EASY Chicken Teriyaki – Instant Pot

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Chicken Teriyaki – A simple and super easy recipe that I developed over the years to satisfy the ‘mall food court Teriyaki’ cravings of my older son.

This quick and easy chicken teriyaki does not use some of the authentic ingredients like Sake but it is so fresh and delicious that you will not miss it. Plus you do not have to worry about the hard-to-find ingredients. It comes in handy on those crazy-busy weeknights as it uses very few ingredients with long shelf life and can be stores in your pantry. 

When I first started to make this dish, it was a stove top recipe.  I would broiled the chicken after it was cooked to get the charred edges. At some point I stopped the broiling with the usual time-crunch and it still made a flavorful and satisfying meal.

chicken teriyaki instant pot

The home made Teriyaki sauce is pretty simple recipe with soy sauce and mirin.  To make it more flavorful and fresh, I always add fresh ginger and garlic in it. The hint of sweetness comes from the honey and we love that sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper in it. You can always adjust the flavors of the Teriyaki sauce to your likings, some days we stir in red pepper flakes for an extra kick.

A couple of months ago, just like all other recipes I decided to make this in the Instant Pot and now this is our go-to chicken Teriyaki. I love how perfectly chicken cooks in the Instant Pot and I do not have to worry about the site and thickness of the pieces. I also make steamed rice pot in pot along with the chicken and just like that, we have out dinner ready in no time!

Optional Steps for Chicken Teriyaki:
  • Brown the chicken on one or both sides or completely skip this step.
  • Broil the cooked chicken in the oven for 5 minutes to get crispy/charred pieces.
  • Natural Pressure release after 10 minutes or do a full natural pressure release.
  • If you like “Sake” in your sauce, add it to the teriyaki sauce,  and saute for the sauce for 2 minutes so the alcohol cooks off.
  • Add a teaspoon of sesame oil to the teriyaki sauce for more deep flavors.
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Chicken Teriyaki Instant Pot
Chicken Teriyaki - Instant Pot
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Easy, Tasty Chicken Teriyaki with fresh flavors from ginger and subtle sweetness from honey.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 4
Calories: 487 kcal
Author: Archana
Teriyaki sauce:
  • 3 tablespoon rice wine vinegar mirin
  • 3 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 1 cup short grain rice we love sushi rice
  • 1 cup water
Other Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper optional
  • 3 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup green scallions chopped
  1. Mix all the ingredients for Teriyaki sauce and set aside.
  2. Mix corn starch in 1/4 cup of water and set aside.

  3. Add rice and water in a stainless steel or pyrex bowl and set aside. You can add salt but we skip it with all the soy sauce. 

  4. Set the Instant Pot to saute(more) mode. Add 1 tablespoon oil and add chicken thighs. Brown the chicken for a minute (another optional step). Add the teriyaki sauce and black pepper.

  5. Place a tall trivet over the chicken in the Instant Pot insert. Place the rice bowl over the trivet.

  6. Close the Instant Pot lid with pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual /Pressure Cook(Hi) for 6 minutes followed by 10 minute natural pressure release.

  7. Open the Instant Pot. Carefully take out the rice bowl and the trivet. Stir in corn starch mixed in water and set the Instant Pot to saute(more) mode.
  8. Cook for 5 minutes as the sauce thickens. Turn the Instant Pot off. Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions. Enjoy hot with steamed rice.
Recipe Notes

You can also do a full natural pressure release for this recipe. 

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Teriyaki - Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 487 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 215mg 72%
Sodium 608mg 25%
Potassium 632mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 47g 94%
Vitamin A 2.3%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 23.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

9 thoughts on “EASY Chicken Teriyaki – Instant Pot

  1. Made this for my son’s school lunch last week. Little prep but easy. Wished my school lunches were these tasty.

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