It took me a while to find the sweet spot with my Instant Pot. It’s kind of an intimidating device! Plus, in its infancy, there was not a whole lot of information out there about how to experiment with it, just very strict and specific recipes. Cue me getting the burn warning about 100 times while I learned the ropes. I’m proud to say that I made it out on the other side! And even though we mostly use our Instant Pot as the world’s most efficient rice cooker, I have a handful of go-to recipes that are a bit more adventurous, including my favorite Instant Pot chicken recipe.

There are a few variations of this type of chicken strewn across the internet, including stovetop, oven-style, grilled, and of course, the all-convenient Instant Pot. My style of cooking is could probably be described as “choosing the path of least resistance.” Fastest, least involved, and of course, the fewest number of dishes.

If you enjoy homemaking motivation and feeling like you’re in the kitchen with your girlfriend, watch this week’s YouTube video. It’s a get-it-all-done style vlog, filled with cleaning motivation, meal prep, cooking, and a good old fashioned mom chat.

Sweet & Spicy Honey Chili 🌶 Chicken, Instant Pot Edition

  • 6 chicken thighs, preferably boneless
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of honey (I LOVE raw honey)
  • a honkin’ splash of soy sauce
  • a tablespoon of chili garlic sauce (my favorite brand pictured below)
  • 1 cup of long grain white rice
This chili garlic sauce makes everything better. It heals all wounds. No other brand compares.

How To Make Honey Chili Instant Pot Chicken

I like to play my recipes a little bit fast and loose, so watch the YouTube video above (skip to the end if you’re just in it for the recipe) if you’d like to see it done. But let me give you a roundabout step by step here, keeping in mind that I very frequently like to shake it up based on whether I’m in the mood for more spicy or more sweet.

  1. Wash and pat dry your chicken thighs, then season to your liking. My base for any type of chicken is to salt, pepper, and paprika each side.
  2. Set your Instant Pot to saute and sear each side of your chicken thighs, then remove and set aside.
  3. My Instant Pot has always been a little on the sensitive side, so I like to add my trivet before putting the chicken back in. Otherwise, I’ll inevitably get the burn warning (especially if I don’t let the saute heat simmer down!). Pop the chicken in!
  4. In a bowl, mix up all the remaining ingredients (except for the rice, to be cooked whenever you’re ready to eat) and give her a good stir. Pour over the chicken as a glaze and set your Instant Pot to regular pressure cook for just five minutes.