Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook time: 20 Minutes
  • Total time: 40 Minutes
  • Serves: 4


  • 500 g (1.1 lb) chicken thigh, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 tsp garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 carrot, peeled & sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 440 g (15.5 oz) can pineapple pieces with unsweetened juice (Do not drain)


  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp water


  1. Set the Instant Pot (5.7L/6 qt) to sauté and add the cooking oil.
  2. Once hot, add the chicken. Cook until slightly browned.
  3. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, carrot, and red bell pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Next, add the brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, pineapple pieces, and pineapple juice. Stir together.
  5. Seal the pressure cooker and set it to pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.
  6. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before manually releasing the pressure.
  7. Remove the lid and set the Instant Pot to sauté.
  8. Combine the cornstarch and water until smooth. Pour into the Instant Pot and stir until thickened.
  9. Serve & Enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • You may need to add more cornstarch if you like your sweet and sour sauce thick.
  • Chicken breast is an excellent alternative to chicken thigh. Both cuts of meat will work fine in this recipe.
  • Tomato paste is a great alternative to ketchup.
  • More vegetables can be added to this dish. For example, ingredients such as bean shoots, baby corn, or even green beans will work nicely.
  • To ensure this dish is gluten-free, double-check the ingredients on the ketchup, soy sauce, and cornstarch. There are gluten-free varieties available for these ingredients.

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