Our favorite pulled chicken recipe…

We received an instant pot for our wedding (thanks Marnie and Eric!) and it is one of our most used kitchen tools. If you don’t have one…stop reading and go out and get one now! We use it at least once a week–mostly for rice, but we love this pulled chicken recipe. We probably make this rice for lettuce wraps twice a month. They are delicious and super quick to make. Adapted from a recipe on

* 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast*
* 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
* 1/2 cup honey**
* 3 TBS rice wine vinegar
* 2 TBS minced garlic
* 1/2 cup water
* 1 tsp sesame oil
* 1 tsp onion powder
* 1 TBS sriracha hot chili sauce (or less if you don’t like spicy)
* 1 TBS cornstarch
* 4 stalks green onions, chopped (for serving)
* Lettuce leaves for wraps (or buns to make a pulled chicken sandwich)

* I have used thighs before and didn’t care for the taste.
** The original recipe called for 1/4 cup of honey, but I found that it thickens to a better consistency with a bit more honey.


  1. Add all ingredients except for cornstarch to the Instant Pot. (You can mix the soy sauce, honey, vinegar, garlic, water, sesame oil, onion powder, and sriracha in a separate bowl and pour onto the chicken in the pot…I find this extra step–and extra dish–unnecessary, but do what you feel comfortable with).
  2. Seal the Instant Pot lid, select ‘Manual’ and adjust time to 10 minutes.
  3. When cooking time is up, allow 10 minutes for the IP to ‘natural release’ the pressure. After 10 mins, release remaining pressure.
  4. Carefully open pot and remove chicken.*
  5. Leaving the sauce in the pot, shred chicken with two forks
  6. Turn IP to ‘Saute’ mode and bring liquid to a boil.
  7. In a small bowl, mix 2 tbs water with the cornstarch and add mixture to sauce in IP. Let cook for a minute to thicken.
  8. Return shredded chicken to the IP and stir to coat. Turn pot off.
  9. Serve chicken in lettuce wrap (or bun) and top with green onions.

    * I have made this by leaving the chicken in the sauce and shredding it (again, just pure laziness). I haven’t noticed a difference in the end result.

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