15 Chicken Thigh Recipes for the Instant Pot

top-down view of chicken curry in a white bowl with Basmati rice, garnished with cilantro
Photo: Shauna James Ahren

For simple weeknight dinners, you can't beat chicken thighs. They're are inexpensive, tasty, and extremely versatile. This collection of top-rated recipes highlights this versatilty, featuring chicken thighs with international accents, from chicken curry to cacciatore, chicken teriyaki to chicken tagine, biriyani and butter chicken, and much more. And because these recipes are made in an Instant Pot, you can make these chicken thigh dinners on the quick, whether you're starting with fresh, frozen, boneless, bone-in, skinless, or skin-on chicken thighs. And for more, check out how to cook chicken thighs in the Instant Pot.

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Instant Pot® Curried Chicken Thighs

Mild yellow curry powder helps build big curry flavor without being overpowering. "This pressure-cooked chicken curry is easy to prepare," says thedailygourmet. "I'm not a fan of spicy, so I have made this with mild yellow curry powder. Feel free to substitute your preferred curry for your desired heat level. Serve over basmati rice."

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Instant Pot® Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs simmer in a simple teriyaki sauce. "This was so delicious. Came out perfectly so tender and the teriyaki sauce is so good," says Nancy. "So much better than bottled. Move over Panda Express."

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Instant Pot® Provencal Honey-Lemon Chicken

Here's one with the flavors of southern France. "I love the blend of herbes de Provence, honey, lemon, and lavender," says Cambria_Mae. "The acidity of the lemon perfectly balances the sweetness of the honey. This dish is always a hit and all five of my children cheer when I place this on the table. I use an Instant Pot, but this recipe can be easily adapted to be baked in the oven instead. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does."

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Best Instant Pot® Chicken Cacciatore

An Instant Pot chicken cacciatore with mushrooms, green and red bell peppers, red wine, tomato paste, and Italian seasonings. "A little work up front, barely any cooking time, amazing outcome," says Shelly Exel-Miles. "Serve this to guests and they will be amazed by your mad Instant Pot/pressure cooker skills. Serve by itself or over pasta or rice. Also can add a little freshly ground Parmesan cheese."

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Instant Pot® Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Chickpeas

This sweet-and-savory dish is made in the style of the classic Moroccan dish. Chicken cooks until tender with onions, garlic, turmeric, ginger, apricots, chickpeas, and cinnamon. "In this dish, the Instant Pot is used to create a dish reminiscent of a slowly braised stew in a traditional clay tagine," says Diana71. "It's a sweet-and-savory, highly flavorful combo that will take you back to your Moroccan trip or inspire you to start planning for that Sahara camel-trek. Serve with rice or couscous and Greek yogurt."

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Instant Pot® Chicken Tortilla Soup

Here's a hearty version of chicken tortilla soup with layers of flavors, starring veggies, herbs, black beans, and lime juice. "Top soup with avocado, pepper Jack cheese, fresh cilantro, sour cream, crumbled tortilla chips, and hot sauce. This is great for freezing!" says voraciousgirl.

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Instant Pot® Sweet and Spicy Chicken Thighs

This easy weeknight meal is ready in about 30 minutes. Chicken thighs simmer in a sweet and spicy sauce with honey, soy sauce, and garlic. "The sticky sauce is delicious and goes great over stir-fry veggies, lo mein noodles, or rice," says RainbowJewels.

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Instant Pot® Indian Butter Chicken

"This luscious, deeply flavored dish, originally created by a Pakistani food cart vendor in Delhi, is a cinch to make in an Instant Pot," says Shauna James Ahern. "After an overnight marinade in yogurt and traditional spices, you can use an Instant Pot to cook every step, from toasting spices to cooking aromatics, to adding the tomatoes and chile. You can even make a batch of basmati rice ahead. This dinner will be such a treat."

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Instant Pot® Spanish Chicken and Rice

"This delicious arroz-con-pollo-esque dish is so easy to make with the Instant Pot!" says Diana71. "Colorful, appetizing, and nourishing, this meal comes together in a flash and is chock full of flavor! Squeeze lime or lemon wedges over if you like!"

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Chicken Biryani in the Instant Pot®

Skinless, boneless chicken thighs marinate overnight before cooking in the Instant Pot. "Chicken biryani has roots in both Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, and the seasonings will vary depending on region," says thedailygourmet. "While I won't claim this is authentic, it's quite tasty. Plan ahead, because the chicken marinates overnight before cooking in the Instant Pot. I use Mexican crema (sour cream) because I like the fluidity, as opposed to traditional sour cream."

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Instant Pot® Chicken Paprikash with Egg Noodles

Paprika and chicken stock deliver big flavor with this easy Instant Pot paprikash, featuring skinless, boneless chicken thighs and egg noodles. "Easy and delicious," says Latkins. "It's my kind of meal. I added some red peppers but you don't need to. I just wanted to jazz it up a bit. It's a perefect weeknight meal."

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Instant Pot® Coq au Vin

Here's an easier version of the classic French bistro dish, full of the same flavorful ingredients: shallots, garlic, bacon, chicken thighs, red wine, mushrooms, pearl onions, and carrots. "Coq au vin usually takes hours to make but with the Instant Pot you'll have dinner on the table in just over an hour," says Bren.

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Instant Pot® Jamaican Chicken Curry

This Jamaican chicken curry with potatoes and carrots is quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot. "If you can't go to Jamaica, why not bring Jamaica to you with this lively chicken dish!" says Bibi. "Jamaican curry usually contains allspice, so look for a blend that has it, or make your own. Even with potatoes in the dish, steamed basmati rice is a great add-on, but feel free to leave it out, or use cauli rice to cut back on the carbs."

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Instant Pot® Garlic-Sesame Chicken Thighs

"We love garlic and sesame sauce on chicken wings, and this is an entree version made with chicken thighs," says fabeveryday. "Pressure cooking the chicken with the sauce infuses the chicken with serious flavor. We like to serve this with white rice."

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Instant Pot® Filipino Chicken Adobo

Enjoy the tangy flavor of Filipino chicken adobo without having to marinate it for hours. "This was absolutely perfectly cooked, quick and delicious," says marlys. "The sauce is nice and tangy. It's a keeper. "

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