I seem to have a bad habit of constantly going on some kind of cooking break and neglecting this blog.  But I really do have a good excuse this time.  I had surgery around December, so I was out of commission for quite some time.  Then my sister’s little dog passed away while I was babysitting him and that was devastating.  The desire to cook and play with recipes were pretty far from my mind.

But I have been researching and pinteresting (is that a verb?) lots of potential recipes ideas so the future of this blog can flourish once more.  “As God as my witness, I will never go hungry again!”

Browsing around Pinterest, I came upon a particular recipe that was pinned repeatedly, and in different variations.  It involved cooking the recipe in a slow cooker for hours.  I believe it was a good 6 hours and it only involved 3 ingredients.

Well…………..homie don’t play that.  I turned 3 ingredients into 6, or was it 7?

I’m sure you’ve all seen the recipe of Chicken, Pineapples and BBQ sauce.  Throw it all into the slow cooker pot and wha la, you’ve got Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, the end.

Not if I can help it!

The trusty Peggy (which seriously needs a thorough bath time soon) whipped up my version in just 15 minutes!  I can always depend on Peggy to never fail me.

So shall we begin?


  • 3lbs. Chicken (Frozen or Fresh; Breast, Thighs, Wings or Drumettes, the world is your oyster….or chicken coop)
  • 1 Cup BBQ Sauce
  • 2 Cups Diced Pineapples (Canned or Fresh, don’t matter)
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tsp Chili Flakes (Optional, or more if you like more kick)
  • Shredded Coconut (garnish)
  • Juice of Limes (garnish)


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I used chicken thighs that the skin have been removed from and have been deboned.  Mix the BBQ Sauce, Coconut Milk and Chili Flakes together.  In the main cooking pan of your pressure cooker, put down the pineapples at the very bottom.  The reason why I put it on the bottom is that it will be closest to the heat source and will therefore render out the pineapple juice so the pressure cooker will use the juices to steam up and pressurize since the BBQ sauce mixture is quite thick and may burn if you put it on the very bottom.

Start dipping your chicken pieces in the BBQ sauce mixture, a thin coat is fine.  And put them into the pot one by one.  Pour the remaining sauce mixture over the chicken when you’re all done.

Shut the lid of your cooker, turn to lock it.  Set the pressure valve to Airtight.  Program the cook time for 10-minutes and away we go!

La la la la……..

Ten to fifteen minutes is way better than 6 hours!

Once the cooking cycle is finished, your pressure cooker will beep and let you know that the chicken is ready to hula dance!  Release the pressure and unlock the lid.  The chicken and the pineapples will release a lot of juices during the pressure cooking process so everything will look extra liquidy.  Never fear.  Remove just the chicken with a pair of tongs and set aside temporarily.  Turn on the BROWNING feature on your pressure cooker by pressing the START button if you have this feature and reduce the sauce mixture so it’s nice and thick.  I also took out my trusty potato masher and mashed down the pineapples so they were more pulpy.  (If you want the sauce extra thick, you can also make a flour roux with a bit of the liquid ladled out in a little bowl, mix a bit of flour with it until smooth and pour it back into the pot.)

Once the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency, put all the chicken back in.  Now it’s ready to serve!  Serve it with rice or just eat it on its own.  Garnish with a healthy heap of shredded coconut and a squeeze of lime juice.


Seriously, the chicken was melt-in-your-mouth and super flavorful.  Tender, sweet and spicy…..just like me!

If you use wings and drumettes, this might be a good Super Bowl Sunday dish!  Go for it!

And if you remove the chili flakes, this would be totally a kid-friendly recipe.



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  1. justine on the 01. Feb, 2013 remarked #

    Lovely to see you back – my pressure cooker cooking needed some serious inspiration with you being out of commission. Sorry to hear of your woes. 🙁 i hope cooking has healed you a bit… always a good fixer upper i reckon (especially with wine in hand!).

    I’m giving the hula chook a go tonight!

    Justine, Brisbane, Australia…

    • cristiana on the 11. Jan, 2016 remarked #

      what can i use to substitue the coconuyt milk?

      • Lacy on the 26. Dec, 2016 remarked #

        You can substitute 1 cup of evaporated milk for the coconut milk. Hope this helps.

  2. martina on the 04. Apr, 2013 remarked #

    Just made this for a quick dinner using boneless skinless thighs. So easy and so good. Live your site. Keep it going! Love pinterest as well.

  3. Judy on the 23. Apr, 2013 remarked #

    Great and easy dish. I have made this dish several times. I have the ingredance on hand an whip it up in a flash. Love your dishes. Thank you and miss Peggy.

  4. Mel on the 23. Oct, 2013 remarked #

    Hi, I love your site. Would you advise me about this? I have 5 large thawed boneless, skinless chicken breasts, getting ready to use my 8 Quart Elite Electric pressure cooker for the first time, how much water or broth should I add, and how long should I set the time for? Thanks so much, I can hardly wait to begin pressure cooking!

    • patee333 on the 23. Oct, 2013 remarked #

      2-3 Cups of liquid. Cook for 20-minutes.

  5. Evelyn Lemus on the 09. Nov, 2013 remarked #

    OMG… I am sooo glad I stumbled upon your site. This is by far going to be my favorite place to stop by and get recipes for my pressure cooker! WOO HOO!

  6. Barbara Burns on the 01. Feb, 2014 remarked #

    I am so happy to have found you. I have new electric pressure cooker and need recipes. Thank you for your website.

  7. Joan on the 05. Feb, 2014 remarked #

    Hard to find recipes for my electric pressure cooker. Looking to cook whole cut up chicken. Don’t know what pressure or how much liquid. I have a 4 quart pressure cooker.

    • patee333 on the 06. Feb, 2014 remarked #

      4 Qt is a bit small. But for a whole chicken, cut….2-3 cups of liquid should be fine.

  8. Tiffany on the 06. Feb, 2014 remarked #

    If I am using frozen chicken wings, how much more to I extend the pressure cooker time??? I am new at the pressure cooker cooking, just received it in the mail.

    • patee333 on the 06. Feb, 2014 remarked #

      If it’s frozen, you don’t need to adjust the time by much. The pressure building will just take longer to reach pressure.

  9. Dee Schwark on the 29. May, 2014 remarked #

    I just found you’re site on pinterest. I made this tonight, but in a stove top pressure cooker. I had frozen chicken thighs (skin and bones still intact) and didn’t know what to do with them. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out as it’s only my second time using a pressure cooker and your recipe called for s/l and b/l. I detached the thigh and drumstick, then skinned. I followed your recipe ingredients, then once the pressure cooker was at full pressure, turned it down til it had a nice gentle roll for 15 mins. It turned out wonderful…thanks so much for the recipe…your site is now my favourite!

  10. Sherry Gruber on the 06. Jul, 2014 remarked #

    Is the Instant pot 7 to 1 pressure cooker an excellent cooker? Thanks.

  11. Patricia on the 30. Jul, 2014 remarked #

    I just found your site today and I’m gonna try this recipe 🙂 I only have maybe 8oz of boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 large pieces). Should I cut each in half first and keep all the other ingredients the same? What about the cooking time?

    • patee333 on the 30. Jul, 2014 remarked #

      You can cut the pieces down a bit if you like. Everything else can remain the same.

  12. cbeck70 on the 03. Sep, 2014 remarked #

    Thank you for this recipe, wasn’t sure what to make in my new pressure cooker and decided on this, it was really good, my family loved it.

  13. Anne-Marie on the 09. Sep, 2014 remarked #

    How long do I cook if I use boneless tenderloins?

  14. Stephanie on the 01. Jan, 2015 remarked #

    This sounds yummy!! We will be trying it soon! How spicy is this? Kid friendly, or should u omit the chili flakes?

  15. Rachel on the 17. Jan, 2015 remarked #

    I thought you couldn’t pressure cook frozen, I’m glad I found this recipe, saves time on thawing

  16. Barb on the 28. Jan, 2015 remarked #

    Thank you for the recipe. I am not familiar with coconut milk and wanted to use up the chicken in our refrigerator tonight, so improvised with adding things to BBQ sauce that our family typically likes. Otherwise followed your recipe completely. The rest of the family hasn’t tasted it yet, but my son loved it! Thanks to your tip on putting the pineapple on the bottom of the cooker, the BBQ sauce didn’t stick. Quick and easy – I will definitely use this recipe again.

  17. Rebecca Durrett on the 11. Feb, 2015 remarked #

    Made this for dinner tonight, it was very good! Used pineapple juice as I didn’t have coconut milk. Hubby approved!

  18. Bonita Love on the 11. May, 2015 remarked #

    so glad I found you, just got a pressure cooker and I love it, but need more recipes on different things to try… glad you are feeling better and hate that about your sister little fur baby…well off to go get my chicken out of the freezer 🙂
    ps… you sound like a hoot lol, in a good way

  19. Pat Boesch on the 07. Jun, 2015 remarked #

    I made this last night for us and also sent some to a husband and wife at our church who recently had knee replacement surgery….it was a huge success…..we loved it and so did they….however I only put 1 tsp of the red chili flakes cause I knew a Tablespoon would be too much for us…I may cut it to 1/4 or half next time……but definitely will be making this recipe again….Awesome….

  20. PB on the 11. Jun, 2015 remarked #

    Would the time etc be the same in a stovetop pressure cooker? And how much pressure?

  21. Sherri D on the 16. Aug, 2015 remarked #

    Oh, my. Just finished dinner. Delicious. Mr Wonderful says this is the best pressure cooker recipe yet. And that was after his second helping. Thank you. Looking forward to making more of your recipes!

  22. Collin on the 12. Dec, 2015 remarked #

    Just made this and the taste is delicious, but my frozen chicken thighs were raw on the inside! Just put everything back in for another round and I’m really hoping it turns out or my whole family will be mad at me because it smells amazing! Haha.

  23. Sunshine on the 29. Dec, 2015 remarked #

    Just got a do everything electric pressure cooker (I mentioned I wanted pressure cooker for canning)… and they only supplied 10 recipes, so I started a search & your website was first one I looked at….I just made this & it’s a winner!! I’ve checked out some of your blog & this is going to be my “go to” site….I love your stories, and yummy recipes… Please Keep it up….

  24. Sarah on the 06. Jan, 2016 remarked #

    Woah, talk about awesome flavor! It was delicious and easy! Just got a pressure cooker as a wedding gift, and this was my first time using it. I’ll be checking out more of your recipes. Thanks!

  25. Katie on the 09. Jan, 2016 remarked #

    I just got my instapot today and of course I went cruising for a recipe where I could both feed my family and play with the pot while I did not plan anything in particular and did not thaw any meat for dinner. This recipe was AWESOME and now I can see that it can be varied to resemble either a Chicken Korma or a Thai Chili Chicken.

    I used a can of lite cocoanut milk and had 1/2 the can left over so I used it for my rice. 1 cup cocoanut milk to 1 cup chicken stock and some cilantro – bada bing! Supper. 4 out of 4 pple approve in this house.

  26. Misty on the 12. Jan, 2016 remarked #

    Hello. I just got a new pressure cooker for Christmas. I’m trying to figure out recipes. This sounds like a very tasty recipe. Have a question do u strain the pineapples before putting them in?

  27. Mark Pullen on the 20. Mar, 2016 remarked #

    Got myself a pressure cooker last week. Had a friend over for food & tried this tonight, lush….
    I am now checking out the other dishes you have & will be giving them ago….Thank….

  28. Sandra Olsen on the 14. Apr, 2016 remarked #

    What is the difference between the coconut milk in the carton and in the can? The carton says it’s a beverage. I never considered canned coconut milk as a beverage.

  29. Doreen on the 20. Jan, 2017 remarked #

    Can you cook chicken with the bones in , in an electric pressure cooker?

    • patee333 on the 20. Jan, 2017 remarked #

      Yes, of course you can.

  30. Nina on the 05. Feb, 2017 remarked #

    How do you make mashed potatoes in a pressure cooker? I have a 2 quart pressure cooker.

  31. Robin on the 11. Dec, 2017 remarked #

    How many servings do you estimate this is? Looking forward to trying it!

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