Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki Recipe
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A crowd-pleaser, this Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki is ready in thirty minutes! With only six ingredients, you won’t spend all day in the kitchen preparing this delicious chicken dish.
My Instant Pot has been a game changer. The Instant Pot makes healthy, delicious meals ready in no time. I used to make chicken teriyaki on the frying pan, but it’s easier with the Instant Pot since it can cook chicken straight from frozen!
This Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki is a great way to add an Asian influence into your cooking. When you think Chicken Teriyaki, you probably think you’ll need a bunch of ingredients. That is not the case for this incredibly easy Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki. With just a few ingredients and thirty minutes, you’ll have this succulent chicken recipe ready at your table.
You don’t have to go to your neighborhood take-out restaurant to enjoy chicken teriyaki. This delicious chicken recipe can be made in your instant pot in just thirty minutes. Easy to make and delicious, your instant pot makes this recipe done in a flash. A sure crowd-pleaser, this Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki recipe will be a regular rotation in your weekly menu.
In just six quick and easy steps this recipe will be ready to go. No time to thaw your chicken? With just a few extra minutes, you can use frozen chicken breasts in this meal. Start by putting water and chicken breast or thighs in the instant pot. Close the instant pot lid and turn the valve to seal. Press the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button and set your timer for breasts to 8 minutes. For thighs, set your timer for 13 minutes. Using frozen? Cook chicken breasts for twenty 20 or 25 minutes for thighs.
When your chicken is done cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Quick release the remaining steam and take your chicken out of the instant pot. Cut your chicken into pieces and pour the water out of your instant pot. Put the inner pot back into the Instant Pot. Press the “Saute” button and set the time to 15 minutes. In a cup, mix the oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, and cornstarch. Add the cooked chicken and soy sauce mixture to the Instant Pot and stir every thirty seconds, until the sauce thickens. This will take about four minutes.
Just like that, your Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki is ready to enjoy. Easy, delicious, and sure to please, this recipe for chicken teriyaki is one you’ll enjoy over and over again. Who would ever guess a recipe so rich and flavorful could be so easy?
If you like this Instant Pot chicken teriyaki, you will also love these other Instant Pot chicken recipes:
- Instant Pot BBQ Chicken – made using the same method as chicken teriyaki, except it’s tossed in BBQ sauce instead of teriyaki sauce :)
- Instant Pot Chicken Adobo – authentic Filipino chicken dish, super flavorful!
- Instant Pot Salsa Chicken – spicy Mexican salsa chicken, shred and use in tacos, burritos and meal prep!
- Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken – stick a whole chicken in the Instant Pot for homemade rotisserie chicken!
- Instant Honey Mustard Chicken – another crowd-pleaser with a homemade honey-mustard sauce!
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Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki
- 1 lb chicken breasts or thighs
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- Put water and chicken in the Instant Pot (you can use the trivet or put chicken directly in a water). Close the lid and turn the valve to a Sealing position. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time for 8 minutes for chicken breasts (or 13 minutes for chicken thighs).
- When it's done cooking, let the pressure release naturally (NR) for 5 minutes, then quick release (QR) the remaining steam.
- Take the chicken out of the pot and chop into pieces. Pour the water out of the pot, then put the inner pot back into the Instant Pot.
- Press the Saute button on the Instant Pot and leave the pot uncovered.
- In a cup, mix the oil, soy sauce, brown sugar and cornstarch.
- Add cooked chicken and the soy sauce mixture to the Instant Pot. Cook on a Saute setting, stirring every 30 seconds, until the sauce thickens (about 4 minutes).
I made the teriyaki chicken tonight. My family loved it.
I would like to use two lbs of chicken thighs. Do I need to adjust ingredient amounts and cooking times?
Double all the ingredient amounts except water. Cooking time remains the same.
To confirm do not add anything after hitting Saute? just let the unit heat?
Yes, just hit Saute, mix the sauce ingredients, add chicken and sauce to Instant Pot.
Hello- I just wanted to let you know that most soy sauce is not gluten-free so to make this a gluten free recipe you would need make sure to purchase gluten free soy sauce.
instead of soy sauce can you just use teriyaki sauce ? & if so do you still need to use the brown sugar ?
Yes, of course you can use teriyaki sauce! Just pour it on the chicken and omit the brown sugar, soy sauce and cornstarch.
My whole fam loved this and I loved cooking the chicken and sauce separately. I will say you definitely do NOT need to cook frozen chicken breasts or thighs for more that 1-2 mins more than the thawed. And if the thighs are boneless stick closer to the chicken breast time.
This was delicious. I think next time I will use a low sodium soy sauce as it was a little salty, also to make healthier. But a great, easy, good meal!
Just made this tonight. Loved the flavor of this simple dish. Will definitely go into the dinner rotation.
When I try a new instant pot recipe and we love it, I put in a section of my Pinterest that is Instant Pot Make Agains. Was looking for something different to fix on the menu this week and saw this in my “Make Again”! I remember how easy and how much we loved this. On the menu for this week. Thanks for an easy, but delicious recipe!!!!
Can I substitute olive oil for the vegetable oil?
I doubled it due to my family size and added 1 cup of mixed frozen vegetables. It turned out great!
I’m making a 3 packet turkey tenderloin in my Instant Pot as I write this.
I love chicken teriyaki but hesitant to get into a complicated recipe. This very simple recipe sounds delicious and I’m anxious to give it a try!
Both my husband and I love chicken teriyaki and I feel sure we’ll enjoy your recipe.
When I make this recipe I will reply again with our experience.
Thank you for sharing your recipes.