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Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Hoisin Chicken

Pressure Cooker hoisin chicken has tender meat with a sweet sauce your whole family will love! In just 5 minutes you too can have this perfect dinner. Make it in your Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Crock Pot Express tonight! 

pressure cooker hoisin chicken

Ok so I didn’t know quite what to call this Instant Pot chicken recipe. I literally threw together a few ingredients I knew would go together well and voila! Pressure cooker hoisin chicken was created. That’s the name and I’m stickin’ to it. 😉 It was an Instant Pot recipes hit in our house. (originally published 5/19, affiliate links present)

Crock Pot Express machines would the same as well. 

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

What is hoisin sauce made of?

It’s composed of starches such as sweet potato, wheat and rice. Some sugar, soybeans, white vinegar, salt and garlic are in it too.

What does hoisin taste like?

  • For the most part it is a sweet, thick, sticky sauce that is delicious no matter what you put it on.

A bit like teriyaki and soy sauce combined. Seriously. Here’s a peek at what I had on hand and threw in the pot. 

pressure cooker hoisin chicken 2

Instant Pot hoisin chicken

  1. Pressure cooker
    1. If you have an Instant Pot I HIGHLY suggest you get this non stick pot
  2. Chicken – I used boneless, skinless, chicken thighs
    1. you could use chicken breasts as well but thighs are cheaper and more tender
    2. cut into small chunks like our Instant Pot black pepper chicken, it allows the meat to cook quickly and evenly
  3. Hoisin sauce – duhhhh
  4. Brown sugar
  5. Soy sauce
soy sauce
  1. Onion
  2. Minced garlic
  3. Green onions
  4. Worcestershire sauce
  5. Honey 
  6. 1/2 cup Chicken broth
  7. Cornstarch – to thicken the sauce at the end

We then served this over Instant Pot white rice but you could make brown rice as well. 

hoisin chicken recipe

This is a great recipe because you can serve it over rice, or in small flour tortillas topped with cheese. 

What can I substitute for hoisin sauce?

Try this:

  • If you don’t have this non stick pot yet and you have an Instant Pot I suggest that you do.
    • It will avoid any false burn notices from appearing with all recipes.
  • 1 c. thick barbecue sauce
  • 3 tbsp. molasses
  • 4 tsp soy sauce
  • 4 tsp yeast extract
  • 2 1/2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder

Here’s how to make this:

First, cut up your chicken into bite size pieces. I prefer to use thighs but you could use boneless skinless breasts if you prefer. I feel like chicken thighs come out more moist but it is personal preference really.

diced chicken thighs

Whisk together your sauce in a bowl. It will not be smooth because of the minced garlic but just ensure that the brown sugar dissolves and the honey isn’t one big clump.

  1. Slice your onion into thick pieces. They will soften quite a bit so if you dice them small they may disappear once you cook it all together.

Put your chicken, onions, and sauce into your pot.  Adding green onions now is optional.

  1. Use pressure cooker function to cook chicken in just 3 minutes!
  2. Do a quick release. Do not naturally release as chicken will overcook and become a bit dry. Turn your pot off so it doesn’t overheat. Then press the saute button so the sauce begins to boil.

Whisk together your cornstarch with some hot liquid in the pot. Make sure it’s smooth before dumping into your pot.

instant pot hoisin chicken

Just a few minutes after adding this it will thicken up nicely. Serve immediately over rice for best taste!

I prefer dark meat when it comes to Instant Pot chicken recipes. This is why I say that.

  • It comes out tender every time.
    • Chicken thighs are SO cheap too.
      • If you’re really on a budget this helps.

Purchasing them with the bone-in are even cheaper. Since you’re dicing it up you can buy either type.

chicken

The cooking time is literally 3 minutes once it reaches pressure! You don’t need to pre cook the chicken at all. It will cook perfectly tender in that short cook time using high pressure.

I know there isn’t a lot of liquid per say when you look at the ingredients. DON’T WORRY. When the chicken cooks it will release more chicken broth of sorts and it will be just fine.

  • However – Like I said, I would really recommend that you get this non stick pot. You can see mine here.
  • Not only will it prevent the burn message from showing up, but it’s SO much easier to clean. It’s $20 well spent!

After 3 minutes just do a quick release and turn the pot off. Then you can press the saute button.

ninja foodi chicken recipes

You can serve it as is but I prefer to thicken up the sauce. You can do this by sauteeing at the end so everything bubbles. Then whisk some of your hot liquid with your cornstarch until smooth.

Pour this mixture in and in about 2 minutes it will thicken up nicely. Then serve over rice with some green onions on top!

  • Pressure cooking makes it all happen in 30 minutes including prep time and all. We love it!!

What else can you use hoisin sauce for?

We use it in our spicy teriyaki chicken thighs and Instant Pot sesame chicken too.

Or our pressure cooker cashew chicken!

Pressure Cooker Cashew Chicken

Make this easy Instant Pot teriyaki chicken. It is super easy with only a few simple ingredients.

Here are some more easy Ninja Foodi chicken recipes?

You can make this in any pressure cooker brand including the 3 I have as well as the Mealthy.

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Time needed: 6 minutes.

Instant Pot Hoisin Chicken

  1. Prepare

    Cut chicken thighs into bite size pieces and put it into your pot. Slice onions and add those too. 

    Whisk together in a bowl your broth, brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, hoisin, minced garlic and honey until smooth.

  2. Add ingredients

    Pour this into your pot. Add half of your green onions and stir all contents so chicken is coated. 

    Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 3 minutes.
    Do a quick release.

  3. Saute

    Then turn pot off. Push saute button and it will begin to bubble.
    In a small bowl add your cornstarch and 3-4 tbsp of hot liquid from your pot and whisk that together until it is smooth.

    Pour this into your pot once liquid is bubbling and stir slowly for 1-2 minutes so sauce can thicken. Then turn pot off. 

Sauce will continue to thicken as it sits. Serve over rice or in soft tortillas. Top with rest of green onions.

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Pressure Cooker Hoisin Chicken

Pressure Cooker hoisin chicken has tender meat with a sweet sauce your whole family will love! In just 5 minutes you too can have this perfect dinner.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese, Japanese
Keyword chicken, crockpot express, hoisin, instant pot, ninja foodi, pressure cooker, sweet, tender
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 316kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut chicken thighs into bite size pieces and put it into your pot. Slice onions and add those too. 
  • Whisk together in a bowl your broth, brown sugar, soy sauce, W. sauce, hoisin, minced garlic and honey until smooth.
  • Pour this into your pot. Add half of your green onions and stir all contents so chicken is coated. 
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 3 minutes.
  • Do a quick release. Then turn pot off. Push saute button and it will begin to bubble.
  • In a small bowl add your cornstarch and 3-4 tbsp of hot liquid from your pot and whisk that together until it is smooth.
  • Pour this into your pot once liquid is bubbling and stir slowly for 1-2 minutes so sauce can thicken. Then turn pot off. 
  • Sauce will continue to thicken as it sits.
  • Serve over rice or in soft tortillas. Top with rest of green onions.

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Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Hoisin Chicken
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 657mg29%
Potassium 320mg9%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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