chicken thighs on a yellow plate

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. This easy pressure cooker recipe will be a family favorite.
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free, instant pot recipe, recipe for chicken thighs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 184kcal
Author Jennifer Banz




  • Lay the chicken thighs out on a cutting board and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
  • Turn the Instant Pot on HI 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.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and add the water.  Scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to remove any burned bits.  Cancel sauté function.
  • Add the trivet to the pot, then the chicken.  Seal the lid and pressure cook on high for 10 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and serve.



  • The browned bits must be scraped from the bottom to avoid the "burn" warning that is common with the Instant pot.  
  • The trivet is a metal insert that is designed to keep ingredients out of the water. While pressure cooking, it is necessary to use 1-2 cups of water for every recipe.


Serving: 1thigh | Calories: 184kcal | Protein: 27g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g