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Instant Pot Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

Quick and easy this Instant Pot Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken is a hearty and delicious weeknight meal of sweet and spicy shredded chicken and rice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 363kcal


  • 4 chicken breasts defrosted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda sprite, 7up, Sierra Mist
  • 2 Tbs minced garlic
  • 2 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbs cornstarch
  • 2 Tbs cold water
  • Parsley optional
  • Red pepper flakes optional
  • Cooked rice optional


  • In basin of instant pot add in your brown sugar, cider vinegar, lemon-lime soda, garlic, soy sauce, hot sauce, honey, salt and pepper and stir together.
  • Place chicken breasts on top of sauce mixture and seal your instant pot.
  • Press manual setting for 15 minutes.
  • Quick release the pressure.
  • Remove chicken breasts and shred.
  • Turn instant pot on saute mode.
  • Mix together your cornstarch and cold water and pour into your sauce and stir together until thickened.
  • Add your chicken back into pot and stir to coat.
  • Serve over rice sprinkled with parsley and red pepper flakes if desired.


Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 545mg | Potassium: 658mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.1mg