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Instant Pot® Sweet and Sour Chicken

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If you are like me and like a little sweetness along with your meal, then you are going to love this recipe. Made with chopped pineapple and pineapple juice, there is just enough “sweet” to perfectly compliment the “sour” in this recipe. If you are a big fan of this type of dish that is usually found on taking out menus, you will never need to order it again- you can make it faster than you could get it delivered! Thanks, Instant Pot®!

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Instant Pot® Sweet and Sour Chicken

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 4
Calories 392 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Can Opener
  • 2 Small Bowls
  • Small Whisk
  • Cutting Board
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Fork
  • Rubber Spatula or Spoon


  • 1 pound  Chicken Breast, Boneless, Skinless
  • 0.5 tsp  Salt
  • 0.25 tsp  Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons  Olive Oil
  • About 1.5 cups (one can) Canned Pineapple Chunks
  • About 0.75 cup  Pineapple Juice (from the Can of Pineapple)
  • 0.25 cup  Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 0.25 cup  Ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons  Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon  Fresh Ginger, minced
  • 1 large  Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon  Cornstarch


  • Cut your chicken breast into cubes about one inch in size. Place inside the pot of the Instant Pot® and toss with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally just to sear the chicken. You don’t want to cook the chicken all the way through, just sear it! Turn the Instant Pot® off once seared.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together ½ cup of the pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, garlic and ginger. Pour the sauce into the Instant pot on top of the chicken.
  • Remove the seeds and center of the bell pepper and slice. Add to the Instant Pot® as well. Add the pineapple chunks as well and then place the lid on the Instant Pot®.Press the “manual” button and set the Instant Pot® to high pressure and the timer to 5 minutes. Once the five minute cooking time is done, do a quick pressure release by turning the valve to “venting”- be careful as the hot steam will escape quickly!
  • In the second small bowl, use a fork to mix the remaining ¼ cup pineapple juice with the cornstarch. You can also just mix these two ingredients together in the pineapple can- why dirty another bowl! Add the cornstarch and pineapple juice mix to the Instant Pot® and press “saute”. Stir the mixture constantly to thicken the sauce of the sweet and sour chicken- this will take about one to two minutes. Turn off the Instant Pot® and serve the chicken while hot! Pair it with fried rice, broccoli or serve plain!

Was your sweet and sour chicken better than any takeout you’ve ever had? Because mine was! Let us know how your recipe came out or if you have any questions before you start cooking- we will answer right away!


About Amanda

My name is Amanda and I am a professional pastry chef. I have over 16 years of culinary experience and a bachelors degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. I currently live right outside New York City with my husband and two daughters who are my official taste testers and kitchen helpers. Chocolate chip cookies and ice cream are my weakness and, because I have two young kids, I need coffee every day. I love sharing my cooking passion and hope that you find some culinary inspiration here!

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