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Instant Pot Saucy Chicken


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Instant Pot Saucy Chicken is tender and flavorful chicken breasts that cook in just one pot. One-pot meals make for an excellent weeknight dinner because of the easy cleanup.

If you love easy chicken Instant Pot recipes then this is the recipe for you. This chicken recipe is family-friendly and will be a hit at dinner in your house.

Instant Pot Saucy Chicken served over mashed potatoes.

Saucy Chicken Recipe

I love using chicken breasts for recipes because chicken is filled with protein and amino acids. This budget-friendly meat makes for a healthy dinner that can feed your entire family without breaking the bank.

Why I Love This Recipe

Instant Pot Saucy Chicken is so easy to make, and this pressure cooker recipe cooks up in under an hour.

  • Ready in under 45 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love Instant Pot recipes you may also enjoy this Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice recipe.

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Ingredients

You only need eight basic ingredients to make this sweet and savory pressure cooker chicken recipe. You may not even need to make a trip to the grocery store.

  • chicken breasts – cut into pieces
  • butter
  • sugar
  • chili powder
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • dry Mustard
  • water
  • Brown sugar

Substitutions

Yellow Mustard: Out of dry mustard? Yellow mustard will work in a pinch.

Steak Sauce: Are you out of Worcestershire sauce? Steak sauce will work in a pinch to avoid a trip to the grocery store.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need three kitchen tools to help you make this quick and easy chicken recipe.

How to Make Instant Pot Saucy Chicken

Are you ready to make this easy one-pot meal? Pull out your Instant Pot and follow these four easy steps and you will have this saucy chicken recipe ready for dinner in no time.

Step 1: Make the sauce

In the Instant Pot, place the butter, sugar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, garlic salt, Paprika, water, and brown sugar. Turn the Instant Pot to ‘SAUTE’, and melt all ingredients together. Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for 1 minute.  Turn off the Saute setting.

Ingredients used to make the sauce for Instant Pot Saucy Chicken combined in the instant pot.

Step 2: Add in the chicken

Cut the chicken breasts into thirds, and place in the Instant Pot, turning the pieces of chicken in the spice mixture to coat the chicken. (you may need to turn the chicken three or four times to completely coat it)  When the chicken is coated, place the lid on the Instant Pot, and make sure the pressure valve is set to sealing.

Chicken with the cooked sauce in the instant pot.

Step 3: Cook your Instant Pot Saucy Chicken

Press the manual button, and set the time to 16 minutes. Let the Instant Pot build and release the pressure naturally (this is not a quick-release).  When the Instant Pot has finished cooking, and goes to OFF, leave the lid on the Instant Pot for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, turn the pressure valve to venting, and make sure all the pressure has been released, and the float valve is down. 

Boiling chicken and sauce in the instant pot.

Step 4: Thicken the sauce

Remove the lid to the Instant Pot, and stir the chicken and sauce.  Turn the saute setting on, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, to thicken the sauce a little.  Turn the Saute setting off, stir the sauce, and spoon over the chicken, and allow the chicken to cool for a few minutes. 

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Want some ideas to help you customize this recipe? Here are my favorite ways to change this recipe up.

Sriracha: Add in sriracha sauce to add some spice if you like spicy food.

Sweetness: Don’t like your sauce to be so sweet? Reduce the amount of brown sugar that you add to your sauce.

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Serving Suggestions

Looking for ideas on what to serve with this chicken recipe? Here is a list of my favorite side dishes to serve with this dish.

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FAQs

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

Store leftover saucy chicken in the fridge for up to three days.

How to reheat

Reheat the leftover chicken in the microwave for one to two minutes or until warm.

Can I freeze saucy chicken?

Yes! Saucy chicken freezes well. Store in an airtight container for up to three months.

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Instant Pot Saucy Chicken

Recipe

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Instant Pot Saucy Chicken

This chicken recipe is family-friendly and will be a hit at dinner.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 389 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 3 large chicken breasts cut into pieces
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons dry Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Paprika
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar

Instructions
 

  • In the Instant Pot, place the butter, sugar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, garlic salt, Paprika, water, and brown sugar.
  • Turn the Instant Pot to ‘SAUTE’, and melt all ingredients together.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for 1 minute. Turn off the Saute setting.
  • Cut the chicken breasts into thirds, and place in the Instant Pot, turning the pieces of chicken in the spice mixture to coat the chicken. (you may need to turn the chicken three or four times to completely coat it) When the chicken is coated, place the lid on the Instant Pot, and make sure the PRESSURE VALVE is set to SEALING.
  • Press the MANUAL button, and set the time to 16 minutes.
  • Let the Instant Pot build and release the pressure naturally (this is not a quick release).
  • When the Instant Pot has finished cooking, and goes to OFF, leave the lid on the Instant Pot for 10 minutes.
  • After the 10 minutes, turn the pressure valve to VENTING, and make sure all the pressure has been released, and float valve is down.
  • Remove the lid to the Instant Pot, and stir the chicken and sauce.
  • Turn the SAUTE setting on, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, to thicken the sauce a little.
  • Turn the Saute setting off, stir the sauce, and spoon over the chicken, and allow the chicken to cool for a few minutes.
  • Serve with mashed Potatoes, and sauce ladled over chicken. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 389kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 30gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 1766mgPotassium: 717mgFiber: 2gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 2183IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg
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