Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Chicken Thighs


Spicy chicken thighs cooked in the Instant Pot in a mixture of honey, soy sauce, and garlic make an easy weeknight meal that's ready in about 30 minutes. The sticky sauce is delicious and goes great over stir-fried veggies, lo mein noodles, or rice.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • cup chicken broth

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Whisk chicken broth, soy sauce, honey, garlic, red pepper flakes, and pepper together in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot). Add chicken thighs and turn to coat with sauce. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 8 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  2. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Transfer chicken thighs to a plate and keep warm.

  3. Select Sauté function. Stir together water and cornstarch in a small bowl; add to the pot. Cook and stir until sauce has thickened and reduced, about 5 minutes.

  4. Return chicken thighs to the pot and toss to coat in hot sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

367 Calories
18g Fat
21g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 367
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 1097mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 322mg 7%

* 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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