Instant Pot Sticky Chicken

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Instant pot chicken breast recipes are so simple and totally delicious. This recipe for instant pot sticky chicken is deliciously sweet and covered in a mouth watering sauce and a great instant pot recipes beginners too!  Instant pot chicken breast recipes

Why This Recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipes Works

Let me start by saying I am in love with my instant pot. It gets dinner done in no time and everything always comes out juicy and tender, this instant pot chicken breast recipes is one of them! This is the best sticky chicken recipe ever. Perfectly sweet and sticky and better than takeout. This recipe makes itself, no babysitting required! best sticky chicken recipe

What is the best chicken to cook in an instant pot?

I’ve cooked all types of chicken in the instant pot. I’ve found that thighs are great because they stay moist. You can even cook frozen chicken in the pressure cooker, just be sure to check your cook time.
If you don’t already have an instant pot I highly recommend getting one. It is a total kitchen lifesaver and it has a number of settings and cooking options. I have lots of other instant pot recipes beginners to so there are tons of options to get started!
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How to Make Pressure Cooker Chicken Breast

This pressure cooker chicken breast recipe is simply amazing for dinner, lunch, or whenever you are craving something sweet and savory. Instant pot sticky chicken and juicy and coated in a sweet sauce made from sugar and you also get a little heat from a hint of cayenne. Seriously, finger licking delicious, and probably the most addicting chicken recipe ever. This pressure cooker chicken breast recipe using a combination of soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, tomato paste, and cayenne. Drop the chicken in the instant pot with some water or broth and cook on high pressure. Stand there and try not to drool! pressure cooker chicken breast

Expert Tips for Making the Best Sticky Chicken Recipe

Your family will go crazy over this recipe. Making the best sticky chicken recipe is so easy and you almost do nothing to get it done. Here are my best tips:
  • Make sure to add your water or broth to the pressure cooker and not the marinade.
  • Use thighs or chicken breast, preferably boneless and skinless.
  • The more cayenne you add the stronger the heat!
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What to Serve with Instant Pot Sticky Chicken

Instant pot sticky chicken is so uncomplicated. It is by far one of the most irresistible chicken dishes I have ever made and it is so versatile for serving. Here are a few suggestions I like to run with when I fix this delicious pressure cooker chicken breast.
  • Steamed white rice or brown rice
  • Chop it and serve it over a salad
  • Toss it with your favorite pasta and veggies

Tools Use to Make Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipes

Steam Release Attachment: Protect your cabinets from moisture with this attachment. Stack and Cook Insert: You will love how easy it is to cook in this and so little time too! Stack and Cook Insert: Cook multiple things at one time with this handy insert.

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Instant pot chicken breast recipes
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Instant Pot Sticky Chicken

Yield: 4 people
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Instant pot chicken breast recipes are so simple and totally delicious. This recipe for instant pot sticky chicken is deliciously sweet and covered in a mouth watering sauce
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  • 3 pounds chicken thighs
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup soy sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ cup tomato paste


  • Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce , ginger, garlic, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.
  • Add chicken to bowl and toss to coat.
  • Place chicken in a single layer in the pot and add the remaining marinade and water to the pot.
  • Cover and lock the lid.
  • Cook on manual setting/high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Allow to naturally release for 5 minutes, the quick release any remaining pressure.
  • While chicken is cooking, combine remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, soy sauce and tomato paste in a small bowl.
  • Preheat the broiler.
  • When chicken is done, place in a single layer on a baking sheet and brush with a generous coating of sauce.
  • Broil for about 5 minutes or until chicken is slightly crisp.
  • Keep a close watch on the chicken as it may burn quickly.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 931kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 333mg | Sodium: 1214mg | Potassium: 975mg | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 3.5mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

9 thoughts on “Instant Pot Sticky Chicken”

  1. This says it is using breast but the recipe is using thighs. The pics look like thighs as well. So is the cook time for thighs or breasts, bone in or out, skin on or off?


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