Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken With Bottled Sauce


Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken with Bottled Sauce is on the dinner menu tonight! How easy is that? And I love the way this recipe smells: homey, garlicky, and sweet, with crispy edges on the chicken.

If you love the taste of teriyaki chicken but don’t have hours to spend marinating, try this Instant Pot teriyaki chicken recipe. A combo of bottled teriyaki sauce and frozen grilled chicken breasts make this dish an easy weeknight meal.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Breast with Bottled Sauce Recipe

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My husband loves to cook and decided to get an Instant Pot earlier this year as a fun kitchen gadget to play around with.

We’ve experimented with a lot of different entrees, including Instant Pot Hawaiian Meatballs, and we’ve been loving how the flavors come out!

In an effort to recreate some of our favorite take-out dishes, we thought we’d play around with a recipe for Instant Pot teriyaki chicken.

It’s something that our whole family will eat (even my picky 6-year-old) and it’s ready in just minutes.

This Instant Pot teriyaki chicken recipe uses bottled sauce to make it easier, but you can also make your own teriyaki sauce from scratch.

Teriyaki Chicken FAQs

What’s the best bottled teriyaki sauce?

Our family likes Yoshida’s, Soy Vay, or the Kikkoman teriyaki sauce. There are low sodium and gluten-free options with several bottled teriyaki sauces, so it’s always best to research if you have dietary restrictions.

How healthy is teriyaki chicken?

Teriyaki chicken can be high in sodium and sugar, depending on the type of sauce you use and how big of a portion you eat. Otherwise, teriyaki chicken is a great source of protein and kids usually gobble it up!

What does teriyaki chicken taste like?

It’s so yummy! It’s a great mix of slightly sweet and slightly salty. But the flavor isn’t overly powerful, so it’s something most people enjoy eating. And the flavor changes a bit when you grill it (the smoky flavor is pretty awesome!)

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Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 15 hr Total Time: 25 mins

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Ingredients

  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup store bought teriyaki sauce or homemade will work too
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp Sriracha (optional)
  • 4 chicken breasts 
  • Cornstarch slurry (optional to thicken the sauce at the end)
  • Chives, minced for garnish
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

How to Make Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Breast with Bottled Sauce

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Breast with Bottled Sauce recipe from top Hawaii blog Hawaii Travel with Kids

Combine brown sugar, ketchup, teriyaki sauce, garlic, black pepper and sriracha in a bowl.

Pour over the chicken breasts and stir to combine.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Breast with Bottled Sauce recipe from top Hawaii blog Hawaii Travel with Kids

Add the chicken with sauce to your Instant Pot. Set to Sealing and pressure cook on high for 15 minutes.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Breast with Bottled Sauce recipe from top Hawaii blog Hawaii Travel with Kids

When it’s finished cooking, do a quick release.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Breast with Bottled Sauce recipe from top Hawaii blog Hawaii Travel with Kids

Remove the chicken to a plate and turn your Instant Pot on Saute setting.

If your sauce is too thin, take ¼ cup of water and add 3 tbsp cornstarch, stir into a slurry. Add the slurry to the Instant Pot and cook until it thickens. 

Cube the cooked chicken or you can serve the chicken breast whole. 

Serve this teriyaki chicken over rice, sprinkle with sesame seeds and chives.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Breast with Bottled Sauce recipe from top Hawaii blog Hawaii Travel with Kids

To make this a freezer meal:

Combine the marinade and chicken together in a gallon size Ziploc bag. This will keep in the freezer for 3 months.

When you’re ready to make it, thaw the bag overnight in the fridge and then continue the steps above for preparation in the Instant Pot.

Easy Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

This Easy Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken is a quick, simple, Asian inspired pressure cooker recipe that uses either chicken breasts or thighs, soy sauce, and homemade teriyaki sauce. You can use store bought bottled sauce if you wish. Pair this stir fry with broccoli, cauliflower rice, or brown rice to create healthy meal prep bowls!

Instant Pot teriyaki chicken in a white bowl

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Weeknight dinners can’t get any easier than this, especially if you are looking for Chinese-inspired take-out recipes! This is a dish that will be ready for your family in 30 minutes! Total win!

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken in the Instant Pot

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Add the teriyaki sauce to the pot with the chicken and the chicken broth.
  2. Close the lid and seal.
  3. Pressure Cook.
  4. Open the pot and remove the chicken.
  5. Slice or shred the chicken.
  6. Place the Instant Pot on the Saute function. Add a slurry thickener and stir.
  7. Add the shredded chicken back to the pot. Optional to add steamed broccoli.
raw chicken breasts on a cutting board

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

To make your own teriyaki sauce you will need:

  • Soy Sauce or Liquid Aminos
  • Ginger
  • Brown Sweetener or Brown Sugar
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Water
a collage photo of chicken breasts and broccoli with teriyaki sauce in an Instant Pot

Teriyaki Chicken with Bottled Store-Bought Sauce

I prefer to make homemade teriyaki sauce, but you can use store-bought if you wish. I recommend Primal Kitchen Teriyaki sauce because it’s low in sugar. Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce is another option, but it has soy and added-sugar.

cooked and sliced chicken breasts on a bamboo cutting board

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

I use chicken breasts in this recipe, which calls for a 10 minute cook time on High Pressure. I allow the pressure and steam to release naturally for 10 minutes.

Additional Toppings and Substitution Ideas

  • Carrots
  • Snap Peas
  • Bok Choy
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Spinach
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How to Substitute Chicken Thighs

I typically cook bone-in thighs for 12 minutes and with a 10-minute natural release of steam. You can also brown bone-in thighs first using the Saute method on the Instant Pot.

Boneless thighs can follow the same 10 minutes of cook time as noted in the recipe.

Can You Use Frozen Chicken

Frozen chicken will need to cook for 13 minutes with 10 minutes of natural release of steam.

Instant Pot teriyaki chicken in a white bowl

How to Store it/How Long it Will Last in the Fridge

This dish will last 3-4 days in the fridge. Store it covered and tightly sealed.

Instant Pot teriyaki chicken in a white bowl

Freezer Tips

Place the leftovers in a sealable bag or container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. I like to defrost overnight in the fridge, as opposed to microwaving from frozen.

 Minute Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

This easy Instant Pot teriyaki chicken takes just 3 minutes to cook and is so tender when it’s done! It’s a really healthy pressure cooker chicken recipe that’s inexpensive and flavorful too served with rice. Add a bit of pineapple for extra flavor and your kids will love it too.

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Instant Pot teriyaki chicken

Instant Pot teriyaki chicken

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You can make this in a Crockpot Express or a Ninja Foodi recipe as well. They all have the pressure cook function so it doesn’t matter the brand.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

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Maybe it is because I was born in Hawaii but I love anything teriyaki! I could put this sauce on just about any piece of meat and it just tastes amazing.

Just like any other recipe you can add or omit what you love or don’t prefer to have added.

You save yourself a step by cutting my chicken into chunks before adding it to my Instant Pot / pressure cooker too.

instant pot teriyaki chicken

We all need a few recipes “in our pocket” that only use a few ingredients and take less than 15 minutes.

You know for those evenings when you only have an hour in between soccer practice and homework….we’re there a lot. 😉

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

  1. Jar of Teriyaki marinade – this Veri Veri Teriyaki is our favorite, not too thick and great taste
    1. do not use thick sugary sauces in IP, it will burn
      1. this is what burn on Instant Pot means and how to prevent it
      2. I use this same sauce for oven baked teriyaki chicken thighs too

Boneless skinless chicken breasts – diced into bite size pieces. You really could use thighs if you prefer, I have, it’s totally up to you.

diced chicken thighs
  1. Chunk pineapple – we like this one
  2. Jasmine rice – this is how to make the perfect Instant Pot white rice
    1. or on top of brown rice
  3. Cornstarch slurry (optional if you want to thicken sauce at the end)
  4. Diced green onions are optional

Of course you could make your own teriyaki sauce using brown sugar and a few other ingredients but if you really need a quick throw together Instant Pot chicken recipes this is perfect.

It only takes about 3 minutes to cook once you throw everything in there.

instant pot teriyaki chicken

If you do have a bit more time to make homemade teriyaki sauce the cook time will not vary. You will just need the following ingredients. 

Homemade teriyaki sauce recipe

  1. Chicken broth
  2. Soy sauce
  3. Minced garlic and ginger
  4. Brown sugar
  5. Hoisin sauce
  6. Cornstarch if you want to thicken it
  7. Sesame seeds for top are optional

Just follow the directions in our spicy teriyaki Instant Pot chicken recipe for the amount of each ingredient you’d need.

You can skip the spicy and keep it mild too if you prefer.

instant pot spicy teriyaki chicken thighs 2

Pressure cooker teriyaki chicken

You can see just how much teriyaki sauce the chicken soaked up just by the color of it!

The pressure cooker does all the work for you which is great. Your whole meal will be done in about 10 minutes total and can be done in a Ninja Foodi too.

Great lunch option for me who works at home. If I need a quick meal I know all 5 of us will enjoy this is my go to recipe

pressure cooker rice

InstaPot teriyaki chicken

I haven’t tried it together but imagine if you had a trivet on top of the rice with your chicken and sauce in an approved pot it would be fine in 12 minutes on high.

Here are the basic steps to make our pressure cooked chicken with a sweet and savory sauce.

  • If making homemade teriyaki whisk ingredients in a bowl.
  • Dice and add chicken into your pot.
  • Pour in bottled or the sauce you made on top.
  • Stir contents.

Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 3 minutes. If adding more than 3 med. diced chicken breasts you may need to increase time to 4-5 minutes

  • Wait a minute once it ends and then do a quick release
  • Open the lid and if you’d like sauce a bit thicker whisk 1 tbsp cornstarch with hot liquid and add into pot on saute

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