Instant Pot garlic brown sugar chicken is what you make when you need an unplanned, quick, and easy chicken dinner. Super juicy and delicious glazed chicken thighs to serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or pasta.
On the Instant Pot, press on SAUTE, add the oil and melt the butter. Brown the chicken starting skin side down, flip and brown it from the other side. When the chicken is golden brown, remove from the pot and set aside.
Melt the remaining butter in the Instant Pot, and add the garlic. Cook for a minute until it's fragrant.
Add the chicken stock, and deglaze scraping off any stuck bits to the bottom of the pot.
Add the honey, brown sugar, oregano, basil, and thyme. Season with a pinch of salt, and put the chicken back in the pot.
Secure the lid and set the vent to SEALING. Select the PRESSURE COOK/MANUAL setting and set the cooking time for 8 minutes at high pressure. The Instant Pot will take around 6-7 minutes to come to pressure and start cooking. When the cooking program ends, quickly release the steam.
Transfer chicken thighs to a serving plate, and to thicken the sauce (optional), set the Instant Pot to SAUTE mode, and add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon of water. Add that to the sauce, and whisk until the sauce thickens. Have a taste and add more salt if needed.
Pour the sauce over the chicken, and garnish with chopped parsley leaves.
You can use chicken breasts instead of thighs, but you won't get that caramelized flavor and the chicken breast meat is drier.
When browning the chicken thighs, if the pot is crowded then work in batches.
You need to make sure that you brown the chicken really well, starting skin side down. But also keep an eye on it so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pot, I like to use kitchen tongs to move the chicken around a little as they're being seared.
Thickening the sauce is optional but HIGHLY recommended to get that awesome glaze and thick sauce.
Storing - Fridge: Store the chicken in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave, or in the oven until it's heated through. Freezer: These chicken thighs can last up to three months in the freezer, so be sure to write the date on the bag with a freezer-proof marker.