Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken Recipe

This Instant Pot Thai Chicken recipe is one of the most requested dinners in our house. I never in a million years expected my kids to enjoy peanut butter chicken, but they go nuts for this!

Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken

When it comes to this recipe there are a couple tricks to keep in mind. When cooking in a pressure cooker, meals can come out a tad on the watery side. This can be caused because of many different reasons, and this recipe has no exception. I have found that we tend to run into this when we use good chicken.

One trick to combat a watery pressure cooker meals is to cook in rice or pasta after you have cooked your meal. This tends to be what I do whenever I open our Instant Pot lid and dinner looks too watery. However, this trick is one that you need to be able to eyeball, so if you are new to pressure cooking I wouldn’t recommend it as there is a really high chance that you will end up with crunchy rice or noodles.

An easier trick is to add in some cornstarch after cooking your meal. And AFTER is key. If you try to include cornstarch before cooking you will end up with a burn notice. To do this simply add in a tablespoon at a time, after cooking, and mix it in.

Or for an even easier option, you could just simply boil the excess water off by stirring constantly while on sauté mode until the liquid is reduced.

Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken

Instant Pot Thai Chicken Recipe

When I make this recipe for my kids, there are some adaptions that I may make (depending on which ones of them are home for dinner). For the girls, we can do full on spice, but if the boys are home spice is an absolute no-go.

To modify the Thai Peanut Chicken for them I simply leave out the sriracha and ginger. It will make the recipe a bit on the bland side, but its still absolutely delicious. Want some flavor but not the heat? Then simply leave out the sriracha. This peanut butter chicken is ridiculously simple to adapt to your taste buds.

Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken

Alrighty y’all, let’s get cooking!

Yield: 4-6

Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken Recipe

Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 T. sesame oil
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2/3 c. chicken broth
  • ¼ c. sugar-free peanut butter
  • ¼ c. gluten-free soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 T. fresh lime juice
  • 2 T. honey, preferably local
  • 1½ T. Sriracha sauce
  • 2 t. fresh ginger
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste


  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ½ c. roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 3-4 green onions, cut into thin slices


  1. Add sesame oil to Instant Pot and set the “Sauté” setting to high. Working in batches, if necessary, brown the chicken thighs, approximately 3-4 minutes per side. Repeat this process with remaining thighs. Remove and set aside on a platter.
  2. Pour chicken broth into hot container and gently scrape up brown bits from bottom. Add peanut butter to the hot liquid and stir until completed melted. Add soy sauce, lime juice, honey, Sriracha sauce, ginger, and garlic powder. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.
  3. Add metal rack to the Instant Pot and place the browned chicken thighs on top.
  4. Add lid and lock into place. Switch vent to “Sealing” position and set the “Manual” setting on high before adjusting the cook time to 10 minutes. After a brief pause, the Instant Pot will automatically start building pressure.
  5. When finished, do a quick release (QR) to allow the pressure to escape. Unlock and carefully remove lid when finished and transfer the chicken to a platter.
  6. Optional: To thicken sauce, select the “Sauté” setting and heat, stirring continually, until the excess liquid is reduced and the sauce reaches the desired consistency.
  7. Turn Instant Pot off and return the chicken thighs and the juices that accumulated on the platter to the sauce and turn to coat.
  8. Remove chicken and transfer to a serving tray. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, chopped peanuts, and green onions, if desired. Serve immediately with extra peanut sauce and your favorite sides. Enjoy

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Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken


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