Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (From Fresh Or Frozen)

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Instant Pot boneless skinless chicken thighs come out so tender and juicy, they literally melt in your mouth! What a perfect simple dinner!

How To Cook Chicken Thighs In Instant Pot

Chicken thighs are a staple in my house.  They are cheap, easy to make, moist, tender and don’t dry out.  I often make pan-fried chicken thighs and baked chicken thighs, so the next logical thing to do what of course make them in Instant Pot :)

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

A great advantage of the Instant Pot is that you can cook meat from frozen and it tastes amazing!  This recipe works for both completely thawed or frozen solid chicken thighs.  The only difference is the pressure cooking time – longer, of course, for the frozen ones!

Instapot Chicken Thighs Boneless Skinless

How To Cook Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs In The Instant Pot

Very easy!  All you need is a package of boneless skinless chicken thighs (fresh or frozen), your favorite seasonings and a cup of water.  Pour 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot, add chicken thighs and sprinkle or rub them with your favorite seasonings (if chicken thighs are fresh, I rub them with seasonings before putting in water, but it’s hard to rub the frozen ones so I just sprinkle them on top).  Close the lid of the Instant Pot, turn the vent to a Sealing position, press the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” button and set the time to 15 minutes for fresh chicken thighs or 30 minutes for frozen.  When it’s done cooking, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then quick release (QR) the remaining steam.  The chicken thighs are ready – juicy and tender!

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Thighs

As you can see on the above picture, I put chicken directly in the water without a trivet.  If you’d like, you can use the trivet – the outcome will be the same.  I’m just lazy and find the trivet to be one extra thing to wash :)  There are some recipes that truly require a trivet (for example, Instant Pot salmon, Instant Pot portobello pizza and Instant Pot banana bread), but unless trivet is necessary, I’m known to dump the ingredients directly in the pot (I even have a recipe called Instant Pot dump chili).

What to make more than 1 package of boneless skinless chicken thighs? You can add as much chicken as you’d like, as long as it fits below the “Max Fill” line of the Instant Pot.  The cooking time remains the same and the amount of water remains 1 cup.

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs Cooked In Instant Pot

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Instant Pot Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (From Fresh Or Frozen)

Instant Pot is great for cooking boneless skinless chicken thighs! They come out so tender and mouthwatering! Just press the button and walk away :)
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Instant Pot
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, chicken thighs
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Diet: Gluten-Free, Keto / Low-Carb, Paleo
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 135kcal


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  • Rub the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
  • Pour water in the Instant Pot. Add the chicken thighs to the Instant Pot (you can use the trivet or put them directly in the water).
  • Close the lid of the Instant Pot and turn the valve to a Sealing position. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to 15 minutes for fresh chicken thighs (or 30 minutes for frozen chicken thighs).
  • When the timer beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then quick release (QR) the remaining steam.
  • Remove the chicken thighs from the Instant Pot and serve. (You can reserve the cooking water to make chicken-flavored Instant Pot rice).


You can use a larger quantity of chicken thighs (as long as it's below the "Max Fill" line of the Instant Pot). The amount of water always remains 1 cup.
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Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 278mg | Vitamin A: 27IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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If you are looking for more Instant Pot chicken recipes, you will love these:

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken – turn these chicken thighs into BBQ chicken thighs!  This recipe is so easy and everyone loves it!

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breast – got a package of chicken breasts in your freezer? Throw it in the Instant Pot and have yourself a delicious dinner!

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Legs – chicken legs + lemon + garlic in the Instant Pot = yummy yum yum! This is the first dinner that I made when I got my Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken – you can cook a whole chicken in your Instant Pot! It’s so tender, the meat just falls off the bone!

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken – you can eat this salsa chicken in so many different ways! Use on salad, tacos, burritos, with rice, you name it!

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9 replies
  1. David j. Taylor
    David j. Taylor says:

    Thank you soooooo much,
    For whatever reason this turned into an easter egg hunt BUT I found you. Ty. You answered all of my questions in just a few SIMPLE sentences.

  2. Sandy Roggero
    Sandy Roggero says:

    This may be a stupid question: How do you dispose of the fatty liquids left from cooking chicken in the instant pot? I have struggled to find a simple solution. (I rent and dont want to clog any plumbing, etc.)

    • Melanie Mendelson
      Melanie Mendelson says:

      Hmmm I just pour it out into the garbage disposer sink, haven’t even thought of it twice and haven’t had any plumbing issues there. If you don’t want to use the sink, you can pour it out into a ziploc bag, seal the bag and throw in the trash.

      • Roxanne
        Roxanne says:

        You should never dump any type of oil into the water system. It may not plug up your household plumbing but can have adverse effects with the city/county sewers. This is one of their biggest problems along with disposable wipes. We use old milk jugs to collect oils & them dump the enclosed jugs into the trash.

    • S G
      S G says:

      We save old glass containers, like salsa or pickles come in. You can pour grease in these, even when the grease is still pretty hot. People may say we shouldn’t do this to glass because it’s recyclable. Guess what? If you bury glass in a landfill, it recycles to sand, eventually. Much better than throwing plastic… well, anywhere.

    • Dana
      Dana says:

      Easy! Pour the liquids into a mason jar, two cup measuring cup, just about anything and stick in fridge overnight. Next morning, the fats will have solidified on top, just scrape them off with a spoon into your garbage can and pour the rest of the broth down the drain (or use as chicken broth). Easy as can be!

  3. Barbara McNichols
    Barbara McNichols says:

    5 stars
    Used more water seasoned with bouillon, bay, etc. 2.5 lb. frozen, layered with seasoning.
    Cooked egg noodles. Used IP liquid for gravy base adding sliced mushrooms, lemon zest and juice, cornstarch slurry and a bit of heavy cream. Served from a huge platter to oohs and aahs all around! A miracle meal thanks to your recipe!


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