Chicken Teriyaki
By :Cooking Under Pressure Cookbook by Matt Pelton
This version is the island version of Teriyaki. It is great served over rice and with a pasta salad or great served in a roll as a sandwich.
Votes: 74
Rating: 4.39
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Chicken, Teriyaki Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
6 servings
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2-3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs with fat trimmed
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce I prefer Mr. Yoshidas
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Original
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke mesquite
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1/4 cup Water
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Chicken, Teriyaki Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
6 servings
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2-3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs with fat trimmed
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce I prefer Mr. Yoshidas
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Original
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke mesquite
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1/4 cup Water
Votes: 74
Rating: 4.39
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  1. Begin by adding the oil to the Instant Pot and setting it to sauté high. When the oil is hot, brown the chicken thighs well on both sides and set them to the side.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and whisk together making sure to scrape the bottom well.
  3. Return the chicken to the pot, close the lid, and select meat/stew high and set the time for 25 minutes. Quick release pressure. Serve either pulled or sliced with the sauce drizzled over the top.
68 replies
  1. Kaitken432
    Kaitken432 says:

    I used this recipe for my very first Instant Pot meal, it was perfect and so easy to make.

  2. Traek
    Traek says:

    This was such an awesome recipe ! We served the chicken with japanese rice, baby romaine, drizzle of japanese mayo and a dash of japanese chilli …. sooooooo good !!!

  3. says:

    Insta Pot switched from meat/stew program to “burn” after being on about 8 minutes. Took off lid and stirred seeing no food burn indicated. Decided to select pressure cook instead. Same “burn” indicator happened. At the momeNt, I have it on slow cook.

  4. Suemccartin
    Suemccartin says:

    Needs something. Good but a little bland. Maybe peanuts and a few veggies like water chestnuts or snow peas maybe lomein instead of rice.

  5. Bonniebelle66
    Bonniebelle66 says:

    I accidentally used 1/2 cup of wster instead of 1/4. It was still very flavorful! Loved this dish.

  6. Miroslavameza
    Miroslavameza says:

    I used 2 lbs. of breast cutlets and only 18 minutes in the pressure cooker, instead of the 25 suggested. And the liquid smoke is too overpowering for us so I used just one tbsp. With those changes, the result was perfect.

  7. Jericadrake
    Jericadrake says:

    Not a good recipe. Cook time is too long. And the liquid smoke and BBQ sauce reccomended was horrible.
    Not off to good imperssion of this Instant pot App. Had to throw it out and run to get take out…

  8. LizTAylor
    LizTAylor says:

    This recipe was ok , chicken was very tender and the sauce was nice serve over basmati rice and a stir fry veggies on the side. Wasn’t a recipe that wowed me or my family . Good for a change.

  9. Dre
    Dre says:

    When I made this I added fresh ginger, garlic, sciracha, some green onion, carrots and celery. Since there were some comments that the time was too long I thought that by adding some veggies that would help.
    But I would say the meat was cooked to death! Overall the flavor was good. I would definitely recommend a shorter cooking time.

  10. Dopey
    Dopey says:

    I used 3 medium sized chicken breasts instead; browned them 5min each side. I forgot to add the water. Oops. It came out just fine; the water would have thinned out the sauce too much for me. Next time I’ll quarter a small onion and saute while browning the chicken. My mom is finniky, she ate the whole breast.

  11. Panda Norwood
    Panda Norwood says:

    Used 8oz can of crushed pineapple, no 1/4 water and chicken thighs cut into large chunks PC on Poultry for 8 min was awesome. Sauté sauce with arrow root to thicken it up which made it better over rice.

  12. Deejren
    Deejren says:

    This was very easy. Left out liquid smoke. Served liquid over chicken and rice both. Will definitely make again. Used 3 large breasts. Sauteed in skillet first. Meat stew button 25 min. Fell apart but not dry. Very easy.

  13. addisonfamily
    addisonfamily says:

    15 minutes was the perfect time! Threw in some vegetables too! Family favourite! Used apple butter bbq sauce and no smoke mesquite!

  14. Eskimodoll
    Eskimodoll says:

    Edible but didn’t taste like teriyaki. Bbq sauce and liquid smoke do not belong in teriyaki. I won’t be making this again.

  15. ltsmith2010
    ltsmith2010 says:

    Pretty great dish, except I had too much liquid when it was done. I’ll definitely make this again, but adjusting the liquids a bit to make it thicker.

  16. Hallscat
    Hallscat says:

    All my instant pot peeps I think i solved this recipe a bit depending on your tastebuds. I passed on the bbq sauce and added a cup and 1/2 of la choys teriyaki sauce. Instead of the smoke i added the same amount of low sodium soy sauce and instead of pineapple i added fresh ginger and garlic about 3 cloves garlic and 2 Tbsp of ginger. I didnt add water and i added frozen broccoli, fresh carrotts and half an onion. I just sauted it all together until chicken was cooked. It was yummy!!!!!

  17. JennyDonnellon
    JennyDonnellon says:

    I somehow got lucky in the end but during the cooking process i got 2 burn alerts! Wth did i do wrong? Does anyone reply to these posts?

  18. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Jenny,

    It could have been due to not fully deglazing the inner pot after sauteeing or too much water boiled off before pressure cooking. .

  19. Bootscootin
    Bootscootin says:

    Being a guy i dont claim to be a cooking guru, but i think i might saute in a frying pan instead of IP, and maybe use puneapple tidbits instead of crushed pineapple?

  20. Kimberly Betts
    Kimberly Betts says:

    Not my favorite, but will make again. Chicken was so tender it shreded when we tried to cut it so we just shredded it, tossed it in the sauce (which was way too thin) and served over rice. Kids loved it.

  21. BinkyTrue
    BinkyTrue says:

    I used Very Very Teriyaki because I couldn’t find Mr. Yoshidas, it came out awesome. I also add 1tbsp of cornstarch or tapioca starch whisked into the sauce while it simmers (I found the sauce too runny otherwise). Family loves this!

  22. Iamwill
    Iamwill says:

    I used four chicken breasts still frozen.
    Browned the outside.
    Followed the recipe to the T except no pineapple.
    Turned out extremely well! So good on white rice!

  23. says:

    Made this last night. It was delicious!
    Used chicken breasts, cut out the water, didn’t have liquid smoke, and strained the pineapple.
    Came out so tender, I didnt need a knife! Served over rice. Was so flavorful!
    Will definitely make again!

  24. Jillckark
    Jillckark says:

    It was yummy but I got two “burn” Indicators. I’m not quite sure what I did wrong, I followed the directions all the way. It was good, however probably won’t make it again

  25. David
    David says:


    I browned the chicken breasts in a skillet because every time I saute in the IP I get the BURN indicator. I cut up an orange & thre it in with the BBQ sauce & terriyaki sauce. No need to add water as the sauce is thin. Orange Terriyaki Chicken over white rice is excellent but white rice has a ton of carbs. Substitute Quinoa or Brown Rice. Also excellent with mashed potatoes & fried vegetables.

  26. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi David,

    Was there anything actually burnt before seeing the burn error? Ensure to only add oil and food to sear when the screen reads “hot.”
    It may also be best to submit a ticket to our customer support to troubleshoot.

  27. Endicor
    Endicor says:

    Amazing. Followed it with all ingredients but added 2 Tbs of corn starch to thicking up sauce fast when set on sear.

  28. Sheila
    Sheila says:

    We omitted the smoke liquid and the pineapple, entered it into My Fitness Pal and it came to a whopping 823 calories per serving:( Quick but not healthy as it has 30 grams of fat!

  29. LeahW21
    LeahW21 says:

    Recipe was easy and chicken was juicy but just tasted store bought and full of sugar. Kids weren’t a fan.

  30. confused
    confused says:

    It”s amazing how people take a recipes and change it all around and the write a comment. If you’re that good of a cook, why are you looking for recipes.

  31. says:

    I made this with chicken breast and left out the liquid smoke and drained the pineapple. Served over stir fried rice and my picky eating sons couldn’t get enough.

  32. karenejohnson
    karenejohnson says:

    I sauteed the chicken and sauce in a pan first. When i finished cooking it in the IP i got a couple burn indications and then it just turned off after about 5 min. My chicken was not even close to burned when i put it in. When i took it out of the IP some of the pieces were burned. Im wondering if its because of the sugar from the bbq sauce. I knew the chicken wasnt fully cooked so i just finished it in the oven. Flavor was good but cooking in the IP didnt seem to work.

  33. Ccomarata
    Ccomarata says:

    Question on the recipe: never browned chicken before in IP. Once the IP turned hot, I added the oil then chicken. However, it seemed knly after about 30 seconds that the oil was splashing too rapidly to adjust the chicken in a deep pot. Any recommendations or suggestions for how to brown the chicken? Instructions didn’t cover it well. Overall, it turned out fine. I just wasnt confident how long I needed to brown the chicken. First time using the IP.

  34. B1ythe
    B1ythe says:

    So I definitely used a whole cut up chicken (removed skin except for the wings) for this recipe, and all pieces came out fantastic. The only danger is keeping yourself from eating the entire pot all in one sitting. Definitely would make and eat again!

  35. Bubbafett74
    Bubbafett74 says:

    I have made this several times, but without the smoke or pineapple. I do add a bit of onion, and everyone absolutely loves it!

  36. Larsor4
    Larsor4 says:

    I used a different brand of teriyaki sauce that i had on hand and it turned out terrible. Overkill on salty. I followed everything else exactly as instructed, but sauce was way too runny and cook time was way too long. Chicken was shredded.

  37. Taylerschuetzclark
    Taylerschuetzclark says:

    Love it! I didn’t add the liquid smoke stuff and I used Kikkomans Teriyaki. I shredded the chicken and put it over white rice. Very yummy!

  38. Amberkberringer
    Amberkberringer says:

    We really liked this. Followed the recipe except we added frozen pineapple diced real small. Next time I will leave out the water and keep the pinapple in larger chunks. The chicken fell apart so much we decided to shred it. I did add a little cornstarch at the end to help thicken it up. Served over brown rice. Will make again.

  39. Nikki
    Nikki says:

    I made exactly as directed, but did make some minor adjustments based on other comments: I didn’t make any changes to amount or kind of ingredient. I changed the cook time to 15 minutes on meat/stew, browned the chicken on the stovetop + briefly put the liquids in to get the brown bits, and then tossed everything in to my instant pot. For a thick sauce take the time to remove the chicken and saute the sauce on high for 15-20 mins – the sugar from the pineapple will work to thicken it up if you keep the juice and don’t drain it (which I recommend). I will definitely be making this again!

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