Make this Quick & Easy Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken). Buttery rich, deliciously comforting chicken thighs packed with sweet & savory garlicky aroma. Perfect family meal for hectic weeknights!

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How has your year been so far?

We started our year with a big move! Things got quite crazy & hectic with all the packing up, sorting out, donating, cleaning up…

When time and energy are a luxury, and most kitchenware all packed up (plus getting tired of pizza…hehe~), all you want are some quick & easy comforting meals.

Make this Quick and Easy Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken). Buttery rich, deliciously comforting chicken thighs packed with sweet and savory garlicky aroma. Perfect family meal for hectic weeknights!

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Instant Pot to the rescue!!

Overnight set-it-and-forget-it Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats for the morning, dump-it-all-in Soothing Instant Pot Chicken Congee for lunch, and Pot-in-Pot Garlic Butter Chicken & Rice for dinner.

Few ingredients, little prep time – quick yummy family meals all done in the magic pot! yaasss! 😀

 


 

Ingredients for Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken

Thickener

  • 2 ½ tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water

Quick & Easy Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken) Ingredients

 


 

Tools for Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken

 


 

How to Make Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken

1

Prepare Pressure Cooker


Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click Adjust button to Sauté More function).

how to use instant pot - saute more function

Ensure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT).

 

2

Prepare Chicken Thighs


4 – 8 (we used 811g) chicken thighs
Salt and black pepper to taste


Pat dry the chicken thighs’ skin with paper towels. Season with generous amount of kosher salt and ground black pepper.

 

3

Brown Chicken Thighs


Chicken thighs, from above
1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste


*Pro Tip 1: If you like crisp skin, skip this browning step and finish under broiler after pressure cooking the chicken thighs.

Pour 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in pressure cooker. Ensure to coat oil over whole bottom of the pot.

Place 4 chicken thighs (skin side down) in Instant Pot.

*Pro Tip 2: Do not overcrowd the chicken thighs.

Season the meat side lightly with more kosher salt and ground black pepper. Brown the skin side (don’t touch it for 4 minutes).

Quick & Easy Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken): brown chicken thighs in Instant Pot

Flip and brown the meat side for 1 ½ minute.

Quick & Easy Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken): flip and brown the meat side of chicken thighs in Instant Pot

Then, remove chicken thighs and set aside.

*Note: If you are preparing 8 chicken thighs, repeat this step for the remaining 4 chicken thighs.

 

4

Sauté Garlic


1 whole bulb (56g) garlic, crushed
1 – 2 tablespoons (14g – 28g) unsalted butter


Add 1 – 2 tbsp (14g – 28g) unsalted butter and crushed garlic. Sauté for 45 seconds – 1 minute until fragrant.

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken): saute unsalted butter and crushed garlic until fragrant

 

5

Deglaze


¾ cup (188ml) unsalted chicken stock


Add ¾ cup (188ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot and deglaze by scrubbing the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken): deglaze Instant Pot with unsalted chicken stock by scrubbing flavorful brown bits off the bottom of inner pot

 

6

Pressure Cook Garlic Butter Chicken


Browned chicken thighs, from above
A pinch (0.4g) dried rosemary
2 tablespoons (30ml) light soy sauce


Add 2 tbsp (30ml) light soy sauce, and a pinch of rosemary (rub rosemary with your fingers to “activate” them).

Give it a quick stir and place 4 – 8 browned chicken thighs in the pot.

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken): pressure cook chicken thighs

Close lid and pressure cook:

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 5 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release

*Pro Tip: if Floating Valve doesn’t drop after 10 minutes, turn Venting Knob to the Venting Position to release remaining pressure.

Turn off the heat. Open the lid carefully.

 

7

Thicken Gravy


Thickener
2 ½ tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch

3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water
Salt and black pepper to taste


Set aside the cooked chicken thighs on a chopping board.

Press Cancel button, then Sauté button to heat up the sauce.

In a small mixing bowl, mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water.

Mix it in one third at a time until desired thickness.

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken): thicken butter garlic gravy with cornstarch

Taste the gravy and season with more salt & black pepper if necessary.

 

8

Serve Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken


Drizzle buttery garlic sauce on the chicken and serve with your favorite side dishes.

Make this Quick and Easy Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken). Buttery comforting chicken thighs packed with sweet and savory garlicky aroma. Perfect family meal for hectic weeknights!

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Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken

Course: Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Quick Meals, Super Easy
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 368 kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Make this Quick & Easy Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken). Buttery rich, deliciously comforting chicken thighs packed with sweet and savory garlicky aroma. Perfect family meal for hectic weeknights!

Ingredients

Thickener

  • 2 ½ tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water

Instructions

  1. Prepare Pressure Cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click Adjust button to Sauté More function). Ensure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT).
  2. Prepare Chicken Thighs: Pat dry the chicken thighs’ skin with paper towels. Season with generous amount of kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  3. Brown Chicken Thighs: Pour 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in pressure cooker. Ensure to coat oil over whole bottom of the pot. Place 4 chicken thighs (skin side down) in Instant Pot. Do not overcrowd. Season the meat side lightly with more kosher salt and ground black pepper. Brown the skin side (don’t touch it for 4 minutes). Flip and brown the meat side for 1 ½ minute. Remove and set aside.

    *Note: If you are preparing 8 chicken thighs, repeat this step for the remaining 4 chicken thighs.

    *Pro Tip: If you like crisp skin, skip this browning step and finish under broiler after pressure cooking the chicken.

  4. Sauté Garlic: Add 1 - 2 tbsp (14g - 28g) unsalted butter and crushed garlic. Sauté for 45 seconds - 1 minute until fragrant.
  5. Deglaze: Add ¾ cup (188ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot and deglaze by scrubbing the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.
  6. Pressure Cook Garlic Butter Chicken: Add 2 tbsp (30ml) light soy sauce, and a pinch of rosemary (rub rosemary with your fingers to “activate” them). Give it a quick stir and place 4 - 8 browned chicken thighs in the pot. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release (if Floating Valve doesn’t drop after 10 minutes, turn Venting Knob to the Venting Position to release remaining pressure). Turn off the heat. Open the lid carefully.
  7. Thicken Gravy: Set aside the cooked chicken thighs on a chopping board. Press Cancel button, then Sauté button to heat up the sauce. In a small mixing bowl, mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water. Mix it in one third at a time until desired thickness. Taste the gravy and season with more salt & black pepper if necessary.
  8. Serve: Drizzle buttery garlic sauce on the chicken and serve with your favorite side dishes.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 368 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 137mg 46%
Sodium 450mg 19%
Potassium 352mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 3.3%
Vitamin C 3.5%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 7.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 


 

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