Pressure Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

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Rated 5.0 based on 9 customer reviews
Pressure Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
Pressure Cooker Teriyaki Chicken


  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 (1 inch) piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • optional: cooked white or brown rice, thinly sliced green onions, toasted sesame seeds


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  1. Stir soy sauce, sugar, water, mirin, garlic, and ginger together in the inner pot of a pressure cooker until sugar has dissolved; add chicken and turn to coat. If you prefer a less-sweet teriyaki sauce, reduce the sugar to 2 tablespoons.
  2. Seal lid on pressure cooker and turn steam vent to Sealing. Press Pressure Cook and use the “+” and “-” buttons to adjust cook time to 12 minutes. Immediately turn steam vent to Venting to Quick Release the pressure.
  3. Remove chicken to a cutting board; cut into ¼-inch-thick slices.
  4. Press Sauté on pressure cooker.
  5. Dissolve cornstarch into water in a small bowl, stirring with a fork until smooth; stir into the sauce in the pot and cook, stirring often, until very thick and syrupy, 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Serve chicken atop rice with sauce. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds as desired.
Mealthy tip:

Mirin is a condiment in Japanese cuisine. It is a type of rice wine that is similar to sake. However it has a lower alcohol content and higher sugar content.

For more pressure cooker chicken recipes, you might enjoy:

Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings

Pressure Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Pressure Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Wings

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George Delamea says:

This one is basic enough for the kids to enjoy without (too much) complaining, and interesting enough for the adults to get a break from hot dogs, sloppy joes, etc. Would love to find an easy way to get a little char on the chicken without complicating things, but I guess you can't have everything? I loved the sauce. May even make more to be able to drizzle it over the rice. Shouldn't, but might.

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Tiana D. says:

Okay guys.... this recipe is crazy good. My family is addicted to take-out teriyaki and this recipe will have us saving hundreds a year.... my budget will be so happy! I made the side-rice at the same time in the mealthy insert, it all finished at the same time. Even my 3 year old picky eater loved this dish, it's a real winner and so easy.

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Randall Hauk says:

I've had so many different versions of teriyaki, I am no longer sure what it really is. In Seattle, it's grilled (burnt) chicken with a super-syrupy sugar sauce and rice, which is good, if a little junky. This feels a little more reserved and reasonable, to be honest! I particularly love what the mirin and fresh ginger do to the sauce.

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Laura Griffin says:

This teriyaki chicken was fantastic! I served mine over brown rice with green onions and it was so delicious. Next time I may sear the chicken on all sides first just to get a little brown on them, but other than that this recipe was perfect. I will definitely make again.

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Dominique M says:

I added some rice wine vinegar and honey to this delicious teriyaki chicken. I also used 2 garlic cloves instead of three because I ran out, and it still turned out great. Next time I will use three, because it lends incredible flavor. I served it over brown rice, perfection!

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Zachary Farni says:

Made this recipe and put the chicken back in after the sauce was finished to glaze them and it was perfect!

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Ryann Burkart says:

This was my first meal using my Mealthy... It was perfect! So easy and very tasty! Much easier than marinating all day, heating up the grill on a hot Louisiana day, and waiting for a good meal... 12 minutes of perfection!

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Michael Haltom says:

This is the fifth meal prepared in the instapot (Christmas gift). This was without a doubt the easiest and was excellent. This is one we will definitely go back to.

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Patty Drinnin says:

This was my 1st attempt with my Mealthy. I used frozen chicken breasts and they turned out a little tough. I didn’t have fresh ginger, just ground. I googled to see a conversion and it said 2 tablespoons. It gave the sauce a good kick! I did the rice in the microwave because I didn’t know if I could do the minute rice (that’s all I had😜) in the pressure cooker. I gave the recipe 4 stars due to newbie errors! Next time, I will try thawed chicken, less ginger, and real rice!