Instant Pot Hawaiian Kalua Chicken

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
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Instant Pot Hawaiian Kalua Chicken Ingredients

  • 1/2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp oil (we used Avocado Oil)
  • 2 lbs Chicken
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Liquid Smoke (Hickory)
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar

Instant Pot Hawaiian Kalua Chicken Instructions

  1. Salt chicken on both sides.
  2. Set Instant Pot to sauté & add oil.
  3. When hot, add chicken and cook until brown on both sides.
  4. Turn off the Instant Pot, remove the chicken and set aside.
  5. Add water, soy sauce, Liquid Smoke, and brown sugar & mix together (scrape any browned bits off of the bottom of the pan).
  6. Put the lid on the Instant Pot and set to High Pressure for 10 minutes.
  7. When finished cooking, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 10 minutes.
  8. After the 10 minutes, quick release the remaining pressure.
  9. Shred 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.

Child Enjoying Instant Pot Hawaiian Kalua Chicken

Instant Pot Sweet Sesame Chicken

I love have a large arsenal of Asian Instant Pot recipes at my disposal. Many of the recipes use the same ingredients (or most of the same ingredients) which allows me to save time and money!

Some really nice things about this recipe are: 1. kids love it 2. it’s easy 3. you can double up the recipe if needed for leftovers (or bigger families!) 4.pretty much anything can be added as a side.

Instant Pot Sweet Sesame Chicken

See, I told you it was kid approved – haha.

The only downside to this recipe is it does call for several of the ingredients to be mixed in different bowls prior to being added to the Instant Pot. So be prepared for a few more dishes than normal. I mean, it’s 1 or 2, but I’m all about less chores, so I figured I should give you a heads up.

Instant Pot Sweet Sesame Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Chicken (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 2 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 Cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 Cup ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (Optional – we like some heat!)
  • 1/4 Cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • Sesame seeds (Also Optional, but it kinda makes the dish, haha)

Instant Pot Sweet Sesame Chicken Instructions

  1. Add 1 Tbsn of cornstarch and salt to a medium bowl
  2. Add chicken and coat evenly on all pieces (feel free to add a little more cornstarch and salt here if needed!)
  3. Set Instant Pot to sauté & add 1 Tbsp of oil.
  4. When ready, add chicken. Cook until chicken is golden brown. Roughly 3-4 minutes.
  5. While the chicken is cooking, mix the soy sauce, ketchup, and (optional) red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
  6. Pour the above mix into the instant pot once the chicken is browned. Mix to cover all pieces of chicken evenly.
  7. Turn off sauté, add lid, and set instant pot to pressure cook for 3 minutes (make sure to move the valve to “sealing”).
  8. Mix 1 Tbsp of cornstarch and 2 Tbsp of water in a bowl
  9. When the Instant Pot beeps that it is done, manually release the pressure.
  10. Remove the lid and add the honey and 1 Tbsp of sesame oil. Mix throughly.
  11. Press sauté on the Instant Pot and when the sauce starts to bubble add the cornstarch and water.
  12. Let sauce thicken to your preferred consistency.
  13. After serving, don’t forget to sprinkle with sesame seeds (add to you liking!)
  14. Enjoy! ❤

As you can see from our picture, we made a fried rice to go along with our chicken, but the possibilities are endless. I mean, if you are my kids, you’ll just eat the chicken and leave no leftovers. 😉