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blue and white ceramic bowl of chicken pieces covered in a honey colored glaze with sesame seeds sprinkled over top, next to avocado chunks, small carrot cubes, and peas, on a bed of rice

Healthy Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

What's super easy and so yummy that even picky eaters love it?? This Instant Pot honey garlic chicken recipe! Inspired by Asian takeout but without the yucky ingredients, it's sweet, savory, and bursting with flavor. You can use whatever chicken you have on hand: thighs, breast pieces, or even wings! Serve it with veggies and rice for a perfect healthy dinner families will love. Bonus: it can also be baked in the slow cooker!

Course Main
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Mary Harp

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix broth, honey, liquid aminos, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, minced garlic, and sesame oil together in insert pot of pressure cooker.
    Bowl of marinating chicken with a wooden spoon.
  2. Add chicken thighs.
    Chicken and honey garlic sauce in a crock pot.
  3. Cover the pot, checking the seal and components to make sure all is well.
  4. If using an electric cooker, set to high pressure for 20 minutes (or 23 minutes if using frozen thighs). If using a stove-top cooker, bring to high pressure and maintain for 15 minutes (or 18 minutes if using frozen thighs).

  5. When cycle is complete, turn off (if electric cooker) or remove from heat (if stovetop cooker).

  6. Quick release pressure.

  7. Or, if using frozen thighs, let sit for 10 minutes to naturally release pressure. Then quick release any remaining pressure.

  8. Carefully open lid once pressure has released.
  9. Serve over rice and top with chopped fresh parsley and a sprinkling of sesame seeds, if desired.

    blue and white ceramic bowl of chicken pieces covered in a honey colored glaze with sesame seeds sprinkled over top, next to avocado chunks, small carrot cubes, and peas, on a bed of rice

Recipe Notes

Slow Cooker Variation

Omit chicken broth. Add chicken thighs to the bottom of the slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix mix honey, liquid aminos, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, minced garlic, and sesame oil together. Pour mixture over chicken. Cover slow cooker with lid.

Cook 4 to 5 hours on LOW or 3 to 4 hours on HIGH. If using frozen chicken, add 1 hour of cook time to ensure doneness. Top with chopped fresh parsley and a sprinkling of sesame seeds, if desired.