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Easy Instant Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken | Quick and Delicious Recipe

Looking for a quick and delicious dinner that will leave everyone asking for seconds? Our Easy Instant Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken is the answer. This recipe promises tender, fall-off-the-bone chicken drenched in a sweet and savory honey-garlic sauce, all prepared in under an hour. Whether you’re a busy parent or a cooking enthusiast, this dish is perfect for you.

The Best Easy Instant Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken Recipe

Notes on Ingredients

To make this flavorful dish, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon chicken soup base (such as Better than Bouillon® Roasted Chicken Base)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or substitute with olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 (6 ounce) bone-in chicken thighs, with skin
  • 3 (4 ounce) bone-in chicken drumsticks, with skin
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons teriyaki marinade (such as Kikkoman®)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic, or more to taste

Each ingredient contributes to the rich, layered flavors of the dish. The chicken soup base and teriyaki marinade bring umami depth, while honey and garlic offer the perfect balance of sweet and savory.

How to Make Easy Instant Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken

  1. Prepare the Soup Base: Melt the chicken soup base in hot water.
  2. Sauté the Chicken: Turn on your Instant Pot and select the Sauté function. Heat avocado oil and butter until the butter melts. Place the chicken pieces, skin-side down, and brown them for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and brown the other side. Remove chicken and set aside.
  3. Deglaze the Pot: Pour half of the prepared soup base into the pot, scraping the browned bits off the bottom with a spatula.
  4. Prepare the Sauce: Combine honey, teriyaki marinade, and minced garlic with the remaining soup base, stirring well.
  5. Pressure Cook: Place the trivet inside the pot and add the chicken in a single layer. Pour the honey mixture over the chicken. Close and lock the lid, select high pressure, and set the timer for 12 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
  6. Release the Pressure: Use the natural-release method for 10 minutes, then switch to the quick-release method to release any remaining pressure. Unlock and remove the lid.
  7. Serve and Enjoy: Serve the chicken hot, drizzled with extra sauce from the pot.

How to Serve Easy Instant Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken

This dish pairs wonderfully with steamed rice, mashed potatoes, or a fresh green salad. For a complete meal, consider adding roasted vegetables or a side of sautéed greens. The sweet and savory sauce also makes a fantastic dip for crusty bread.

How to Store Easy Instant Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken

Leftovers? No problem! Store the chicken and sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply microwave or warm it up in a saucepan over medium heat until heated through.

Nutrition information

NutrientAmount per serving% Daily Value*
Calories404.93 kcal20%
Total Fat21.33 g30%
Carbs36.53 g14%
Sugars32.69 g36%
Protein18.99 g38%
Sodium913.58 mg46%
Fiber0.13 g0%
Saturated Fat6.08 g30%
Trans Fat0.06 g
Monounsaturated Fat9.23 g
Polyunsaturated Fat3.31 g
Cholesterol114.11 mg38%
Calcium16.62 mg2%
Magnesium20.61 mg5%
Potassium253.14 mg7%
Iron0.95 mg7%
Zinc1.91 mg19%
Phosphorus177.67 mg25%
Vitamin A51.87 mcg6%
Vitamin C1.07 mg1%
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)0.09 mg8%
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)0.21 mg15%
Niacin (Vitamin B3)5.13 mg32%
Vitamin B60.41 mg29%
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)4.15 mcg2%
Vitamin B120.6 mcg24%
Vitamin D0.06 mcg1%
Vitamin E0.32 mg3%
Vitamin K2.89 mcg4%
Nutrition Information for Instant Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

FAQs About Easy Instant Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken

Can I use boneless chicken for this recipe?

Yes, you can use boneless chicken thighs or breasts, but the cooking time may be reduced. Check for doneness around the 10-minute mark.

What if I don’t have teriyaki marinade?

You can substitute with soy sauce and a splash of rice vinegar for a similar flavor profile.

Can I add vegetables to the Instant Pot?

Absolutely! Carrots, bell peppers, and broccoli can be added. Just be mindful that they may become very soft due to the pressure cooking.

Instant Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken with golden-brown skin and savory sauce.

Easy Instant Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken

Discover the best easy Instant Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken recipe. Fall-off-the-bone chicken in a sweet and savory sauce, ready in just 55 minutes!
Temps de préparation 10 minutes
Temps de cuisson 30 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Temps total 55 minutes
Type de plat Dinner Plate, Family Meal
Cuisine American
Portions 3 servings
Calories 601 kcal

Ingrédients
  

  • 1 tablespoon chicken soup base such as Better than Bouillon® Roasted Chicken Base
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 6 ounce bone-in chicken thighs, with skin
  • 3 4 ounce bone-in chicken drumsticks, with skin
  • cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons teriyaki marinade such as Kikkoman®
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic or more to taste

Instructions
 

  • Melt chicken soup base in hot water.
  • Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Add avocado oil and butter; heat until butter melts. Add chicken pieces, skin-sides down, and brown for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip chicken and brown the other side.
  • Turn off pot and remove chicken to a plate. Pour 1/2 of the prepared soup base into the pot, scraping the browned bits off the bottom with a spatula.
  • Add honey, teriyaki marinade, and garlic to the remaining prepared soup base, stirring until well mixed.
  • Place the trivet inside the pot. Add chicken in a single layer. Pour honey mixture over chicken. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer’s instructions; set timer for 12 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
  • Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer’s instructions, 10 minutes. Switch to the quick-release method to release remaining pressure, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Enjoy!
Keyword Chicken, Honey-Garlic, instant pot, Quick Dinner
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