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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken

Love this instant pot honey garlic chicken recipe!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time20 mins
3 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Calories: 352kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 4-6 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup broth or water (added per reader comments)
  • Sesame seeds optional for serving

To Thicken Sauce


  • Combine the soy sauce, ketchup, honey and garlic.
  • If you want a crispy skin on the chicken thighs, set the IP to saute and add 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil to the bottom of the pot. Allow to get hot before adding the chicken thighs.
  • Cook until they release easily from the bottom, about 4-5 minutes, then turn off the IP.
  • Turn over the chicken thighs and pour the honey garlic sauce all over.
  • Place the lid on the IP, select "manual" and increase time to 15 minutes.
  • Quick release. Remove lid. Set IP to saute.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water to form a slurry. Stir briskly into the honey garlic chicken mixture to thicken the sauce.
  • When sauce reaches desired consistency, turn IP off and serve. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.


Weight Watchers Freestyle = 6 Points per serving if you switch to chicken breast instead of chicken thighs with 3 servings for total recipe.


Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 711mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 302IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg