Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
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A quick and easy Instant Pot meal that can be made from frozen or fresh chicken thighs/drumsticks with that honey garlic flavour that everyone loves!
Recipe type: Supper
Serves: 4
  • 2 lbs chicken; I used bone-in thighs & drumsticks, about 8 pieces
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp water
  1. Turn your Instant Pot on Sauté, spray with nonstick oil, add some extra oil (about 1 tbsp) to the pot and brown the chicken on both sides first - this will also cut down on your cooking time. If you want to cut right to pressure cooking, just place the chicken pieces in the pot, but you will need to add extra time to your cooking anyway (couldn't tell you how much, I always saute. Try 5 minutes and let me know!).
  2. Mix together the honey, soy sauce, ketchup and garlic and add on top of the chicken. If it seems like there's not enough liquid, or if you are cooking from frozen, add ½ cup water.
  3. Put the lid on, ensure that the valve is sealed, and program your Instant Pot to Manual high pressure, and set it for 'x' amount of minutes (see notes) depending on the following for 2 lbs of chicken.
  4. When chicken is done cooking, perform a quick-release of the pressure by opening the valve, remove chicken with slotted spoon and set aside; make sure the chicken is cooked to 165ºF. Mix corn starch and water together in small bowl, add to sauce in Instant Pot and turn on to Sauté setting again, whisking until bubbling and thick.
Completely frozen, bone-in: 30 minutes
Partially frozen, bone-in: 20 minutes
Fresh, bone-in: 15 minutes
Completely frozen, boneless: 20 minutes
Partially frozen, boneless: 15 minutes
Fresh, boneless: 8 minutes
Recipe by Nurse Loves Farmer at