Instant Pot teriyaki chicken is fast and easy! It’s sure to become a family favorite. You’ll love the tender chicken and sweet sauce.
It took me a couple of tries to get this electric pressure cooker teriyaki chicken recipe just right. The first time I made it, I found the sauce wasn’t thick enough, and it didn’t quite taste like teriyaki chicken should.
I made a few revisions, and now I am much happier with this recipe. The sauce isn’t super thick, but it coats the chicken nicely and goes very well with rice.
This is definitely a nice and quick Instant Pot chicken recipe that will work on busy weeknights.
Teriyaki sauce ingredients:
- Mirin (a sweet and tangy Japanese rice wine)
- Brown sugar
- Soy sauce
- Fresh ginger
Pro tip: I do suggest using mirin because there isn’t a perfect substitute (it’s quite readily available in major supermarkets in the Asian foods aisle), but according to Bon Appetit magazine, you can sub in a dry sherry or a sweet marsala wine. Dry white wine or rice vinegar will also work, BUT you will need to counteract the sourness with about a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar for every tablespoon you use.
How to make teriyaki chicken in an Instant Pot
Mix your sauce ingredients (mirin, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, olive oil, and water) together until the sugar has dissolved.
Place your chicken in your Instant Pot and cover it with the sauce. Give it a quick stir to ensure that the sauce gets under the chicken. Cook it for 10 minutes on high pressure, and then do a quick pressure release.
Once the time is up and the pressure completely releases, take the chicken out and cut it up. Turn the Instant Pot on the sauté setting and add the cornstarch slurry in. Cook for a few minutes until it’s as thickened as you like, then add the chicken back in and serve as desired.
I love to garnish this recipe with fresh scallions. I also added some sesame seeds for the photos, but those aren’t necessary.
Pro tip: I included the olive oil in this recipe to help prevent the sugary mixture from sticking to the Instant Pot.
Another tip: I always keep fresh ginger in my freezer. It’s handy because it doesn’t go off, but it also makes it a TON easier to grate. I use my handy Microplane grater and it takes me a few seconds.
Want to make this recipe on the stove? Try my stovetop teriyaki chicken recipe – it’s very similar.
I hope you will give this easy Instant Pot chicken teriyaki recipe a go!
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried it or if you have any questions.
Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe
- 4 chicken breasts (boneless/skinless)
- 1/4 cup mirin
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
- 1/3 cup soy sauce (use low sodium if you wish)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 tablespoons cold water
- Cooked rice (I used jasmine)
- Scallions chopped, to taste
Place your chicken breasts into the Instant Pot.
Add all sauce ingredients except for the cornstarch + 2 tbsp cold water to a bowl. Mix/whisk it together until all the sugar dissolves.
Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken. Close the Instant Pot's lid and make sure the valve is set to "sealing". Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
Once the countdown has finished, carefully do a quick pressure release. This will help keep the chicken from overcooking. Take the chicken out of the Instant Pot and place it on a cutting board.
Set your Instant Pot to the sauté setting. Make the cornstarch slurry by combining the cornstarch and 2 tbsp cold water. Add it to the Instant Pot.
Let the sauce thicken for a few minutes until it's thickened to your liking, and meanwhile, cut the chicken up. Add it to your Instant Pot once the sauce is thickened enough.
Serve over rice and with chopped scallions or chives.