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Instant Pot Honey Mustard Curry Chicken is a delicious quick and easy dinner made in the pressure cooker in about 30 minutes. This recipe requires minimal prep, uses only a few simple ingredients and is mild enough for the whole family. It’s also picky eater approved!

instant pot honey mustard curry chicken over jasmine rice on a plate

If you’re looking for a quick and easy Instant Pot chicken recipe, you have to try this honey mustard curry chicken. It’s so delicious and so simple — practically a dump and go Instant Pot recipe. Just make the sauce, pour it over the chicken, and cook!

The original recipe for honey curry chicken calls for baking the chicken in the oven, and it’s oh, so good! Then, why bother making honey curry chicken in the pressure cooker? Well, maybe you’re obsessed with making dinner in your Instant Pot.

Or, maybe you don’t want to use the oven. Maybe you live in the desert like I do, and it’s too dang hot to turn the oven on.  It’s springtime in the desert, you guys, and that means the days of baking are coming to an end. But you can still enjoy this delicious chicken dinner if you cook it in the Instant Pot!

chicken breasts with minced onions in instant pot

Like I said, this is one of the easiest Instant Pot recipes out there, and it’s super, super simple. Just make the sauce, and add the chicken and some dried minced onions to the pressure cooker. I like to use a little olive oil on the bottom to help keep the honey from sticking.

Then, pour some water and the sauce over the chicken, and let the pressure cooker go to work. Easy peasy, right?

instant pot honey mustard curry chicken in pot

I did some experimenting, and I found that a half cup of water works well here. One cup is too much, and a quarter cup is not enough. I got the burn message when I tried this, although the chicken turned out fine.

But since I don’t want you to get the burn message, go with one half cup of water. When the chicken is done, you can turn the pot to saute, and the sauce will thicken up. It won’t be very thick, just thick enough and so good!

Seriously, you guys, the sauce is amazing! You’ll want to drink it right up — trust me!

instant pot honey mustard curry chicken plated with peas and rice

How spicy is this recipe?

It’s not spicy at all. I use Simply Balanced Organic Curry Powder, and it’s very mild. It also makes your house smell amazing! You can use any curry powder here, though.

What if I don’t like mustard?

The Dijon mustard is slightly sweet and tangy, and when you mix it with honey, you can’t really taste the mustard.

What do I serve with Instant Pot Honey Mustard Curry Chicken?

  • Jasmine rice or any rice
  • Quinoa
  • Mashed potaotes
  • Peas, broccoli or your favorite veggies

pour sauce over instant pot honey mustard curry chicken

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Recipe for Instant Pot Honey Mustard Curry Chicken

5 from 14 votes

Instant Pot Honey Mustard Curry Chicken

By: Dee
Instant Pot Honey Mustard Curry Chicken is a quick and easy chicken dinner made in the pressure cooker in about 30 minute. It's simple, mild and picky eater approved!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 7


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onions
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons curry powder
  • ½ cup water
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  • Whisk together the melted butter, honey, mustard, sea salt and curry powder in a small mixing bowl until blended
  • Pour the olive oil into the pressure cooker so that it coats the pot
  • Place chicken breasts in pressure cooker, and sprinkle with dried minced onions
  • Pour water over and around the chicken, and pour the honey mustard mixture on the chicken
  • Place lid on Instant Pot, set valve to sealing position, the hit PRESSURE COOK for 10 minutes 
  • Allow a 10 minute natural release, then turn valve to venting position, and hit CANCEL. When pin drops, open lid, and remove chicken to a platter, and cover to keep warm.
  • Hit SAUTE and simmer until sauce thickens. Cut or shred chicken slightly, and pour sauce over chicken after serving.


I used Simply Balanced Organic Curry Powder in this recipe


Calories: 299kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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Thisi easy Instant Pot honey mustard curry chicken is one of our favorite chicken dinners. I hope you like it as much as we do!

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  1. Kay Lowe says:

    This recipe is absolutely GREAT! I live alone (well, except for 3 cats) and gave some to a friend. She thought it was awesome, too. I did the recipe as written, and did thicken the sauce w/1 tbs. of cornstarch in a slurry.
    My church is having a recipe exchange in a couple of weeks and we are to bring a savory dish (or main dish type) and sweet. This will be my “savory” dish.


    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Kaye! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  2. Duane says:

    It must be the desert air here in Phoenix. This dish is remarkable. Fantastic taste and easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

    Duane5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Duane! I’m glad you liked it! 🙂

  3. Nancy Sproull says:

    We love this recipe! I use broth instead of water, or 1/2 cup water with Better Than Boullion , and fresh chopped onions instead of dried. We usually use 8 or 9 skinless, boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts.
    And we serve in bowls over rice or riced cauliflower so we CAN drink the juice when we are through!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      You’re making me hungry! I think the juice is the best part! 🙂

  4. Debbie L. says:

    This is DELICIOUS! I was so surprised because of the few ingredients but what a combo! The chicken wasn’t as tender the first day as it was the next day but the extra sauce helped a lot. I am in LOVE with the taste!. For another level of flavor, I added a splash of sherry and it’s so addicting! Almost out so I am making another batch right now. YUM!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      The sauce is amazing — my favorite part! Thanks, Debbie — glad you liked it! 🙂

  5. Carolyn Rodgers says:

    I was hesitant to try this recipe because although I like Dijon mustard, I only like it in very small doses. That’s how I feel about any mustard really. I tried the recipe because it said it was “picky eater approved” – anything picky eater approved is something I need!

    This recipe was just delicious! As promised my picky eater really like it. A copy of this recipe will go in my 3 ring binder recipe book for quick, easy and yummy meals. The sauce was as promised “drinkable.” When you mix the honey with the other ingredients it tames both the honey and curry flavor and leaves you with a yummy sauce. I thought about thickening the sauce with cornstarch after the chicken was finished. I may try that next time.

    I did make this in the instant pot. I cooked my chicken on the chicken setting for 20 minutes (I had very thick breasts) and then I let it naturally depressurize. It worked out perfect because I was not home while dinner was cooking. I was out shuttling kids to their various activities. I served it over rice (cooked in my rice cooker at the same time as the chicken) and a steamed vegetable.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much, Carolyn. So happy you liked it!

  6. Jan Harris says:

    This was delicious!! Only thing I did was add some real onion at the end and I added a bit of cornstarch to thicken the sauce. This is soooo good!!!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      That’s awesome, Jan! I’m so happy you liked it!

  7. KIMBERLY REID says:

    This is one of my family’s new favorite recipes.
    So easy and so delicious!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So happy you like it, Kimberly. Thanks!

  8. Mechelle says:

    Can I add jasmine rice and cook in the pot at the same time with this recipe?

    1. Dee says:

      I haven’t tried making them together — You would probably need more liquid. Or, you could do pot in pot.

  9. Lauren says:

    This was so simple and easy. I sautéed onions first then put the chicken on top of them .
    And after I took the chicken out I added sliced mushrooms cooked for a few then stirred my some baby spinach
    Made a really nice meal !
    Thanks5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      That sounds delicious, Lauren! Thanks so much for letting me know! 🙂