Recipe Tips And Notes
- I use apple cider vinegar in my sauce, because I like the extra flavor it adds. It enhances the sweet tang of the teriyaki sauce, but rice vinegar can also be used.
- I used ground ginger instead of fresh ginger. Both can be used as well. I try to use ingredients most people will have on hand and the flavor will come out the same.
- If you add too much cornstarch and it thickens too much, just add in a little bit of water to thicken it. Cornstarch works really fast, so adding one teaspoon at a time, and stirring before adding more, helps prevent over thickening the sauce. I ended up adding 1 full Tablespoon to get mine to the thickness I like.
This Instant Pot chicken teriyaki recipe is so delicious! The chicken is so perfectly tender and the sauce is the perfect balance of sweet, salty and savory. I just know you are going to love it!
Helpful Tips Tricks & Equipment
- Always follow the manufacturer instructions for your particular pressure cooker. Safety first!
- I’ve found it handy to keep an extra inner cooking pot on hand for when I want to batch cook in my IP without having to clean the insert over and over again…particularly since I like throwing my Instant Pot parts in the dishwasher to get them nice and clean.
- If you prefer using bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, you will probably want to crisp the skin as a first step . You can brown the thighs in a tablespoon or two of oil for 1-2 minutes per side before proceeding with the recipe. After browning, just be sure to scrape all of the dark bits from the bottom of the pot before adding back the chicken and sauce. Otherwise, the Instant Pot may give you a burn warning after it’s sealed.
The next time you’re in pinch come the 5 o’clock hour, I do hope you’ll give this Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken a whirl! I think you’ll find it to be a quick, easy, savory-sweet winner of a chicken dinner. Enjoy!
How To Make Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Breast With Bottled Sauce
Combine brown sugar, ketchup, teriyaki sauce, garlic, black pepper and sriracha in a bowl.
Pour over the chicken breasts and stir to combine.
Add the chicken with sauce to your Instant Pot. Set to Sealing and pressure cook on high for 15 minutes.
When its finished cooking, do a quick release.
Remove the chicken to a plate and turn your Instant Pot on Saute setting.
If your sauce is too thin, take ¼ cup of water and add 3 tbsp cornstarch, stir into a slurry. Add the slurry to the Instant Pot and cook until it thickens.
Cube the cooked chicken or you can serve the chicken breast whole.
Serve this teriyaki chicken over rice, sprinkle with sesame seeds and chives.
To make this a freezer meal:
Combine the marinade and chicken together in a gallon size Ziploc bag. This will keep in the freezer for 3 months.
When youre ready to make it, thaw the bag overnight in the fridge and then continue the steps above for preparation in the Instant Pot.
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Can You Make This Recipe With Chicken Thighs
I prefer to use chicken breasts for this teriyaki recipe because I have picky eaters that will only eat white meat! Thighs can also be used for darker meat, or a combination of both.
If using chicken thighs, check that they are cooked through using an instant read thermometer which should register at 165F.
How To Reheat Chicken Teriyaki
There are plenty of ways that you can choose to reheat your leftover chicken teriyaki. The method that you select is up to you.
- You can place it in the microwave for a fast solution, stir it up after a minute and continue heating if needed.
- On the stovetop stirring continuously until it is heated through.
- If time is not of the essence and you can wait a little longer for the reheated chicken teriyaki, you can cook it in the oven on a foil-lined baking sheet.
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Ingredients For Pressure Cooker Chicken Teriyaki
- Chicken: You can use boneless chicken breasts or bone in meat, thighs can be used, too! Also frozen chicken works, just Instant Pot will take longer to come to pressure see more details on cooking frozen chicken in Instant Pot.
- Regular soy sauce or I used Braggs liquid aminos. It has the same amount of sodium as regular soy sauce.
- Honey or maple syrup. You can sub 1 tbsp with molasses to get that traditional deep brown colour. Thats why cooks add brown sugar, because it contains molasses.
Want your teriyaki sauce to have that traditional deep brown color? Substitute one tablespoon molasses for honey/maple syrup.
- Rice vinegar: If you dont have one, you could use white vinegar. Not sure about apple cider. That one has distinct non-Asian food flavor.
- Fresh ginger and garlic. I feel like you can replace both with powder dry version but expect less of wow. I have done it and result was OK.
Chicken Thigh Instant Pot Cook Times
BONELESS, SKINLESS CHICKEN THIGHS
Fresh Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
- 6 minutes, vent immediately to release any remaining pressure
- Based on 3-ounce boneless chicken thighs
Frozen Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
- 12 minutes, vent immediately to release any remaining pressure
- Based on 3-ounce boneless chicken thighs
BONE-IN CHICKEN THIGHS
Fresh Bone-In Chicken Thighs
- 10 minutes, vent immediately to release any remaining pressure
- Based on 6-ounce bone-in chicken thighs
Frozen Bone-In Chicken Thighs
- 15 minutes, vent immediately to release any remaining pressure
- Based on 6-ounce bone-in chicken thighs
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What Youll Need To Make This Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki
- water or stock
- low sodium soy sauce regular soy sauce will be too salty with this. if you do not have the low sodium one, I suggest adding less.
- red chili flakes 1 tbsp goes a long way. Cut this amount down by half if you dont handle spice well.
- rice vinegar
- mirin: mirin is a Japanese sweet rice wine, if you are unable to find it, you can try extra rice vinegar with extra honey
- soy sauce paste: if you do not have soy sauce paste, add more soy sauce and touch more honey soy sauce paste is thicker than regular soy sauce and sweeter
This Easy Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Takes Just 3 Minutes To Cook And Is So Tender When Its Done Its A Really Healthy Pressure Cooker Chicken Recipe Thats Inexpensive And Flavorful Too Served With Rice Add A Bit Of Pineapple For Extra Flavor And Your Kids Will Love It Too
When I started developing new Instant Pot recipes one of the first things I tried to make was the best Instant Pot teriyaki chicken. It came out great in just 3 minutes! Now its one of our go to easy Instant Pot recipes we love. Sponsored by Soy Vay.
Make some rice and you are set with a great and healthy meal that everyone in my family enjoys.
You could add some onion into the pot too if you desire but we stuck with chunk pineapple and sauce to make ours.
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For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.
Maybe it is because I was born in Hawaii but I love anything teriyaki! I could put this sauce on just about any piece of meat and it just tastes amazing.
Just like any other recipe you can add or omit what you love or dont prefer to have added.
You save yourself a step by cutting my chicken into chunks before adding it to my Instant Pot / pressure cooker too.
We all need a few recipes in our pocket that only use a few ingredients and take less than 15 minutes.
You know for those evenings when you only have an hour in between soccer practice and homework.were there a lot.
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What Ingredients Do I Need To Make Teriyaki Chicken:
For the best teriyaki chicken, youre going to want to skip the store-bought bottled sauce and marinade. Homemade teriyaki sauce is SO much better and super easy to make.
My recipe for this authentic teriyaki sauce doubles as a marinade and requires just a few simple pantry ingredients.
- soy sauce
- rice vinegar
What To Serve With Teriyaki Chicken:
- Teriyaki chicken is delicious on its own but you can serve over Jasmine rice, noodles
- If you want a low carb / keto teriyaki chicken, you can serve it with cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles or lettuce wraps
- Other delicious vegetable sides include: broccoli, bok choy, red bell peppers, mushrooms, green beans and edamame
- Top it off with some toasted sesame seeds and green onions as a garnish
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How To Serve Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken
- Keep it simple: serve Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken with rice. Use brown rice for a higher fiber and protein content. You can make this in advance in the Instant Pot or on the stove while the teriyaki chicken cooks.
- While the chicken cooks, I like to steam or sauté a side of broccoli, then pile it all together with the teriyaki chicken and rice to make Instant Pot teriyaki chicken bowls.
- For a lower-carb version, use cauliflower rice or even broccoli rice.
Why Youll Love This Recipe
The flavor of pineapple adds a subtle sweetness to this chicken recipe thats addictively good. Plus, enzymes in the pineapple juice tenderize the chicken so that it falls apart in your mouth.
It is also a healthy way to make this dish. Its made with lean boneless, skinless chicken breasts. And it is thickened with a starch slurry instead of adding extra fats and flour. And just by using gluten free soy sauce or tamari you can easily make it gluten free.
Just like with my Pineapple Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs, the characteristic sweetness of teriyaki sauce comes from Dole Canned Pineapple Tidbits in 100% Juice instead of added sugar. Thats it just pineapple juice and pineapple, thanks to Dole.
I am proud to be partnering with Dole Packaged Foods to create recipes featuring their highest quality, GMO-free fruits and veggies. You can always find Dole in my freezer and pantry, I am thrilled to share ways to use their products to make it easy to get more fruits and veggies in your diet in a no-fuss way.
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Instant Pot Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs are one of the easiest ingredients to cook in an Instant Pot. You can use boneless and skinless or bone-in thighs.
All you need is a killer sauce and you will have the most amazing chicken dinner, with very short active prep time and cooked in a matter of minutes. I just love Instant Pot recipes.
Healthy Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken
Instant Pot teriyaki chicken with sweet and glossy homemade teriyaki sauce in 30 minutes from start to finish. Then serve with rice, fresh or steamed veggies and no need for a takeout. I love making Instant Pot Asian inspired recipes like fried rice and ground beef rice bowls!
Restaurant teriyaki chicken is usually loaded with sodium, sugar and MSG. So is the store bought bottled sauce. High fructose corn syrup not to mention loads of preservatives usually overcrowd the ingredients label. Its so easy to make your own sauces at home like this one, BBQ sauce and prepared mustard and you will feel good that you can pronounce all the ingredients you are feeding your family.
Instant Pot chicken teriyaki is easily made at home with quality chicken meat, real maple syrup or honey, moderate amount of soy sauce and fresh ginger and garlic. Big on flavor, low on sodium and sugar. Your family will love this Instant Pot dinner that is made with clean ingredients! If they love teriyaki as much as mine do, be sure to check out skillet teriyaki cauliflower with chicken or teriyaki salmon next.
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Storage & Cooking Tips
- After cooking your Chicken Teriyaki, allow it to cool completely before storing it. Kept in an airtight container, itll last about 3-4 days in the fridge and about 4 months in the freezer.
- For reheating, wed recommend either warming it back up on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot. Warm it up slow-and-low. For single servings, the microwave is quicker.
- One of the best parts about the Instant Pot is that you can cook chicken from frozen in it. For this recipe, wed recommend adding an extra 8-10 minutes to the cook time if using frozen chicken try to keep them from touching to ensure even cooking.
Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken
Teriyaki chicken is one of my favorite and most ordered dish whenever I frequent a Japanese restaurant. Theres just something about that slightly sweet, decidedly tangy, and richly savory sauce that I just cant seem to get enough of.
Teriyaki is such a classicsauce and and while sometimes its easier to buy the bottled version, homemadeis always better. This recipe is so quick and easy prepared in your pressure cooker that youll barely have time to sit down before its ready to be served up.
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Making This Instant Pot Asian Recipe In Advance
Storing: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Reheating: Always reheat only amount you will eat. Simmer on low in a pot with a splash of water or broth, half covered with a lid and stirring a few times until warmed through.
Freezer meal: This teriyaki chicken can be a healthy freezer meal. Add all ingredients, except water and cornstarch, into a resealable plastic bag, let out as much air as possible and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to cook just cook from frozen following the recipe. Thats it. No extra instructions.
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How To Cook Teriyaki Chicken In The Instant Pot
One mega advantage this easy pressure cooker teriyaki chicken recipe has over my slow cooker version is that everything cooks in one pot. Instead of reducing the teriyaki sauce on the stove, you can do it right in the Instant Pot itself! Thank you sauté mode.
- Place the chicken in the Instant Pot. You can use chicken breasts, go for Instant Pot teriyaki chicken thighs, or even use frozen chicken.
- Stir the sauce ingredients together. Easy peasy.
- Pour over the chicken, seal, and cook! The amount of time will vary based on if you used breasts or thighs, as well as if your chicken is fresh or frozen.
- Remove the cooked chicken to a plate and shred it with two forks. At this point, it will be fall-apart tender.
- Switch the Instant Pot to sauté, then add the cornstarch slurry. Let it bubble and thicken into a glorious, hopelessly addictive teriyaki sauce.
- Stir the chicken back into the sauce, and serve!
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Can I Use Frozen Chicken
Forget to thaw the chicken again? I may or may not have found myself in the same predicament before… Well, Instant Pot to the rescue! That’s right, friends, you can cook frozen chicken right in your pressure cooker. You just have to adjust the cooking time by a few minutes.
Plan on cooking frozen chicken thighs on HIGH for 13 minutes, and then allow the pressure to release for 10 minutes. The internal temperature of chicken should always reach 165°F to be safe to eat.
Teriyaki Chicken Instant Pot Ingredients
- Chicken: Boneless and skinless chicken breast or thighs.
- Soy Sauce: I use low-sodium soy sauce for this Asian Instant pot recipe.
- Rice Vinegar: Mirin can also be used.
- Honey: If you dont have any honey, you can use more brown sugar.
- Garlic: Fresh minced garlic works best in this Instant pot shredded chicken recipe. In a pinch, you can use garlic powder .
- Ginger: I love the flavor of fresh ginger in this homemade teriyaki chicken recipe. If you need to use dried ginger, 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon works.
- Brown Sugar: I use light brown sugar but dark brown sugar can be used.
- Slurry: I thicken the teriyaki sauce with a slurry made with water and cornstarch.
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What To Do If The Chicken Isnt Done
- If your chicken doesnt read 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer when you open up the Instant Pot but is pretty close , close the lid and let it rest for another 5 minutes before checking the temperature again. Often this rest is enough to get the chicken up to a safe temperature.
- If its still not done, you can recover the Instant Pot and set for an additional 2 minutes of pressure cook time.
- Last, if you prefer, you can finish cooking the chicken in a 350 degree F oven.