Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken (Just 3 Ingredients)

Make this sweet and satisfying instant pot Hawaiian chicken with less than 10 minutes of prep time. This is an easy 3-ingredient instant pot chicken breast recipe that you can just mix together and walk away.

We have been making Hawaiian chicken for years in our slow cooker. It was always one of my go-to recipes for busy nights. Well, I don’t use my slow cooker much these days. I do still use it, but my go-to for quick and easy dinners is now my instant pot

Fork holding a bite of instant pot hawaiian chicken in front of a platter full of the chicken.

I hopped on facebook live a few weeks ago and shared how I was just winging it and throwing together dinner. I was attempting to convert my slow cooker Hawaiian chicken recipe into an instant pot Hawaiian chicken recipe. Well, it worked and I’m here to tell the tale.

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3 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken

Since I was winging it and trying to use up what I already had on hand, I cut this recipe down from a 5 ingredient recipe to a 3 ingredient recipe. Nobody seemed to notice, or care.

This Hawaiian chicken recipe turned out even better in the instant pot. It was sweet, moist, and totally satisfying. We served it over rice for an easy weeknight meal. This one has been added to our list of favorite instant pot frozen chicken recipes.

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Ingredients for Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken

This instant pot recipe uses just 3 simple ingredients.

  • Chicken Breast
  • BBQ Sauce (we like Sweet Baby Rays)
  • Canned Crushed Pineapple
  • Special equipment: Instant Pot DUO60

As I have shared many times, I prefer to start with frozen chicken when making dinner in the instant pot. This isn’t a taste factor, it’s just a convenience factor. I keep a big bag of frozen chicken breast in my freezer and love that I can pull them out without having to defrost them. If you have fresh chicken, just cut the cook time down to 15 minutes high pressure.

Either way, you are going to end up with a flavorful chicken dinner.

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Fork holding a bite of instant pot hawaiian chicken in front of a platter full of the chicken.
4.35 from 43 votes

Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken

Make this sweet and satisfying Hawaiian chicken in your instant pot electric pressure cooker. This is an easy 3 ingredient recipe that you can just mix together and walk away.
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot hawaiian chicken, pressure cooker hawaiian chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 416 kcal
Author Aileen


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple
  • 18 oz bottle sweet BBQ sauce


  1. Place chicken in the inner pot of your instant pot or other electric pressure cooker.
  2. Top with crushed pineapple (juice included) and BBQ sauce. 
  3. Close lid and set to sealing.
  4. For frozen chicken breast: cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.
  5. For thawed chicken breast: cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  6. Natural Pressure Release (NPR). 
  7. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 416
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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