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Instant Pot Chicken Thighs and Potatoes
$10.50 Recipe/$2.63 Serving
instant Pot Chicken Thighs and Potatoes is a quick and simple recipe that is ready in just 30 minutes. Made with simple ingredients, this healthy recipe is gluten free, dairy free, paleo and Whole30 friendly.
Combine the dried chives, dried parsley, dried dill, and 1 teaspoon of salt.
Add the chicken thighs to the instant pot. Sprinkle the chicken thighs with 1/2 of the dried spice mixture. Sprinkle the chicken with smoked paprika as well.
Pour 1 cup of water over the chicken. Add the metal trivet on top of the chicken thighs.
Add the baby potatoes on top of the metal trivet.
Place the lid on the instant pot and set the valve to seal. Cook high pressure for 12 minutes.
After 12 minutes cooking, allow the instant pot to naturally release pressure at least 10 minutes.
After pressure has been released, open the instant pot and check to ensure the potatoes are fully cooked by piercing with a knife. The potatoes should be soft and easy to insert the knife.
Add the potatoes to a bowl and cut in half or quarters. Add the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the rest of the dried spices. Stir the potatoes well and ensure everything is well incorporated.
Serve hot with you favorite side dish.
Other spicesDivide these spices between the chicken and potatoes instead of the spices listed above:
Taco seasoning – divide 1-2 tablespoons of taco seasoning between the chicken and potatoes for a fun Mexican twist.
Greek seasoning – combine 1 teaspoon oregano + 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning + 1 teaspoon garlic powder + 1 teaspoon of salt for Greek seasoning.
Italian Seasoning – combine 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning + 1 teaspoon garlic powder + 1 teaspoon salt.
Zaatar – Combine 1 tablespoon zaatar seasoning with 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 teaspoon salt.
Fresh Rosemary garlic – season the chicken with 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning + ½ teaspoon salt before cooking. Chop the fresh rosemary and garlic to coat the potatoes in.
Common questionsCan you use frozen chicken thighsYes! One of the benefits of using the instant pot is how easily you can cook frozen chicken without worrying about defrosting first! Simply add the frozen boneless skinless chicken thighs to the instant pot and follow the directions as written for adding the spices, water and potatoes. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes and allow the instant pot to naturally release pressure at least 10 minutes.Can you use chicken breastYes! Chicken breast tend to be much thicker than chicken thighs so will require longer cooking time. Typical boneless, skinless chicken breast will cook in about 15 minutes high pressure. Extra large (very thick) boneless, skinless chicken breast may take closer to 17-18 minutes.Can you use larger potatoesThis recipe recommends baby potatoes because they are small enough that they will cook whole in the time it takes the chicken to cook through.You can use larger potatoes, but you will want to cut them down into smaller pieces so they cook at the same rate as the chicken. You want your potatoes to be no thicker than 1 inch (thickness, not size indicates how food cooks in the instant pot). Cut the potatoes down accordingly if needed.Can you use sweet potatoesYes! You can easily sub sweet potatoes for regular potatoes in this recipe. You will likely need to cut the sweet potatoes into smaller pieces so they can cook at the same rate as the chicken.You will want to ensure the sweet potato pieces are 1 inch thick so they cook through in time.Can you make mashed potatoes with these potatoesYes! You may decide to peel your potatoes first if you want to make a creamy mashed potato from the potatoes in this recipe. After cooking in the instant pot, add your typical ingredients for mashed potatoes and mash the potatoes using a masher or your standing mixer.Storing leftoversFridge: Store leftover chicken and potatoes in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container.Freezer: Potatoes tend to change color and texture when frozen, so I would not recommend freezing the potatoes. You can freeze the chicken for up to 3 months in a well sealed container. Be sure to label the chicken with the name, the date and the use by date.