Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Chicken . . . made in the pressure cooker, this chicken is quick to prepare. Brown sugar adds sweetness, and red pepper flakes give it a bit of a kick. An easy and delicious dinner recipe!
I have had my Instant Pot for over a year now, but I am still getting used to using it. I tried a couple chicken recipes that didn’t turn out. They weren’t horrible, they just weren’t tasty enough that my family raved about them.
I did find a winner though. This sweet and spicy chicken was a hit with everyone in my family. We liked it so much that I’ve actually made it twice! Once with frozen chicken breasts and once with fresh. I’m including the cooking times for both in the recipe below.
You can adjust the amount of heat in the recipe by adding more red pepper flakes. My youngest doesn’t like things real spicy, so I stick with just the 1/8 of a teaspoon. We love the balance of the spicy and the sweet together!
I served this chicken over rice, but I think it would also be great on a bun, or just on its own.
Now that summer is in full force, this will be one of my go-to meals. I love that it doesn’t heat up the oven, and that it makes a large enough batch that we have leftovers. Always a bonus in my book!
I ended up with a lot of liquid, especially when I used the frozen chicken breast. Next time I will use more than the two tablespoons of cornstarch because the sauce was pretty thin. It’s still really tasty, it just doesn’t stick to the rice very well.
Love fast and easy chicken recipes? Here’s a few more:
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
- Easy Cashew Chicken
- Fajita Chicken and Rice Dinner
- Alice Springs Chicken
- Black Bean Salsa Chicken
- Monterey Chicken
- Chicken Potato Bake
- Chicken Flautas Recipe
- Parmesan Ranch Baked Chicken
Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Chicken
- 4 large chicken breasts
- 1 small onion, quartered
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup chicken broth or water
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp dry ground ginger
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/8 - 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch + 2 Tbsp water (use more for thicker sauce)
- Green onions for garnish (optional)
- Place chicken and onion in the bottom of your Instant Pot.
- Combine brown sugar, vinegar, broth, soy sauce, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, pepper, and pepper flakes in a small bowl. Whisk together and pour over chicken.
- Tighten the lid on the Instant Pot and close the steam valve. Press "Manual", and adjust time to 25 minutes.
- Cook for 25 minutes at high pressure, natural release for 5 minutes, then quick release. (If using frozen chicken breasts, set for 40 minutes.)
- Whisk together cornstarch and water till smooth, then add to the pot. Set pot to "Saute", then cook till thickened, stirring occasionally. (You can remove the chicken, but I just stirred around it.)
- Serve chicken over rice and garnish with green onions if desired.
- Recipe inspired by Aunt Bee's Recipes
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 530mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 23gProtein: 20g