12 Ways to Cook Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

In my opinion, chicken thighs are the cheapest cut of meat that produces the most flavor.  Chicken thighs are much less expensive than chicken breast, always turn out moist and flavorful, and taste amazing with various flavors.  Chicken thighs are also my favorite meat to cook in my Instant Pot.   I love making one-pot chicken thigh meals in my Instant Pot when I am pressed for time but still want to cook a nourishing meal for my family.   Here is the ultimate collection of chicken thigh recipes that you need to try! 

How to Cook Chicken Thighs in Your Instant Pot

I am convinced that the Instant Pot is the best way to cook chicken thighs! You can even cook them from frozen in the same amount of time!  Cooking a meal in your Instant pot is the easiest way to cook a meal while you’re liberated from your kitchen! There is no need to attend to these meals while the Instant Pot is cooking.

Make sure you take advantage of the saute setting on your Instant Pot.  You can brown the chicken thighs before or after you pressure cook them, making these recipes true one-pot meals.   It is always my goal to use as few dishes as possible when I cook.

Pressure cooking times for fresh and frozen thighs:

  • Bone-in Thighs: Pressure cook on high for 10 minutes for fresh, or 15 minutes for frozen thighs.
  • Boneless Thighs: Pressure cook on high for 10 minutes for fresh or 12 minutes for frozen thighs.

Chicken should always reach an internal tempreture of 165 degrees.  If your chicken is just shy of 165 degrees, then you can allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes to let it finish cooking.

Chicken Thighs can be stored in the fridge for up to five days or the freezer for up to three months.

French Chicken Thighs

Your world is going to change when you make these French Chicken Thighs!  I am almost certain that you already have all of the ingredients for this meal.  This flavor combination of Dijon mustard, herbs de Provence, garlic, and onion is incredible, and your kids will love this meal!

Greek Salad Dressing Chicken Thighs

A Bottle of Greek Salad Dressing can add huge flavor to a meal.  All cooked in your Instant Pot, this meal literally takes 4 ingredients and is done in less than 30 minutes!

Honey Butter Chicken Thighs

Kids love these honey butter chicken thighs!  The potatoes and green beans are all cooked in one pot with the thighs, making for a rich-tasting easy weeknight meal!

Italian Chicken Thighs

Adding a bottle of Italian salad dressing to chicken is delicious!   These Italian salad dressing chicken thighs call for only FOUR ingredients: chicken thighs, carrots, potatoes, and a bottle of Italian salad dressing.  Your family will devour this simple and easy weeknight dinner!

Sour Cream and Onion Chicken Thighs 

Reminiscent of tangy sour cream and onion chips, This recipe is creamy, comforting, and a delicious one-pot meal option.

Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Chicken Thighs

Olive Garden Dressing Chicken Thighs

Olive Garden brand Italian dressing is so good, and this dish takes minimal effort to prepare.  All you need is chicken thighs, olive garden salad dressing, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese.  This chicken tastes great as an entree or tastes delicious over pasta, farro, or rice.

Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Chicken Thighs 

Adding cream cheese sauce to chicken thighs makes them taste out of this world, and the addition of our favorite Everything but the bagel seasoning is the perfect finishing touch! 

Spicy Cajun Chicken Thighs

If you have family members who enjoy spice, then try these spicy cajun chicken thighs.  You can also make a quick batch of rice in your Instant Pot to have on the side.

Rosemary Chicken Thighs

Rosemary makes a fragrant addition to any poutry dish.  These rosemary chicken thighs are a simple and satisfying meal.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken Thighs

My kids would be happy eating orange chicken every night of the week.  Making orange chicken at home is a budget-friendly way to enjoy your favorite take out dish!

Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo is a traditonal Philipino dish that can easily be made by any home cook.

What is your favorite way to make chicken thighs in your Instant Pot?  Please comment below and let me know!


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