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Zesty Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

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Zesty Instant Pot Chicken Thighs, From frozen to ready to eat all done in the Instant Pot and oven in only 30 minutes.

How long does it take to cook thighs in Instant Pot?

For Boneless Thighs: Pressure cook on high for 8 minutes for fresh or 12 minutes for frozen thighs. For Bone-in Thighs: Pressure cook on high for 10 minutes for fresh, or 15 minutes for frozen thighs. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then turn the valve to “venting” to release any remaining steam.

Zesty Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

Can you put frozen chicken in an Instapot?

Yes, you can safely cook frozen meat in an Instant Pot because pressure cooking cooks foods quickly. Unlike a slow cooker, in which frozen food may stay in a dangerous temperature range for too long, the Instant Pot can quickly bring frozen food to a safe temperature.

Yield: 4 generous portions

Zesty Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

An image of Chicken thighs with potatoes

These zesty chicken thighs were frozen when I started them off in the IP and then ended it off in the oven. Turned out quick and yummy!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 8 chicken thighs (frozen)
  • 1 tbsp. teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chili flake
  • 1 tsp garlic/ginger paste
  • 1 cup chicken stock


  1. Place the chicken into the pot.
  2. Whisk the teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and oyster sauce with the remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken.
  3. Pressure cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Quick-release.
  5. Transfer the chicken to a baking dish and pour some of the sauce over it.
  6. Bake uncovered at 180C / 350F for 15 minutes.
  7. Serve with your favorite sides.


Prepared, tried, and tested Melanie Kramar from The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs 

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 612Total Fat 38gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 27gCholesterol 335mgSodium 1145mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 63g

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4 thoughts on “Zesty Instant Pot Chicken Thighs”

  1. These sound so delicious. Lately, I’ve been using a lot of chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. I don’t have an Instant Pot, but I’ve been considering one for a long time. (I also want an air fryer!) I don’t have a lot of counter space, so I hesitate to buy new kitchen appliances, but I think I would get a lot of use out of them. Pinning

    • Hi Pam. I am sure that one can prepare this dish in another way in stead of the IP. I do not have one myself, but still want to try it in a normal way. Once I do I will update it. I only recently invested in am AF and must say that we do use it a lot. Do take a look at some AF recipes, we do have quite a number of them. When you prepare any recipe please let us know how it turned out via a rating a review. Thanks for popping in and always participating

    • Hi Melynda. they are truly delicious and hope you will have an opportunity to try them and then also to rate and drop us a review. Enjoy it when you make them


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