This gluten-free Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken recipe is so flavorful, and takes only 40 minutes to make. Serve it with steamed rice or sautéed cauliflower rice. Everyone in the family will love this easy winner chicken dinner.

cooked chicken, pineapple, and rice on a plate

This Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken dish is one of those recipes you need when you’re too busy to plan anything fancy for dinner, but you really want something flavorful and satisfying. 

The 40 minutes necessary for this recipe includes prep time, time to pressure, cooking time, and 10 minutes of natural release. I promise this is one of the easiest of all of the Instant Pot recipes out there.

This recipe tastes a lot like Chicken Teriyaki, but with the addition of sweet pineapple chunks. It is sooooo yummy.

Homemade Sauce

This delicious Pineapple Chicken recipe uses homemade sauce that is simple yet so flavorful. You’ll never buy bottled teriyaki sauce after you see how easy it is to make your own. It’s healthier, too, because you have control over the ingredients.

Most bottled teriyaki-type sauces are filled with preservatives and refined sugars (see my related post on the best gluten-free sauces). I used just a tablespoon of coconut sugar and that was just the perfect amount for this Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken.

The combination of tamari or coconut aminos, pineapple, and coconut sugar makes for a sticky, yummy sauce.

Key Ingredients

Boneless skinless chicken breasts cook up tender in the Instant Pot. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option though, you can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs.

Onion and bell pepper have a natural sweetness to them and pair well with pineapple. Both are rich in antioxidants and essential vitamins.

Pineapple chunks add a natural sweetness to this dish and pairs well with the savory flavors of the soy sauce and garlic.

Soy sauce adds a salty element made from fermented soybeans. It’s a key element in many Asian inspired recipes and tastes delicious. Make sure to buy Tamari soy sauce or coconut aminos if you are gluten intolerant.

Brown sugar sweetens up the sauce but you can also use coconut sugar or honey if you’d rather. For a whole30 version leave it out.

Ingredients for instant pot pineapple chicken

Recipe Steps

Step One

Saute your chicken, onion, and garlic in the stainless steel insert of the Instant Pot. Add the broth, aminos, coconut sugar, and pineapple chunks. Leave out the coconut sugar for Whole30.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Lock on the lid and set the cook time to 8 minutes at high pressure.

collage with photos on how to make instant pot pineapple chicken

Step Three

Once the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down for 10 minutes, then release the rest of the pressure using the quick release.

Step Four

Stir in the arrowroot and simmer for a few minutes to thicken the sauce.

Step Five

Serve hot with cooked white rice, brown rice, or sautéed cauliflower rice, plus a side of steamed veggies. You can also top this Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken with sliced green onions.

pineapple chicken with rice

Honestly, making a 40-minute meal using chicken in the Instant Pot is one of my favorite tricks for getting healthy food on the table day after day.

An additional benefit is that using a pressure cooking to cook chicken means that it rarely gets dried out (because the moisture is trapped inside the pot).

Expert Tips & Substitutions

  • The nutrition data attached to the recipe card does not include rice or cauliflower rice for serving.
  • The total cooking time includes approximately 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure. The total time also includes 10 minutes of natural pressure release.
  • Use fresh chicken breasts or thighs as frozen ones will release quite a bit of liquid and thin out the sauce too much.
plate of pineapple chicken with veggies and steamed rice

FAQs 

Is this recipe Whole30?

Yes, if you leave out the coconut sugar. Don’t worry, the sauce will still be sweet from the pineapple. And, be sure to serve this chicken dish with sautéed cauliflower rice to keep it Whole30.

Can I buy gluten-free teriyaki sauce?

Yes, but you need to be careful to read the labels. My favorite brand is this Primal Kitchen Organic No Soy Teriyaki Sauce & Marinade.

Other Healthy Chicken Recipes You Might Like

Plus, don’t miss my round-up of my other gluten-free and dairy-free Instant Pot Chicken Recipes. 

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instant pot pineapple chicken

Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken


Description

This gluten-free Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken recipe is so flavorful, and takes only 40 minutes to make. Serve it with steamed rice or sautéed cauliflower rice. Everyone in the family will love this easy winner chicken dinner.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil (I used avocado oil)
  • 1.25 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, cored and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 20ounce can pineapple chunks (with the juice)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos (use tamari or coconut aminos for gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (use coconut sugar for a lower glycemic version)
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions (optional, for serving)
  • 2 cups cooked rice or cauliflower rice (optional, for serving)

Instructions

  1. Press the Sauté button on your Instant Pot and pour in the cooking oil. Let the oil heat up for about two minutes.
  2. Then, add the chicken, onion, bell pepper, and garlic into the pot and sauté for about 3 minutes, stirring so the chicken starts to change color on all sides.
  3. Cancel the Sauté function and add the pineapple chunks and the pineapple juice, soy sauce (or tamari or coconut aminos), and brown sugar. Stir to combine.
  4. Lock on the lid, select the Pressure Cook function, and adjust to high pressure for 8 minutes. Make sure the steam valve is set in the “Sealing”.
  5. When the cooking time is up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes and then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  6. Remove the lid and press the Sauté button and add the arrowroot starch to the pot. Use a whisk to make sure the starch dissolves into the liquid. Let the liquid simmer for about 2 minutes so it can start to thicken.
  7. Cancel the Sauté button and stir in the rice vinegar.
  8. Serve hot.
  9. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Notes

  1. The nutrition data does not include rice or cauliflower rice for serving.
  2. The total cooking time includes approximately 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure. The total time also includes 10 minutes of natural pressure release.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: instant pot hawaiian chicken, homemade gluten-free teriyaki sauce

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