Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

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Sweet, sticky, and simple Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken for your healthy dinner menu! This is a wholesome twist on the takeout favorite that I spent the better part of my high school years ordering at the mall food court. It’s made with everyday ingredients (you don’t need store-bought bottled sauce), the Instant Pot does the work, and you can make it with chicken breasts or chicken thighs. Serve it with rice and a side of veggies, and you have yourself a knockout dinner that beats the pants off of takeout every single time.

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The seniors in our high school were allowed to leave campus for lunch—all 30 minutes of it. The short window left us with few options that would allow us to make it back to class on time, so Asian fast food was a frequent go-to.

Looking back, I can’t believe poor-quality “Chinese” food was how I chose to spend my hard-earned cash (I worked a fairly low-paying hourly job), but it clearly left some kind of culinary impression. Recreating those familiar menu items in clean, healthy ways has become one of my favorite ways to cook.

In fact, as I’m typing this, I took a quick peek at my recipe index and…well, we have some evidence: Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli (and um, Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli plus this stove top Healthy Beef and Broccoli), Pineapple Chicken, General Tso’s Tofu, Crockpot Orange Chicken, not to mention all of these healthy stir fry recipes.

Clearly, I am in this takeout fake-out food game for more than the fortune cookie. (more…)

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