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Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki Bowl

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I love this easy recipe for Instant Pot chicken teriyaki bowls because it’s so fast and packed full of veggies and protein! It’s the perfect busy weeknight meal for one or the whole family.

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How to make Instant Pot teriyaki chicken bowls

This recipe for a chicken teriyaki bowl needs to immediately become a part of your weeknight repertoire. You know those nights when you’re just exhausted and ordering out sounds so easy and yummy? 

Life hack: this is the meal that you’d order out, except it’s a lot cheaper, healthier, and yummier! And it takes about the same amount of time to make as it would to order from your local Japanese takeout. Trust me: it’s a recipe to memorize. 

Watch how to make this recipe

What kind of chicken should I use?

My personal favorite cut of chicken for these teriyaki bowls is the tenderloin. Chicken tenderloins are hard to dry out, they’re inexpensive, and they’re very tender! Additionally, the cooking time for tenderloins matches perfectly with the cooking time for rice. 

It’s okay to use a different cut of chicken (like breast or thigh), but you’ll want to make sure that you cut larger pieces down to a size similar to a tenderloin—a strip that’s about an inch or two in width, max. This will ensure that you don’t overcook your rice while trying to cook your chicken!

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Can I freeze Instant Pot chicken teriyaki bowls? 

These bowls are great freezer meals! If you’re going to freeze multiple servings, pop each serving into a freezer container (I use these), then let each bowl rest, lid off, until it cools down. If you don’t do this, you’ll get a bunch of condensation frozen as ice on the top of the container.

Once the bowls have cooled off, just close the lid and they’re good to freeze for up to a month!

How to make Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki

You know I like to keep my recipes easy, so here’s the drill for these Instant Pot chicken teriyaki bowls:

Heat, season, sear, stir. 

And here’s the slightly more in-depth version: 

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Start off by seasoning your chicken while your Instant Pot heats up (set to High Saute). I find that my 6 Quart Instant Pot Duo fits everything perfectly. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken and sear it in that nice, hot oil. This adds amazing flavor! 

Next, you’ll remove the chicken to a different plate, deglaze the pan with some water or chicken broth, and add in your rice. Layer your chicken back on top, add some teriyaki sauce, and cook! Once the rice is done, you’ll add in some frozen veggies and just let those steam for a bit with a quick stir into the rice. 

And that’s it! Easy as pie (easier, actually), definitely healthier than pie, and almost as yummy. 

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Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki Bowl

Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki Bowl

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

I love this easy Instant Pot recipe for chicken teriyaki bowls because it’s so fast and packed full of veggies and protein! It’s the perfect busy weeknight meal for one or the whole family.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups water or chicken broth
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce*
  • 3 cups frozen stir fry veggie mix**
  • sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

    1. Heat Instant Pot to High Sauté and add olive oil.
    2. Season chicken on both sides with salt, garlic powder, ginger powder, and pepper (salt to taste).
    3. When the oil is hot and shiny, add the seasoned chicken and sear for 3 minutes on each side.
    4. Remove chicken to a plate.
    5. Deglaze pot with water or chicken broth, then use a spatula or wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. 
    6. Add rice and stir into the broth or water, then lay the cooked chicken on top of the rice. Pour any reserved juices from the plate into the pot.
    7. Drizzle teriyaki sauce over top of the chicken; DO NOT MIX. 
    8. Close the lid, turn knob to Sealing, then press the Manual or Pressure Cook button and adjust the time to 5 minutes. Allow a 10 minute natural pressure release (the Instant Pot will display L0:10), then turn the sealing knob from sealing to venting and open the lid.
    9. Quickly add frozen vegetables and stir. Replace the lid and let steam through using the residual heat for about 5 minutes. Do not use the steam setting. Open the lid and ensure the vegetables are warmed through, then serve with extra teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds, if desired.

Notes

  • To save time, you may skip searing the chicken (though searing the chicken does add additional flavor). Add the oil, rice and liquid to the Instant Pot® and lay the raw, seasoned chicken tenderloins on top of the rice. Drizzle the teriyaki sauce on top of the chicken, then proceed with the recipe as written on step 8.
  • *You may use your favorite homemade or store-bought teriyaki sauce.
  • **If you prefer to use fresh vegetables, I suggest cooking them separately and adding them to the cooked chicken and rice, omitting step 9.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 607Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 168mgSodium: 3239mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 63g

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Nick

Monday 15th of August 2022

I found it to be EXTREMELY salty! Would you recommend using half the salt?

Nick

Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

@Lisa Childs, I used the kikkoman Teriyaki brand. It says 27% sodium in one tablespoon. I could probably go without the salt for seasoning and just use the teriyaki?

Lisa Childs

Thursday 18th of August 2022

I personally did not, but as always, you should salt to taste. If your sauce had a lot of sodium in it, that could also contribute to the saltiness. I have edited the recipe card to help. Thanks!

Teresa

Thursday 7th of April 2022

Lisa, I loved this recipe! I used 4 chicken legs. Delicious!

Vinessa C.

Saturday 2nd of April 2022

This recipe was so easy and delicious. I used a coconut amino based teriyaki sauce and it came out great. I am new to instant pot cooking, so this was a great beginner recipe to learn how to sauté and pressure cook together. The only slight learning curve I had was that my frozen vegetables didn’t cook with the residual heat after 5 mins. I wasn’t sure what to do so I did a zero minute pressure cook which I know was wrong. Maybe I should’ve waited a few more minutes instead..? I may try yo defrost the vegetables in the microwave for a minute and then add them next time. Overall, I really enjoyed this and will be adding this to my recipe rotations! Thank you for helping me learn the instant pot. :)

Lisa Childs

Monday 7th of March 2022

Hi! I'm not sure how the cauliflower rice would cook up with everything and be able to give an accurate time since I've never pressure cooked it before! i wouldn't want it to turn into cauliflower mash! you could certainly cook the cauliflower rice separately.

Pat

Sunday 27th of February 2022

On step 9, do you just put the lid on or actually set the steam mode? We clicked on steam and left it on the high setting since it didn’t say. We ended up having a burn although it still turned out great!

Lisa Childs

Monday 7th of March 2022

Hi, Pat. Sorry about that! You just put the lid on and let the residual heat steam the vegetables through. I will edit the recipe card to clarify. Thanks!

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