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This instant pot honey mustard chicken is an easy, healthy weeknight dinner! You can use chicken breasts or chicken thighs, and the sweet and tangy honey mustard sauce smothers the chicken for a delicious and simple meal. 

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Instant pot chicken is an easy and healthy way to get dinner on the table. This honey mustard twist is a flavorful way to feed your whole family without tons of planning or preparation and you only need a few ingredients and less than 30 minutes!

Reasons to Love Instant Pot Honey Mustard Chicken

  • Easy weeknight dinner: this is one of those easy recipes you can add to your weekly rotation. We highly recommend it with garlic roasted mini peppers, air fryer asparagus, roasted brussels sprouts, green beans, a side salad, or Instant Pot asparagus.
  • Delicious chicken dinner: this isn’t the same old boring baked chicken! Cover the tender chicken thighs honey mustard glaze and you’ll never look back.
  • Easy to meal prep: store leftover honey mustard chicken airtight containers and top them on a salad the next day for a quick lunch.

Grab These Ingredients

Here are the simple ingredients for this easy chicken recipe. Jump down to the full recipe card for exact measurements.

  • Honey: raw honey is best and gives this a sweet and thick sauce.
  • Chicken Broth or water: you need at least half a cup of liquid to bring the Instant Pot to pressure.
  • Mustard: we’ve tested this recipe with Dijon mustard and yellow mustard and love both!
  • Spices: a mix of Italian seasoning paprika, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.
  • Chicken: use chicken breasts or boneless skinless chicken thighs, or bone-in skin-on chicken thighs for this recipe. The cooking time will vary based on the type of chicken you use. Bone-in chicken thighs will take 2-3 minutes longer.
  • Cornstarch or tapioca starch: this thickens the sauce at the end and is optional.

What is honey mustard chicken?

Honey mustard chicken is a cooked chicken recipe made with a thick honey mustard sauce. The honey and mustard cook and caramelize a bit while cooking and turns a gorgeous brown color and a sweet and tangy flavor.

It’s very similar to our classic honey mustard chicken thighs recipe that you can bake or grill.

It’s a great recipe for easy dinners! Super healthy and super simple.

honey mustard chicken recipe in the instant pot

How long does it take to cook frozen chicken in the instant pot?

You can definitely cook frozen chicken in the instant pot and do so without worrying about thawing the chicken. Follow the steps for the instant pot honey mustard chicken recipe, but instead cook it 4 minutes longer.

It takes about 10 minutes for the pressure cooker to heat and build pressure then it takes about 12 minutes for the frozen chicken to cook through for a total of about 22 minutes for a medium 6-8 ounce frozen chicken breast.

How to serve honey mustard chicken:

I like to serve my honey mustard chicken with a starch or a veggie! Here are a few ideas!

easy honey mustard chicken

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Instant pot honey mustard chicken

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 23 minutes
This instant pot honey mustard chicken is an easy, healthy weeknight dinner! You can use chicken breasts or chicken thighs, and the sweet and tangy marinade smothers the chicken for a delicious and simple meal.

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Servings: 4


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard or Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 (4-6 ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts thawed or frozen
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch or tapioca starch


  • Combine honey and water in the bowl of the instant pot. Next, turn the instant pot to saute and leaving the lid off, stir together until the honey dissolves, about 5 minutes. Next, add the mustard, italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika and stir to combine.
  • Set the steam rack inside add the chicken breasts to the Instant Pot and coat with the honey mustard sauce.
  • Seal the lid and turn the steam valve to the sealing position.
  • Set Instant Pot to pressure cook/manual, high pressure. Set the cook time to 8 minutes for a medium-sized 6-8 ounce chicken breast. Set the cook time to 12 minutes if the chicken breast is frozen.
  • The Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure and then will start counting down the cook time, so 18 minutes total.
  • When it beeps to let you know the cook time has finished, carefully quick release the pressure by using the handle of a long spoon to turn the steam valve to venting.
  • Finally, remove the lid then remove the chicken and set aside on a plate. Add 1 teaspoon of tapioca starch or cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water. Add the cornstarch slurry to the honey mustard sauce in the instant pot and turn on saute. Allow to boil and thicken for 2-3 minutes then add chicken back to instant pot and coat chicken with sauce.
  • Serve with rice, vegetables or quinoa.
Last step! If you make this, please leave a review letting us know how it was!


Burn notice: honey can burn quickly because of its sugar content. Be sure to dissolve it well and add enough liquid to the instant Pot. Turn the chicken to coat it in the sauce. If you still see a burn notice, quick release the vent with a wooden spoon, add a splash of water or broth to the pan and deglaze it then continue cooking.


Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 36.6g | Protein: 27.5g | Fat: 2.8g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 432mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Heather says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Best recipe for honey mustard chicken I have tried so far. Do extra and freeze for wraps!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Thanks, Heather!

  2. Brittany says:

    Hi! This recipe looks delicious and I am going to try it out. I’m a little confused with the steam rack. Does the chicken sit on the rack in the sauce so it doesn’t burn or can the chicken just be in the sauce?

  3. Letitia says:

    I made it but my chicken dried out. I think some of my chicken was to thick and some to thin or I put to much. The sauce was amazing and made the dry chicken tolerable. Will definitely try again.

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