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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken

This Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken is the perfect quick & easy weeknight meal with a simple sweet sauce, made in less than 25 minutes!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Easy, Instant Pot, Weeknight Meal
Keyword Honey Garlic Chicken, Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
Prep Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Pressurizing Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 416kcal
Author Chrissie


  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper (a few pinches each)
  • 1/2 cup liquid honey
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 5 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (we like the Heinz brand for this recipe)
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • sesame seeds and chopped green onions for garnish


  • Pat the chicken drumsticks dry with kitchen paper towel and season it with salt and pepper
  • Heat up the instant pot on "Saute" mode and add the oil. Brown the pieces of chicken on all sides. You may have to do this in batches.
  • While the chicken browns, combine the honey, butter, garlic, ketchup and soy sauce in a bowl, whisking it together to form a smooth sauce.
  • Add all the chicken pieces back into to the Instant Pot and add the sauce overtop.
  • Add and seal the lid, turning the valve to "Sealing". Set to "Pressure Cook" for 6 minutes.
  • When the Pressure Cook time is finished, carefully turn the release valve to "venting" using a long pair of tongs or another long kitchen tool so you don't burn your hand, arm or face. It's a good idea to do this under an exhaust fan in your kitchen, if you have one.
  • Remove the lid, sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped green onions (optional), and serve over rice or with mashed potatoes.


Serving: 2pieces | Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 711mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 231IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg