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Instant Pot Sweet Garlic Chicken with sauce on white plate.

Instant Pot Sweet Garlic Chicken

Juicy chicken thighs in brown sugar garlic sauce, cooked in 7 minutes in the Instant Pot pressure cooker. Quick, easy and so tasty!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword garlic chicken, Instant Pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 123 kcal
Author Anna


  • 5 to 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Make sure the stainless steel insert is in your Instant Pot.
  2. Press "saute" setting. Add butter to insert and let melt.
  3. Place chicken thighs in Instant Pot and brown on both sides for a few minutes. The chicken does not need to be fully cooked. Just brown it a bit to add texture. Press "cancel/off" button.
  4. In a measuring cup, whisk together 1/4 cup of water, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Add grated garlic cloves. Pour sauce over chicken.

  5. Close lid of the Instant Pot, switch the valve to "sealing" position.
  6. Press "manual" setting and adjust timer to 7 minutes. The Instant Pot will beep and start coming to pressure.
  7. When the timer is done, the Instant Pot will beep. Press "off/cancel" button. Do not release pressure. Let the pressure release naturally. When the done, carefully open the lid.
  8. Remove chicken onto a serving platter.
  9. In a measuring cup, whisk together flour and water to make a slurry.
  10. Press "saute" setting on Instant Pot, add slurry to sauce and cook until thickens. Turn off the Instant Pot.
  11. Pour sauce over chicken and serve.

Recipe Notes

You can use cornstarch in place of flour to make the sauce gluten free. It will also make it clearer and glazy. 


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Sweet Garlic Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 560mg24%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 21g23%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.