Pressure Cooker Thai Chicken Thighs

Fork tender boneless, skinless chicken thighs in a luscious Thai peanut sauce cooked in the pressure cooker in a fraction of the time it takes to cook in the slow cooker. 

You’re hurrying out the door in the morning and as you’re driving away you remember you forgot to put dinner in the crockpot before you left. Take out again? Not if you have a pressure cooker at home. Most slow cooker recipes are easily adapted for the pressure cooker and cook in minutes instead of hours.

I adapted this recipe from a recipe in a great slow cooker cookbook, 365 Days of Slow-Cooking. The original slow cooker recipe cooks on low for 4 – 6 hours, but requires only 9 minutes cooking time in the pressure cooker. In addition, browning the chicken in the pressure cooker before pressure cooking adds additional flavor without having to dirty an extra pan for browning.

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Karen, who blogs at 365 Days of Slow-Cooking. She gave me a copy of her beautiful cookbook and also offered to give a copy of her cookbook to one lucky Pressure Cooker Today reader. Details on how you can win 365 Days of Slow-Cooking are at the bottom of this post.

You’ll be seeing more recipes I’ve adapted from 365 Days of Slow-Cooking on Pressure Cooking Today. My family loved this recipe and I hope to put it on the menu often. I served it with a tri-colored orzo and Roasted Broccoli with Garlic, a delicious recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen.

Pressure Cooker Thai Chicken Thighs


  • 1 – 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed (about 8)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons freeze dried cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • green onions, chopped for garnish, optional


Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pressure cooker pot, select Browning. When oil is hot, brown the meat in small batches, do not crowd the pot. Set the browned chicken on a platter.

When all the chicken is browned, add chicken broth, peanut butter, soy sauce, cilantro, lime juice, red pepper and ginger. Stir to combine.

Add the browned chicken to the pot, along with any juices that have collected on the platter. Cover pot and lock lid in place.

Select High Pressure and 9 minutes cook time. (It will take about 10 minutes to reach high pressure.)

After 9 minutes cook time, turn off pressure cooker and use a quick pressure release. Remove chicken thighs from the pot leaving the sauce.

In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in 2 tablespoons water. Add cornstarch mixture to the sauce in the pot stirring constantly. Select Simmer and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. After sauce thickens, add chicken thighs and coat with the sauce.

Serve garnished with chopped peanuts and green onions.

If you’re using a natural peanut butter or if your sauce is too thick before pressure cooking, add additional chicken broth. If using natural peanut butter, you’ll need to add some sweetener to the recipe.



Update: The Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Mary for winning the Really Big Cooking Show Tickets and to Carol who won the 365 Days of Slow-Cooking cookbook.

Here’s How To Enter the Sweepstakes Giveaway:

If you would like to win a copy of 365 Days of Slow-Cooking, leave a comment on this post before Wednesday, October 3th at noon, MST.

For extra entries:

Leave a separate comment for each entry. The giveaway is only open to residents of the US. Be sure your email address is included with your comment(s). Winner will be chosen randomly, notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond.

Karen also gave me 2 tickets to The Really Big Cooking Show at Thanksgiving Point Barn on Saturday, November 3, 2012 to give away. The event will feature cooking demonstrations and giveaways. Featuring: TV Star of “The Food Nanny,” Liz Edmunds; Cookbook author Karen Petersen; former Deseret News food editor Valerie Phillips; and popular food bloggers Echo Blickenstaff and Emily Walker.

If you live in the Salt Lake or Provo area and want to attend The Really Big Cooking Show:  Thefirst person to leave a comment on this post saying you live in the area and want to attend The Really Big Cooking Show will win the tickets.