Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken

Learn how I prepare the popular Honey Garlic Chicken recipe. The interesting combo of garlic, honey and soy sauce always guarantees mouthwatering results. The interesting gist: Making this delicious recipe in an Instant Pot makes the chicken get pressure cooked to tender, juicy and moist. Then the meat will fall off the bones!

Ready in:  20min (Prep: 5min, Cook: 15min)
Serves: 4


  • Salt & Ground black pepper
  • Cooking oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Chicken thighs – 4 (1.5lbs)
  • Minced garlic – 4 cloves
  • Chopped parsley (optional)


  • Honey – 3 tablespoons
  • Sugar/Brown sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Soy sauce – 2 tablespoons
  • Water – 3 tablespoons (I prefer chicken broth)
  • Cayenne pepper – 3 dashes


  1. First wash the chicken thighs with cold water.
  2. Pat dry the chicken thighs with paper towels.
  3. Then use salt and pepper to season the chicken thighs and set aside.
  4. Mix all other ingredients in the Sauce and stir thoroughly to mix well; making sure that the sugar and honey completely dissolve. Then set aside.
  5. Put on the Sauté mode on your Instant Pot.
  6. Add ½ tablespoon of cooking oil immediately the pot get fully heated (this prevents the chicken from sticking on the pot).
  7. Now use pan to sear the chicken thighs until both sides turn brown. Tip: Put the skin side down first.
  8. Then add the remaining oil.
  9. Sauté the garlic a bit and pour in the sauce.
  10. Cover your pot and select Manual. Set it to High pressure for 10 minutes.
  11. When your pot beeps, turn it to Quick Release.
  12. Remove the cover carefully  once the valve drops,
  13. Finally, add the chopped parsley and serve immediately.


  • I made use of 6-quart Instant Pot. 
  • Also note that the sauce I used for this recipe equals 8 tablespoons of liquid content, which makes up the 1/2 cup min. amount of liquid required for Instant Pot. 
  • You need to double the quantity of sauce if you like it saucy.
  • If you are using chicken breast instead of thigh you need to double the sauce and also pressure cook for 8 minutes so the chicken don’t get too dry.

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