Electric Pressure Cooker Easy Meals

Okay. I admit it. I don’t have the time and/or energy to make recipes “from scratch” every night of the week. In my ideal world, when preparing dinner, I would never rely on bottled sauces or dressings, never use seasoning packets, or use canned soups. But in my real world, with special needs kids, errands, chores, etc., sometimes I just need a hot quick entree to serve with rice and a veggie.

That is where chicken and a bottle of sauce comes in.  My family LOVES it when I thaw some Costco chicken thighs. They come packaged with the bone-in and the skin on.  I peel the skin off, brown the top side in the Instant Pot, pour in a bottle of Sesame Garlic sauce – found in the Asian food section – and then cook at high pressure for 12 minutes.  The joy of pressure cooking chicken this way is that you would never know the chicken didn’t marinate overnight – the flavor goes deep within the meat.

And, if you only spoon a couple of tablespoons of the sauce onto your portion, you end up with an entree that doesn’t taste dietetic and is only 6 points per thigh. Add 1/2 cup of jasmine rice, as much steamed broccoli as you want, and you have a 9 Smart Point dinner that was simple to make, and very family-friendly.

Feel free to substitute chicken breasts for the thighs, and/or switch your sauce to bottled curry sauce, peanut sauce, or your favorite.  You will end up with great tasting chicken, with very little fuss.  If you are on Weight Watchers, be sure to enter your ingredients into your points calculator/tracker to come up with the correct points for your combination!  The possibilities are endless.

Yields 8

Easy Sesame Garlic Chicken Thighs - 6 SmartPoints

A quick tasty dish that can be made on one of those hectic evenings.

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 8 chicken thighs; bone-in
  • 15 ounce bottle of Sesame Garlic Sauce - found in Asian section; I usually use Iron Chef


  1. If your thighs have skin peel it off.
  2. Spray your cooking pot with non-stick spray. Set to saute "more."
  3. Brown the top side of each thigh for about 4-5 minutes. You will need to do it in two batches.
  4. Pour 1/3 of the bottle of sauce in the pot. Arrange the chicken thighs, browned side up, in as close to one layer as possible.
  5. Pour the rest of the sauce onto the chicken thighs, being sure to coat all of them.
  6. Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. Use quick pressure release.
  7. Serve each thigh with 2 tablespoons of sauce; this equals one serving.
Cuisine: Asian, Electric Pressure Cooker, Low-Calorie | Recipe Type: Chicken


This is best served with long-grain white rice - I prefer jasmine or basmati. Steamed broccoli makes an excellent side dish.



3 thoughts on “Electric Pressure Cooker Easy Meals

  1. Glad I found your blog, would love to see more recipes! I received a pressure cooker for Christmas and I'm on WW too.... Thanks for sharing :)

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