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5 from 42 votes

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken

Make Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken) using a few pantry staples. Tender, juicy chicken glazed with deliciously sweet Honey Garlic Sauce. Great family recipe for busy nights!
Servings 4
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins


  • 4 - 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (we used 6 thighs, 1kg or 2 ¼lb)
  • 6 (27g) garlic cloves , crushed
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) regular soy sauce
  • cup (167ml) unsalted chicken stock
  • 1.5 tablespoon (22.5ml) white vinegar
  • cup (113g) honey
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Pot in Pot Rice:

  • 1 cup (230ml) Jasmine rice
  • 1 cup (250ml) cold water


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


  • Flat- leaf parsley , finely chopped


  • Marinate Chicken Thighs:
    Place 4 - 8 chicken thighs in Instant Pot in a single layer. Add in 6 (27g) crushed garlic cloves, 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter, 1.5 tbsp (22.5ml) white vinegar, and 2 tbsp (30ml) regular soy sauce. Give it a quick mix and marinate for 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Pressure Cook Chicken & Rice: Add ⅔ cup (167ml) unsalted chicken stock to the chicken thighs and season with black pepper.In a stainless steel bowl, add in 1 cup (230ml) Jasmine rice and 1 cup (250ml) cold water. Place a stainless steel rack on top of the chicken and layer the stainless steel bowl on top.
    Close lid, then Pressure Cook High Pressure for 6 minutes, then Natural Release for 10 minutes
  • Make Honey Garlic Sauce: Set aside the chicken and rice. Bring the liquid mixture back to a boil using the Saute button. Mix in ⅓ cup (113g) honey to make the yummy Honey Garlic Sauce.
  • Thicken & Season: Mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch and 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water together in a small mixing bowl.Add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the honey garlic sauce until desired thickness.
    Taste and season with more salt (for reference, we added 2 more pinches) and black pepper if necessary.
  • Optional Step - Broil in Oven: In an oven tray, generously coat the chicken with Honey Garlic Sauce. Place oven tray under the broiler for 5 - 7 minutes until chicken skins are browned.
  • Serve Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken: Garnish with finely chopped flat-leaf parsley. Drizzle with more yummy Honey Garlic Sauce, then serve.



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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 563kcal


Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 685mg | Potassium: 539mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg