Delicious Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken

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Make this sweet and spicy sticky chicken thigh recipe in your instant pot for dinner tonight! Instant pot bourbon chicken is a dump and go recipe that is packed full of layers of flavor!

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I love cooking chicken in my instant pot. It makes dinnertime so much easy for me! If you’re like me, you like to have a variety of chicken recipes on hand so you aren’t serving the same thing over and over again.

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Some of our favorites are instant pot Hawaiian chicken, instant pot crack chicken pasta, Instant Pot Chicken Curry, and Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas. You can also check out our full list of instant pot chicken recipes and instant pot frozen chicken recipes.

If you’re in the mood for beef, definitely check out this recipe for Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast.

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Can I double this recipe?

Yes, you may double this recipe, as long as your pressure cooker is large enough to be filled with out going past the max fill line. The cook time stays the same. However, it will take your instant pot longer to come to pressure and longer to release the pressure.

What to serve with honey garlic chicken?

We love serving this chicken over rice and noodles. This recipe has vegetables cooked along with it, so there is no need to add anymore! If you want to add an additional veggie, we reccomend Easy Oven Roasted Zucchini and Yellow Squash.

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Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken Recipe

Aileen Clark
Make this sweet and spicy sticky chicken thigh recipe in your instant pot for dinner tonight! Instant pot honey garlic chicken is a dump and go recipe that is packed full of layers of flavor!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Course Main Dish Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 767 kcal


  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chop broccoli
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds


  • Prep your chicken and pat dry, set to the side.
  • Add the apple juice, Bourbon, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, minced garlic, honey, crushed red pepper flakes, and ginger paste to your Instant Pot. Stir.
  • Pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the chicken to the instant pot. Turn to coat in the sauce.
  • Place the vegetables in the Instant Pot on top of the chicken.
  • Close the lid and set the pressure release valve to sealing.
  • Press the manual or pressure cook button and set to 12 minutes on high pressure.
  • Once the chicken is done cooking, let it natural pressure release for 10 minutes.
  • Quick release the remaining pressure.
  • Whisk together the cornstarch and cold water.
  • Remove the lid of the instant pot and take out the chicken and vegetables. Set them aside.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch and cold water.
  • Press the saute button on the instant pot.
  • Slowly whisk the cornstarch mixture into the sauce.
  • Continue to whisk until the sauce is thickened.
  • Add the chicken and vegetables back to the pot.
  • Turn to coat.
  • Turn off the instant pot.
  • Top with sesame seeds, serve, and enjoy!


Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, up to 3 days.


Serving: 1gCalories: 767kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 86gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 415mgSodium: 1712mgFiber: 3gSugar: 26g
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