Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken with Pineapple is sure to be a huge hit! Moist, tender chicken pieces are covered with a tangy sweet n’ sour sauce, paired with pineapple, brown rice and an Asian broccoli slaw.
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I’m excited to share my first Instant Pot recipe with you today! These are becoming all the rage. I bought mine about two years ago and it’s mostly sat in my closet without any use because there weren’t really any good recipes available. The only thing I cooked in it was rice and beans. Lately there’s been so many good recipes out there, like this Instant Pot Beef Stew. I made creamy potato soup and macaroni and cheese the other week, and both turned out amazing! I love that you can cook rice in less than 10 minutes, and most other meals within 30.
Since my Instant Pot has been sitting out on my counter more often, I decided to make my first chicken dish. It turned out wonderfully — the chicken is moist, tender, and pairs well with the ketchup/honey/soy based sweet and sour sauce.
While I was recipe testing, I made the mistake of adding the corn starch BEFORE cooking, which was a huge mistake (don’t do that). Thank goodness you have me to test them first right? ;)
Today’s recipe highlights a brand that I’ve begun working with– Sanderson Farms! They’re a natural chicken with 100% natural chicken, with no additives like carrageenan or salt water to plump. They’re also never frozen and are farm to market fresh. It’s really important to me that the meat we choose to buy is humane, and Sanderson Farms chicken is from a cage free environment. Not many chicken brands can say these things about their product! You may have seen my post last month — simple poached chicken.
If you like sweet and sour chicken from Chinese restaurants, you’ll love this instant pot version. It’s easy, cheap, and tastes great. Plus, it has less sodium and packs a nutrient punch with the broccoli slaw and brown rice. Sweet and tangy, this instant pot sweet and sour chicken will be a huge hit for everyone at the dinner table!
Here’s the recipe for Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Pineapple Chicken!
Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Pineapple Chicken
Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken with Pineapple is sure to be a huge hit! Moist, tender chicken pieces are covered with a tangy sweet n' sour sauce, paired with pineapple, brown rice and an Asian broccoli slaw.
- 2 chicken breasts, diced
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tsp minced ginger
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup rice vinegar
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 2 cups broccoli slaw
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 cup pineapple chunks
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp water
In a medium bowl, whisk together the ketchup, honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, salt, and 1/2 cup rice vinegar.
Place the chicken breast cubes into the Instant Pot. Pour sauce over the top. Press manual, 7 minutes. Once it's finished, let the quick release out.
Meanwhile, toss the broccoli slaw with the sesame oil and 1 Tbsp rice vinegar. Set aside.
Once the chicken is done and the steam is released, turn the Instant Pot to saute function. Add the pineapple chunks. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water. Pour into the chicken mixture and whisk until thickened, 2-3 minutes. Turn off the Instant Pot.
To serve: 1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup broccoli slaw, and 1/4 of the chicken pineapple mixture.
Hi! I’m Emily, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and self-taught intuitive chef. I firmly believe that cooking is the simplest and most important step we can take to improve our minds and bodies and build healthier communities. Join me and let’s bring food back to the kitchen!