Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Potatoes are cooked together in your Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. I show you how to cook pressure cooker chicken thighs and potatoes together at the same time!
Originally published on 9/4/17
Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Potatoes
I get asked a lot about cooking a meal in the Instant Pot. Many people want to cook multiple types of food at once, in the same pot. This can be a time saver, and it is really nice to have one dirty pot! I rarely have only one dirty pot. 😀
Pressure cooking chicken thighs on top with the Potatoes underneath is an easy way to cook the two foods at once. Because they both have similar cook times, it works out very well!
It's even easier if you use food that doesn't have to be browned first, but these chicken thighs taste much better if you do brown them.
I like doing it this way. When I make them with BBQ sauce, I don't brown them first, I broil them after pressure cooking, to caramelize the BBQ sauce. Yum! You could definitely do the potatoes with BBQ chicken if you want.
This is a great meal to cook in the pressure cooker because it is pretty hard to mess up a chicken thigh! The extra fat in them allow for a little "accidental" overcooking, and they will still be nice and tender.
Chicken breasts in the Instant Pot require a different timing and prep. See my Instant Pot Chicken Breasts recipe here.
Is the skin crispy?
If you browned the thighs before pressure cooking, there will be a little crispness left. To get the skin even crispier, you could broil them after you pressure cook them.
I don't do that as I like them as is, and just want to eat them when they are done cooking. I know they won't be as crispy, and that's fine.
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Where can I find a tall-legged trivet?
I have been getting questions about the tall-legged trivet that I use. I bought one on Amazon a few years ago, and still use it. Here is the one I use: Steaming Rack Stainless Steel Tall Legged Trivet
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Instant Pot Chicken Thighs with Potatoes are cooked at the same time in your electric pressure cooker. An easy recipe for beginners to learn to cook two things at the same time.
- ¼ tsp Onion Powder
- ¼ tsp Black Pepper
- ¼ tsp Poultry Seasoning
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- ½ tsp Paprika
- ½ tsp Kosher Salt
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 6 Chicken Thighs (I use skin on, bone in)
- 1 ½ cups Chicken Broth low sodium
- 3 Large Red Potatoes, cut in fourths
- 1 Tbsp Butter
- 1 Small Sprig Rosemary
- ½ Lemon
Put the spices in a small dish and mix together well. Sprinkle on both sides of the chicken thighs.
Press the Sauté button on the Instant Pot. When the display reads Hot, add the olive oil.
Add 3 or 4 chicken thighs, skin side down, and brown them on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining thighs. Set aside on a plate.
When all of the thighs are browned, carefully remove any remaining oil from the pot. If the bits on the bottom of the pot are too blackened, add a little water and use a wooden spoon to scrape them off and discard. Otherwise, keep the browned bits in there for flavor (Sometimes spices get a little burned).
Add the broth to the pot (still on Sauté mode). Stir and scrape any remaining brown bits on the bottom of the pot.
Add the potatoes, butter, and the rosemary.
Put a tall trivet over the potatoes.
Set a steamer basket on top of the trivet and add the chicken thighs to it (make sure they don’t set up above the rim of the pot. You need to be able to comfortably get the lid on).
Squeeze the lemon juice over the chicken.
Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Cancel the sauté mode.
Press the Poultry, or the Manual button, and use the + or - button to choose 13 minutes.
When cooking cycle ends, let it naturally release pressure for 5 to 10 minutes. Don’t let it go longer than that.
Turn off the pot.
Manually release the remaining pressure, and when the pin in the lid drops, carefully open the lid, facing it away from you.
Carefully remove the steamer basket with the chicken to a plate.
Carefully remove the trivet.
At this point you can either use a potato masher to mash the potatoes right in the pot, or remove them with a slotted spoon and make gravy from the drippings. If you choose to remove them, set them aside and turn on the pot to the sauté mode to make gravy.
Add a cornstarch slurry to the liquid in the pot (mix 2 Tbsp cornstarch and just enough water to make it loose, and whisk it into the hot liquid in the pot). Keep stirring until it thickens.
Turn off the pot and serve the gravy over the potatoes, and the chicken thighs if you’d like.
Add ⅛ tsp Cayenne Powder to the spice mixture for a little kick.
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