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.
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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...
- Quick cook time
- Simple Ingredients
- A great recipe for boneless chicken
- Pairs perfectly with white rice or even rice noodles
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
- Salt and Pepper
- Soy sauce
- Rice vinegar
- Brown Sugar
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.
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.
Hawaiian chicken is a sweet and savory chicken that is paired with pineapple, and a homemade sauce made with soy sauce, ketchup, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.