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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken is made with just five ingredients and makes a sticky honey garlic sauce that has tons of flavor!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 442.43kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • 1 lb bone-in chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley finely chopped


  • 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!


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.


Calories: 442.43kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.13g | Protein: 31.25g | Fat: 28.2g | Saturated Fat: 6.8g | Cholesterol: 166.71mg | Sodium: 579.31mg | Fiber: 0.24g | Sugar: 17.57g
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