instant pot honey garlic chicken

June 29, 2020

prep time: 20 minutes
cook time: 30 minutes
total time: 50 minutes
makes 6 servings

1/3 c honey
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 c soy sauce
1/3 c ketchup
1 T oregano
1 T parsley
1 tsp sesame oil
2 T canola oil
4-6 bone-in (or bone out), chicken thighs
salt & pepper, to taste
sesame seeds (for garnish)
sliced green onions (for garnish)


  1. in a small mixing bowl, combine honey, minced garlic, soy sauce, ketchup, oregano, parsley, red pepper flakes, and a dash of sesame oil. add about 1/3 c water. mix and set aside.
  2. heat the instant pot in saute mode.
  3. add canola oil to the pot.
  4. season chicken thighs with salt and pepper; arrange in the instant pot and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side. scrape the bottom of the pot well to avoid burn notice. can even add some cooking wine to help deglaze.
  5. add the prepared honey garlic sauce to the pot; cover, lock the lid, and set to seal.
  6. cook in poultry mode for 20 minutes. (it takes about 10 minutes for the pressure cooker to get to full pressure.)
  7. turn off the pot and quick release, about 5 minutes.
  8. transfer chicken to a serving plate and spoon the sauce over the chicken.
  9. garnish with toasted sesame seeds and green onions.
  10. serve hot !


my sister introduced this recipe to me. i had never cooked meat in the instant pot before, mostly vegetables – cauliflower, potatoes, pasta, etc. she made this recipe when we visited her a while ago and it tasted pretty good. i didn’t get a chance to try the recipe until now. it sure is darn tasty… and easy to throw together too ! my 7-year-old helped me out.

i didn’t use as much soy sauce and ketchup as the original recipe called for and added some water to it as well – it ended up being salty enough. there was plenty of liquid leftover to pour over the thighs and over rice too, after it finished cooking. yum yum ! i’m not a huge meat lover, but this was delicious ! will definitely be making this again… maybe even tomorrow =] i saved the leftover liquid from tonight’s dinner and will see if i can use it again tomorrow for another batch of chicken. the husband and kids gobbled the chicken right up – asking for seconds and thirds !

[edit] you didn’t think i was serious, did you? i used yesterday’s leftover drippings and just added some more salt to it… could probably add some soy sauce too. this time i used skin-on, bone-in thighs and it was still as tasty as yesterday’s chicken =] i saved tonight’s leftover sauce… could just use it to pour over rice tomorrow !

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