Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken

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!

Make this Quick & Easy Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken (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!

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

Step-by-Step Guide: 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


Pat dry the chicken thighs’ skin with paper towels. Lightly season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.

3

Brown Chicken Thighs


*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


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


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


Add 2 tbsp (30ml) regular 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


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!

Time for making Garlic Butter Chicken in Instant Pot!

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!

Instant Pot Garlic Butter Chicken

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!
4.88 from 16 votes
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Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 368kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients 

Thickener

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

Instructions

  • 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).
  • Prepare Chicken Thighs: Pat dry the chicken thighs’ skin with paper towels. Lightly season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  • 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.
  • Sauté Garlic: Add 1 - 2 tbsp (14g - 28g) unsalted butter and crushed garlic. Sauté for 45 seconds - 1 minute until fragrant.
  • 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.
  • Pressure Cook Garlic Butter Chicken:
    Add 2 tbsp (30ml) regular 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve: Drizzle buttery garlic sauce on the chicken and serve with your favorite side dishes.
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Nutrition:

Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 450mg | Potassium: 352mg | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Course: Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Quick Meals, Super Easy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot garlic chicken
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