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3 ingredient slow cooker recipe for Hawaiian chicken

Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken

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  • Author: Karen Petersen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


A super fast and easy, 5-ingredient, dump and go Instant Pot recipe of slightly sweet chicken and pineapples. Serve this chicken on Hawaiian rolls or over rice. 


  • 1 cup chicken broth or water
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (frozen is okay)
  • 1 (15 oz) bottle Hawaiian BBQ sauce (King’s Hawaiian and Sweet Baby Ray’s are good brands)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 (1 pound 4 ounce) can sliced pineapple, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Hawaiian rolls or hot cooked rice (see note), for serving


  1. Pour chicken broth into bottom of Instant Pot. Place trivet in the pot. Stack the chicken breasts cross ways on top of the trivet (see this video). Baste about 1/4 cup of the bbq sauce over the chicken (save rest of sauce for later). Lightly salt and pepper the chicken. 
  2. Cover the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 12 minutes for fresh chicken or 15 minutes for frozen chicken. 
  3. When the time is up let the pot sit there for 5 minutes (display will say L0:05). Move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
  4. Place the chicken on a cutting board and shred*. Discard the liquid in the pot. Place chicken back into the pot. Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting. Add in the rest of the bbq sauce, the pineapple and the cilantro. Stir and heat through for 2-3 minutes. Turn off your Instant Pot.
  5. Scoop chicken onto rolls/buns or rice. Enjoy!


This is a perfect recipe to make with pot-in-pot rice.

Slow cooker version of this recipe

I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. You can easily make this recipe in an 8 quart pot or a 3 quart pot. Keep the cooking time the same. 

  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian