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Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

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Tender, juicy, and delicious is what you end up with when you make these tantalizing garlic and paprika Instant Pot chicken thighs. Chicken is so versatile that no matter how many times a week you make it, you can always feel like you’re eating something different.

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Why You’ll Love Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Recipe

  • Tender and Juicy: Enjoy perfectly cooked, succulent chicken thighs every time with this recipe.
  • Instant Pot Magic: This Instant Pot method simplifies your cooking process significantly.
  • Versatile Meal: These chicken thighs can be paired with almost any side dish.

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Ingredients

For this recipe, you will need simple ingredients that you probably already have. Here’s what you need:

  • Olive Oil: Used for searing the chicken, it adds a hint of richness and helps lock in the juices.
  • Veggies (Onion, Bell Peppers, Garlic): Provide a flavorful base for the chicken, adding depth and layers of flavor to the dish.
  • Seasonings (Paprika, Salt, Pepper): Enhance the natural flavor of the chicken, with paprika giving a smoky note.
  • Tomato Paste: Thickens the sauce and gives it a concentrated tomato flavor.
  • Greek Yogurt: Adds a creamy, tangy element to the sauce, balancing the richness of the tomato paste.
  • Chicken Broth: Forms the liquid base for the sauce, infusing the chicken with even more flavor as it cooks.

Scroll down to the bottom for the recipe card with exact ingredients and steps!

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How to Make Garlic and Paprika Instant Pot Chicken Thighs?

When it comes to using your Instant Pot, you can whip up a delicious meal in half the time. Follow the simple steps below for a delicious meal the whole family will love!

Step 1: Sauté the Veggies

Push the sauté button on your Instant Pot. Add in the oil. Then, sauté your chopped onion for 2 minutes and your garlic for 1 minute.

Step 2: Turn Off Sauté Button

Push cancel on your Instant Pot to shut off the sauté feature. Then, add your chicken into the inner pot.

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Step 3: Add Seasonings to Your Instant Pot

After the chicken has been placed in the inner pot, add the peppers and seasonings.

Step 4: Combine Wet Ingredients

In a small bowl, combine your tomato paste, greek yogurt and broth. Mix well. Then, pour it over your chicken.

Step 5: Seal the Lid

Before you can pressure cook, you will want to make sure that the lid is secure, and the pressure valve on the lid is set to “sealing.”

Step 6: Pressure Cook

Next, you will hit the soup/stew button and set it for 10 minutes (15 if cooking from frozen). If you don’t have a soup/stew button, you can use your manual or pressure cook button and set it for 10 minutes as well.

Step 7 Natural Release

After the Instant Pot beeps, allow it to sit there and release the pressure naturally. This will take about 15 to 20 minutes depending on your pot. Once the silver pin on the lid drops, it will unlock and you can open the Instant Pot.

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Serve and Enjoy!

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Garlic Parmesan Roasted Vegetables: Toss your favorite veggies with olive oil, garlic, and Parmesan, then roast until golden perfection.
  • Lemon Herb Quinoa: Cook quinoa with lemon zest, fresh herbs, and a hint of olive oil for a light and fluffy side.
  • Creamy Mashed Cauliflower: A low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes, blended with cream and butter for a velvety texture.
  • Crispy Kale Chips: Sprinkle kale with olive oil and sea salt, then bake until crispy for a crunchy, guilt-free snack.
  • Caprese Salad: Combine juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil drizzled with balsamic glaze for a refreshing side.
  • Wild Rice Pilaf: Mix wild rice with sautéed onions, mushrooms, and herbs for a hearty, earthy accompaniment.
  • Grilled Asparagus with Lemon: Grill asparagus until tender-crisp, then squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top for a burst of flavor.
  • Sweet Potato Fries: Bake sweet potato wedges with a dash of paprika for a sweet and savory side dish that complements the chicken perfectly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Have to Use Chicken Thighs?

For this recipe, I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs. I prefer dark meat to white meat as I feel its more flavorful and juicy. However, you can use boneless, skinless chicken breasts if you prefer! Or, any other type of boneless, skinless chicken.
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Can I Cook the Instant Pot Chicken Thighs From Frozen?

Absolutely! However, when cooking frozen chicken in your Instant Pot, you will need to increase the pressure cooking time. Instead of setting the pressure cook setting for 10 minutes, you will need to set it for 15 minutes. Check out How to Cook Frozen Meat in the Instant Pot for more tips on cooking from frozen. 

Chicken stew recipe using chicken thighs

Garlic and Paprika Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

This Instant Pot Recipe will make chicken tastes like you have had before.


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 chicken thighs, deboned
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups water or stock
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Parsley, optional garnish


  1. Place the oil in the IP and select the saute setting.
  2. Add the chopped onion and saute for 2 minutes, then add the garlic for 1 minute.
  3. Turn off the saute setting and add the thighs, peppers and seasoning.
    I like to stir the tomato paste and greek yogurt into the broth before adding them all to the IP.
  4. Secure the lid and select the "soup/stew" setting for 10 minutes.
  5. Natural release.


You can chop the chicken in advance or shred after cooking. Shredded after is way easier!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 172mgSodium: 459mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 36g

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Side Dish Suggestions

This chicken comes out tender and juicy and can be paired with a variety of different sides. Here are a few of my favorites:

Other Chicken Recipes to Try

Like I said, chicken is one of the most versatile foods you can make. You can transform it into Chinese food, Mexican food, or anything you desire. Here are a few of my other favorite chicken recipes in the Instant Pot:

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About Angela Milnes

Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!

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  1. I love chicken thighs! They have so much flavor. Can’t wait to try this. That tomato cream sauce with greek yogurt sounds so good.

  2. I love the combination of garlic and paprika. That must smell heavenly. My wife loves chicken thighs so I’m trying this for her.

  3. This sounds like something my entire family could enjoy. I may have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  4. My son in law has taken to their kitchen quite a bit lately. I am thinking of getting him an instapot as a gift. There are so many great recipe ideas for them!

  5. I added a couple of Tbs cornstarch with a couple of Tbs water and used it to thicken the liquid on sauté after removing the thighs. Stir until thickened. Ladle it on the chicken on individual serving plates.

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