AIP Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Mango Chicken Thighs Recipe

I know many of you, like me, bought an Instant Pot on Amazon, when it’ was on flash sale.  I have been using mine every day since.  I’ve made my own coconut yogurt, steamed veggies, cooked entire meals, and seared meats in my new Instant Pot.  In fact, I created this amazing recipe, Sweet & Sour Mango Chicken Thighs, especially for cooking in my Instant Pot.  Every step, from searing the chicken thighs, to thickening the sauce, was done in under an hour!  I love my new Instant Pot!

aip paleo instant pot sweet and sour mango chicken thighs by paleo cajun lady
AIP Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Mango Chicken Thighs Recipe|Paleo Cajun Lady

If you haven’t bought your Instant Pot, but are considering it, let me tell you how amazing this pot is.  One night, I was so exhausted and didn’t really have much time to cook an entire dinner.  I threw some cabbage, raw ground beef, onions, and a couple of slices of cooked bacon into the Instant Pot, with about a 1/2 cup of bone broth.  Thirty minutes later, I had a fully cooked, delicious meal!

aip instant pot sweet and sour chicken thighs and kale salad
AIP Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Mango Chicken Thighs with simple kale salad.

I have also cooked beets, sweet potatoes, chicken and gravy, and collard greens in my Instant Pot.  Everything has cooked perfectly.  I even made my own coconut yogurt!  It’s the best yogurt I’ve ever eaten!  And, of course, I created this Sweet & Sour Mango Chicken Thighs recipe.  This delicious mix of sweet and sour flavors will make your mouth happy, happy, happy.  Enjoy!

AIP Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Mango Chicken Thighs Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 2 thighs, 1/2 cup sauce

AIP Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Mango Chicken Thighs Recipe

This delicious dish cooks in less than an hour!


  • 1 tablespoon cooking fat (I used duck fat)
  • 8 chicken thighs, deboned
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 mango, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut aminos, divided
  • 1- 1” piece of ginger, chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (bone broth, if you have it)
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 green onion, sliced (green part only)


  1. With lid off, press Saute button on Instant Pot
  2. Place cooking fat in pot.
  3. Heat until melted.
  4. Place chicken thighs, skin side down into pot.
  5. Brown for about 3 minutes.
  6. Flip thighs over, and brown for about 2 minutes. Depending on the size of your chicken thighs, you may have to do 4 thighs at a time, not to overcrowd your pot.
  7. Remove chicken thighs and set aside.
  8. Add onion, mango and garlic to pot.
  9. Cook until onions are clear and mango has started to brown slightly.
  10. Turn off Instant Pot (press Cancel button).
  11. Place chicken thighs back into pot, nestled into mango and onion mixture.
  12. Add lime juice, 1/4 cup coconut aminos, ginger, cilantro, honey, chicken broth, fish sauce and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to pot.
  13. Place lid on Instant Pot. Press Poultry button, then Pressure button twice, for high pressure setting. Timing will set automatically for 15 minutes.
  14. Once pressure cooking is done, and Instant Pot goes into Warming mode, turn pot off.
  15. Turn pressure valve to venting.
  16. Be sure all pressure is released from pot before opening lid.
  17. Open lid.
  18. Remove chicken thighs from pot. Set aside.
  19. Add 1 tablespoon coconut aminos, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and salt to pot.
  20. Press Saute button.
  21. Cook sauce until it reduces into a thick sauce, about 10-15 minutes.
  22. Turn pot off.
  23. Serve chicken thighs with sauce ladled on top.
  24. Add green onion slices for garnish.


Searing Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Sauce Thickening: 10 to 15 minutes

I’m sure I’ll be creating a lot of new recipes in the Instant Pot.  If you’re going to invest in one new kitchen tool over the holidays, I suggest the Instant Pot.  It’s quick and easy to use, even for those who are not crazy about cooking.  Actually, especially for those who don’t like to cook!  You can simply toss your food in, press a couple of buttons, and, voila, you have an entire meal in minutes.  What more could you ask for?

For those of you who have absolutely no interest in the Instant Pot, I will be making a slow cooker version of this recipe.  I’ll be posting it next year.  I think my slow cooker is going to take a much needed break for a little while.

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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2 Replies to “AIP Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Mango Chicken Thighs Recipe”

  1. I am in south Mississippi and love your take on AIP food. I don’t have an Instant Pot but think I can try this in my crockpot with good results; I even have a garden full of kale to accompany it.

    1. Hi Sheila! Thanks for the lovely compliment. I’m sure you could replicate the recipe in your crockpot. I would probably cook it for about 5 or six hours on low. It should come out just as tasty. Let me know how it goes! You’re so lucky to have a garden full of kale!

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