11 Chicken Thigh Recipes for Your Instant Pot
For simple and reliable weeknight dinners, cook chicken thighs in the Instant Pot. The chicken cooks quickly and it stays flavorful and moist.
The popularity of the Instant Pot, a useful and efficient electric pressure cooker, has grown over the past few years. Its quirky name implies immediate satisfaction. A satisfying dish that would normally take an hour or more to cook can be on the table in 30 minutes or less.
Chicken thighs are a perfect go-to for busy weeknight family meals. They will remain flavorful and tender even in a pressure cooker. Plus, chicken thighs are less likely to dry out compared to chicken breasts. If you cut them into smaller pieces before throwing them in the Instant Pot, they can cook in 10 minutes or less.
The recipes here are as basic as cooking frozen chicken (yes, you can put frozen chicken in an Instant Pot and have dinner in less than 30) to a flavorful 60-minute chicken soup that would otherwise take all day to simmer.
Breakout your Instant Pot and try out any of the recipes on this list for weeknight dinner satisfaction.
Instant Pot Chicken Soup
A bowl of soup is always satisfying. With the Instant Pot you can have classic chicken soup with carrots, onions, celery, and fresh thyme and parsley ready in 60 minutes. Need a boost? Just add some egg noodles.
Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Loaded with shredded chicken, tomatoes, corn, and beans, and garnished with creamy avocado and zippy lime, this Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is certain to become a family favorite. You can serve it with a simple mixed greens salad or match the Tex-Mex theme with a crispy, crunchy Nopalitos Cactus Salad!
Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
This is down home comfort food at its best! This recipe shows you how to layer the chicken and rice, so that they not only cook at the same rate but also allows for easy clean-up. No stuck-on burnt rice here.
Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings
This timeless chicken and dumplings recipe is quite possibly the best comfort food—hearty stewed chicken married with fluffy, tender dumplings.
Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken Taco Meat
The Instant Pot makes quick work of seasoned chicken thighs. The rub spices—chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic and onion powder, cinnamon, allspice, and cayenne—add so much flavor to a sauce that is reduced to coat the shredded chicken. Wrap the chicken in these delicious homemade tortillas.
Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
Tender, tasty, and good-for-you cannellini beans are paired with boneless pre-cooked chicken, jalapeños, bell peppers, and warm spices like cumin, oregano, and coriander. Use leftover shredded or diced chicken thighs to enjoy this savory chili in 5 minutes by cooking it in the Instant Pot.
Pressure Cooker Moroccan Chicken
This satisfying savory dish is made with chicken thighs, olives, lemon, garlic, onions, and raisins. A Moroccan spice blend called ras el hanout really takes this recipe to the top. It’s a blend of sweet and savory spices including paprika, cumin, coriander, and cinnamon. A recipe for it is included in case you can’t find it at your local market. This Golden Beet and Pomegranate Salad would be perfect as a side.
Instant Pot Paella with Chicken and Sausage
This weeknight version of paella is studded with tender chicken thighs and spicy sausage for a punch of flavor. Paella is an adaptable dish and well-suited for the Instant Pot! Control the spice level to your liking by using spicy to mild chorizo. What about serving it with a sangria?
Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken and Rice Bowl
This chicken and rice bowl tops takeout any day of the week! Boneless chicken thighs are simmered in a homemade chipotle sauce and the rice is punched up with jalapeño peppers, fresh cilantro, and green onions just before serving. Serve it with a side of Refried Beans for an equally satisfying side dish.
Instant Pot Chicken Adobo and Rice
Adobo refers to marinades used in Spanish-influenced cuisines like the Philippines. The sauce is tangy, salty, and slightly sweet. Vinegar gives this dish a savory, pungent kick. Serve it this Persimmon Pomegranate Fruit Salad.
How to Cook Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot
We’ve all been there. It’s time to make dinner and your chicken is still frozen. You may be tempted to order takeout, but did you know that you can cook frozen chicken thighs (frozen breasts or wings work too!) in an Instant Pot? No need to thaw them first. Add the frozen chicken with water or stock, and let it go! Dinner is on the way.