Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken is a quick, easy pressure cooker recipe featuring chicken thighs in a sticky-sweet homemade sauce. Serve the chicken over rice or quinoa or shred it as a sandwich filling!

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken on a plate with text overlay.

If you love easy pressure cooker recipes, you'll also want to try Instant Pot Egg Roll in a Bowl, Instant Pot Chicken & Black Bean Tacos {or} Burrito Bowls, or Instant Pot King Ranch Chicken Soup.

Y'all know I love me some slow cooker meals...so much, in fact, that I wrote an entire cookbook about them. But in recent years, I've come to the conclusion that there's also room on my kitchen counter for an Instant Pot. I mostly use it when I neglect to plan ahead, forget to thaw the meat, and so on...and I'll admit that these instances happen fairly regularly in my current crazy-busy stage of life.  But on such days, it's nice to know that I can still get a delicious, family-pleasing dinner like Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken on the table...even when I'm really short on time!

Shredded Teriyaki Chicken on a bun.

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken in the IP

This Teriyaki Chicken recipe is always a huge hit with my crew. And would you believe that it was actually inspired by a meal from my aforementioned cookbook!

It starts out by whisking together a simple teriyaki sauce of soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, garlic, and ginger in a bowl or a large measuring cup. Then arrange some chicken thighs in the bottom of your pressure cooker insert and pour in the sauce, ensuring that it gets between all of the pieces and coats them evenly.

Teriyaki Chicken recipe being put in Instant Pot.

Next, seal the lid and set to HIGH for 10 minutes. Remember that the pressure will take some time to build up before the timer starts counting down. Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure valve to release naturally for 5 minutes, then carefully vent to release the remaining pressure. When the steam is fully released, open the lid, remove the cooked chicken thighs to a plate, and set the pot to the SAUTE function.

Aerial view of Teriyaki Chicken in Insant Pot after cooking.

In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until dissolved, which will create a slurry. Once the liquid in the pot begins to bubble, pour in the slurry while briskly whisking the sauce. Allow the sauce to simmer for a minute or two, stirring occasionally until it gets nice and thick. Turn off the Instant Pot by hitting CANCEL and add the chicken back to the sauce.

Finished recipe in pressure cooker.

If you wish, you can shred the chicken into the sauce at this point.

Shredded Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken.

All that's left to do now is serve...and wait for the rave reviews to start rolling in!

Ways to Serve It

I often serve saucy chicken dishes over brown rice. However, there are several other ways you can choose to enjoy this Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken!

  • Serve over quinoa instead of rice.
  • Enjoy the chicken thighs and sauce over a nest of rice noodles with some shredded carrots and chopped green onions mixed in.
  • Or if you're watching your carb intake, you can serve this recipe over cauliflower rice or spiralized veggie noodles, like zucchini or summer squash.
  • Shred the chicken thighs into the sauce and pile the mixture onto a hoagie bun, a crusty roll, or a slider bun for a fun, tasty sandwich. Dress a bag of shredded slaw with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette or Peanut Dressing to serve on the side or put right on top of the sandwich filling.

Piled on a sandwich on a plate.

  • Make a teriyaki chicken bowl — like what you'd get at Chipotle, except with an Asian twist!
  • Serve atop a salad, whole or shredded...chopped lettuce, spring greens, spinach or kale, Napa cabbage, or even shaved Brussels sprouts would all make a great base.
  • Make tacos! Wrap some shredded teriyaki chicken in corn or flour tortillas and top with your favorite garnishes.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken with homemade sauce over rice.

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.

Can I Use Chicken Breasts?

Don't have chicken thighs? Or maybe they're just not your fave? No problems there. You can use boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead. You'll want to cook them on HIGH for 10 minutes and then let the pressure release for 10 minutes.

Shredded Teriyaki Chicken being put on a sandwich bun.

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 (unless you plan on removing the skin before eating). You can brown the thighs in a tablespoon or two of oil (directly in the Instant Pot insert using the SAUTE function) 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 (you can add a little water to deglaze 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!

Aerial view of dinner on a plate.

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Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken ~ an easy dinner recipe featuring chicken thighs in a sticky-sweet homemade sauce, served over rice or shredded in sandwiches! | FiveHeartHome.com

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken is a quick, easy pressure cooker recipe featuring chicken thighs in a sticky-sweet homemade sauce. Serve the chicken over rice or quinoa or shred it as a sandwich filling!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Pressure Build-Up & Release: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 457kcal
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 8 pieces
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, water, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Place the chicken thighs in the bottom of the pressure cooker insert, pouring a little bit of sauce between the layers and the rest over the top.
  • Seal the lid of the Instant Pot according to the owner's manual and cook on HIGH pressure for 10 minutes.
  • When the timer is done, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then carefully vent to release the remaining pressure (consult your owner's manual for more specific instructions).
  • Open the lid, remove the chicken thighs to a plate, and set the Instant Pot to SAUTE. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until completely dissolved. Once the sauce starts bubbling, slowly pour in the cornstarch slurry while whisking the sauce. Allow to bubble and cook for a minute or two, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened. Cancel the SAUTE function and add the chicken back to the sauce. Serve the sauce with the chicken thighs over rice, or shred the chicken thighs into the sauce and serve on buns.

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Notes

  • For frozen thighs, cook on HIGH for 13 minutes and allow the pressure to release for 10 minutes.
  • You may make this recipe with chicken breasts instead. Cook on HIGH for 10 minutes and then release pressure for 10 minutes.
  • If you prefer using bone-in, skin-on chicken things, you will want to crisp the skin as a first step (unless you plan on removing the skin before eating). You can brown the thighs in a tablespoon or two of oil (directly in the Instant Pot insert using the SAUTE function) 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 (you can add a little water to deglaze the pot) before adding back the chicken and sauce. Otherwise, the Instant Pot may give you a burn warning after sealed.

Nutrition

Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 269mg | Sodium: 897mg | Potassium: 768mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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108 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My family LOVED this recipe. They all asked for the recipe. It was very easy to prepare and was delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe last night for my family and it was a big hit. The chicken was moist and full of flavor. Saved this recipe as a favorite.

  3. Hello, I do not have rice vinegar is there something I can substitute with? Or even not use it at all? Im not sure how it will affect the recipe, thanks so much, looks great and im excited to try!

  4. 5 stars
    This is a really good recipe and a good way for beginner instant pot users to practice their skills. We have prepared this over rice and as a shredded chicken with sauce over buns. Sooo good both ways. Thank you!!

  5. 5 stars
    I haven't been a fan of Teriyaki until tonight. What a wonderful recipe. Thank you. Hope you will post more. We loved it.

  6. 5 stars
    This was amazing! Only change I made was adding hot sauce because I ran out of pepper flakes. My 10 year old loved it, my husband loved it, and I loved it. My one year old wouldn’t eat it, but babies are fickle.

  7. 5 stars
    I am super picky with teriyaki sauce. This is the best recipe I have found to date!! It is so yummy!

  8. 1 star
    I don’t know why but this came out horrible! Smelled and tasted like cardboard... I checked all my ingredients thinking maybe something was expired but, nope. No idea what happened but a total waste of ingredients. 🥺

    1. Hi there! I haven't tried it myself, but I would guess that you could probably substitute maple syrup for the honey. That being said, I imagine it would definitely change the flavor of the sauce a bit.

  9. 5 stars
    This recipe is the BEST teriyaki I have found and made yet! It’s a keeper. I tasted the sauce before I added the thickening ingredients. It was so tasty I’m thinking it would make an awesome soup! Teriyaki soup? Yes!!!

  10. 4 stars
    Made this tonight. I am new to the Instant Pot world, and it had become one of my favorite tools. Mine didnt turn out as dark as your photos show, but it was delicious. Warning though. Since the amount of liquid is rather small, I did this in my travel IP, a 3 qt unit. On release, it splattered everywhere!!!!! Oh well, kitchen had to be cleaned anyway! This recipe is in my keeper file!! Thank you.

    1. 5 stars
      My wife and I are new to using our Instant Pot, and so far this is the best recipe we've made in it. The sauce had the perfect consistency and flavor. Would highly recommend, and will definitely make this again.

    2. Its ok, there is something like maybe a lil salt that could be added but besides that it was good. I made about 6 breasts and the sauce was well covering all the chicken by the time it was all done. Not bad, I like that I didnt need alot of different spices and it was tasty but maybe a few more spices wouldnt hurt.

  11. 3 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! I was excited to try it because of all the rave reviews.
    Even though I followed the recipe to a T (super easy, by the way), for some reason the taste was just so-so. The sauce was very vinegary even though I used 3 Tbs like it called for...

      1. Thank you for your reply, Samantha! I'm not sure if the brand I used was the problem; I used Kikkoman Rice Vinegar.

    1. Hi Erin! The slow cooker version is in my cookbook. 😉 If you'd like to e-mail me, I'd be happy to send the recipe to you. 🙂