My Instant Pot rescued me AGAIN last night. I made some last minute plans and had 45 minutes to prep and serve dinner before I had to leave. I wanted to do a take on my Hawaiian Pork from The Healing Kitchen using the organic chicken breast I had on hand.
I’ve been craving and eating tons of pineapple lately, so I always have that in my fridge too, which reminded me of the pork recipe. I like this version even better. It’s lighter and easier to digest since it’s lower in fat than pulled pork and very filling. I served it with fried plantains and steamed kale. Best way to steam kale? After cleaning out your Instant Pot, add a couple bunches of chopped curly kale into your Instant Pot and set to cook on Manual for 1 minute! Totally hands off + an easy nutritious side dish. No excuses to not have any greens on your plate!
Pineapple Chicken is the perfect tropics-inspired combo of salty, sweet and smokey + the recipe is affordable and makes a ton for leftovers! Family and kid-friendly for sure!
Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken
- 3 pounds chicken breast
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 4 slices bacon
- 1 1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple
- 1 cup diced yellow onion
- 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
- 3 1/2 teaspoons Red Boat fish sauce, divided
- 1 piece dried galangal or 2-inch piece peeled ginger root
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
Place chicken in Instant Pot insert. Sprinkle with sea salt and layer bacon on top. Add in pineapple, onion, aminos, fish sauce and galangal or ginger.
Seal the lid and set "Manua"l pressure cooking timer to 25 minutes. Once timer elapses, release pressure valve and open the lid.
Carefully transfer contents of pot with a slotted spoon, leaving the liquid in the pot, to a large glass bowl.
Turn the Instant Pot “Saute” function on. Add the garlic and remaining 1 ½ teaspoons fish sauce to the cooking liquid. Allow the sauce to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, reduce slightly, and turn a golden yellow.
Meanwhile, shred the chicken with the pineapple, onions and bacon with two forks until finely shredded.
Pour the reduced sauce from the pot over the shredded chicken and stir well to immerse the meat. Serve warm with cauliflower rice, steamed kale, and fried plantains.