Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken is the most simple and flavorful dish. Want a fun and flavorful mealtime solution that the whole family will love, than this is it!

Minimal ingredients, less than 30 minutes and multiple ways to serve! How can you say no to that.


close up of instapot Hawaiian chicken on rice in a white bowl
close up of instapot Hawaiian chicken on rice in a white bowl

We adore our instant pot. Our of all the kitchen gadgets that we have purchased the instant pot 100% has been one that we use on a regular basis.

There are so many different types of meals that you can make in there that the possibilities are endless. We call it our “meals in minutes” option because when we don’t feel like spending more time on dinner we always turn to our instant pot. We absolutely love Bourbon Chicken that we make in the Instant Pot!

Hawaiian Chicken in the instant pot is one of our weeknight go to dinners, and recommend that everyone make! The flavors of the bbq sauce and pineapple really play well and it doesn’t have any weird ingredients in there so the kids won’t shy away from this dish either which is a huge plus in our house.

This Hawaiian chicken recipe is the perfect solution for when you area an on the go mom like me and you have so many activities that you have to get to in the summertime and generally all year around.

close up of instapot Hawaiian chicken in the instapot

We cant get enough of recipes that have 5 ingredients, are less than 30 minutes and feed a crowd!

The best part of this recipe!

Want to know the best thing about this Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken recipe? It can be served multiple ways! We traditionally just serve it in whole breasts over rice but some other options include:

  • Shredded over rice or on sandwiches
  • Diced or shredded in a rice bowl
  • Shredded in a wrap or burrito

Those are just some of the other easy ways that we have used this recipe, it really leaves you with a creative twist as this is really a base recipe to whatever you want to create with this amazing chicken recipe.

close up of instapot Hawaiian chicken on rice in a white bowl

How do you make Hawaiian chicken?

Literally when I say that this recipe is simple, it is simple. All you need is 2 cups of your favorite bbq sauce, 1 heaping cup of crushed pineapple in its juice, chicken breasts, water and cornstarch.

Place your chicken breasts in the bottom of your instant pot and cover with bbq sauce and then crushed pineapple.

You then manually cook it for 15 minutes and do a quick release. Remove you chicken from the instant pot and place on a plate.

In a small bowl whisk together your water and cornstarch and turn your pot onto saute mode and whisk in your cornstarch mix and keep whisking until it thickens.

This is where you can get creative. You can spoon the sauce over the chicken, shred your chicken and toss it in the sauce, you get where I’m going here!

close up of instapot Hawaiian chicken on rice in a white bowl

This recipe is an easy and essential one to have in your recipe book, never disappoints, is loved by everyone and so versatile!

You cannot go wrong with this Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken!

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Hawaiian Chicken on a white plate

Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken

4.85 from 13 votes
This easy chicken recipe is super flavorful and cooks in teh pressure cooker!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 6 people


  • 2 cups bbq sauce your favorite
  • 1 heaping cup crushed pineapple in juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3-4 chicken breasts thawed
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Rice


  • Place your chicken breasts in the bottom of instant pot.
  • Pour your bbq sauce, 1/2 cup water and crushed pineapple over the chicken and seal lid.
  • Manual cook for 15 minutes and then do a quick release.
  • Remove chicken from instant pot and press saute.
  • In small bowl whisk together cold water and cornstarch and add to your instant pot.
  • Whisk mixture until sauce thickens.
  • Serve over rice and drizzle with sauce.

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Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1110mg | Potassium: 639mg | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Hawaiian Chicken

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  1. I wonder if this could be made with a crock pot? I don’t have an instant pot but the recipe sounds yum!!

    1. Yes that’s how I’ve been making it was in our crockpot until I decided to upgrade to the instantpot

  2. I have made it in my Crock Pot For years.I would just pour in a bottle of BBQ sauce half a small can of pineapple cook on low for 8 hours

  3. Dorothy and Mel,
    I know it’s been over three years since you introduced this recipe, and I noticed you never responded to any of the above comments/questions, so I’m hoping this will show up in your notifications so we can all hear your thoughts and, perhaps, any new twists you’ve learned over time.
    With the cost of poultry jumping to almost as much as beef now is, it’s difficult to find meals to make on a budget. How do you think the recipe for Hawaiian Chicken would work using a family-sized package (approx 15 pieces) of skinless, boneless chicken thighs?
    I prefer cooking large amounts so we can portion them off to freeze and warm up on those nights we really don’t feel like cooking, or when unexpected company shows up or another family is in need of home cooked meals during times of the inability to work in the kitchen for multiple reasons.
    Your consideration of and response to this request would be greatly appreciated by this new follower of both your IG accounts
    Kindly…V from your northern CA neighbor living in the Gold Country.

  4. 5 stars
    Wow very good. Just finished two plates of it lol. Love the flavors and we used our own homemade BBQ sauce 😋