Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Teriyaki Sauce Recipe & Review

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My Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Teriyaki Sauce Recipe is easy and the cooked chicken thighs are fork tender and juicy. This is the second of three ridiculously fast recipes that will help you make a three course meal in less than an hour.

This post was updated on 11/21/2023 with minor edits.

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Fast & Easy Recipe

In my previous recipe post, Garlic Noodles, I mentioned that I made three dishes in 45 minutes. Here’s the second recipe and I will publish the third recipe (roasted cauliflower with cheese) and a step by step meal plan next. Alternatively you can serve this recipe with steamed rice, Stir Fried Iceberg Lettuce with Oyster Sauce, and/or Japanese Sweet Cucumber Salad Recipe.

For those who like to cut to the chase, here is the Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Teriyaki Sauce Recipe in just a few words: Add boneless skinless chicken thighs, sauce, and aromatics to the instant pot, cook on the meat setting on low pressure for 8 minutes, release, stir, and serve. Voila and you’re welcome!

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Instant Pot Duo Review

For those of you who like to pull up a chair, sip your coffee or tea, and hang out on my blog, let me first say thank you to the friends who have been raving about their Instant Pots. Thank goodness you told me about your amazing Instant Pots that can cook almost EVERYTHING! It can stir fry, steam, make stews, rice, porridge, and yogurt. If only it could wash itself and put itself away! πŸ˜‰

Amazon had an Amazon Prime Day in July with special deals for Amazon Prime members. The latest model of the Instant Pot was half off. It didn’t take too much encouragement to make an impulse purchase and thanks to Amazon Prime, the super smart pressure cooker was on my doorstep two days later.

I unpacked the Instant Pot, read the manual, washed all the washable parts and wiped down the Instant Pot base. After assembling all the parts, I did a trial run by “cooking” just water on the steam mode for a few minutes as suggested in the manual. I tasted the water and it tasted like plastic. Yuck, I wouldn’t want ruin our food with funky tastes and smells from the pressure cooker! Fortunately, after cooking more water 6 more times, the weird taste lessened and eventually the water tasted like normal hot water, phew!

What Did I Make in the Instant Pot?

  • The first real food I cooked in the Instant Pot was corn on the cob, it was the best corn on the cob ever. (5 minutes, quick release)
  • Then I made carrot soup, I’ve never made carrot soup that fast before.
  • I made brown rice, it was cooked and soft, but not fluffy, just adequate but not perfect. I think it’s possible to cook brown rice with a little finesse and some practice. I still prefer using my Zojirushi rice cooker (affiliate link) which makes brown rice perfectly.
  • I made chicken, corn, egg drop soup, and the broth was very rich and flavorful.
  • I also cooked beef tongue and soy-free soy sauce 2.0 which was amazing and delicious. It usually takes about 3-4 hours to cook a beef tongue on the stove and I saved hours by using the Instant Pot.
  • I made Japanese style beef curry in the Instant Pot and used the stir-fry function to brown the meats and vegetables first and then cook the stew on the meat mode. The curry was delicious and I was so happy to see that it was super easy to clean the Instant Pot and that strong flavors and smells do not linger in the pot at all.
  • I’ve also steamed artichokes in 10 minutes, which is a fraction of the time it takes to steam them on the stove top.

Pros and Cons of Using an Instant Pot

Altogether I’m quite happy with the Instant Pot because it’s a workhorse. I think the thing I love about it most is that I can set it up, let it cook until perfection, and it just waits for me until I’m ready to serve without becoming burnt, overcooked, or dry.

The only downsides are that the manual has limited recipes but not instructions on how to convert recipes and that the Chinese recipes are written in Chinese only. Fortunately there are Instant Pot cookbooks and websites as resources. It forced me to practice by making some simple meals. I finally felt ready to adapt one of my favorite recipes, broiled teriyaki chicken thighs, to cook in the Instant Pot Duo, which is their original version. The Duo Plus is a newer version that often goes on sale.

I love using an Instant Pot so much, I upgraded to an Instant Pot Pro. Read about why I am In Love With My New Instant Pot Pro and all of the nice features. I also wrote a cookbook, Chinese Instant Pot Cookbook! It’s available for purchase on Amazon as well as other bookstores.

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Teriyaki Sauce

The first time I tried making Instant Pot Chicken Thighs, I cooked boneless, skinless chicken thighs on the meat setting because it seemed like the right setting (not rice, not yogurt, not soup, etc.), low pressure (just for kicks, I had no idea what I was doing), and for 10 minutes (again, no idea but it’s more time than cooking in a broiler and less time than trying to cooking chicken in a frying pan). It was good, but a little bit dry. The second time I made it, I cooked it for 8 minutes and the chicken thighs were just right, fork tender not chewy, juicy not dry.

Allergy Aware Asian Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

I use Mr. Yoshida’s Original Sauce as a marinade, which is what I used before my kids were diagnosed with food allergies and even during the most difficult years, so I feel okay about continuing to use it. But I really dislike that the parent company won’t disclose all of their ingredients which affects those with allergies to spices or non-top 8 foods or share an allergen advisory regarding potential cross contact. Since everyone has different allergies and sensitivity, please use whatever brand of teriyaki sauce that works for your family and adjust the amount of sauce you use as needed.

Did I tell you that I finally found Iron Chef Sauces in a local store? The sesame garlic sauce is absolutely delicious, peanut and tree nut free per the label, and is nice as a dip or to use for basting. Northern California readers might want to check their local Lucky’s stores or order via Amazon (affiliate link). Wan Ja San also makes a peanut and tree nut safe teriyaki sauce which works well as a marinade (but I didn’t try it with this recipe). If you need other suggestions regarding allergy aware Asian ingredients, be sure to check out what is in my cupboard.

  • Wheat-free or gluten free: use tamari sauce and a tablespoon of sugar or honey, some ginger, garlic, and scallions
  • Soy free: use coconut amino, omit or reduce sugar or honey because coconut amino is naturally sweet, use garlic, ginger, and scallions.
  • Top 8 free: use some soy-free soy sauce if you have it on hand or try something totally different like Ironman’s orange sauce. After you take the chicken out of the Instant Pot, thicken the sauce on the stir-fry mode for a few minutes until the sauce is a desired consistency, yummy!

This recipe is free of peanuts, tree nuts, egg, milk. fish, and shellfish as written.

Check out the third recipe of my 45 minute meal trilogy! I shared how I made chicken teriyaki thighs in the Instant Pot, garlicky noodles on my stove, and broiled cauliflower in oven and had a 3 course meal on the table in 45 minutes from start to finish. If I can do it, I’m certain you can too! Get the cheesy roasted cauliflower recipe and step by step instructions to make a complete meal in about 45 minutes. 

instant pot chicken thighs on a white platter, garnished with green onions
5 from 8 votes

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Teriyaki Sauce Recipe & Review

My Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Teriyaki Sauce Recipe is easy and the cooked chicken thighs are fork tender and juicy.

Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Keyword Chicken, chicken teriyaki, instant pot
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 179 kcal
Author Sharon @Nut Free Wok


  • 2 trays of boneless skinless chicken thighs about 10-12 pieces
  • 3/4 cup teriyaki sauce/marinade
  • 4 cloves garlic rough chop
  • 4 stalks scallions trim the roots and ends, tear in half


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot liner using a fork to poke the meat as you mix, marinate for 5 minutes.
  2. Cook the chicken on the “meat” setting on low pressure and set the time for 8 minutes.
  3. After the pressure cooker timer goes off, let it rest for 5-10 minutes while you prepare the rest of your dinner.
  4. Release the pressure, stir the chicken, and serve.
  5. If desired, thicken the sauce on the stir fry mode for a few minutes until desired consistency, and serve on the side.

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Welcome to Nut Free Wok, a blog about Allergy Aware Asian Fare. I hope that you will find my food allergy mom experiences helpful and enjoyable to read as I write about recipes, cooking techniques, Asian ingredients, and food allergy related awareness and advocacy issues. My professional experiences include education, teaching, and a little bit of science and computers. Thank you for visiting! ~Sharon Wong, M.Ed.


    • My curry recipe is on my kids’ wishlist for recipes they want to have. I usually use the S&B Curry which is a great shortcut but I am working on a from-scratch recipe. Thanks, Cat! I’m hoping with the cooler weather in the fall, it’ll be easier to make and eat curry. LOL

  1. This Instant Pot thing is everywhere! 6 months ago I’d never even heard of it and now I’ve spotted it on dozens of blogs. Thanks for the review on it Sharon. I may need to look into one πŸ™‚

  2. I was just looking around your website and came across this! I have an insta pot from the same sale that I have only used to make rice…I have some chicken thighs so I just may try this tomorrow! Wish me luck!

  3. 5 stars
    You’re making my decision easier and easier Sharon! Thank you for sharing your experiences with the InstaPot – I need to go shopping… πŸ™‚ And perfect chicken thighs in 8 minutes? YUM!!!

    • At first I thought you would have to add a few minutes, but based on what I read online, it seems that if you start with frozen chicken, the Instant Pot will take longer to come to pressure and you don’t need to do anything to change the recipe except allow extra time for it to come to pressure and finish pressure cooking! AMAZING, thanks for your great question. I can’t wait to try it myself.

  4. How many actual pieces of chicken were there? 2 trays of 10 or 10-12 total? For 10 servings I’d expect 20 pieces. 2 thighs each serving.

  5. Saw this on the Buy Nothing group :). So this recipe does not require water?? Does it not stick? That would be amazing. All the recipes I’ve tried with a sauce require water, but then the sauce is watered down in the end, which isn’t preferable. Thanks for your insights!

  6. 5 stars
    I’m back to report that your recipe is seriously GOOD, seriously EASY, and seriously THE BOMB!!!! I made it exactly as you wrote it, using Yoshida’s original teriyaki sauce. I did NOT rinse the chicken thighs, and it came out just fine. No sticking, and the instant pot didn’t blow up or anything. I added a tad of cornstarch when it was done cooking just to thicken the sauce a bit. This dish is just as good as any chicken teriyaki I can buy for take-out. In fact, it’s BETTER!!! Because I made it, and I know exactly what’s in it. Thank you for sharing a FANTASTIC recipe that will be one of my family’s favorite and in our meal rotation. If you haven’t purchased an Instant Pot yet, or haven’t yet taken yours out of the box, this one recipe is reason to finally do so!!! Thank you Sharon!!!

  7. 5 stars
    Love this Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Teriyaki Sauce Recipe, is so easy to make and looks delicious. I Definitely will make it soon for dinner, we love teriyaki sauce. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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