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Craving tender, juicy chicken thighs with crispy skin… but only have frozen chicken thighs on hand? This Instant Pot recipe produces unbelievably moist and tender chicken with (really!) crispy, delicious skin – with zero need to thaw the frozen chicken thighs!

Three chicken thighs cooked in the Instant Pot

What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • Cooking frozen chicken thighs in the Instant Pot with just a couple ingredients makes dinner so incredibly easy, yet still SO tasty. This recipe is also perfect for meal prep or cooking your chicken to use in another recipe.
  • I literally gasped when I tried these chicken thighs for the first time and said out loud (TO MYSELF!), “Oh, mama!” You know it’s good when you can’t stop yourself from shouting for joy!
  • Forgot to thaw chicken for dinner? No problem! This Instant Pot recipe is meant for frozen chicken thighs. No more long waits or accidentally nuking your chicken in the microwave!

Chef’s Tips

  • This recipe was created for frozen bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, but you can use boneless thighs if you prefer! You’ll just need to adjust the cook time. After broiling, be sure to test the chicken with a thermometer, and aim for a minimum of 165° Fahrenheit for food safety.
  • Cooking more than 4 chicken thighs? If they don’t fit in a single layer, that’s ok. You can stack the chicken thighs in the Instant Pot without fear of them cooking unevenly. The cook times will remain the same.
  • For a different flavor, use pineapple juice or apple juice in the bottom of the Instant Pot, instead of chicken broth. You could also add a little minced garlic or onion to the broth!
Instant Pot chicken thighs

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
4.93 from 38 votes

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Thighs


Prep 2 minutes
Cook 13 minutes
Broil Time 10 minutes
Total 25 minutes
Cooked in the Instant Pot with just a couple ingredients, these chicken thighs are tender, juicy, and incredibly delicious with crispy skin.
4 thighs

Equipment

  • Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on frozen chicken thighs. Add broth to bottom of Instant Pot, then set trivet inside. Place seasoned chicken thighs on trivet.
    Raw chicken thighs on a white plate
  • Seal and cook on high pressure for 13 minutes. See Notes if cooking boneless chicken thighs. While chicken is in Instant Pot, preheat broiler.
    Uncooked chicken thighs in an Instant Pot
  • Let the pressure release naturally for 5-10 minutes. Place chicken thighs on a baking sheet and pat dry. Add more salt or seasoning if desired.
    Cooked chicken thighs in an Instant Pot
  • Place chicken thighs under the broiler, about 10 to 12 inches from heat. Broil 5-10 minutes or until skin is golden brown. Note: if you skip this step, your chicken thighs may be undercooked. This is an important part of the recipe.
    Cooked chicken thighs on a baking sheet
  • Boneless Thighs: For boneless thighs, cook on High Manual Pressure in the Instant Pot for 8 minutes.
  • Chicken Broth: For a 6-quart Instant Pot, use 1 cup of broth. For an 8-quart Instant Pot, use 1.5 cups of broth.
 
For food safety reasons, cooked chicken should reach a minimum internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit. If you skip the broiling step in this recipe, your chicken may be undercooked. Cook times can vary slightly based on the size of chicken thighs used.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1thighCalories: 281calProtein: 19gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 302mgPotassium: 279mgTotal Carbs: 1gNet Carbs: 1gVitamin A: 88IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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66 Comments

  1. Delicious recipe! Thanks for sharing. I used chicken bone broth that has turmeric & ginger in the instant pot and at the end of broiling brushed a little bit of bbq sauce. My family really enjoyed it.5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad the whole family loved it! Thanks for sharing, Holly!

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