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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.

Try my Simple Mongolian Beef for another takeout fave at home.

close-up of easy Instant Pot teriyaki chicken served over rice in a bowl

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)
  • Honey
  • Brown sugar
  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic
  • 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.

electric pressure cooker teriyaki chicken in a bowl over rice with chopped onions

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.

close-up of Instant Pot easy teriyaki chicken in a bowl beside chopsticks

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.

Love teriyaki sauce? Try my teriyaki chicken meal prep bowls, this teriyaki salmon recipe or my teriyaki chicken zoodles.

This easy Instant Pot teriyaki chicken recipe is quick, delicious, and has the best sweet sauce.
4.84 from 6 votes

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

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.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Inactive time: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 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

For serving:

  • Cooked rice (I used jasmine)
  • Scallions chopped, to taste

Instructions 

  • 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, 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.

Notes

  • Inactive time represents the time it takes the Instant Pot to get up to pressure.
  • I use this 6-quart Instant Pot.
  • I use this grater/zester for the ginger.

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You may also like my Instant Pot honey garlic chicken, my Instant Pot honey sriracha chicken, or my Instant Pot BBQ chicken.


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26 Comments

  1. Ali says:

    4 stars
    Yikes my breasts were super dry despite following directions to a tee. And I only used 3 breasts. I will try again with thighs as other people have mentioned. The sauce was great and complimented my roasted broccoli well. Thank you for your abundance of Instant Pot recipes!

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Ali! I’m sorry to hear that. 🙁 You could definitely try reducing cooking time a bit (and was it possible the chicken breasts were on the smaller side?) or try thighs.

      1. Ali says:

        I was thinking that perhaps they were too thick and I could have pounded a bit before. Regardless, I will definitely make again. Any recipe of yours I’ve tried has been delicious! Excited to cook my way through more of them 🙂

        1. Natasha says:

          Aww thank you! 🙂 I think that pounding them would make them cook faster so they may overcook even more. That’s the trouble with the Instant Pot and why I don’t do tons of recipes with it. This could be an unpopular opinion, but I think that things like pulled pork or Coq au Vin (with chicken thighs) or bolognese are the types of things that really are best for IP cooking rather than recipes with lean meats, but people who are IP fans love to cook anything and everything in their IP and it doesn’t always work since you can’t check if it’s underdone/overdone easily.

  2. Natalee Lance says:

    5 stars
    Easy and basic, so great crowd pleaser! I used huge frozen chicken breasts, so I added two minutes. I forgot to release, so I think it slightly dried out the chicken doing NR, but it was still cooked through nicely and tender. I added dried red peppers because we like a kick. I found Mirin at the wine store. Curious if using a flavored Saki would be good. And I would like to add stir fry veggies next time. Any suggestions on cooking the veggies in the IP? Such as when to add them or just add cooked ones during the saute? Thanks!

    1. Natasha says:

      So glad you enjoyed it!! 🙂 I cook veggies in the IP in soups, but they do tend to get VERY soft, so if you don’t want that, I’d probably cook them separately and add them at the very end. Or chop them small and turn the “sauté” function on at the very end (after releasing pressure) to quickly cook them to tender-crisp.