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Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

Make tasty Instant Pot chicken thighs effortlessly with this simple Instant Pot recipe. In just 30 minutes, you’ll have flavorful, tender chicken without the hassle of searing or long cooking times.

Start by patting dry 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. Mix garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Rub this tasty mix all over the chicken.

Turn on the Instant Pot’s “Saute” mode, add olive oil, and sear the chicken until it’s golden. Pour in 1 cup of chicken broth for extra flavor. Cancel “Saute” mode and place a trivet inside.

Set the chicken thighs on the trivet, close the lid, and choose “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” for 10 minutes. Let the Instant Pot do its work!

After 10 minutes, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes. Carefully switch the valve to release any remaining pressure. Open the lid, and there you have it – perfectly cooked chicken!

Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes in the Instant Pot. Then, transfer it to a plate, spoon some cooking liquid over it, and garnish with fresh herbs like parsley.

This recipe simplifies the cooking process, giving you delicious instant pot chicken thighs without the need for extensive effort. With straightforward steps, a short cook time, and the convenience of the Instant Pot, enjoy a tasty meal!

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

Experience the ease of Instant Pot cooking with this bone-in chicken thighs recipe. A quick spice rub, a brief sear, and pressure cooking in broth result in succulent perfection. This method streamlines the process, delivering a flavorful main course with minimal effort. Say goodbye to traditional methods and embrace the Instant Pot revolution in just minutes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 350 kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  • Prep the Chicken: Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, mix together garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper.
  • Season the Chicken: Rub the chicken thighs with the spice mixture, ensuring an even coating.
  • Preheat the Instant Pot: Set the Instant Pot to “Saute” mode and add olive oil. Once hot, sear the chicken thighs skin side down for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Flip and sear the other side for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Pressure Cook: Pour in the chicken broth and deglaze the pot by scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Cancel the “Saute” mode. Place the trivet in the Instant Pot and arrange the seared chicken thighs on top.
  • Seal and Cook: Close the Instant Pot lid, ensuring the valve is set to “Sealing.” Select “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” and set the timer to 10 minutes.
  • Natural Release: Once the cooking time is complete, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for 5 minutes. Then, carefully switch the valve to “Venting” to release any remaining pressure.
  • Rest and Serve: Open the lid and let the chicken thighs rest in the Instant Pot for 5 minutes before transferring them to a serving platter. Spoon some of the cooking liquid over the chicken.
  • Garnish and Enjoy: Optionally, garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or chives. Serve the chicken thighs with your favorite side dishes.


  • You can customize the spice blend to your liking, adding herbs like rosemary or cayenne for extra flavor.
  • The cooking time may vary based on the size of your chicken thighs. Adjust accordingly.
  • Save the flavorful cooking liquid to make a delicious sauce or use it as a base for soups.


Q: Can I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs?
A: Yes, you can. Adjust the cooking time to 8-10 minutes for boneless, skinless thighs.
Q: Can I double the recipe?
A: Yes, you can double the ingredients, but keep the cooking time the same. Ensure not to exceed the maximum fill line of your Instant Pot.
Keyword Chicken Thighs, instant Pot, Pressure Cooking
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Erika Herbert
Erika Herbert