Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

Chicken and pineapple cubes in sweet sauce in white bowl

Looking for a tasty chicken main dish, just like you your favorite restaurant? This is the recipe for you!

This Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken is better than takeout and you can have it in less than 10 minutes using your Instant Pot.

Chicken and pineapple cubes in sweet sauce in white bowl

Juicy chicken, sweet pineapple, in a delicious homemade sauce! Sweet and savory combine in this dish, and bring you incredible flavor.

The best part of all is this chicken recipe requires basic everyday ingredients. And yet, it tastes wonderful!

Can I use canned pineapple?

Yes. Canned pineapple chunks, sliced or even crushed all work great.

If you are a fan of fresh pineapple feel free to chop it up and use that as well.

The only thing is I use the juice and all with can so added pineapple juice would be needed.

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Can I use anything else instead of chicken?

Yes. For this recipe you can use tofu, shrimp or small chunks of beef.

How to thicken the sauce?

I use cornstarch slurry that I pour in at the end and stir.

It will then slowly begin to thicken as it warms up.

Then after a while, you get a really thick and flavorful sauce that sticks to pineapple and the chicken.

What to do with the leftovers?

I hardly believe that there'd be any but it is a fantastic Instant Pot freezer meal to get set up for later in the month.

I pull this out on nights I know I need a hands-off approach to dinner.

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

Can I use pre-cook the chicken?

You can use leftover pre-cooked chicken if you have some on hand.

Just make sure the chicken is mellow in flavor so it doesn’t overpower the other ingredients used.

How to serve?

Here are some great options for side dishes:

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If you are in a low-carb diet, you can also try:

Instant Pot Zucchini Noodles

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How to make

Gather the necessary ingredients.

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

Take a blender & blend some pineapple in it.

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

After you blend the pineapples, get your Instant Pot and add chicken pieces, previously chopped garlic, and onions to it.

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

To enhance the taste, let's add some shredded ginger too.

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

Add in the pineapple chunks.

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

Now we'll add some brown sugar.

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

Let's add some rice vinegar.

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

Okay, let's add the blended pineapple juice.

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

Now it's the turn for soy sauce!

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

How can we forget the Sriracha sauce!?

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

Last but not the least, let's add ketchup.

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

Mix all the ingredients well now, cover the pot and set it to High Pressure for 6 minutes.

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

Do a Quick Release and mix in some cornstarch to thicken up the sauce.

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

Dish out & enjoy 🙂

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Chicken and pineapple cubes in sweet sauce in white bowl

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken

In the mood for something exciting? Try this delicious Instant Pot pineapple chicken with a touch of Chinese flavors!
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Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken, pineapple, pineapple & chicken, soy sauce, Sriracha
Prep Time: 14 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Corrie


  • Blender
  • Instant Pot


  • 1 pineapple cut into1-inch cubes
  • ½ cup water for the pineapple
  • 2 lb chicken breasts 1-inch cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • ½ onion chopped
  • ½ tablespoon ginger shredded
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • cup soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoon sriracha sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Blend half of the pineapple with some water.
  • Add chicken, garlic, ginger, onion, pineapple cubes, brown sugar and rice vinegar to the Instant Pot.
  • Add pineapple juice, soy sauce, sriracha sauce, and ketchup and stir well.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release.
  • Add cornstarch and stir well.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 1831kcal Carbohydrates: 190g Protein: 205g Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 581mg Sodium: 7009mg Potassium: 4631mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 141g Vitamin A: 1028IU Vitamin C: 139mg Calcium: 220mg Iron: 8mg


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