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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)

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.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

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.

You save yourself a step by cutting my chicken into chunks before adding it to my Instant Pot / pressure cooker too.

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. 😉

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

  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
  1. Chunk pineapple – we like this one
  2. Jasmine rice – this is how to make the perfect Instant Pot white rice
    1. or on top of brown rice
  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

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. 

Homemade teriyaki sauce recipe

  1. Chicken broth
  2. Soy sauce
  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

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

You can make a batch of air fryer teriyaki chicken too if you want to try that next.

air fryer teriyaki chicken

Pressure cooker teriyaki chicken

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

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 chicken into your pot.
  • Pour in bottled or the sauce you made on top.
  • Stir contents.

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


  • 1 jar teriyaki sauce Soy Very Very Teriyaki sauce 15 oz.
  • 1.5-2 lbs chicken boneless skinless breasts or thighs, cubed into bite size pcs.
  • 1 c pineapple chunk, optional
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch optional
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce optional
  • homemade teriyaki sauce ingredients use above, or these below – one or the other for your sauce


  • 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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