This Instant Pot teriyaki chicken is chicken thighs pressure cooked in a homemade sweet and savory teriyaki sauce. Serve over rice for a quick and easy meal that’s sure to please both kids and adults.

I turn to my Instant Pot when I need dinner on the table as fast as possible. Some of our favorite pressure cooker recipes include Instant Pot carnitas, Instant Pot chili and this amazing teriyaki chicken. Looking for more great ideas? Be sure to check out my collection of 16 Instant Pot Recipes!

Instant Pot teriyaki chicken served with asparagus.

In my opinion, you can never go wrong with teriyaki chicken. It’s a classic dish for good reason, it’s super delicious and has the perfect balance for flavors. This Instant Pot teriyaki chicken is ready in just minutes, and has that same great restaurant flavor with a fraction of the work. I serve the chicken with my homemade sushi rice recipe for a complete meal.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Ingredients

To make this dish, you will need chicken thighs, salt, black pepper, low sodium soy sauce, water, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, honey, sesame oil, corn starch, sesame seeds and green onions.

How Do You Make Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken?

Start by cutting boneless, skinless chicken thighs into bite sized pieces. Whisk together the sauce ingredients in the Instant Pot which include soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and sesame oil. Add the chicken pieces to the pot and toss to coat with the sauce. Cook the chicken on high pressure until tender. Remove the chicken from the pot, then turn the pressure cooker to sauté mode. Bring the sauce to a simmer and add corn starch to thicken it up. Return the chicken the pot and spoon the sauce over the top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions as a garnish, then serve and enjoy.

Bowls of ingredients including chicken, soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic.

Tips For The Perfect Dish

  • I like to make this dish with cut up chicken, but you can also use whole chicken thighs and simply shred them with two forks before you add the meat back to the sauce.
  • Serve your chicken over noodles, steamed rice, quinoa or cauliflower rice for a complete meal.
  • This recipe will also work well in a slow cooker. Use whole chicken thighs, coat them in the sauce, then cook on low for 4-6 hours. Shred the meat, then serve. If you prefer a thicker sauce with this method, remove the chicken from the slow cooker then pour the sauce into a pot on the stove top and simmer with corn starch.
  • While you can make this dish with frozen chicken, the cook time will be longer so I always thaw the chicken first.

Quick Tip

Chicken teriyaki will stay fresh in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days, and can be frozen for 2 months.

Diced chicken thighs seasoned with salt and pepper.

Recipe FAQs

Can you put frozen chicken in the Instant Pot?

You can make this dish with frozen chicken if that’s what you have on hand. Simply double the cooking time.

What is teriyaki sauce made of?

Teriyaki sauce is made with soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and corn starch.

Is teriyaki chicken healthy?

Teriyaki chicken is a great addition to a healthy diet. Chicken is a lean source of protein, and teriyaki sauce is low in fat. The sauce does contain sugar though, so if you’re sensitive to sugar, you may want to reduce the amount or substitute in some low calorie sweetener instead.

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Chicken and sauce in a pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Flavor Variations

This dish is great as-is, but you can easily customize the flavors to your family’s tastes.

  • Protein: You can use steak, chicken breast or salmon instead of the chicken thighs. Salmon will have a shorter cook time of 5 minutes, so plan accordingly!
  • Vegetables: Feel free to add some veggies to the mix! I recommend using the sauté mode to cook your vegetables in the sauce before you add the chicken back to the pot. Some great options include mushrooms, zucchini, small broccoli florets or thinly sliced carrots. You can serve the chicken and veggies over rice in a bowl for an easy lunch or dinner.
  • Flavorings: Kick up the flavor by adding sriracha, crushed red pepper flakes, mirin, or a little bit of rice vinegar.
A plate of Instant Pot teriyaki chicken on rice.

Once you see how easy it is to prepare teriyaki chicken in the Instant Pot, you’ll never make it any other way again!

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Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

AuthorSara Welch
Instant Pot teriyaki chicken served with asparagus.
This Instant Pot teriyaki chicken is chicken thighs pressured cooked in a homemade sweet and savory teriyaki sauce. Serve over rice for a quick and easy meal that's sure to please both kids and adults.
Time
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Asian
Serves 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1 inch pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions

Instructions 

  • Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, honey and sesame oil in an Instant Pot. Stir to combine.
  • Place the chicken in the Instant Pot and stir to coat it with the sauce.
  • Seal the Instant Pot and set it for high manual pressure for 8 minutes.
  • Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then manually release the rest of the pressure.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken from the pot. Place on a plate and cover to keep warm.
  • Turn the pot to saute mode. Whisk together 2 tablespoon of cold water with the corn starch.
  • Once the sauce comes to a simmer, whisk in the corn starch. Cook for 1 minute or until sauce has started to thicken.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot. Return the chicken to the pot. Spoon the sauce over the top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions, then serve.

Notes

  1. I like to make this dish with cut up chicken, but you can also use whole chicken thighs and simply shred them with two forks before you add the meat back to the sauce.
  2. Chicken teriyaki will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, and can be frozen for 2 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 647mg | Potassium: 656mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 14.7mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This was very good. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts and used the same cooking times. I also added a bag of frozen stir fry vegetables when I was thickening the sauce. Excellent recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Wow! Teriyaki chicken in the Instant Pot is a winner! Love how simple this recipe is and appreciate all of your helpful tips. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    We love this recipe! Thank you so much. It’s perfect for weeknights, even if we’ve got stuff going on. Nice and quick and always tasty!

  4. Do you think chicken tenders would work? I’ve got some in the freezer and was thinking about this recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    I am loving all your Instant Pot recipes and this one was no exception! Made it for dinner last night and it turned out perfectly tender and juicy; easily, a new favorite recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    We loved the chicken. I doubled the sauce recipe because we like extra to have over our rice. It was such a good meal and perfect for a new Instant Pot owner… me!!

  7. 5 stars
    I was already a huge fan of the Instant Pot but now… I’m an even bigger fan! This recipe is absolutely delish!

  8. 5 stars
    My husband loves teriyaki chicken! He orders it whenever we got out to a Japanese restaurant. So pleased to have found a simple Instant Pot recipe so I can make it for him at home! Great flavors, tastes like restaurant quality!

  9. 5 stars
    I agree teriyaki is always such a crowd-pleaser (salmon especially in our house), and I’m looking forward to giving this quick and easy chicken version a try soon.

  10. 5 stars
    The instant pot is just the best thing ever. I love how easy it made this recipe, and it was certainly a hit at my house. So yummy!

  11. 5 stars
    Love teryaki flavours and this didn’t disappoint – so easy to make it in the instant pot too, going on our regular meal plan now!

  12. 5 stars
    Yummy! This is one of our favorite recipes and it’s such a big hit here! Definitely going to make this again!