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Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 lbs chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1, 20-ounce can pineapple chunks in juice
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • Rice, for serving
  • Optional: sesame seeds and green onion for garnish


  1. In the Instant Pot, add olive oil and set to Sauté. Sauté chicken until slightly browned, 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and let sauté until fragrant, about one minute.
  2. Add bell pepper, pineapple chunks and juice, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce and brown sugar.
  3. Secure lid onto Instant Pot. Close the steam vent (should be on sealing). Set to high pressure for 5 minutes. Allow natural pressure release for 10 minutes.
  4. After 10 minutes, use quick release valve to release steam.
  5. Once pressure is released, open lid and stir.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch and water until slurry is formed. Stir cornstarch slurry into chicken mixture.
  7. Set Instant Pot to sauté until mixture is bubbling and thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
  8. Serve chicken with rice.
  9. Optional: Garnish with sesame seeds and/or green onion.


How to make sweet and sour chicken in the slow cooker:

  1. Add all ingredients (except olive oil, corn starch and water) to slow cooker and set to low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. After chicken is done cooking, add cornstarch slurry to slow cooker to thicken mixture.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: sweet and sour, chicken, instant pot, Chinese