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3 Minute Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

This easy Instant Pot teriyaki chicken takes just 3 minutes to cook and is so tender when it’s done! It’s a really healthy pressure cooker chicken recipe that’s inexpensive and flavorful too served with rice. Add a bit of pineapple for extra flavor and your kids will love it too.

instant pot teriyaki chicken

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 it’s one of our go to easy Instant Pot recipes we love. Sponsored by Soy Vay. (originally published 3/17, affiliate links present)

Teriyaki Chicken InstaPot

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. That way you get this sweet and tangy sauce with your meat swimming inside. The fruit gives you a bit of texture to it too.

You can make this in a Crockpot Express or a Ninja Foodi recipe as well. They all have the pressure cook function so it doesn’t matter the brand. Brown is the same as the saute button which you will use to brown your meat at first if you wish, but isn’t necessary. You’ll love this one my friends.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Teriyaki Chicken

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 don’t prefer to have added.

With this one you could add a bit or a lot of heat into the mix if you so chose to do so. I would suggest using either Sriracha or some red pepper flakes to do this. Be light handed at first so you don’t go to a level you cannot handle.

You save yourself a step by cutting the chicken into chunks before adding it to the Instant Pot / pressure cooker too. This does a few things such as make it easier to serve up later, and get the sauce to soak in better since there is less surface area.

instant pot teriyaki chicken

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….we’re there a lot. 😉 This is one of those! I used to make it on my stovetop but this is better.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Made under high pressure you really lock the flavors into each piece of your meat more than if it were sauteed in it. You just throw it all in, lock the lid, and in a few minutes you’re set to enjoy.

  1. Jar of Teriyaki marinade – this Veri Veri Teriyaki is our favorite, not too thick and great taste
    1. do not use thick sugary sauces in IP, it will burn
      1. this is what burn on Instant Pot means and how to prevent it
      2. I use this same sauce for oven baked teriyaki chicken thighs too

Boneless skinless chicken breasts – diced into bite size pieces. You really could use thighs if you prefer, I have, it’s totally up to you.

diced chicken thighs

Ninja Foodi Teriyaki Chicken

If you have this pot you have two choices. You can use the pressure cook mode like you need for this one, or air crisp it from the get go. I will show you a picture of that method at the bottom with a link to those instructions too. Biggest difference is the texture. Instead of just tender you get crispy on the outside edges too that way.

  1. Chunk pineapple – just use the small can for this, or a snack pack works too
  2. Jasmine rice – this is how to make the perfect Instant Pot white rice
    1. or on top of brown rice
    2. if you wanted a lower carb bed you could make cauliflower rice too
  3. Cornstarch slurry (optional if you want to thicken sauce at the end)
  4. Diced green onions are optional

Of course you could make your own teriyaki sauce using brown sugar and a few other ingredients but if you really need a quick throw together Instant Pot chicken recipes this is perfect. It only takes about 3 minutes to cook once you throw everything in there.

instant pot teriyaki chicken

Homemade teriyaki sauce recipe

If you do have a bit more time to make homemade teriyaki sauce the cook time will not vary. You will just need the following ingredients. 

  1. Chicken broth
  2. Soy sauce, regular or low sodium soy sauce is okay
  3. Minced garlic and ginger
  4. Brown sugar
  5. Hoisin sauce
  6. Cornstarch if you want to thicken it
  7. Sesame seeds for top are optional

Just follow the directions in our spicy teriyaki Instant Pot chicken recipe for the amount of each ingredient you’d need. You can skip the spicy and keep it mild too if you prefer.

instant pot spicy teriyaki chicken thighs 2

Pressure cooker teriyaki chicken

Here are a few other of the best Instant Pot recipes you will love

For some similar flavors, cooked differently, you can make a batch of air fryer teriyaki chicken and air fryer chicken katsu too if you want to try that next.

You can see just how much teriyaki sauce the chicken soaked up just by the color of it! The pressure cooker does all the work for you which is great. Your whole meal will be done in about 10 minutes total and can be done in a Ninja Foodi too.

Great lunch option for me who works at home. If I need a quick meal I know all 5 of us will enjoy this is my go to recipe

air fryer teriyaki chicken
pressure cooker rice

InstaPot teriyaki chicken

I haven’t tried it together but imagine if you had a trivet on top of the rice with your chicken and sauce in an approved pot it would be fine in 12 minutes on high. Here are the basic steps to make our pressure cooked chicken with a sweet and savory sauce.

  • If making homemade teriyaki whisk ingredients in a bowl.
  • Dice and add the chicken pieces into your pot.
  • Pour in bottled or the sauce you made on top.
  • Stir contents.

If you wanted more of a stir fried dish you could easily slice a bell pepper and add that in too with 1 onion sliced thick. Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 3 minutes. If adding more than 3 med. diced chicken breasts you may need to increase time to 4-5 minutes

  • Wait a minute once it ends and then do a quick release
  • Open the lid and if you’d like sauce a bit thicker whisk 1 tbsp cornstarch with hot liquid and add into pot on saute

Here is a slow cooker teriyaki chicken recipe if you’d like to try that too.

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Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

This easy 3 ingredient Instant Pot teriyaki chicken recipe takes just 3 minutes to cook and is so tender and flavorful! Really healthy pressure cooker recipe that’s inexpensive and our whole family loves atop a bowl of rice.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword chicken noodle soup, healthy, instant pot, pressure cooker, teriyaki
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 39kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Cube chicken into small bite size pieces. Add into Instant Pot or pressure cooker
  • Pour jar of teriyaki sauce, pineapple chunks, and soy sauce into pot. If making homemade teriyaki, whisk all ingredients in a bowl and pour in now.
  • Stir so all chicken pieces are mostly covered with liquid.- do not use thick teriyaki sauces as those will burn
  • Put lid on, close pressure valve, and set to pressure high for 3 minutes.
  • When it beeps allow it to sit for 1 minute to avoid splatter, then do a quick release on your steam valve and carefully lift the lid and make sure your largest piece of chicken is not pink.
  • If you want the sauce to be a bit thicker remove your chicken, set pot to saute,  and put about 3 tbsp. of your hot liquid in a small bowl with about 2 tbsp. cornstarch and whisk together until smooth, then add back into the mix and stir. 
  • Allow to bubble so the sauce thickens a bit. Add chicken back in. Serve over rice!


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken
Amount Per Serving (6 oz)
Calories 39 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 262mg11%
Potassium 55mg2%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 24IU0%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Recipe Rating

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Thursday 3rd of February 2022

I tried this tonight as my first IP recipe and it was great! Thanks. :)

The Typical Mom

Saturday 5th of February 2022


Sharon Wilkins

Saturday 5th of December 2020

Looks delicious. Love your recipes. I’m confused because directs say cook for 4 minutes but the recipe card says cook time 3 minutes. Though you might want to update if there was a change. Again love your recipes.

The Typical Mom

Monday 7th of December 2020

Will look again, thanks for the msg.

Sharon Wilkins

Saturday 5th of December 2020

Sorry for the typos. My iPad has been glitching. Lol


Sunday 1st of November 2020

Can this recipe be doubled? What changes do I make in terms of time and temperature?


Wednesday 12th of February 2020

This was excellent. My fussy eater husband couldn’t get enough! I’m not a fan of anything teriyaki, but the homemade sauce was so outrageously good, that you’ve made me a fan. Will make this again (and again)! Thank you for this terrific recipe!


Thursday 6th of February 2020

Where are the measurements for the homemade teriyaki sauce listed? I see the ingredients but no measurement listed next to them.

The Typical Mom

Thursday 6th of February 2020

In the recipe card at the bottom it says them under where it says homemade teriyaki sauce ingredients below

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