Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
4.97 from 29 reviews

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken made in just 30 minutes, with minimal prep work! All you have to do is dump and cook all the ingredients!

We love making easy and delicious Asian dishes in the Instant Pot such as our famous Instant Pot Orange ChickenInstant Pot Mongolian Chicken, and Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli.

Pineapple chicken and rice photo.

Easy Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken is ready in just 30 minutes! This delicious recipe is one of the easiest and tastiest you can make in your pressure cooker. I am a huge fan of making Asian recipes in my Instant Pot and this Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken is my latest obsession.

The recipe requires minimum prep work and you don’t have to sauté the meat. You dump all the ingredients into the pressure cooker and cook for 5 minutes. The chicken is tender and sweet, with a tasty tropical flavor and a delicious aroma from the fresh ginger.

The brown sugar and pineapple juice make the most amazing sauce, that you will just want to pour it over rice.

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken Recipe Tips:

  • I used organic chicken thighs. However, this recipe also works with chicken breast. You don’t have to adjust the cooking time.
  • Brown sugar works great in this recipe. But if you really want to substitute, a healthier alternative would be 1/3 cup of honey.
  • You can also use 1 1/2 cups of fresh cubed pineapple and 1 cup of pineapple juice.
  • Using fresh ginger will add amazing flavor to the dish. But if you don’t have any on hand, use 1 teaspoon of ground ginger powder.
  • Cornstarch is a key ingredient in here, do not try to replace it with flour, the results will not be the same.
  • When it comes to adding the cornstarch, you have to mix it with pineapple juice until dissolved and add the slurry to the Instant Pot at the end to thicken the sauce. Do NOT add the cornstarch by itself to the Instant Pot, it will create a sauce full of lumps.
  • If the sauce is too runny, mix another 1-2 teaspoons of cornstarch with the same amount of water and add it to the Instant Pot. Please note, that the sauce will get thicker with time, so definitely wait a bit before adding more cornstarch.
  • You can add a touch of heat to this recipe if you prefer, by adding some Sriracha sauce or more red pepper flakes.
  • Using garlic will add amazing savory flavor to the overall sweeter dish, you can use more or less.

Image of instant pot pineapple chicken.

Can you make Pineapple Chicken in the Crockpot?

Yes! This recipe can be easily made in the Crockpot. Follow the below steps:

  1. Lightly coat a 5-quart or larger slow cooker with baking spray and arrange the chicken thighs in a single layer on top. Then, drain the pineapple juice in a separate bowl, and whisk together with the cornstarch. Next, stir in the soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Pour over the chicken. Add the pineapple chunks and red pepper.
  2. Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 4-5 hours or HIGH for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, until cooked through.

What to serve with it?

We love serving it over brown or white rice. If you are wondering how to cook the best white rice in the Instant Pot, here is the link for it. It is super easy and it always comes out perfectly cooked. Also, it is an ideal match to serve with pineapple chicken. 

Alternatively, you can pair it with veggies. Such as steamed broccoli, bok choy, or roasted asparagus

What is a 10 Minutes Natural Pressure Release?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm, and wait 10 minutes, after which you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release. Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker, wait 10 minutes and after that open the valve.

A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta or steel cut oats. This method prevents any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

Photo of pineapple chicken over white rice.

Tools/Ingredients I used to make the Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken Recipe:

  • Instant Pot – I use it all the time, I have the 6 quarts one.
  • Cornstarch – I prefer using cornstarch instead of flour to thicken sauces, and this organic brand is my favorite.

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4.97 from 29 reviews

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken made in just 30 minutes, with minimum prep work! All you have to do is dump and cook all the ingredients!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Total time: 30 mins


Dump & Cook:

Cornstarch Slurry:



Nutrition information

Calories: 561 Carbohydrates: 46 Protein: 26 Fat: 30 Saturated Fat: 7 Cholesterol: 148 Sodium: 848 Potassium: 536 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 37 Vitamin A: 345 Vitamin C: 11.7 Calcium: 59 Iron: 2 g
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The dish looks yummy, can't wait to try it!


Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

That looks so good. I love the added touch of serving it up in the pineapple. Great job, and great recipe.



This looks delicious. I love how you served it in a pineapple. How cute!



That looks amazing! I actually have a pineapple this week and I think this would be a great idea to make.


Heather A Lawrence

Yummy!! I love pineapple chicken but I don't normally make it because it takes such a long time to whip up enough for the entire family. I love how you presented your dish in the pineapple!! The kids would get a hoot out of that!



...And you put it in a pineapple!? That's amazing! Wonderful presentation and another reason for me to go out and buy a damn instant pot. ;)


Lisa Favre

Pineapple chicken has always been one of my personal favorites. I love how you presented it in the actual pineapple - brilliant!


Jennifer Van Huss

That looks AMAZING!!! I love fruit in my savour dishes!!! I haven't bought into the insta pot thing yet. I have a slowcooker and NEVER use it and I worry the instapot will be the same! This post is definitely changing my mind!


Dorothy at Shockinglydelish

I feel like I hit a goldmine with all of your IP recipes! I am having so much fun trying all of these new recipes. That pineapple presentation is beautiful!



This sounds good, and I love how you served it in a pineapple! What a great presentation for a dish. I will have to give this recipe a try.


paula schuck

That is super yummy looking and presentation is everything! That looks gorgeous in the pineapple. I could definitely sell this at my house. The kids would LOVE it.



This sounds so yummy and I love how quick it is!


Victoria Heckstall

Wow, I am badly carving for this. I used to cook this whenever I have free time. I think I should try this again.


Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

I've been wanting to try this recipe for some time now! It's packed with flavor and I'm sure it tastes SO good. Thanks for the instant pot version of this recipe!


Joyce Duboise Santos

DROOLING! This is my kind of recipe. I love how quick and easy the meal is and the presentation is PERFECT!



Love the presentation! Serving inside a pineapple is genius <3



Looks like I am having this for dinner tonight!


Jacque Hastert

This sounds so yummy! I love pineapple so I think that would enhance the flavors in this dish.



This looks really yummy. I have seen quite a few different instant pot recipes lately and this one looks AMAZING. I love Pineapple. Can't wait to try it.


Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

I love the idea of doing Pineapple chicken in the instant pot. I am really going to have to give this a try soon.



That looks so good! I love how you serve it in the half of a pineapple. Genius and beautiful!



I really need to use my instant pot a little more often! This looks like a great meal idea. I love how you served it in the Pineapple half!



I' not usually a fan of fruit and mean together (don't even ask...LOL) but this actually looks really good!! I need to try this for myself!


I felt the same way I hated adding sweet and savory together especially pineapple because it's so sweet but this is amazing definitely try it!



Yum! That looks really good. I've been seeing a lot of Instant Pot recipes lately and they're just making me drool. I need to get me an Instant Pot.


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Pineapple bowls are so fun! My family will love this dish!


Lauren @ Hall Nesting

Perfect! I just got an IP!


Megan @ MegUnprocessed

I love the pineapple boat!!



This looks incredible! I love how you served it in a pineapple, such a cute idea!


Angela Bethea

Anything that is super easy to make and delicious are perfect for me. This Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken sounds really tasty and appetizing!


Aduke Schulist

Can you believe I made this once and my kids hated it?! They don't know what's good.



Wow this looks straight from food magazine!





April Link

This recipe is so amazing and so simple you can't mess it up even if you don't add the exact ingredients. You don't need a pressure cooker either a simple large pot will do and a cover.... So delicious sweet and savory perfect over rice saves well this is going to be one of my staple meals for the week!



Do you use Light brown or dark brown sugar ?


both work :) I used dark :)



Did you use light brown sugar or dark brown?? I did make this last night and it was delicious it's a keeper. Thank you for the recipe. Gave leftovers to my son to take home and they loved it as well he said tested better then Chinese restaurant. I did use dark brown sugar and came out wonderful.


I used dark, but both work well in this recipe :) I am very happy that everyone loved it :)



This looks amazing! Hope I can handle the spice.



Hey! Is it possible to cook brown rice (or white but brown is our preference) at the same time pot in pot? Do the timings work? Thanks!


Yes, check my Tikka Masala Recipe to see the measurements for rice.



This recipe is fantastic! I ended up having to make my own Hoisin sauce, but even still the dish turned out delicious! :)


Tiffany Hebert

Used this recipe as my first one in instapot. I was astonished at how good it was!!! Chicken was so moist. Preparation was soooo quick!!!! Only thing I can complain about is this is a very sweet dish. May want to cut brown sugar a little. Scared to see how many calories & carbs. Other than that this is delicious.


Susan Matney

This was super yummy. I steamed some broccoli while this cooked and added after thickening with a can of water chestnuts


what a great idea to add water chestnuts!



If I wanted to only do 1lb, would I just halve all of the ingredients?


there may not be enough liquid if you halve all the ingredients, do 1 lb of chicken and keep everything else the same.



Can I double the recipe?? I have to cook for 6 adults 


yes you can, no need to adjust the cooking time.


Kimberley Mann

i live in costa rica and have access to fresh pineapple, can I use fresh in recipe?


Yes, you can use fresh pineapple, add also about 1/2 cup of pineapple juice.



I made this for dinner tonight using 1 lb of chicken breast and 10 oz of pineapple with juice except what was needed for the slurry (the can was 398 ml about 14 oz). The rest I left the same, including the chili pepper!! It was wonderful!! Next time I might cut the chili peppers by a bit if I made a half portion but as is, it was super tasty with lots of sauce for the rice. Did PIP Basmati Rice and the rice picked up some of the flavours which I found interesting. Most certainly on the 'make again list'. Thanks for a great dinner.


Danielle Davies

This looks amazing. Has anyone ever done it starting with frozen chicken? What adjustments would need to be made? I am new to the IP life!


I am wondering the same!



Best instant pot dinner I’ve made yet.  Yum!  This was great tasting and easy to put together. I had 3lbs of chicken so I doubled everything. It fed 3 hungry adults for dinner and leftovers for lunch in the frig.  Will be making this again. 


So happy that you loved it :)



Is the sesame oil necessary? I would like to make this and don't have any or is there something else thst I could use? I try to stay oil free as it doesn't agree with me


No, you can use canola or peanut oil, or any oil you have on hand.



This makes the second recipe of yours that I've tried, and I love both of them! The first one was IP S&S Chicken and now this recipe for Pineapple Chicken. They have both been amazing and there is no need to look further to find "the" recipe for either dish. It is nice to have found a blogger whose recipes are good, written well, include videos, and include stunning photos. Thank you!


Kirsten T

This is absolutely delicious! I've made it several times for my family, and we all love it! Thanks for the great recipe! 😄


Leanne Lawrence

so easy and it turned out AMAZING! This was also my first recipe in my new instant pot and its definitely going down as one of my faves. Make this, it's worth it and soooo easy!


Teresa Ellis

I made this for my family tonight. We loved it. Best Asian dish I've made in my instant pot. Really delicious!!



This is soooooo tasty! Really glad I happened upon this recipe; super easy to prepare and ready in a snap! I forgot the ginger but it still tasted amazing... also shredded the chicken to portion it which worked well. Thanks for sharing!



I'm going to make this with a friend tonight who has never used an instant pot. Our chicken chunks are frozen. How much time should we add?


Cook for 10 minutes on HP with 10 min NPR.


Robin R

This was amazing! My super picky teenager LOVED it (her words). We're going to experiment with adding some stir fry veggies next time. Thanks for a great recipe!


Thank you for the feedback! Adding some veggies is a great idea!



Curious to see if it’s possible to make this without the pineapple chunks? Would I just substitute more pineapple juice?


Yes, just keep in mind that the sauce will be more watery!



I love making this recipe. It is so delicious. I have found that it makes a difference in what type of pineapples you use. The best pineapple to use are the ones in heavy syrup instead of juice. So easy to make.



My husband said this was "awesome", and he doesn't often compliment! I used half of the brown sugar that the recipe called for and I still thought it was a bit too sweet with the pineapple juice, but my husband liked it just the way it was and we both agreed if I had used the amount as written in the recipe would have been way too much so I docked a star. Otherwise, everything was perfect and my husband said it was better than the Chinese food he had just gotten a few days earlier at his favorite place. I added a few thick slices of onion and diced green pepper just to up the veggie factor and they were well hidden in it. I didn't have hoisin sauce so I used some of the teriyaki sauce I had in the fridge, olive oil instead of the sesame and a large chicken breast since it's all I had.



Just a little curious if anybody has tried the honey substitution for the sugar. I would think it would add a nice flavor but not sure how much it changes the recipe.


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