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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 garlic and paprika Instant Pot Chicken Thighs. Cooking chicken thighs in the Instant Pot has never been easier and this seasoned chicken thighs recipe comes out amazing every time.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Tender and Juicy: Enjoy perfectly cooked, succulent chicken thighs every time with this recipe.
  • Instant Pot Magic: Cook chicken thighs in the Instant Pot to simplify the cooking process.
  • Versatile Meal: These chicken recipe can be paired with almost any side dish from mashed potatoes to fluffy white rice.

Recipe 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 smoked 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.
Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

How To Make 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 boneless chicken thighs to the inner pot.

raw Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

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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Step 8: Serve

Serve and Enjoy!

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs


  • Flavor: For a slightly different flavor consider adding a little onion powder to the juicy chicken thighs.
  • Add Cream: Add a little cream to make the cooked chicken thighs to make this paprika and garlic chicken more creamy.


  • Chicken Stock: You can use chicken broth or chicken stock in this recipe interchangeably.
  • Bone In Chicken Thighs: You can cook thighs with bone if you prefer this to boneless skinless thighs however you will need to add an extra 4 minutes cooking time.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

What sides can I serve with this chicken thighs recipe.


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.

Can I Cook Frozen Thighs In The Instant Pot?

Absolutely! However, when cooking frozen chicken thighs 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 to cook frozen chicken thighs right through. Check out How to Cook Frozen Meat in the Instant Pot for more tips on cooking from frozen. 

Chicken stew recipe using chicken thighs

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

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

This Instant Pot Chicken Thighs 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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More Chicken Recipes

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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  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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