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7 Ingredient 10 Minute Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Posted March 4, 2019 by Stephanie
instant pot teriyaki chicken recipe | i am a food blog

When you’re hangry and craving an easy simple meal, this Instant Pot teriyaki chicken recipe is here for you. Just 5 minutes, a handful of ingredients that you (hopefully) have in your pantry, and you’re good to go.

Teriyaki chicken is one of my faves! It might not be particularly authentic – you’ll be hard pressed to find teriyaki chicken in Japan, but there’s just something about that sweet and savory sauce on chicken that gets me every time. I’ve tried this recipe both with and without browning, and while there is a bit more flavor if you take the time to brown, I find it strictly not necessary. Plus, the fact that the chicken is covered in sauce means that the skin doesn’t stay crispy anyway, so if you’re in a hurry, just pop everything into your instant pot, turn it on, make a pot of rice, and you’ll be eating in the time it takes you to get into your comfy home clothes.

PS – If you want to make teriyaki chicken on the stove, check out this recipe!

instant pot teriyaki chicken recipe | i am a food blog

instant pot teriyaki chicken recipe | i am a food blog

instant pot teriyaki chicken recipe | i am a food blog

7 Ingredient 10 Minute Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe
serves 2-3

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup soy
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 bone in, skin on chicken thighs
  • 1.5 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1.5 tablespoons water
  • green onions, if desired
  • black and white toasted sesame seeds, if desired

Add the garlic, soy, mirin, sake, and sugar to the Instant Pot insert. Nestle in the chicken thighs skin side up.  Turn the Instant Pot on to High Pressure and cook for 7 minutes.

When the Instant Pot is done cooking, quick release the pressure. Carefully open the lid and remove the chicken thighs onto a plate.

Turn the sautè function onto medium and add the cornstarch and water mix to the the sauce in the insert. Stir and let simmer and thicken to your liking. Turn off the Instant Pot and spoon sauce onto the thighs. Top off with green onions and toasted sesame seeds, if using. Enjoy!


  1. Karen says:

    My household will fall over themselves for this! Did you brown the chicken before pressure cooking?

    1. Stephanie says:

      i did, but i’ve done it without too, it’s your choice. i kind of prefer without though :)

  2. parth says:

    could beer be used in place of “sake”

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi parth,
      i haven’t tried that…not sure how it would affect the taste, but you’re welcome to try and report back!

  3. Duc says:

    This looks so good. I’m confused, though, because doesn’t there need to be at lease 1 cup of liquid in the Instant Pot?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi duc, it depends on the size of your pot and also how much liquid the food you’re making will release. i’ve used the instant pot with just 1/2 cup, but do whatever is comfortable for you, just add a bit of water to make up the extra liquid. hope that helps!

  4. Hannah says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe! Tried last night and it was delicious. Hubs was licking the plate! I did find my chicken was undercooked near the bone, and my pieces may have been bigger. If this happened to you, would you increase the cooking time, or do natural release for a few extra min?

    1. Stephanie says:

      it they were very undercooked i’d add a minute to the cooking time, if it was just a little pink, natural release for an extra few mins will work! hope that helps :)

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