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Instant Pot Chicken Thigh Recipes

Our Frozen Chicken Thighs Instant Pot Recipe was so popular that I thought we would share a few others you can make in your Ninja Foodi or pressure cooker. Instant Pot chicken thigh recipes are such an easy family friendly one pot dinner.

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We have a lot of thigh Instant Pot recipes on out site but thought we would do a roundup of them all in case you love dark meat over white. Tender and juicy cooked with high pressure in a rich sauce or light broth you will definitely love all these chicken recipes. (post may contain affiliate links)

Ninja Foodi Chicken Thigh Recipes

We share a bunch of ways for Cooking Frozen Chicken Thighs here if you need that. Here we are focusing on fresh or thawed which is ideal. If you do have the time you can defrost right out of the freezer in a bowl of cool water if you put them inside a freezer bag for about 30 minutes.

Now most of these you could use white meat from chicken breasts as well. Like our Instant Pot teriyaki chicken, I have made that with both and we love it either way. Feel free to experiment with them all and see which you prefer. Ideally I go for boneless chicken thighs because they are easier to eat.


Pressure Cooker Chicken Thigh Recipes

You can cook the chicken in a Ninja Foodi with the lid that is NOT attached these ways as well. As you know, you have an air fryer basket with that multi cooker as well which gives you the option to make our Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs with a bit of crisp on the outside too at the end which is nice.

  1. Season Chicken Thighs by patting the outsides dry with paper towels. Brush on a bit of olive oil and add things like Lawry’s, garlic powder and/or salt and pepper for flavor.
  2. Use the Sauté function which is just like a pan on your stovetop to brown the outsides first.
  3. Sear the Thighs once the oil is hot, then carefully place in the pressure cooker, skin-side down if using skin-on for a few minutes on each side. Not only will this crisp it a bit but this step will lock in the juices.
  4. Add Liquid once they are seared, with chicken broth or water so they can steam, you don’t need much since the meat will release some broth as they cook too. Alternatively you can use a sauce like we did with our Instant Pot Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Thighs.
  5. Pressure Cook by closing the pressure cooker lid and set the valve to the sealing position. Select the pressure high function and set the cooking time according to the size and type you have on hand.
    • Bone-in chicken thighs: Pressure cook for 10-12 minutes.
    • Boneless skinless chicken thighs: Pressure cook for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Natural Release for a few minutes, usually 5, once the cooking time is complete, this will maintain the juices inside and not suck it out immediately. After that, you can perform a quick pressure release by carefully turning the valve to the venting position.

Chicken Thighs Recipe in Instant Pot

If you love cooking your side dishes with your meat we have done that!! You can take a peek and jump to recipe for our Instant Pot Chicken Thighs and Rice and give that a try too. For those I do not use skin on chicken thighs as that layer will get a bit rubbery. Also I dice the meat into bite size pieces. Perfect 15 minute meal I tell you.

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Instant Pot Bone-In Chicken Thigh Recipes

For the cheapest option, our Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Bone In is just that. If the butcher doesn’t have to remove the bones you will save quite a bit of money, but they are harder to eat. If you have kids I would just spend more to eliminate that hassle.

To cook vegetables with your poultry you can follow our simple Ninja Foodi Chicken and Potatoes instructions. Here you can cook carrots, russets and your meat all together. Gets everything nice and tender in no time at all and you can serve this healthy meal as is really.

That basically concludes our list of Easy Quick Chicken Thigh Recipes cooked in your small countertop appliance a number of different ways. Last but not least we have an original dish in the recipe card below for you too. 😉

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How to remove meat from bone-in chicken thighs

If you want an easy way to shred the meat after making any of our Easy Instant Pot Chicken Recipes we have step by step directions for you here;

  1. Prepare by placing on a clean cutting board. Allow it to cool slightly to make handling easier.
  2. Remove the Skin if it has the skin on and you prefer to remove it, use your fingers or a knife to peel it away gently.
  3. Separate the Thigh from the Bone by holding firmly with one hand and locate the joint where the bone meets the meat. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut along the edge of the bone, separating the meat from the bone. Move the knife along the bone, cutting as close to it as possible to avoid leaving much meat behind.
  4. Remove the Bone with your fingers by pushing and pull the meat away from the bone. Be gentle to avoid tearing if you want the pieces to stay whole.
  5. Trim Excess Fat if desired, you can trim off any excess fat or gristle from the meat using a knife or kitchen shears.
  6. Slice or Shred the Meat depending on how you plan to use it. You can either slice it into pieces or shred it using two forks.

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Instant Pot Chicken Thigh Recipes

Instant Pot chicken thigh recipes are cheap and easy one pot meals. Bone-in or boneless skinless steamed or in a sauce are delicious.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken thighs, instant pot, ninja foodi, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 468kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Cut thighs into large bite size chunks and cut onion into chunks. Put chicken and onions into pressure cooker. Mix all other ingredients together (except the cornstarch) well with a fork and pour on top.
  • Close the lid and steam valve and set Instant Pot to high pressure for 4 minutes. Do a natural release for 1 minute and carefully lift lid.
  • Put some of the hot liquid from pot in a small bowl with the cornstarch and whisk together, then add back into the pot and stir. Set Pot to saute and let bubble for a few minutes to allow sauce to thicken for 2-3 minutes. Serve over rice.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chicken Thigh Recipes
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 468 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 166mg55%
Sodium 1028mg45%
Potassium 453mg13%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 138IU3%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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