I love recipes with 10 ingredients or less! Even better when I only have to dirty 1-2 dishes. I am a firm believer in “less work, more eat”.
A quick note on this recipe – it was originally designed for pork. That didn’t stop me from replacing pork with chicken. If you are inclined to use pork, do so, just make sure to check out Instant Pot cook times online for pork. They are longer than chicken, and I’d hate for you to get an undercooked dinner.
PS – I’m sure it will be equally good. I just haven’t tried it yet.
Instant Pot Hawaiian Kalua Chicken Ingredients
2 lbs Chicken Breast
1 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Olive or Avocado Oil
1/2 cup Water
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Liquid Smoke (Hickory or Apple)
2 Tbsp Brown sugar
Instant Pot Hawaiian Kalua Chicken Instructions
Salt chicken on both sides
Set Instant Pot to sauté, when it’s HOT, add 1 -2 Tbsp olive or avocado oil
Use long kitchen tongs to place the chicken breasts into the Instant Pot and brown for 3 minutes
Use long kitchen tongs and a spatula to help turn the chicken breast over and brown for 2.5 minutes
Move the browned chicken breasts to a plate and press the cancel button to cancel sauté
Add 1/2 cup water, 2 Tbsp soy sauce, 2 Tbsp liquid smoke, and 2 Tbsp brown sugar to the Instant Pot
Stir the ingredients well and scrape the Instant Pot bottom clean with a flat wooden spatula
Place the browned chicken breasts into the Instant Pot so they are sitting in the cooking fluid
Put the lid on the Instant Pot and set to Pressure Cook for 10 minutes
The Instant Pot will take about 10 – 12 minutes to come to pressure before the pressure cook time begins
When finished pressure cooking, allow the Instant Pot to natural pressure release for 5 minutes and then release the pressure
Plate the chicken breasts and let sit for 5 – 8 minutes
Shred the chicken using two forks, spoon 3 Tbsp of cooking fluid over the shredded chicken and enjoy with your sides of choice! (we had with rice and broccoli)
I sure hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! If you’ve made it or adapted it, let me know in the comments below. I love to hear how these recipes evolve.
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