Instant Pot Caramelized Chicken

Roasted chicken strips with green bean and rice on white bowl

This Instant Pot caramelized chicken recipe is really good and easy to make!

Roasted chicken strips with green bean and rice on white bowl

We are using only simple ingredients you already have and get a tasty main dish in 15 minutes.

You don’t have to warm the whole house to cook a nice chicken recipe. Just place it in the Instant Pot and let it do all the work for you :]

How to serve

It works with almost anything! Some options:

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Roasted chicken strips with green bean and rice on white bowl

Instant Pot Caramelized Chicken

Irresistibly delicious and tender chicken thighs infused with rich Vietnamese flavors…
4.60 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: Caramelized Chicken, chicken, chicken thighs, fish sauce
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Corrie


  • ¼ tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoon garlic minced finely
  • 4 tablespoon fresh ginger minced finely
  • 3 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ cup chicken broth


  • In a large bowl, mix soy sauce, garlic, ginger, ketchup and 2 tablespoon sugar.
  • Add chicken and marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Press "saute" and add oil.
  • Add chicken (without the marinade) and saute for 5 minutes until brown.
  • Take out the chicken and keep aside.
  • Add 4 tablespoon of sugar to the Instant Pot and cook until the sugar begins to melt, stirring continuously. 
  • Add chicken broth and the reserved marinade to the Instant Pot.
  • Scrape the brown bits from the bottom (you can use a spatula).
  • Add the chicken and mix well.
  • Close the lid and cook at high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, wait for a natural release for 10 minutes, and then do a quick release and open the lid.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 325kcal Carbohydrates: 12g Protein: 19g Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monounsaturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 111mg Sodium: 197mg Potassium: 277mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 10g Vitamin A: 117IU Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 14mg Iron: 1mg
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3 thoughts on “Instant Pot Caramelized Chicken

  1. Is there a substitute for the chicken stock? I hate to open a whole carton for a quarter cup. Please let me know. This recipe sounds wonderful!

    1. For caramelizing touch, you can use Xylitol instead of sugar. Stevia will be not a good choice for this recipe.

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