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Overhead view of Instant Pot Hawaiian chicken served over rice on a white plate next to a fork.

Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Instant Pot Hawaiian chicken is an easy one-pot dinner with tender, juicy chicken pieces cooked with pineapple, bell peppers, and onions in a sweet and tangy sauce.


  • 1 Tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 8 ounce can of pineapple chunks (do not drain)
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • green onion for garnish


  1. Combine the hot sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, and pineapple juice in a small bowl. Whisk together until well mixed and set aside.
  2. Add the oil to the instant pot and set it to saute.
  3. Add the green and red bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
  4. Then add the onions and continue to cook for another 5 minutes until the onions are softened.
  5. Add the chicken cubes, garlic, salt, black pepper, red pepper, and ginger to the instant pot. Cook for 1 minute more, stirring constantly. Cancel saute mode.
  6. Pour the sauce into the pot. Stir everything together.
  7. Seal the instant pot valve and set it to manual high pressure for 4 minutes. After the cooking time has elapsed, naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes. Then open the valve to release the remaining pressure. Remove the lid.
  8. Return the instant pot to saute mode. Make a slurry of cornstarch and water and whisk it into the sauce. Allow to simmer for 3 minutes to thicken. Cancel the saute mode.
  9. Serve the Hawaiian chicken over rice and garnish with green onions.

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