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Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe + Freezer Meal Instructions

Here is an Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken recipe that is easy to make and tastes better than any restaurant dish.  Savory and sweet all at once, this chicken recipe will be a hit with the whole family.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe + Freezer Meal Instructions

Chicken breast or chicken thighs are flavored with teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, vinegar and garlic. Don’t forget to garnish with green onion and sesame seeds! If you love this recipe, try my bbq chicken for another yummy flavor.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

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This mouth-watering chicken recipe can be served on on plain rice or just on its own. It’s that good! 

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe + Freezer Meal Instructions

You will need an Instant Pot for this recipe, as well as gallon freezer bags

The Instant Pot Duo is a 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer. This is probably the most common Instant Pot and works with this recipe.

Teriyaki Chicken Ingredients 

To make this Instant Pot chicken recipe, you will need the following ingredients (see the full recipe below for detailed amounts and instructions):

  • Chicken: breast or thighs (about 2-3 pieces)
  • Teriyaki sauceuse store bought teriyaki sauce for an easy dinner, or make your own
  • Brown sugar: when heated and reduced, the brown sugar will help create a nice glaze
  • Rice wine vinegar: or apple cider vinegar
  • Garlic: I love adding garlic for some extra flavor
  • Water: for cooking in the Instant Pot, you need that moisture!
  • Garnishes: green onion, sesame seeds
  • Cornstarch: this is optional for thickening the sauce

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken in an Instant Pot

First, you are going to make the teriyaki chicken marinade. Add chicken breast, teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and garlic to freezer bag. Shake the bag until the chicken is coated.

Instant Pot Chicken

Place contents in an instant pot and pour in ¾ cup water. Cook for 9 minutes at high pressure then allow 10 minutes for natural release.

If you would like to thicken your sauce, take out meat and set aside. Turn instant pot to sauté and whisk in cornstarch until it reaches desired thickness. Turn off sauté mode.

Place chicken back into sauce and stir until coated.

Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds, optional. Enjoy!

Tips for Teriyaki Chicken

  • If you are in the habit of seasoning your food, wait to add salt until you have tasted the chicken. The teriyaki marinade by itself is very salty, so you may not need to add any salt to this at all.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe + Freezer Meal Instructions

How to Cook Teriyaki Chicken in a Slow Cooker

If you do not have an Instant Pot, you can still enjoy this recipe. There are two ways to cook Teriyaki Chicken in a slow cooker or crock pot: 

Cooking frozen: Add contents of bags into slow cooker on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours. Chicken should reach a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Cooking fresh: Add contents of bag into slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5 hours. Chicken should reach a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees.

What Do You Eat With Teriyaki Chicken?

Teriyaki chicken is most commonly eaten over rice and alongside steamed broccoli. Here are some other ideas for what to serve:

  1. By itself – this dish is perfectly tasty just by itself and you can enjoy with a fork or chopsticks.
  2. Pasta – put an Asian spin on a pasta dish by using soba noodles and teriyaki sauce.
  3. Vegetable Fried Rice with Eggs – this classic rice dish pairs perfectly with Teriyaki Chicken.
  4. Edamame –  this traditional side dish is just steamed sugar snap peas.

How Long Can I Store Chicken For?

You can store chicken in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days in an airtight container. 

Can I Freeze Chicken?

Teriyaki chicken makes a great freezer meal. Meal prepping and making food ahead will save you time during the week. You can freeze this chicken before or after cooking.

Freezer Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

You can freeze cooked Teriyaki chicken for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator when ready to eat.

If you want to freeze it before cooking, first write the name, date, and instructions below on a resealable freezer safe plastic bag. After the first step above, let out the air and seal bag. Place in freezer until needed or for up to 3 months.

How to Cook Frozen Chicken

To cook the frozen chicken, add frozen contents to the Instant Pot. Add in ¾ cup water. Cook for 12 minutes on Pressure cook and then allow 10 extra minutes for natural release.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe + Freezer Meal Instructions

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Here is an Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken recipe that is easy to make and tastes better than any restaurant dish.  Savory and sweet all at once, this chicken recipe will be a hit with the whole family.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add chicken breast, teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and garlic to freezer bag. Shake the bag until the chicken is coated.
  2. Place contents in an instant pot and pour in ¾ cup water. Cook for 9 minutes at high pressure then allow 10 minutes for natural release.
  3. If you would like to thicken your sauce, take out meat and set aside. Turn instant pot to sauté and whisk in cornstarch until it reaches desired thickness. Turn off sauté mode.
  4. Place chicken back into sauce and stir until coated.
  5. Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds, optional. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 1577mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 32g

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Margarita

Thursday 17th of September 2020

Hello, For doubling this recipe does the cooking time change?

Emily Enchanted

Friday 18th of September 2020

@Margarita, you should be able to double the amount of food and keep the same cooking time. For more information you can read this article: https://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/how-to-double-instant-pot-recipes/

Melissa

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

This looks amazing. I just bought everything to make it. How would you recommend adding a cut up red bell pepper into it? Thank you!!

Emily Enchanted

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

@Melissa, I think you just add chopped red bell pepper to the Instant Pot with the rest of the ingredients and cook for the normal amount of time.