Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 5 minutes

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken features succulent white meat drenched in a bold and savory Asian sauce. Tastes like a take-out meal and ready in less than 30 minutes!

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Pressure Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken is my homemade take on this popular Japanese dish. Traditional teriyaki requires making and reducing the sauce, marinating the meat, then broiling or grilling it over hot coals. So delicious, but a little too complicated for a regular dinner.

My solution? The ever-reliable Instant Pot! It can produce perfectly juicy meat and a flavorful, caramelized teriyaki sauce in a matter of minutes. Served with a bowl of hot rice, even the pickiest eaters won’t be able to resist!

Can raw chicken be cooked in the Instant Pot?

Yes! The intense heat and pressure inside the IP are more than enough to fully cook raw chicken meat. Not sure if the meat is done yet? Double-check the internal temp with a meat thermometer!

What is the minimum liquid for Instant Pot?

Based on the size of your IP, these are the general amounts:

  • For a mini, 3-Quart model: at least half a cup
  • 6-quart model: at least 1 cup
  • For an 8-quart model: at least 2 cups

Whatever you do, never hit “Pressure Cook” without liquid in the IP. It will fail to build steam (crucial for pressure cooking) and will also trigger a Burn notice.

How long do you cook chicken in the Instant Pot?

  • Breast: about 10 to 15 minutes
  • Thigh: 10 to 12 mins. on average
  • Whole: Plan for about 23 to 25 minutes cook time
  • Drumsticks: around 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces
  • Quarter leg: Anywhere from 22 to 30 minutes
  • Wings: 10 to 15 minutes

How to cook homemade Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken?

  1. Brown. Sear the seasoned breast cubes using the IP’S Sauté function.
  2. Cook. Mix the teriyaki sauce and pour over the meat inside the IP, then set to 5-minute High Pressure. Vent quickly after.
  3. Thicken. Remove the breast cubes from the IP. Stir in a cornstarch-water slurry into the teriyaki sauce, and simmer until thick.
  4. Serve. Top with some fresh spring onions and enjoy this teriyaki over rice, soba noodles, or with a side of steamed veggies!

Recipe Variations:

  • Use other meats: Try this with boneless thighs or tender cuts of pork!
  • Shred-it: Once you’re done with the dish, shred it for use on salads and sandwiches.
  • Make it spicy: Triple the number of crushed pepper flakes. 
  • Make it zesty: Brighten up the teriyaki sauce with the juice and zest of any citrus or use a splash of sweet, fruity wine. 

Can you use frozen meat for Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken?

Yes! Just skip the searing part and go directly to pressure cooking. A great way to get dinner on the table even if you forget to thaw your meat!

How long does frozen chicken need to be cooked in the Instant Pot?

If you’re cooking from frozen, just add a few more minutes to what the recipe calls for. 

To make this dish from frozen, pressure-cook the meat for 15 mins. first on a trivet with a layer of liquid underneath., just follow the steps for the teriyaki sauce, and you’re done!

What is the sauté button on the Instant Pot?

It makes your IP function like a regular skillet. Great for searing, reducing, and thickening sauces, sautéing aromatics, and other cooking methods you would usually do on a hot pan.

How to store:

After cooling the leftovers, transfer to a container with an air-tight lid. Place in the fridge and consume within 3 days.

How to freeze:

Cool the leftovers, then transfer them in a freezer-safe baggie or container. Freeze up to a month. To reheat, thaw and microwave until hot.

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Recipe Tips:

  • If you don’t have cornstarch, you can also use a flour slurry as a thickener instead.
  • You substitute apple cider vinegar for rice vinegar.
  • Sear the meat in batches so they brown, not steam.
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5 from 6 reviews

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken features succulent white meat drenched in a bold and savory Asian sauce.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes Total time: 30 mins







Nutrition information

Calories: 449 Carbohydrates: 53 Protein: 28 Fat: 15 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 72 Sodium: 2704 Potassium: 571 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 42 Vitamin A: 168 Vitamin C: 3 Calcium: 28 Iron: 2
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Amber Myers

Yum. This reminded me that I need to use my Instant Pot more often. I love teriyaki chicken.


melissa chapman

That chicken looks so perfectly cooked and the teriyaki flavor makes it a perfect meal. I know everyone wih an instant pot will make this their favorite.



I love my instant pot. I am always on the lookout for new recipes to try and this is one that I cannot wait to make for my family.



This recipe looks really savory and flavorful. Looking forward to giving this recipe a try.


Nikki Wayne

Sounds like a really great recipe. Thank for the very detailed guide.


Daniel Perkins

OMG! Looks really delicious. Will definitely try out.


Its a great recipe, you will love it!



This looks absolutely delicious! It is nice to have an instant pot to make cooking that much easier, and paired with rice this makes for a nice filling meal.



That looks delicious! My son is a huge fan of chicken so I'm going to save your recipe for later.


Janeane M Davis

This looks like such a delicious menu item. It also seems easy to prepare which is a definite plus.


Crystal Carder

I love making foods in the instant pot and this looks like a great recipe!



Wow this sounds gorgeous! I'd love to make something like this.


You should try it, you will love it!


Cathi Mini

Oh my! This makes me feel so hungry! Yummy food!


Anosa Malanga

I have never tried making something like this. Reading this makes me think that it's time for me to cook something like this.


Shannon Gurnee

We love Teriyaki Chicken in our home. This looks like a great recipe!



Your blog post is stunning. Thanks!!


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