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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Thighs

Cooked in the Instant Pot with just a couple ingredients, these chicken thighs are tender, juicy, and incredibly delicious with crispy skin.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy dinner, frozen chicken thighs, instant pot
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Broil Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 thighs
Calories 281kcal
Cost $2


  • Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker



  • 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.


Serving: 1thigh | Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 302mg | Potassium: 279mg | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 1g