Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken Recipe - Best Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

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Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken is one of my favorites. Weeknight dinners, we have you covered with this easy Instant Pot recipe. A sweet and savory Hawaiian chicken recipe that tastes better than takeout.

I am a huge fan of chicken recipes to incorporate into our meal plan. This Hawaiian chicken in Instant Pot is tender and juicy chicken served over a bed of rice. We used white rice, but you could serve it with brown rice instead.

This recipe makes enough to feed the whole family, has a tangy sauce with pineapple tidbits, and is the perfect combination of sweet and sour chicken. Not only that, but you can easily spice up this easy recipe with a pinch of red pepper flakes. Seriously, so much flavor!

Have leftovers? Make up some Hawaiian chicken tacos! Or, maybe some easy pineapple chicken flatbread? Even Hawaiian BBQ chicken sandwiches would be amazing. Those are all great ideas if you're trying to figure out how to use up leftover chicken.

This recipe is seriously a game changer. Use fresh ingredients for an out-of-this-world flavor experience. If you haven't cooked with fresh ginger, you're truly missing out.

Our recipe cooks rice at the same time, but you can also use this simple recipe we have for Instant Pot sticky rice if you'd prefer to make the two recipes separately in your electric pressure cooker. It's our favorite rice, and something we make weekly to serve with many of our Instant Pot dinners.

If you aren't familiar with Instant Pot cooking, you'll want to first read up on how to use your instant pot and understand the difference between natural release and quick release. It's important to know when to use both.

If you're looking for another Hawaain inspired recipe to try, you need to test our Instant Pot beef stew Hawaii inspired recipe.

A sweet and savory chicken dish that will win over a crowd. Give this simple Instant Pot chicken recipe a try tonight.

Why This Hawaiian Chicken Recipe Works So Well...

Kitchen Supplies for Instant Pot

  • Kitchen Scale- A kitchen scale is a must to have for so many recipes in order to have accurate measurements. This is something that is often overlooked in recipes.
  • Meat Thermometer- Having a meat thermometer is essential. I have gone through so many 'inexpensive' thermometers that I finally invested in a heavy duty digital thermometer from BBQ guys. It was so worth it!
  •  Instant Pot Inner Pot - I like to have an extra inner pot available because of how much cooking I do in my Instant Pot. It comes in handy when I want to put a lid on the inner pot and refrigerate the leftovers, or mix up ingredients the night before to save time at the end of the day.
  • Silicone Lid for Instant Pot- I'm not sure how I lived without this one. Having a silicone lid for my Instant Pot has made life so much easier. It is perfect for adding ingredients a day or two ahead of time.
  • 101 Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners-  If you are new to pressure cooking, this is a great ebook to get you started with basic recipes you will use over and over again.

Create a unique and flavorful dish that is going to tickle your tastebuds with delight after the first bite. Plus, kids will even ask for a second helping of this recipe.


  • Sesame oil
  • Boneless Chicken
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Ginger
  • Pineapple
  • Ketchup
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Rice

How To Make

Full directions for this pressure cooker Hawaiian chicken are in the printable recipe card below.

Start by cooking your chicken in the Instant Pot on the saute feature with a little sesame oil.

Once the chicken is browned, add in your seasonings, onion, garlic, and ginger, stir. Then add the rest of the ingredients in the bottom of the pot.

Next, you will work rinse and add your rice into the top pan. Then cook according to the directions below in the printable card.

Once you get it cooked you will turn it back to saute and add the cornstarch slurry to help thicken up the mixture.

Spoon it over the rice and grab a fork and dive in!

Do I Have To Cook This With Rice

No, if you would prefer to not do rice, go right ahead and leave it out. I just love utilizing my cooking to get a whole meal cooked at once.

You can serve this dish alone or pair with your favorite side dishes. For a lower-carb option you could reach for cauliflower rice if you would prefer.

Here are even more Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

  • Chicken Breast | A classic recipe that you can use for almost anything. Serve over a bed of greens, rice, pair with your favorite sides, and more.
  • Creamy Chicken Leek Soup | This is one of my favorites. A creamy leek soup that is loaded with chicken for a nice protein-packed soup to warm you up.
  • Jerk Chicken | A ton of flavor in this jerk chicken recipe. Great for a quick dinner or serving a crowd.
  • Chicken Curry | A spiced up dish that will melt in your mouth. Skip the restaurant and make your own curry at home.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use fresh pineapple in this Hawaiian recipe?

You can use fresh pineapple but you will want to add juice. As with canned, you would use the juice as well.
So make sure to pick up some pineapple juice to add in. Or if your fresh pineapple produces juice as you cut it, you can use that as well.

What is Hawaiian chicken?

Hawaiian chicken is a sweet and savory chicken that is paired with pineapple, and a homemade sauce made with soy sauce, ketchup, and more.

Can you freeze Hawaiian chicken?

Go right ahead and freeze the chicken if you don't plan to eat it all right away. You can even freeze the sauce if you would like.
Place in a freezer container, and then reheat from frozen or thaw in the fridge overnight.

What is the best rice to use for Hawaiian chicken?

I like to reach for a long-grain white rice for this recipe. Now, you can use Jasmine rice as well. You just need to be aware that changing up the rice can alter the cook time. All varieties of rice cook differently in the pressure cooker.

Why do you rinse rice before cooking?

Rinsing rice before you cook it in the pressure cooker helps to remove excess starches from the rice. You will find the rice looks milky at first. Drain off all the water, give a good rinse. Then place the rice in the container and pressure cook as directed.

Can I use low sodium soy sauce?

If you are watching your sodium, go right ahead and reach for a low sodium soy sauce. It will work just the same in a recipe, but offer a milder flavor and not so salty, as traditional would be.


Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken

Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken

You'll love this Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken Recipe. It's one of the best Instant Pot chicken recipes there is, and you can make pot-in-pot rice at the same time.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes


    1. Add sesame oil and chicken to Instant Pot and turn on saute mode. Saute chicken until just browned to make this Instant Pot chicken recipe.
    2. Add in the garlic, ginger, onion and seasonings. Stir and saute for another minute.
    3. Add in the remaining ingredients, except the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water.
    4. Insert a high trivet (the insert that comes with the 8 quarter instant pot can be made into a high trivet by inverting the handles).
    5. Rinse rice and then add the rice, water and salt to a 6 or 7-inch pan, and then set the pan on top of the high trivet.
    6. Set the Instant Pot to sealing and select a high-pressure cooking time and cook Hawaiian chicken recipe for 4 minutes.
    7. Do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, and then let out the remaining pressure.
    8. Remove the pan of rice and the trivet.
    9. Turn the pan back on saute mode. Stir the cornstarch and water in a small bowl until smooth and then stir into the Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken to thicken.



  • Can my dog have Hawaiian Chicken? This Hawaiian chicken recipe contains many ingredients that can hurt your dog. If you wanted to make it something similar, it would be a completely different recipe, because the only ingredients a dog can eat are: of course chicken, a little sesame oil, ginger, very little cloves, vinegar, cornstarch, and rice. All the other ingredients can either poison it or contain a lot of salt or a lot of added sugar, both of which are not recommended for your dog to eat. Regarding pineapple, your dog can eat natural pineapple, but it is preferable not to eat it in a can, again, due to the added sugars and preservatives.
  • Can my cat have Hawaiian Chicken? Your cat should not eat Hawaiian chicken. This recipe includes too many ingredients that can poison or hurt your furry friend. If you wondered if you can even eat pineapple, the truth is that you can, but natural pineapple, not canned. Because canned pineapple contains many added sugars and preservatives that can affect your kitty's stomach. If you want, you can prepare a separate chicken with very little sesame oil, ginger, vinegar, cornstarch and rice. As long as they are given in moderation, these would be the non-toxic ingredients for your cat.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 438Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 107mgSodium 778mgCarbohydrates 41gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 2gSugar 28gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 29g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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