Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice–an easy Asian pressure cooker recipe for tender chicken thighs in a soy sauce, honey, and garlic sauce. Plus the rice is cooked at the same time and in the same pot as the chicken. Add in some broccoli and you have a complete dinner!

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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice--an easy Asian pressure cooker recipe for tender chicken thighs in a soy sauce, honey, and garlic sauce. Plus the rice is cooked at the same time and in the same pot as the chicken. Add in some broccoli and you have a complete dinner!

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice

My slow cooker version of honey garlic chicken  is one of my most popular recipes this summer. I wanted to make an Instant Pot version of it since I know many people like to use a pressure cooker on busy nights when they forgot to get something in the slow cooker in the morning. The bonus to making this recipe in the Instant Pot is that you can make the chicken and sauce and the rice all at the same time in the same pot.

The chicken: I love using the Costco boneless, skinless chicken thighs for this recipe. But you can also use bone-in chicken thighs. Just make sure to remove the skin and trim any extra fat off before throwing them in the pot. I haven’t tried this particular recipe with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. This would not be the best choice because the chicken would get overcooked by the time the rice got done. However, if you wanted to make the chicken without the rice you could do that. Just cook for only 10 minutes for boneless breasts.

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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice--an easy Asian pressure cooker recipe for tender chicken thighs in a soy sauce, honey, lemon juice and garlic sauce. Plus the rice is cooked at the same time and in the same pot as the chicken. Add in some broccoli and you have a complete dinner!

More Instant Pot recipes you might like…

  • Instant Pot Chicken and Brown Rice
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  • Instant Pot Chicken Gyros
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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice--an easy Asian pressure cooker recipe for tender chicken thighs in a soy sauce, honey, lemon juice and garlic sauce. Plus the rice is cooked at the same time and in the same pot as the chicken. Add in some broccoli and you have a complete dinner!

What Instant Pot Did You Use?

For this Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice recipe I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I also own the 6 quart Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker.* They are both great pressure cookers! The first one I mentioned has a yogurt making function but other than that they are fairly similar. The price difference between the two is about $20. I recommend buying the Duo

I used a Corningware dish like this to cook the rice the same time as I cooked the chicken. You can use any oven safe round dish that will fit inside your Instant Pot.

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Edited January 26, 2018: There were so many comments of people having trouble with the original recipe. I made a few changes and believe that you’ll definitely be able to have success with this recipe. I have included the original recipe below the updated version for your reference. 

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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice (updated recipe)




  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes plus 10 minute NPR
  • Total Time: 15 minute
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
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This is an updated version of instant pot honey garlic chicken. The original recipe was having too many burn notifications and there wasn’t enough sauce. I fixed the recipe and I really think you’ll like it!


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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup tamari or low sodium soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or bone-in chicken with skin removed
  • 1 1/2 cups short grain white rice
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 (16 oz) package frozen broccoli florets 

Instructions

  1. Add honey, soy sauce and broth into bottom of Instant Pot. Whisk really well, until smooth. Add in the garlic. Trim the chicken of excess fat. Nestle the chicken into the pot.
  2. Pour rice into a mesh strainer. Rinse the rice well. Add rinsed rice to an oven safe dish that will fit inside your Instant Pot. I used this corningware dish.* Add 2 1/4 cups water into the dish. Cover the dish with foil. Place the dish on top of your trivet with handles. Carefully lower the dish down into the pot on top of the chicken.
  3. Secure the lid of the Instant Pot and press the manual button. Set the timer for 15 minutes on high pressure. Make sure the valve is set to “sealing.”
  4. When the timer beeps let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes (I did a bit longer than this). Gently move the valve to “venting.” Once all the pressure is released remove the lid and very carefully remove the rice bowl with hot pads. The bottom of the rice dish will be messy from the sauce of the chicken. I just transferred my rice to a clean bowl.
  5. Turn the Instant Pot to the saute function and adjust to “more”. In a small bowl stir together 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water until smooth. Stir the mixture into the pot. It will start getting thick in a couple of minutes. Stir every so often.
  6. Open the bag of frozen broccoli and pour it into a colander. Run some hot water over the broccoli and then shake off excess water. Pour the broccoli into the Instant Pot. Stir the broccoli in and let it warm through. You may want to push the saute button on your Instant Pot to get the broccoli warm a little faster.
  7. Serve the chicken, broccoli and sauce over the rice

Notes

I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.

I used the trivet that came with my Instant Pot. It is similar to this one. *

I purposely remove the lemon juice from this recipe. I felt it was too strong and didn’t pair well with the broccoli. If you want to see the original recipe scroll down.

The chicken: I love using the Costco boneless, skinless chicken thighs for this recipe. But you can also use bone-in chicken thighs. Just make sure to remove the skin and trim any extra fat off before throwing them in the pot. I haven’t tried this particular recipe with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. This would not be the best choice because the chicken would get overcooked by the time the rice got done. However, if you wanted to make the chicken without the rice you could do that. Just cook for only 10 minutes for boneless breasts.

  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Instant Pot

This is the original recipe. I would recommend making the updated recipe above. I’ve kept this recipe in here for your reference.

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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice (original recipe)


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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes (plus time to come to pressure and time to release pressure)
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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An easy Asian pressure cooker recipe for tender chicken thighs in a soy sauce, honey, lemon juice and garlic sauce. Plus the rice is cooked at the same time and in the same pot as the chicken. Add in some broccoli and you have a complete dinner!


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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs or bone-in chicken thighs with skin removed
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white rice
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1 (16 oz) package frozen broccoli florets

Instructions

  1. Add honey, soy sauce, garlic and lemon juice into the Instant Pot.*Whisk until smooth and combined.
  2. Trim the chicken of excess fat. I like to use kitchen shears to do this step. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Place the flour in a pie tin or shallow dish. Lightly dredge each of the chicken thighs in the flour covering all surfaces of the chicken. Place each piece of chicken into the Instant Pot. Press to submerge into the sauce.
  3. Place the trivet that comes with the Instant Pot with the handles up and the feet down on top of the chicken. Fill a oven safe dish that fits inside your instant pot with the rice. I used a corningware dish* like this. Mine was 1 1/2 quarts. Place it on top of the trivet inside the Instant Pot. Carefully pour the water on top of the rice.
  4. Secure the lid of the Instant Pot and press the manual button. Set the timer for 15 minutes on high pressure. Make sure the valve is set to “sealing.”
  5. When the timer beeps let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes (I did a bit longer than this). Gently move the valve to “venting.” If foam starts coming out then wait for 20 seconds and try again. Once all the pressure is released remove the lid and very carefully remove the rice with hot pads. The bottom of the rice dish will be messy from the sauce of the chicken. I just transferred my rice to a clean bowl. Remove the trivet.
  6. Open the bag of frozen broccoli and pour it into a colander. Run some hot water over the broccoli and then shake off excess water. Pour the broccoli into the Instant Pot. Stir the broccoli in and let it warm through. You may want to push the saute button on your Instant Pot to get the broccoli warm a little faster.
  7. Serve the chicken, broccoli and sauce over the rice.

Notes

Many people have made this recipe successfully, including me. However there have been a handful of people that get the “burned” notification on their Instant Pot. This is probably due to the fact that there is not a lot of liquid in the recipe and the honey is very thick. Make sure to really whisk the mixture good. You may want to double the sauce ingredients or add in a half cup of water to prevent this from happening.

I have not tried this recipe with chicken breasts. I imagine it would work but am not totally sure on the cooking time since chicken breasts cook quicker than chicken thighs.

  • Method: Instant Pot

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