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Spicy Honey Instant Pot Chicken

This spicy honey Instant Pot chicken takes just 4 minutes to cook and comes out moist and full of flavor! Sweet and spicy chicken bites smothered in delicious sauce which we love atop a bed of rice. A great healthy pressure cooker dinner our whole family enjoys.

spicy honey instant pot chicken

Ever since I got my fancy pressure cooker I have been fiddling with new Instant Pot recipes and have come up with many that are so quick and my family loves! This spicy honey Instant Pot chicken is one of our favorites though! (affiliate link present, originally published 6/17)

My littlest love orders “sweet chicken” when we get to Chinese food restaurants so I aimed to create something similar.

I wanted a little bit of heat this time though since we love Sriracha! We’ve also done this with other simple ingredients like in our Instant Pot black pepper chicken.

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

This sweet and spicy honey Instant Pot chicken recipe turned out great the first time around. We will definitely be making this one again! 

  • If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet and are busy like we are I highly recommend getting one!

It has made making dinners so much easier. I tend to cook healthier overall too. I can add chicken, whip up this sauce in a small bowl, close the lid and in less than 20 minutes it’s done. Seriously!

Honey Instant Pot chicken

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If you’re looking for a healthy Instant Pot recipe that tastes amazing for dinner or even serve this as an appetizer in a bowl with some toothpicks on the side to snack on without the rice!

Use as much or as little Sriracha as you want to adjust the heat level, or leave it out entirely and make a sweet honey chicken, that would be amazing too.

Instant Pot spicy honey chicken


If you really like heat just add more, or cut out entirely if it’s not your thing. I added large chunks of chicken to the pot knowing they would shrink a bit when cooking.

If you cut them smaller I would decrease the cook time to 3 minutes to maintain it’s moisture.

You still want to give it time to soak up all the yummy sauce juices.

diced chicken thighs
  • That is the great thing about the pressure cooker function.

You can use the same meat but create a different sauce and it is infused into the meat when it cooks.

It does it so quickly too and allows us to eat dinner as a family much more often because I can make a complete meal in about 20 minutes. Many of our easy air fryer recipes work the same way if you have that appliance too.

pressure cooker chicken

Instant Pot honey garlic chicken

Chicken breasts – boneless skinless, could use chicken thigh meat if you preferred

  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Minced ginger & garlic
  • Soy sauce
soy sauce

Once everything is in the pot (minus the cornstarch) you just lock lid and pressure cook!

Then do a quick pressure release once the beep goes off and enjoy the yumminess my friends.

I start my rice before preparing this so everything is done at once. 😉

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Looking for more easy InstaPot recipes?

We love this Instant Pot sesame chicken and Instant Pot Korean chicken too

This spicy chicken is great served with Instant Pot broccoli to. It only takes 1 minute on high pressure!

  • Keep in mind the sauce thickens in the last step when adding cornstarch. BUT will continue to thicken as it sits so just add a bit.
instant pot spicy honey chicken

Options to consider:

  • NO problem if you’d rather use boneless skinless diced chicken thighs instead of breasts.
  • If you want to omit all of the heat by golly you can make it mild too. Just don’t add the Sriracha.

We serve this over rice but you could serve it with perfect quinoa or even noodles.

Honey garlic chicken Instant Pot

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Spicy Honey Instant Pot Chicken

This spicy honey Instant Pot chicken takes just 4 minutes to cook and comes out moist and full of flavor! Sweet and spicy chicken bites smothered in delicious sauce which we love atop a bed of rice. A great healthy pressure cooker dinner our whole family enjoys.
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword chicken, easy, honey, instant pot, pressure cooker, spicy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 155kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Cut chicken breasts into large bite size chunks and cut onion into chunks.
  • Put chicken and onions into the Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
  • Mix all other ingredients together (except the cornstarch) well with a fork and pour on top of chicken.
  • Close the lid and steam valve and set Instant Pot to manual, pressure, high, 4 minutes.
  • Do a quick release and carefully lift lid.
  • Put some of the hot sauce in a small bowl with the cornstarch and whisk together, then add back into the pot and stir.
  • Set Instant Pot to saute, normal and let bubble for a few minutes.
  • Allow to sit for a few minutes so the sauce thickens.
  • Serve spicy honey chicken over rice.


Nutrition Facts
Spicy Honey Instant Pot Chicken
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 696mg30%
Potassium 338mg10%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Saturday 27th of August 2022

Approx how many pounds of chicken did you use?


Saturday 29th of January 2022

How can you write an instant pot recipe that does not contain a liquid?

The Typical Mom

Sunday 30th of January 2022

Well the soy sauce and Worcestershire are liquids, and the raw chicken will release quite a bit of liquid which is why it works. Trust me, it's been made thousands of times and everyone loves it


Tuesday 7th of September 2021

This was a hit with both sophisticated palate adults and picky kids! I had to cook it for about 8 minutes; after 4 the chicken in the middle was still raw so I ran it another time. Any idea why?

The Typical Mom

Thursday 9th of September 2021

Pieces must have been too large, they should be cubed into small bite size pieces

Ann Swackhamer

Saturday 1st of May 2021

Hi I made this dinner tonight and it turned out perfect. I just hade replaced the Siracha sauce with sweet thai chili sauce For my first dinner in the instant pot I have to say it turned out great and everyone just loved it. Your video was so easy to follow and am looking forward to other recipes to try thank you do much :)

The Typical Mom

Sunday 2nd of May 2021

Glad it was a hit


Sunday 13th of September 2020

Just made this tonight for dinner and it was an instant hit! I used less sweetener and it was still a bit sweet for us, so next time I'll use a bit less honey. We didn't have a few items so I made some substitutions with great success: chili garlic sauce instead of Sriracha, splash of garlic olive oil instead of garlic, chicken thighs instead of breasts. I roasted veggies and served the chicken over the veggies and rice. Wow!! This is definitely going into the rotation!

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