Healthy Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken from scratch! Use fresh or frozen chicken thighs or breasts and serve with rice or cauliflower rice for a low carb version. This easy pressure cooker recipe tastes like your favorite stir fry but is so much better for you.
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Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
How to make easy, healthy Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken from scratch! Made with simple ingredients and so much better than store bought.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts — about 3 medium breasts (see blog post above for tips on using chicken thighs or frozen chicken)
  • 2/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic — minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch — stirred together with 1/4 cup water to create a slurry

For serving:

  • Thinly sliced green onions
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Prepared brown rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice

Instructions

  1. Lightly coat the bottom of a 6-quart Instant Pot with nonstick spray. Arrange the chicken breasts in the bottom.

  2. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, water, rice vinegar, honey, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger. Pour over the chicken.

  3. Close and seal the Instant Pot. Cook on HIGH (manual) pressure for 10 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then immediately vent to release the remaining pressure. Carefully open the lid. Turn the Instant Pot OFF. Transfer the chicken to a plate and let it cool a few minutes. Once you can safely handle it, shred the chicken with two forks or cut it into bite-size pieces.

  4. Turn the Instant Pot to SAUTE. Once the liquid begins to simmer, slowly whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Continue whisking to ensure the sauce is smooth and does not have any lumps. Continue to cook and whisk until the sauce thickens, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Turn the Instant Pot OFF. Add the chicken back to the pot and toss to coat in the sauce. Serve hot with prepared rice and a sprinkle of green onions and sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Rewarm gently in the microwave or on the stovetop, with a splash of water or chicken broth if you'd like to thin the mixture back out a bit.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Japanese
Keyword: Instant Pot Chicken Recipe, Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 of 4, about a heaping 3/4 cup) — Calories: 319, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Carbohydrates: 35g, Sugar: 27g, Protein: 36g

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