Season quail with salt and pepper
Stuff cavity of quail with fresh thyme
Place oil in Instant Pot and select “Sauté”. Add the bacon, onion, dried herbs, bay leaf, and cook for about 3 minutes.
Place quail in the pot, breast-side down and cook for about 4-5 minutes or until browned, then flip breast-side up.
Select “Cancel” and add the broth to the pot.
Secure the lid and cook using “Manual” and “High Pressure” for about 7-9 minutes.
Select “Cancel” if needed and carefully do a “Quick Release”.
Remove the lid, transfer quail onto a plate. Remove the herb sprigs from cavity.
Strain liquid into a bowl.
Return broth to Instant Pot and select “Sauté”. Cook for about 3 – 4 minutes.
Add the quail back to the broth for about 2 minutes, basting with the broth/sauce.
Remove from Instant Pot and serve with the sauce.