This Moroccan Instant Pot chicken thighs recipe is a great keto dinner recipes and is perfect for meal prep. If you are looking for an easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken recipe, look no further.
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Chicken Thighs are SO Good
This Moroccan Instant Pot Chicken Thigh recipe was one of our first attempts at using an Instant Pot for an FFF recipe and now it’s one of the most popular chicken recipes on FFF.
If this is your first go with an Instant Pot, check out this post about what we love about Instant Pots! It is a lot easier than you think. This recipe is a perfect recipe to start off with. Chicken tends to be forgiving in the Instant Pot and after you try the sauce that goes along with it, you won’t be able to get enough!
CHICKEN THIGHS–> We used chicken thighs in this recipe because chicken thighs tend to have a bit more fat in them compared to chicken breasts. We wanted this dish to be rich and complex. Chicken thighs helped us accomplish that goal.
Feel free to use bone-in chicken thighs or boneless, either way, the chicken turns out supple and delicious.
Why Should I Make this Dish?
This Moroccan Instant Pot Chicken Thighs recipe does have a couple of steps if you make the whole meal (sweet potatoes, couscous, and chicken), but it is so worth it. There are many ways you can make this dish your own.
Here are some of our favorite things about this Instant Pot Chicken Thighs!
- The sauce is amazing! The sauce at the bottom of the pot is a combination of all the best flavors of this dish!
- Shredded chicken tends to soak up sauce so well! The saucy chicken in this dish is SO good.
- You can make this dish your own and prepare the chicken and serve it with your favorite vegetables. We use sweet potatoes, but if you are following a keto diet, try serving it with broccoli instead!
- The couscous side in this Moroccan chicken dish is mixed with fresh herbs. It truly is heaven! If you’re not a fan of couscous, try cauliflower rice or quinoa!
Tips + Tricks Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken
It’s all about timing. If you are planning on making this whole meal (sweet potatoes, chicken, and couscous), it’s all about timing! Begin by following the directions and start by getting the sweet potatoes in the oven. The sweet potatoes take the longest.
Next, start the Moroccan chicken! Once you have done the prep work and the pressure in your Instant Pot has built up, the cook time is only 10 minutes.
From there prepare your couscous (it’s ready in minutes) and that’s when it all comes together!
The sweet potatoes will be roasted, the couscous will be mixed, and all you have to do is release the pressure from the Instant Pot, shred the chicken, and you’re golden!
Use the saute function. The saute function on the Instant Pot is crucial in this recipe! We use the saute function to crisp up the skin of the chicken thighs.
At this point, the chicken thighs are covered in delicious spices and when you sear the chicken thighs in the Instant pot, it crisps up the skin and creates a delicious fond a the bottom of the Instant Pot.
The fond will eventually be the base for the delicious sauce that your chicken will be mixed into.
Can I substitute the vegetables? Yes, feel free to serve whatever vegetables you would like with this Moroccan chicken. We used sweet potatoes but any of the vegetables below would be delicious roasted and served alongside the couscous and chicken.
Is this meal keto? The Morrocan chicken in the Instant Pot IS keto. The sweet potatoes and the couscous are not keto. To make this meal keto substitute the sweet potatoes for broccoli and the couscous for cauliflower rice!
Shredded Chicken Recipes
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Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken
- 2 large sweet potatoes cubed
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1.5 lbs. chicken thighs 4-5 thighs
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1.5 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 /3 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup green olives chopped
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 white onion chopped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup couscous uncooked
- zest of one lemon
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- Feta Cheese
- For the sweet potatoes, preheat oven to 400ºF. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, garlic powder, and chili powder. Mix well. Bake at 400ºF for 20-25 minutes.
- For the chicken, mix cumin, turmeric, ginger powder, garlic powder, chili, cayenne, and salt together. Place chicken thighs in a large bowl and pour spices over the thighs. Rub chicken with spices, making sure each thigh is coated in spices. Set aside.
- Next, open your Instant Pot and turn on the saute function. When your Instant Pot beeps, it is hot and ready to go. Add two tablespoons of olive oil to the Instant Pot. When olive oil is fragrant, place chicken thighs skin down. Let cook for 2-3 minutes and flip. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes and remove from Instant Pot.
- Place the rest of the ingredients for the chicken into the Instant Pot. Mix well. Place Chicken on top of the mixture and seal your Instant Pot (make sure you seal the vent on the top). Set your timer for 10 minutes and press 'Manual' and 'High Pressure'. When your Instant Pot builds up enough pressure, it will start to count down from 10.
- While chicken is cooking, prepare couscous by bringing 1 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat, add couscous to boiling water, and cover. Let sit for 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff couscous with a fork.
- In a large mixing bowl mix all ingredients for couscous. Set aside.
- When your chicken is done, your Instant Pot will beep. It will automatically release pressure. You will hear the pin on the top of your Instant Pot 'pop' when all pressure has been released. This takes about 5-10 minutes.
- Remove Instant Pot cover when you are sure all pressure has been released. Remove chicken from Instant pot and use 2 forks to shred. Throw away skin and bones and then place the shredded chicken back in the instant pot and mix with all of those yummy juices.
- Serve chicken with sweet potatoes and couscous. Enjoy! Optionally top with feta cheese and pistachios.
I have made this recipe many times since I bought my instant pot. It’s a good base recipe but I change it up. The sweet potatoes aren’t needed bc you already have a starch in the couscous so we cook zucchini instead. I also switched to boneless chicken thighs so I don’t have to search for tiny bones when shredding. I also double the amount of olives, raisins, and chicken stock.
MY FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!!!I love this recipe. I make everything but the cous cous. I serve it with plain brown or white rice. A total hit! Have made it for my parents and in-laws too.
I recently moved and had to leave my instant pot. I’m going to try this same recipe with a slow cooker. I think searing the chicken is key to a lot of the flavor so I’ll definitely still do that when I try it in a slow cooker.
Thanks for such a delicious recipe!
Such a good weeknight recipe and even better as leftovers with fresh feta and pistachios on top! I’ll definitely be making this again!
This is the perfect recipe!! The flavors taste authentic, it’s dead simple and quick to make.
I altered the 2X version slightly by adding about 1tsp of cinnamon and a few chopped dates.
I combined the chicken and the yams in the Instant Pot with 2 cups of rice and added a 14 oz can of coconut milk with about 3 cups of chicken stock. Garnished with fresh cilantro and chopped dates.
As good as ordering out and way more satisfying to make! I’d recommend this dish to anyone who wants to impress their dinner guests! Hint: prefect for date night.
Made this recipe today using leg quarters .. with rice peas sweet potatoes and broccoli !! So Delicious that’s for the amazing recipe .. so YUMMY !
So glad you loved this recipe!
So this chicken is amazing and so easy to make! I did try the couscous and it was also good, but lately we have been making this with Tahdig and they pair perfectly together! Seriously our favorite meal at the moment. I skip the raisins but everything else is the same and I have sent this recipe to everyone, it’s that good. Thanks for creating it!
So glad you loved this recipe, Jazz!
This chicken is phenomenal! I’ve made it twice and the whole family loves it.
Oh, my, this was delicious! My husband and 14 year old son loved it too and my son is pretty picky.
We are also big fans of your 5 ingredient crockpot chicken.
Thanks for the tasty and easy recipes!
I would just use your slow cooker if you have one or bring it to a boil on the stovetop and then lower the heat and gently simmer covered for 35 minutes or so.
Excellent recipe! I made it with quinoa instead, but it was just the change from the usual we needed. I looked for currants to replace the raisins, but couldn’t find them in the store so I made it pretty much true to the recipe, except I put the other half of cup of chicken broth in the quinoa, and I didn’t use as much lemon or parsley. Still ended up excellent!
Yay!! Glad you loved it!
This recipe was amazing and I am obsessed! Definitely adding it to my favorites.
Just a quick note about the step by step instructions. #8 calls for 2 cups of water for the couscous, while the list of ingredients says 1 cup. Next time I’m sticking to one cup of water and 1 cup of couscous.
Hi Ana! Thank you so much for catching this and letting us know <3
To prevent sweet potatoes or any kind of potatoes from becoming mush is to add it in the pressure cooker (chicken already in) at last 5 minutes of cooking. This is the best way. I assure you.
What if you don’t have a “Instant Pot ” ?
Great recipe, my husband and I both loved it. I did not have the raisins or olives on hand so I made it without them and did not miss them. I had some cooked quinoa so I substituted that for the couscous. I used boneless skinless thighs and they were very tender. I poured the sauce from the pot over the potatoes, chicken and quinoa. Yum!
Just made this last night and it was so good! My husband, who is not the most adventurous eater, gobbled it down! I was so surprised that I got him to eat couscous! 😀 This is only the second recipe I’ve made from FFF but I am seriously so impressed and can’t wait to try another and another and another… 🙂
I only have boneless skinless chicken thighs. Will this work? Will I need to adjust cooking time or anything?
Making this dish, but need to know if temp is high-medium-low….
Going to do Medium if I don’t hear from you
Hey Pat! Our IP only has 2 settings. High and low. We used high.
Really enjoyed..didnt think I would like the raisins but they added a great sweetness..will definitely make again
My whole family liked this one! It’s going in our dinner rotation. I was afraid the olive flavor would be too strong for my kids (5 & 7 years old), so I used a little more than half what the recipe called for. After they were cooked I was surprised how their flavor mellowed. Next time I’ll follow the recipe exactly.
The couscous was good, but the lemon flavor was overpowering until I tried the couscous with the chicken. The lemon was still too strong for my kids, and they still often like their food not touching other food, so I just made some plain butter couscous for them. 😉
Also, the sweet potatoes I just made the way our family likes them, roasted with olive oil, honey, and cinnamon.
The feta cheese and pistachios brought this to a whole new level, and the leftovers were awesome, too. 😀
I love that your kids are adventurous eaters! Makes me so happy <3
Can you make this with frozen chicken thighs?