Either way, the flavor will blow you away!
HOW TO MAKE HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN IN AN INSTANT POT
Sprinkle salt and pepper generously over the surfaces of 4 bone-in chicken thighs. Set Instant Pot to saute. Heat olive oil and add the chicken to the pot. Cook the chicken for 3 minutes/side (cook with skin side down first). Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Add minced garlic to the pot and cook for 3 minutes or until fragrant.
Add the sauce ingredients to the pot: honey, broth, vinegar, soy sauce and red pepper flakes. Deglaze the pot (scrape the bottom with a spoon) and mix well. Add the chicken to the bottom of the pot in a single layer (skin side down). Place the cover on the pot and set timer to 12 minutes cooked on high pressure (pressure cook setting). It will take the pot around 9 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
When cooking time is up, do a natural release 5 minutes, then do a quick release to get rid of the remaining pressure. Remove the lid and transfer the chicken breasts to a serving platter. Pour the sauce over top and top with parsley, if desired. Serve over rice!
RECIPE TIPS: MAKE THIS THE BEST HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN RECIPE YOU’LL EVER EAT!
For a thicker sauce, combine 1 tablespoon of corn starch with 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl and stir it into the sauce after removing the chicken from the pot. Press the saute button and bring to a boil and stir until it has thickened the sauce enough for your liking.
If you would rather go the slow cooker route, consider trying this delicious version of Honey Garlic Chicken! It is a GREAT recipe, as well.
Replace the thighs with boneless thighs or breasts, if desired, but change cook time to 8 minutes.
Make this delicious dish as spicy or mild as you’d like! For a milder meal, omit the red pepper flakes entirely. For a spicy meal, use up to 1 teaspoon and then sprinkle over the tops just before serving.
This chicken dinner is best when served over a bed of rice. The rice does a great job of absorbing all of the juices and the delicious flavor. Mashed potatoes, quinoa or pasta would be great options, as well.
A bit of hoisin sauce would taste AMAZING in this recipe!
Double the sauce for an extra saucy meal!
If you love garlic, go crazy with it! Add up to 6 total cloves for a delicious, garlicky end result.
This meal is gluten free, but be sure to read the label on your chicken broth to make sure it does not contain wheat.
Replace the apple cider vinegar with another variety of vinegar in a pinch.
CAN I USE FROZEN CHICKEN FOR THIS RECIPE?
Yes! You can definitely replace thawed with frozen chicken in this recipe. If you go this route, skip cooking the chicken using the saute function add 3 minutes of cooking time to the recipe.
HOW MANY CALORIES IN A CHICKEN THIGH
One medium-sized chicken thigh with skin that has not been cooked in butter or oil contains 109 calories.
HOW MUCH PROTEIN IN CHICKEN THIGHS
One medium-sized cooked chicken thigh with skin contains 32 grams of protein.
ARE CHICKEN THIGHS DARK MEAT?
Meat from chicken thighs is dark in comparison to breast and wing meat, making it fattier but also juicier. If you are concerned with the fat content of your meat, opt for a leaner variety.
RICE COOKER VS. INSTANT POT FOR MAKING RICE
Consider the following information if you plan to serve this meal with rice!
Both rice cookers and electric pressure cookers cook rice in the same way. Both use steam inside the pot to cook the rice. The main difference is that a pressure cooker has a sealing ring inside the lid that prevents any steam from escaping during the cooking process. This allows the appliance to maintain pressure levels inside the pot with greater accuracy, therefore cooking it more quickly.
Shortened cook time is an advantage when using an Instant Pot and typically it requires a bit less liquid than when using a rice cooker. However, if you are planning to cook a variety of different types such as wild, black or basmati rice frequently, a rice cooker might be the better option for you. Plus, rice cookers are more affordable and will take up less valuable counter space.
IS RINSING RICE IMPORTANT?
I don’t always take the time to rinse the rice before cooking it, but it should definitely be a part of the rice-making process. Simply add the rice to a fine mesh strainer and run cold water over it, tossing it around a bit using your fingers to get a thorough rinse. This process will ensure that there is no extra debris stuck to the rice. It also removes the starch, which will prevent your final product from being clumpy.
10 EASY COMFORT FOODS TO WARM YOU UP AND FILL YOU UP
The Best Meatloaf – You need to make this classic meal. It is my mother’s delicious recipe with an added touch of delicious sauce. This dinner recipe will quickly become a favorite family meal!
Easy Chicken Pot Pie Casserole – Creamy vegetables and chicken baked into a buttery crispy crust that is comfort food perfection especially during the fall and winter months.
Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole – this dinner boasts flavor and creaminess over a bed of steaming egg noodles. This casserole is just like your mom’s recipe but so much more! This is a perfect hearty weeknight meal to put on the table.
Instant Pot White Turkey Chili – Packed with turkey meat, white beans and veggies, this comfort food is super flavorful and delicious.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole – This is a delicious combination of the tastiest flavors you will ever eat in a single bite. Bacon, chicken, creamy alfredo sauce and pasta all make dinner a hit in less than 30 minutes!
Best Baked Ziti – Packed with flavorful meat sauce and layers of cheesy goodness, you will enjoy each flavorful bite. This delicious dinner feeds a lot of people and is super filling and hearty. It is a great meal to freeze and bake at a later time, too!
Best Instant Pot Chili – This recipe is the absolute perfect comfort food, packed with flavor, texture, color and a tiny bit of spice. Perfect dinner or party food!
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken – You need to try this mixture on a bun because it’s an addicting and delicious lunch or dinner option that everyone will enjoy. Great weeknight meal AND the perfect party food!
One-Pan Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole – Dinner has never been easier! NO PREP is required for this quick and delicious Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole. Simplify those busy weeknights by adding this hearty meal to the dinner rotation!
BEST RECIPES TO MAKE IN AN INSTANT POT
The list of recipes you can make in an Instant Pot is endless! It can act as a slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, rice maker, yogurt maker and pressure cooker. It can cook soup, chili, pasta, meat, potatoes, veggies, cake, beans and so much more. Here are a few of my favorite Instant Pot recipes:
INSTANT POT BURN NOTICE
If you see that dreaded burn notice flash on your Instant Pot, do not fret! Know that your pressure cooker is keeping a good eye on your food. It has sensed that the temperature toward the bottom of the pot is too high and has therefore turned it off temporarily. It is giving you a chance to fix the problem! This can happen especially with thick sauces because of the heaviness of the contents inside the pot. It can also happen if there is not enough liquid inside the pot.
If you see the burn notice, press CANCEL as soon as possible. Do an immediate quick release and wait for the silver float valve to drop. Transfer the inner pot to a hot pad holder. Scrape any bits of food that may have adhered to the bottom of the pot using a spoon.
If there are no burned bits:
Add 1/2 cup of liquid to the recipe that will thin out the consistency. If the recipe contains beef or chicken broth, add more of the same. If no broth is used in the recipe, add water.
Stir the contents of the pot thoroughly and resume cooking.
If you see burned pieces in the mixture:
Pour the contents into a saucepan and clean out the pot using soap and water, making sure any charred pieces of food are removed from the bottom of the pan. Remove visible pieces of burnt food and pour it back into the pot.
Add 1/2 cup of liquid to the recipe, stir the contents thoroughly and resume cooking.
HOW TO AVOID SEEING THE DREADED BURN NOTICE ON THE INSTANT POT
Stir sauces and soups just before placing the cover on the pot for cooking. You will want the heaviest ingredients toward the top in order to ensure they don’t stick to the bottom and burn.
Make sure your pot contains enough liquid! Add extra beef broth or chicken broth if it is already an ingredient in the recipe. If the recipe does not contain a thin liquid (e.g., a recipe that requires a trivet), add 1 1/2 cups of liquid to the bottom of the Instant Pot before cooking.
I do not use an 8-quart IP, but from what I have read this size is much quicker to burn than the 6-quart version. The 8-quart Instant Pot may require more liquid than the 6-quart does.
HOW TO CLEAN AN INSTANT POT
Keep your Instant Pot shiny, clean and scent-free by following these simple steps:
EXTERIOR – Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe down any grease or gunk on the outside of the Instant Pot. Use a brush or the edge of a clean cloth to reach inside the rim to remove food that may have gotten stuck in the grooves. The exterior “housing” should never ever be immersed in liquid or run underwater.
INNER POT – The stainless steel inner pot can be hand-washed OR run through a dishwasher. See below tips for deep cleaning when needed.
COVER – The inside of the IP cover can usually just be wiped down with a clean cloth after use. If there is food stuck to the inside of the cover, remove the sealing ring and run the cover under hot water and scrub with a brush or cloth.
SEALING RING – The sealing ring can be easily removed from the Instant Pot and hand-washed with warm, soapy water OR run through a dishwasher when needed.
TRIVET – The trivet that is inserted into the Instant Pot can be scrubbed with a brush, hand-washed with warm, soapy water or run through a dishwasher.
DEEP CLEAN – If the inner pot starts to show signs that it needs a deep cleaning (cloudiness or discoloration), pour either 2 cups of white vinegar OR 2 cups of water plus 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into the pot. Place the cover on the pot and set to STEAM for 3 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally and remove the cover. Remove sealing ring and inner pot and allow to air dry.
Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe
- bone-in chicken thighs
- salt and pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- Sprinkle salt and pepper generously over the surfaces of the chicken thighs. Set Instant Pot to saute. Heat the olive oil and add the chicken to the pot. Cook for 3 minutes/side (cook with skin side down first). Transfer chicken to a cutting board. Add garlic to pot and cook for 3 minutes or until fragrant.
- Add honey, broth, vinegar, soy sauce and red pepper flakes to the pot. Deglaze the pot (scrape the bottom with a spoon) and mix well. Add the chicken to the bottom of the pot in a single layer (skin side down). Place the cover on the pot and set timer to 12 minutes on high pressure (pressure cook setting). It will take the IP around 9 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
- When cooking is done, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then manually release remaining pressure. Remove cover and transfer the chicken breasts to a serving platter. Pour the sauce over top and top with parsley, if desired. Serve over rice!