Instant Pot Shredded Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
These are a great combination of sweet and tangy!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 3 - large boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 - cup(s) hot water
  • - Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 - cup(s) BBQ sauce
  • 1 - 20 oz. can crushed pineapple
  • 1 - small red onion(s)
  • 8 - hamburger buns**
  • Side: - chips**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Place the chicken breasts into the electric pressure cooker insert with the hot water. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the top. Drizzle BBQ sauce over the chicken breasts and then pour the pineapple juices around the chicken breasts and the pineapple on top of the chicken.
  2. (I like to add the onions raw after the chicken has cooked, but if you’d like to add them in while it all cooks, you can drop them in with the crushed pineapple.)
  3. Steam valve: Sealing.
  4. Cook on: Manual/High for 15 minutes.
  5. Release: Natural.
  6. Once cooked, pull out the chicken breasts and the pineapple and add to a bowl, then shred with 2 forks. Mix in the chopped red onion, if you didn’t add it to the pressure cooker. Add shredded chicken and sauce to sandwich buns.
  7. Prepare fruit, as needed.
  8. Serve Instant Pot Shredded Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches with fruit and chips.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Finely chop 2 small red onions.
  2. Open 2 cans of crushed pineapple. Do not drain.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie in a round bowl/dish, add the following ingredients:

  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • About 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • Half of the canned pineapple, undrained
  • Half of the finely chopped onion

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before adding contents of bag plus hot water to electric pressure cooker insert. Pressure cook as directed.

Special notes

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Add 5-10 minutes of pressure cooking time, if cooking from completely frozen or mostly frozen. Note that preheat time and release time may vary by appliance.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Recipe is dairy-free when served with dairy-free sides.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Serve over rice instead of on buns, and serve with gluten-free chips.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Instant Pot Shredded Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw, add hot water to Instant Pot and then add contents of baggie. Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes with sealed valve; then natural release. Shred chicken with sauce.
Serve on buns with fruit and chips.