Who loves saucy Asian dishes over rice? If you raised your hand, you are my people. This Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken answers the call for take out, without having to leave the house. I know it’s no surprise, I made this in the Instant Pot. If you have a different electric pressure cooker, that’s fine. Just know that I know brands can vary, and this is how I developed the recipe. I also provided you with stove top instructions and notes on the preparation.
To reduce the sodium compared with other Asian dishes, I used liquid aminos. This a gluten free soy sauce replacement. It’s much lower in sodium than even reduced sodium soy sauce. I can find mine in the organic section of my grocery store where they have soy sauces and oils. Braggs is the brand I use.
There is a fair amount of prep with this one because the vegetables and chicken need to be diced up. There’s also a sauce. The stove top and Instant Pot versions have some variance and that’s because the Instant Pot will give you that oh so tender delicious chicken. Have you ever noticed that the chicken at your favorite Asian restaurants is unbelievably tender? Well, I have no idea how they make that happen, but the Instant Pot (or electric pressure cooker of your choice) will replicate it.
There’s really so little pressure cooking time, that you may not see the point, but trust me when I say the texture of the chicken is worth it. If you decide to make this on the stove top, I caution you on not overcooking the chicken. Chicken is probably one of the most often over cooked proteins. People are so afraid they won’t get it done, they they kill it 6 times over.
Chicken Cooking Tips
Should you decide to do Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken on the stove, here are some tips to ensure you don’t over cook the chicken and achieve tenderness.
- Always pound the chicken to an even thickness. This will tenderize and ensure even cooking.
- If you don’t have a super large skillet, brown the chicken in batches and dry it off with paper towels first. Moisture steams the chicken and causes rubbery texture.
- When you start to see white creep up the sides, it’s time to flip. Tossing the chicken constantly will make it tough and will not allow it to have contact with the pan. Less tossing means even cooking and tenderness.
- As soon as you think it could be done, cut a test piece. If it’s no longer pink, it’s done.
- You should still feel some weight in the chicken when it’s done. Cooking it until it becomes a weightless little brown puck makes it dry and flavorless.
Use these tips for all of your chicken cooking adventures and I promise you’ll be happier with the results.
I really hope you try Pineapple Teriyaki chicken and if you do leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram. I love to see your creations! You can find me @freshfitkitchen.
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