An entire meal prep recipe, made completely in the Instant Pot – rice, chicken thighs, veggies, and all! Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Meal Prep Bowls are made with a few simple ingredients and utilize the “pot-in-pot” cooking method to make meal prep clean up a breeze!
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
- 1/2 cup chicken broth (or water)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 pound fresh boneless skinless chicken thighs (4–5 thighs)
- 1 + 1/4 cup long grain white rice
- 1 + 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 3 ounces snow peas
- cornstarch slurry (1 TB cornstarch + 1 TB water), optional for thickening
- equipment: Instant Pot, trivet, oven-safe bowl; *see notes for specific equipment I use
- In a small bowl or mason jar, add honey, soy sauce, Sriracha, oil, 1/2 cup broth, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Shake or whisk until well mixed.
- Place your chicken thighs directly into the Instant Pot liner pot, seasoning with fresh ground black pepper if desired. Pour the sauce over the chicken and stir briefly. Place your trivet over the chicken gently, ensuring the trivet legs are directly on the bottom of the pot and not resting on the chicken. Place your oven-safe “pot-in-pot” bowl on top of the trivet. Add white rice and broth in a 1:1 ratio to the bowl (I use 1 + 1/4 cup of each). Do not use brown rice, as it has a significantly longer cook time.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the steam release valve is sealed. Set to Manual or Pressure Cook for 5 minutes. After pressure cooking is done, let the Instant Pot do a Natural Pressure Release (NPR) for 10 minutes (until the timer counting up says 10). Release remaining pressure after 10 minutes.
- Safely but quickly remove the rice bowl and trivet from the pot. Hit the Sauté button on the Instant Pot. Shred the chicken – it should be tender enough to pull it apart without removing from the pot. If adding a cornstarch slurry for thickening, do so now. Finally, add the snow peas to the pot and stir. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the peas are bright green and just barely cooked through. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
- Enjoy now or portion for later. Store in airtight containers like these 2 compartment glass meal prep containers and eat within 4 days. Reheat in the microwave, covered, for 90 seconds to 2 minutes, checking at 90 seconds.
No Instant Pot instructions: Cook rice by the box directions or in a rice cooker. In a large non-stick pan, heat 1TB oil then add chicken thighs. Brown on each side for 2-3 minutes. Shake/whisk sauce ingredients together, then add sauce to the pan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10-15 minutes or until cooked to 165F. Shred chicken, add peas and cornstarch slurry, cook for another 2 minutes on low. Portion out with cooked rice and eat within 4 days.
Equipment: I own an Instant Pot Duo Plus 6 Qt . I use this tall stainless steel trivet (affiliate link!), and this 7 inch silicone loaf pan (affiliate link!) for pot-in-pot cooking, though any trivet and oven-safe dish will work. These items are shown in the photos above. If you want to see more of the items I cook with every day, check out my Amazon storefront for all of my recommendations.
Nutrition information estimated with My Fitness Pal. Recipe video added 4/02/19.
- Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
- Calories: 492
- Fat: 9g
- Carbohydrates: 73g
- Protein: 29g
Keywords: meal prep, instant pot, rice bowl, lunch, make ahead, honey, garlic, chicken thighs, chicken