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instant pot hawaiian bbq chicken over rice in a bowl with pineapples
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Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken cooked a sweet and tangy sauce with pineapple is a quick and easy pressure cooker dinner made in just 30 minutes! Even picky eaters love it!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 minute meals, BBQ sauce, chicken, instant pot
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
pressure time 10 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 326kcal
Author Dee


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds chicken breast boneless skinless cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

For the slurry

  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons pineapple juice or water


  • Hit SAUTE on the Instant Pot, and when it reads Hot, add the olive oil and chicken
  • Stir in the sea salt, garlic powder, ginger, minced onions and pepper, and cook until chicken is no longer pink
  • Hit CANCEL, then stir in the pineapple juice. Add the pineapple tidbits, BBQ sauce and brown sugar over the chicken, but DO NOT STIR
  • Place lid on the pressure cooker, turn vent to Sealing, and hit PRESSURE COOK or Manual for 4 minutes
  • Pot will take a few minutes to reach pressure, then begin counting down and cook. When pot beeps, turn vent to venting and do a quick release
  • When pin drops, carefully remove lid, and stir. Hit CANCEl, then hit SAUTE again.
  • In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and pineapple juice or water, then stir it into the sauce and allow to cook until sauce thickens. 
  • Hit CANCEL to turn off pot, and serve. Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools


Recipe was made in a 6 quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. For an 8 quart, use 1 cup pineapple juice. Cook time remains the same.


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 812mg | Potassium: 788mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 13.4mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.2mg