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Instant Pot Korean Chicken with Gochujang

Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Keyword: instant pot korean chicken, instant pot korean marinade
Main Ingredient: chicken
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Paint the Kitchen Red
In this crowd-pleasing flavor-packed recipe, bone-in chicken is marinated in a vibrant Korean-spiced sauce made with gochujang chile paste. Serve the chicken and sauce as part of a rice bowl with sauteed vegetables or grill the chicken and serve the sauce on the side, for dipping!  
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  • For the marinade, add onion, garlic, ginger, Gochujang, soy sauce, sugar, mirin, sesame oil, black pepper and chicken broth to a blender.  Blend until smooth.
  • Transfer chicken and marinade to a medium bowl and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
  • Transfer chicken and sauce to the Instant Pot inner pot and pressure cook for 9 minutes * at high pressure.  Allow the pressure to release naturally (NPR). 
  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer chicken pieces to a plate or bowl and set aside.  
  • Reduce the sauce on 'Saute' mode until thickened, about 7 to 10 minutes. Use a splatter screen if needed. Reserve the sauce.
  • Preheat grill to 350 degrees. Grill chicken for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
  • Serve with Instant Pot fried rice, and sauteed vegetables and reserved sauce on the side.



  • Prep time does not include steps that are already accounted for in the ingredient list, e.g. chopped onions, minced garlic, etc.
  • See the blog post for more detailed recipe tips.
  • * If you're not planning to grill the chicken you can pressure cook it for 11 to 12 minutes.
  • Adapted from Bon Appetit magazine.


Serving: 1drumstick | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 1297mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g