Instant Pot® Teriyaki Chicken Thighs


This Instant Pot® recipe is perfect for a school night or whenever you need a quick dinner!

close up view of Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs garnished with sesame seeds on a white plate
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup soy sauce

  • ¼ cup honey

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 (1/2 inch) piece fresh ginger, grated

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons cold water

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Pour in olive oil and warm until hot. Add chicken thighs and brown on both sides, 3 to 5 minutes per side.

  2. Meanwhile, combine brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, apple cider vinegar, ginger, and garlic in a bowl for the marinade. Pour marinade over chicken thighs in the pot and bring to a simmer; cook for 2 minutes and scrape browned bits off bottom of pot. Turn off Saute mode. Close and lock the lid.

  3. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 10 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  4. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 40 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  5. Stir cold water and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Remove chicken thighs from Instant Pot® and transfer to a plate.

  6. Select Saute function. Pour cornstarch mixture into the remaining sauce in the pot. Cook until sauce has thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off Saute mode. Pour some of the sauce over teriyaki thighs and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

384 Calories
15g Fat
40g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 384
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 1876mg 82%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 296mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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