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Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken Breasts Recipe + VIDEO

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings

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This Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken Breasts Recipe is an easy chicken dinner recipe that you can set and forget in your pressure cooker! Serve the chicken and sweet, tangy sauce over rice or noodles for the perfect weeknight dinner! Includes step by step recipe video.

So now that we’ve explored some basic Instant Pot recipes, we’re taking things up a notch with these Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken Breasts.

If you’ve been hanging around here for a while, you know that I will take pineapple on everything. Sweet or savory, breakfast, dinner or dessert — pass the pineapple.

Some of my favorites? Try these No Bake Pineapple SquaresHam and Pineapple Sliders, or this Pineapple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce)

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chicken breasts with pineapple sauce in instant pot on white background

Little Miss S is growing up way too quickly but that also means our nights are slowly getting longer and more restful. I’m starting to feel a little more energetic during the day, but a baby, a preschooler and a kindergartener still make life kind of crazy and don’t leave a ton of extra time for 5 course gourmet meals 😉

We are all about easy these days.

Quick, one pot meals with few ingredients but big flavour is the way to go! And this Pineapple Chicken is right on up there.

If you’re not an Instant Pot rookie and you want to try some pot-in-pot cooking, you could add a baking dish of rice on top of the chicken, but I’m not even going to pretend that I’m there yet, friends. One step at a time 😉

instant pot pineapple chicken breasts on grey plate with white rice

I am not one of those Instant Pot lovers who have brought my microwave, my slow cooker, my oven, my skillets, etc., etc., etc., to the thrift store and now own just a collection of pressure cookers where they once stood. I still think it is best used for certain things, but chicken is one of those things.

You can definitely make this recipe using frozen chicken breasts, but the frozen chicken will release more liquid and dilute the sauce somewhat, so you may need to punch up the flavour after cooking. Serve it over rice, pasta, or these Instant Pot Baked Potatoes (if you’re one of those people who owns more than one 😉 ), and you’ve got an easy, flavourful meal that the family will go crazy for!

Unless your family is made up of people who don’t like pineapple in their dinner, and in that case, more for you 😉

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instant pot pineapple chicken breasts with rice on grey plate with pressure cooker in the background

Tips and Tricks for Making these Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken Breasts:

  • My kids aren’t crazy about spicy food, but if you want to take things up a notch, you can sprinkle in a pinch (or more!) of red pepper flakes!
  • I have found that at 10 minutes on high pressure, the chicken breast are easily over the safe 165 degrees F. If you have more than 4 chicken breasts and you are stacking them directly on top of one another, you may find you need to add a few minutes to the cook time. Always check the internal temperature of your chicken breasts before eating.
  • If you want to fill this meal out a bit more, feel free to add in some veggies: carrots, peppers and broccoli would be great, just keep in mind they will be very soft after 10 minutes so you may want to open the pressure cooker up part way and add them just for a few minutes.
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Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken Breasts

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This Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken Breasts Recipe is an easy chicken dinner recipe that you can set and forget in your pressure cooker! Serve the chicken and sweet, tangy sauce over rice or noodles for the perfect weeknight dinner! Includes step by step recipe video.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 177kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 398ml can pineapple chunks with juice 14 oz
  • 3 tablespoons sodium-reduced soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  • Add pineapple chunks with juice, soy sauce, sugar, salt and pepper to the Instant Pot (mine is a 6 quart). Stir until combined. 
  • Add chicken breasts on top of the pineapple.
  • Put the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the valve to sealing. Set to Manual, high pressure, for 10 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure and start counting down.
  • When the cook time is over, turn the Instant Pot off. Let pressure release naturally for 5-10 minutes and then open the valve to release any remaining pressure. 
  • Remove the lid and turn the Instant Pot to saute, and adjust to less heat. Stir together the corn starch and water and stir into the sauce (you can take the chicken out to do this but it’s not necessary!). Cook and stir until the sauce has thickened, and then turn off.
  • Serve chicken immediately over rice, noodles or with a side of veggies.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 824mg | Potassium: 451mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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  1. Ginny Korsikas says

    If I use the rice y=using the Instant Pot, which do you make first, the chicken or the rice?

  2. Ally N says

    Question: I am going to try and make this for one person (so half the chicken) would I half the rest of the ingredients as well? Looks amazing!! Can’t wait to try it tonight.

  3. SUE TOMBERLIN says

    This is wonderful and simple (I’m not much of a cook). Thanks for giving us this one, I will make it again and again. Oh, I did what you suggested with red pepper flakes and also added some roasted red peppers!

  4. Tammy says

    If I doubled the amount of chicken to 6-8 breasts, do I also double the rest of the ingredients as well as the cook time?

  5. Zantara says

    10 minutes seems like a long time when fresh chicken tenders only takes 3 minutes to cook in the instapot. Could you explain why the prolonged cooking time? Was it based on the thickness of the chicken breast

  6. Kate says

    Hi! This recipe looks amazing and I plan to make it tonight. Just wanted to check on the recipe instructions….do you release pressure when the timer begins at 10 mins (after the IP warms up), or do you allow it to warm up and then cook for the 10 min time before pressure release?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Once the cook time is over, you’ll likely want to let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then open the valve to release any remaining pressure. I hope that’s more clear!

  7. Jenn L says

    It’s the best when there’s more sleep on the horizon! Loving this recipe and that it can be made in the IP!

  8. Danielle says

    I share your love of pineapple! I love that you used it here. And you used my love, the Instant Pot. I am really getting into using mine for so many things, it’s super handy. But I have not gotten rid of my other things yet…just not quite there. The flavors in this sound amazing, and I love the idea to sprinkle a dash of red pepper for some spice. YUM!

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