Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet (2024)

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This Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Recipe is the best and easy way to cook bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs in your pressure cooker. Bonus: you can also make delicious gravy!

I like to serve this chicken with mashed potatoes or rice. If you like a lemon and garlic combo, my Instant Pot Lemon Chicken is made with boneless skinless thighs.

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Why This Recipe Works

I am so excited to share my recipe and tips on how to cook chicken thighs in the Instant Pot! It's my favorite way to cook this cut of chicken in my pressure cooker. They are juicy and flavorful with golden brown buttery skin. Perfect served for a main dish or meal prep chicken cooked ahead of time for other dishes.

These Instant Pot Chicken Thighs are so easy to make and budget-friendly. I use the thighs as a main dish or remove the meat off the bones and use it in other recipes, as it is very flavorful because it's dark meat. I save the liquid from cooking for soups or making gravy to serve over the chicken. Gravy is always a good idea, just like in my Instant Pot Turkey Breast recipe!

Since my goal is to always make the recipe easy without sacrificing the flavors, I am sharing my go-to easy poultry seasoning.I season the chicken thighs on the skin side first. All you need is salt, black pepper, paprika, and dried oregano. Just sprinkle it over the chicken and cook. That's it!

Ingredients:

  • chicken thighs: I used skin-on and bone-in thighs; I recommend counting one thigh per person;
  • olive oil and butter: my favorite combo for browning chicken;
  • garlic: I prefer fresh but garlic powder can be used as well;
  • seasoning: paprika, dried oregano, salt, and pepper;
  • cornstarch: mixed with water, it will make a thickener to make the gravy with the liquid left after cooking the chicken.
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How to cook chicken thighs in the Instant Pot?

  • The skin side is the first one to be browned in the pot so place the thighs skin side down in a heated pot with oil and butter.
  • Let it brown for 2 to 3 minutes. The addition of butter will give you crispy, golden-brown skin. The more browned the chicken is, the more flavor it and the gravy will have but watch it so it won't burn.
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  • Next, flip it to the other side and let it cook for just a minute.
  • Press the "cancel/off" button. Remove the chicken onto a plate and add water to the Instant Pot. Scrape all the brown bits from the bottom of the IP insert.
  • Place the trivet in the insert and arrange chicken thighs on the trivet. Now all you need to do is set the IP to cook for 12 minutes.

Always check the internal temperature of the cooked meat. For chicken, it's at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. I checked my chicken thighs and they all were around 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Helpful Tips!

  • Use chicken thighs that are roughly the same size for even cooking. I also like to trim any excess fat and skin from the thighs.
  • Use a combination of olive oil and butter for beautifully golden brown skin. That also means lots of flavors!
  • Brown the skin side first. Let it brown until you see a good amount of brown bits on the bottom of the IP insert. Again, we are working on flavor here. It will also make for a very flavorful gravy!
  • Twelve minutes was perfect for 4 good size chicken thighs. They came out absolutely perfect! If you want them more falling off the bone style, add 3 more minutes to the cooking time.
  • Letting the pressure release naturally is the best here, because it will prevent the chicken from drying out and make the thighs super juicy! I recommend the same in my Instant Pot Turkey Breast recipe.
  • Let the chicken thighs rest for 10 minutes before serving. It will prevent the juices from escaping the meat.
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How to make the gravy?

Making gravy is as easy as just thickening the liquid remaining in the IP insert after cooking the chicken thighs. You can use flour but I always recommend cornstarch because it makes the smoothest sauces and gravy.

When your Instant Pot is done, let it release the pressure naturally. It won't take long and you can set the table in the meantime. Remove the chicken thighs and the trivet from the insert. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water and add to the liquid at the bottom of the insert. You can press "saute" button and let it cook until it thickens. The liquid might just be hot enough so you won't need to do that.

What to serve with this dish?

My favorite side dish to serve with these chicken thighs is a classic: mashed potatoes! We also lovemy Garlic Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts on the side. Perfect dinner for Sunday or even a special occasion. You can also make my Sweet Potato Casserole (it's not only for the holidays!), German Potato Salad with Bacon, Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole or my Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes. There are so many options!

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Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Recipe

Author: Anna

The best and easy way to cook bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs in your pressure cooker. Bonus: you can also make a delicious gravy!

4.95 from 71 votes

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 12 minutes mins

Total Time 22 minutes mins

Course Main Dish

Cuisine American

Servings 4 people

Calories 384 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

  • Trim excess skin and fat from chicken thighs.

    4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs

  • Season with salt, pepper, paprika and oregano on the skin side.

    1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • Make sure the stainless steel insert is in your Instant Pot.

  • Press the "saute" function. Wait for 2 to 3 minutes and add oil and butter to the insert.

    1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon butter

  • When the butter is melted and sizzling, add garlic and stir in. Add chicken thighs to IP skin side down.

    1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • Brown for 2 to 3 minutes. The longer you let it brown and make brown bits on the bottom of the pot, the more flavor the chicken and gravy will have. Just make sure the chicken doesn't burn!

  • Flip the chicken onto the other side and cook for 1 minutes.

  • Press "cancel/off" button.

  • Remove chicken onto a plate and set aside.

  • Add water to Instant Pot and use wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the insert.

    1 cup water

  • Place trivet in the IP and arrange the chicken thighs on top.

  • Close lid, set the valve to "sealing" position and press "manual" button. Set the timer to 12 minutes. The IP will beep and start coming to pressure. Since it is already hot, it won't take long.

  • Once the IP is done cooking, press "cancel/off" button. Do not release the pressure but let it release naturally. If you are in a hurry, let it release naturally for at least 5 minutes.

  • When done, carefully open the lid away from your face. Place chicken on a plate and let rest.

  • Remove trivet from the IP.

  • In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch with ¼ cup of water. Make sure there are no clumps. Add to liquid at the bottom of the IP. Stir until thickened. You can press the "saute" function to simmer it for a few minutes to help thicken the gravy. Serve chicken with gravy. You can also keep the liquid without thickening it and use for soups.

    1 tablespoon cornstarch

Notes

  • The chicken thighs are delicious served right away with classic side dishes like mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables OR you can let them cool until easy to handle and pull the meat off the bones. Use in salads and main dishes.
  • Twelve minutes was perfect for 4 good size chicken thighs. They came out absolutely perfect! If you want them more falling off the bone style, add 3 more minutes to cooking time.
  • Let the chicken thighs rest for 10 minutes before serving. It will prevent the juices from escaping the meat.
  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 307mg | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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  1. Stacey says

    I look forward to trying this recipe this week.
    Do you think I could stack the browned thighs if I want to cook more than four? If so, any adjustments to time or amount of liquid?

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  2. Monica S says

    Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet (16)
    Nice touch including the portion sizes below each step…sometimes it’s the little things 😁

    Reply

  3. Jeanne Traeger says

    Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet (17)
    This has become my go-to chicken thigh recipe. I make this every week, varying the seasonings, and it always turns out very yummy. I set my cook time for 15 minutes because I like chicken fall-off-the-bone tender. Crunchy Creamy Sweet is the first place I look for Instant Pot recipes.

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