Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Recipes – The Best Way To Make Thighs in the IP!

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Chicken thighs are a new thing for me. I’ve always been a chicken breast gal, but thighs now are a regular in our house. We are sharing our favorite recipes for Instant Pot Chicken Thighs!

Chicken Breast vs Chicken Thigh

First, let’s talk quickly about the chicken breast vs chicken thigh thing. I grew up on chicken breasts, so I think that’s why I’ve always just used that. But let’s talk about why you should give the thigh a try!

Have you ever wondered what the difference between chicken breast and chicken thighs are? Chicken breasts are white meat and chicken thighs provide dark meat. Chicken breasts are typically leaner than chicken thighs, which tend to be fattier. Don’t fret though, because the chicken thigh fat is monounsaturated fat – which is a healthy fat.

chicken breast vs chicken thigh
Instant Pot Chicken Thigh Recipes

Another difference in the chicken breast vs chicken thigh is taste. The chicken thigh, being darker – provides a more flavorful and intense taste. 

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Recipes

So now that we know why we should be eating chicken thighs, let’s make some! Just a tip, I like to make a bunch of chicken up ahead of time for the week. This makes meal prep super easy, which this busy mom of 4 appreciates!

Recipes Instant Pot Chicken Thighs
Chicken Thigh Instant Pot Recipes

Here are 21 delicious recipes for Instant Pot chicken thighs.

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

Looking just to Instant Pot chicken thighs? Let’s show you how. It’s super easy and like I said – making this ahead of time is a great time saver and meal prep hack! 

I’m going to show you how to Instant Pot both frozen chicken thighs and fresh chicken thighs. I do like to season my chicken ahead of time with salt, pepper and garlic.

how to instant pot chicken thighs
How to make chicken thighs in the instant pot

Something else to note, you will want to make sure your chicken is thoroughly cooked. Chicken should have a core internal temperature of 165°F. This will ensure that you chicken is ready to eat. 

Frozen Chicken Thighs

From start to finish, to Instant Pot frozen chicken thighs will take around 30 to 40 minutes.  Use 1 cup of liquid for every pound of frozen chicken thighs that you cook. I typically do not cook more than 2 pounds of thighs at a time. 

To cook the thighs, I set manual for 25 minutes. If you have a newer Instant Pot, you may have not have a manual button and instead you will use the Instant Pot button.

Fresh Chicken Thighs

To Instant Pot fresh chicken thighs, I follow the same directions as above. I use 1 cup of liquid per pound of chicken. I personally prefer chicken broth, but water works just fine. 

You will want to cook your fresh thighs in the Instant Pot for 10 minutes. I typically let them natural pressure release, but you can do a quick release if you want. Remember to make sure that your chicken is at the 

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Make Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole in the Instant Pot with chicken thighs!

Instant Pot Chicken Thigh Casserole
chicken thigh instant pot broccoli rice recipe

This Instant Pot recipe is a family favorite. It is one of those dishes that is even better when reheated, so make extra! 

View Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Rice Recipe

Creamy Chicken Thighs

Learn how to make Instant Pot Chicken Thighs – creamy style! This easy Instant Pot recipe is cream cheese delicious! 

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings in the Instant Pot? Yes, please!

This dish is a great meal for a cold day! 

Honey Garlic Chicken Instant Pot Recipe

Enjoy this sweet and savory chicken thigh meal.

And the best part? It’s ready in around 30 minutes!

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

I wasn’t sure about this recipe, despite reading posts from several friends that they loved crack chicken. I wasn’t buying it, and then on a desperate night with not knowing what to make, I made Instant Pot crack chicken and now it’s a regular on our family menu.

This is another dish that saves well and is good hot or cold. The kids love eating this in their school lunches! 

Sweet Chili Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

This sweet chili Instant Pot recipe features a delicious marinade that is absolutely perfect for wraps, salads or sandwiches!

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

As someone who can eat mexican food for every meal, I vote YES for Instant Pot chicken tacos!

This chicken taco seasoning in the Instant Pot is amazing.

View all of our Instant Pot Mexican recipes

Thai Chicken Instant Pot Recipe

Looking for something a little different? Try Gai Yang, a thai chicken dish from Paint the Kitchen Red

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Gai Yang Recipe – image & recipe by Paint the Kitchen Red

This Thai Chicken Instant Pot recipe over rice is a delicious dish that provides a slight kick of spice. 

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Low Carb Chicken Thigh Instant Pot Soup

Are you low carbing or on the KETO diet? If so, then this chicken thigh Instant Pot recipe is for you! 

This low carb soup is the perfect combination of garlic, rosemary and basil goodness from Low Carb Yum. 

Instant Pot Garlic Chicken

As a sucker for garlic, this Instant Pot chicken thigh recipe does NOT disappoint. The dijon mustard cream sauce from Recipes Worth Repeating is on point! 

garlic chicken thigh instant pot
Image and recipe from Recipes Worth Repeating

(Though, I admit I’ll subtract mushrooms from the recipe.)

More Chicken Thigh Instant Pot Recipes

And even MORE Instant Pot Recipes Made With Chicken Thighs!

Well, there you have it – our favorite finds for best recipes for Instant Pot Chicken Thighs, we hope you enjoy making these! 

Don’t miss our Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipes!

Do you have a Instant Pot chicken thigh recipe that we have to try? Drop a comment below!

Low Carb Instant Pot Recipes is part of the Digital Mom Blog series of Instant Pot Recipes

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