Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs (Pressure Cooker Recipe)These melt-in-your-mouth Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs with rock your dinner table!

Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs (Pressure Cooker Recipe)
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This chicken, guys…

Ultra moist, fall-off-the-bone chicken thighs. Salty-sweet sticky glaze. And a rich Asian spiced aroma wafting from the Instant Pot.

These things together create the most amazing chicken.

Perfect Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs (Pressure Cooker Recipe)

Today’s Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs are one of those recipe you are going to make over and over. My kids beg for it on a weekly basis, and have since the first time I made it.

Seasoned with a handful of pantry staple ingredients, these pressure cooked chicken thighs are undeniably addictive. You can literally press a fork on the top of each thigh and the meat just falls into shreds.

Amazing Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs (Pressure Cooker Recipe)

Although they have an enticing Asian flavor, Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs pair well with just about everything. You can serve them with steamed broccoli and rice, or over mashed potatoes.

You can even pull the meat off the bones and mix it into quick pasta dishes!

Making Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs (Pressure Cooker Recipe)

How to Make Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs

Brown the chicken on the skin side only in batches. This gives the skin color which helps it further retain the color of the glaze while pressure cooking, for a prettier finished product.

Then pile all the chicken thighs in the Instant Pot.

How To: Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs (Pressure Cooker Recipe)

Whisk together a quick glaze made with low sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, a little ketchup for color, garlic and ginger.

Pour the glaze over the chicken.

How to Make Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs (Pressure Cooker Recipe)

Seal the lid on the pot and pressure cook the chicken for 20 minutes.

You can enjoy the chicken immediately, or whisk in a little cornstarch at the end to thicken the glaze.

Making Perfect Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs (Pressure Cooker Recipe)

Pull the chicken thighs out of the Instant Pot with tongs and ladle the sweet glaze over the top of each piece.

Don’t have dinner plans tonight? Give our Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs a try.

You will not be sorry!

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Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken (Pressure Cooker Recipe)
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Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs Recipe - Melt in your mouth chicken thighs made in the pressure cooker, with a sweet sticky ginger garlic soy glaze.
Servings: 5 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 997 Calories from Fat 567
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 63g 97%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 355mg 118%
Sodium 2098mg 87%
Potassium 938mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 35g
Protein 61g 122%
Vitamin A 6.9%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 6.9%
Iron 21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, 10-12 thighs
  • 1 cup low sodium soy sauce, I bought gluten free
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, or arrowroot
  • Garnishes: sesame seeds and chopped scallions

Instructions

  1. Turn the Instant Pot on the Sauté setting and add the sesame oil. Add several of the chicken thighs, skin-side-down. Brown the skin for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Then remove the chicken thighs and repeat with the remaining thighs until all have been browned on the skin side. Place all the chicken thighs back in the Instant Pot, skin-side-up. *This first step is optional. Then skin will not stay crisp once pressure cooked, but the browning process gives the skin a much richer color once finished. If skipping the browning, pile the raw thighs in the Instant Pot and move onto step 2.

  2. Pour the soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, garlic, and ginger in a bowl. Whisk well, then pour the glaze over the top of the chicken.
  3. Lock the lid into place. Set the Instant Pot on Pressure Cook High for 20 minutes. Then turn the Instant Pot Off and perform a Quick Release . Once the pressure valve button drops, it's safe to open the lid.

  4. Scoop 1/4 cup of the glaze out of the pot. Whisk 1 tablespoon cornstarch into the glaze. Then turn the Instant Pot back on Sauté and stir the cornstarch slurry back into the pot. Let it simmer for 2-4 minutes to thicken the glaze. Turn off the pot. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped scallions before servings.

Recipe Notes

Don't have an Instant Pot? You can make this recipe in the slow cooker. Follow step 1 on the stovetop and place the chicken thighs in a slow cooker. Pour the glaze over the top. Then cover the slow cooker and set on high for approximately 6 hours. Follow step 4 to thicken the sauce.

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10 comments on “Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs

  1. emilyposted December 3, 2018 at 10:11 pm Reply

    So my first recipe first time instapot user. Wow. As I made it I realized I was out of a few things – like ketsup (substituted barbeque sauce), brown sugar (substituted a combo of molasses and honey) plus used granualted garlic and ground ginger – the taste is really good.

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  4. Annette Ellisposted September 5, 2018 at 2:25 pm Reply

    How long would you cook them if you used boneless, skinless chicken thighs? Thanks!

    • Sommer Collierposted September 18, 2018 at 12:41 pm Reply

      Hi Annette!

      Usually chicken breasts will pressure cook in 5-6 minutes, depending on size.

  5. Carolposted July 27, 2018 at 11:07 am Reply

    I made this and substituted Sriacha ketchup for regular ketchup. We stir fried some veggies (broccoli, carrots, red bell pepper and sugar peas) heated up a pouch of precooked brown rice. This was amazing and we will have it again!  

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  7. Bob Championposted May 22, 2018 at 9:15 pm Reply

    What is you recommended garnish?

    • Sommer Collierposted May 22, 2018 at 10:54 pm Reply

      Hi Bob!

      I like to sprinkle the chicken with sesame seeds and scallions, but you could also use cilantro or even chopped peanuts!

  8. Saraposted May 22, 2018 at 8:17 am Reply

    Oh my gosh, I made this for dinner last night and the three of us ate every single chicken thigh! They were so soft and tender, we couldn’t believe it. AND THE SAUCE!!!! Thanks again for a marvelous recipe.