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Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Instant Pot Chicken Thighs are so easy to make, tender, and full of flavor. I used bone in chicken thighs, but this method would work with boneless skinless chicken thighs as well.

bone in chicken thighs in a yellow bowl

 These Instant Pot Chicken Thighs are ready in a flash, full of flavor, and they are so easy to make!

Hands down, my favorite piece of chicken is the chicken thigh.  It has so much flavor, and can handle cooking without drying out.  One of my favorite ways to cook chicken thighs is with my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker!

I love to use chicken thighs in my recipes!  I have a delicious recipe for Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs that you will not want to miss.

I do have room in my menu for chicken breast, though.  I like to use Instant Pot chicken breast for tacos and casseroles.  I also like to use my recipe for Slow cooker chicken tacos…that is the best taco meat!

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HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT CHICKEN THIGHS

I started these instant pot chicken thighs by purchasing bone in and skin on chicken thighs from ButcherBox.  I then removed the skin.  There is absolutely no way that skin will get crispy in an instant pot!

After removing the skin, I seasoned them with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic powder.

seasoned chicken thighs on a yellow cutting board

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Then I added some avocado oil to my Instant Pot, set it to sauté, and let it get hot.  I browned the chicken thighs (in batches) to give them the most flavor possible.

After I had them all browned, I added water to the pot and scraped the bottom to make sure there wasn’t any stuck on bits.  I added the trivet, put all of the chicken thighs back in, placed the lid, and set the timer for 10 minutes.

BROWNED CHICKEN THIGHS IN AN INSTANT POT

When the timer was up, I let the pot do a 10 minute natural pressure release, then I flipped the valve to release the rest of the pressure.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COOK CHICKEN THIGHS IN A PRESSURE COOKER?

These chicken thighs were bone in and they were perfectly cooked after a 10 minute cook time and a 10 minute natural pressure release.  If you used boneless skinless chicken thighs, you would nee to cook them for 5 minutes, followed by a 10 minute natural pressure release.

This will result in meat that is perfectly juicy and tender, but not overcooked to where they completely fall apart.

chicken thighs on a yellow plate

These go perfectly with Cauliflower Mac and Cheese, Low Carb Broccoli Salad, or Parmesan Zucchini and Corn!

You could also chop them up and make Keto Chicken Salad or Cranberry Chicken Salad and then serve it on 90 second bread!

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chicken thighs on a yellow plate
Instant Pot Chicken Thighs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs are so easy to make, tender, and full of flavor. I used bone in chicken thighs, but this method would work with boneless skinless chicken thighs as well. PIN THIS RECIPE ON PINTEREST

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 215 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Lay the chicken thighs out on a cutting board and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.

  2. Turn the Instant Pot on Sauté .  When the display reads "hot" add 1 tablespoon of the oil.  Brown the chicken thighs on both sides in batches adding additional oil as needed.

  3. Remove the chicken from the pot and add the water.  Scrape the bottom of the pot to remove any burned on bits.

  4. Add the trivet to the pot, then the chicken.  Seal the lid and set the cook time for 10 minutes.

  5. When the Instant Pot is finished cooking, do a 10 minute natural pressure release, then release the rest of the pressure with a quick release.

  6. Remove the chicken from the pot and serve.

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    • Samantha Dawn
    • May 22, 2018
    Reply

    Love chicken thighs and I can’t wait to incorporate this IP recipe into our menu!

      • jenniferbanz
      • May 22, 2018
      Reply

      You are going to love it!

    • Tayler Ross
    • May 22, 2018
    Reply

    I love how easy dinner is made in the Instant Pot! This chicken looks amazing!

      • jenniferbanz
      • May 22, 2018
      Reply

      Yes! Love the Instant Pot so much!

    • Stacey
    • June 25, 2018
    Reply

    Just made these tonight with skinless and boneless chicken thighs! It was so tender once it came out of the pressure cooker. It also filled my house with a delicious paprika aroma! Will definitely make these again!

    • ALICE I ALLEN,
    • July 11, 2018
    Reply

    This was my first time to use my instant pot, so decided to try chicken and used this recipe. I asked my husband for his opinion and he said it was pretty good boiled chicken! He likes fried chicken. I thought your photo looked rather like fried chicken, so that is why I tried this recipe. It was tender and had good flavor, however I would have liked it to have some brown crispy on it. I did use the saute feature. I have a 3 qt. and I added the one cup water…maybe that is too much water for the 3 quart? Any suggestions? I did let it natural release for 10 or 15 minutes.

      • jenniferbanz
      • July 16, 2018
      Reply

      Nothing cooked in the instant pot is going to be crispy

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