Instant Pot Pina Colada Chicken Recipe- AIP & Paleo

Aaahh, how I used to love Pina Coladas.  To me, they were the ultimate summer drink.  I remember drinking gallons of them when my hubby and I went to the Bahamas. Yeah, I know, I probably wouldn’t remember if I had actually drunk gallons of them! But, there was nothing quite like sitting on a beach, with a frosty, creamy Pina Colada in my hand.

Instant Pot Pina Colada Chicken Recipe by Paleo Cajun Lady

Instant Pot Pina Colada Chicken Recipe

Well, needless to say, things have changed since then.  I can have some version of a virgin Pina Colada. Let’s face it though, it’s not quite the same thing.  So, I thought I’d start playing around with the flavors of a Pina Colada, with other foods. This Instant Pot Pina Colada Chicken Recipe is the first of a few I created.  I’ll be posting the rest of them over the summer months.

Instant Pot Pina Colada Chicken Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Light, summery dish that will remind you of that frosty tropical drink you love! Feel free to add a paper umbrella!


  • 2 pounds Organic chicken thighs, cut into 1” chunks
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut cream (see note to make your own)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion (garnish)


  1. Place all ingredients, except green onions, into Instant Pot.
  2. Close lid.
  3. Press Poultry button.
  4. Pot will automatically set itself for 15 minutes, high pressure.
  5. Allow to cook.
  6. Once cooking has stopped, turn off Instant Pot.
  7. Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.
  8. Carefully open lid and remove from pot.
  9. Stir.
  10. If you’d like to thicken the sauce a bit, simply stir in a teaspoon of arrowroot starch mixed with a tablespoon of water.
  11. Then, press the Saute button.
  12. Cook until sauce thickens to your liking.
  13. Turn off Instant Pot.
  14. Serve with green onion garnish.


To make your own coconut cream, simply place a can of full fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight. When ready to use, open can from bottom and drain out coconut water ( you can drink it or discard it). You will be left with pure coconut cream in the can.

One of the perks of this Instant Pot Pina Colada Chicken recipe is how versatile it is.  The first night I cooked it, I served it over crisp broccoli slaw. It was light and crunchy, the perfect summer dinner.  A couple of days later, I served it for lunch, over a salad of greens, with a Plantain Chip Chicken thigh on top.  If you want that recipe, it’s by Laura Vein, here.  I can highly recommend it!

Instant Pot Pina Colada Chicken topped with Plantain Chip Chicken! Get both recipes here!

Instant Pot Pina Colada Chicken topped with Plantain Chip Chicken

Discovering new ways to work with leftovers is the key to eating on the AIP.  While I see some people eating the same things day after day, I just can’t eat that way.  I need variety- color change, flavor change, and texture change.  You should always experiment with different combinations, to keep from getting food-bored.  I’ll warn you though, they’re not all winners.  I’ve made some “meh” combinations, and some downright nasty ones.  You can get some great ideas on my Instagram account here.  Don’t worry, I don’t post the yucky ones!

As always, I wish you good health……..and, good food!

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Tara Perillo

Tara Perillo

Hi Y'all. I am Tara Mo Perillo, the paleo Cajun lady. I am a lupus warrior and AIP paleo advocate. I work tirelessly to heal autoimmune symptoms through nutrition and alternative therapies. Currently, I am rebuilding my body after successfully treating my autoimmune symptoms. I am a certified herbalist, homeopath, and yoga instructor. My greatest enjoyment is creating delicious AIP paleo recipes for you. Together, we can heal autoimmune disease and live fit, fabulous lives.

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  4. If I cut the recipe in half, do I need to reduce the cooking time on the instant pot or still leave it for 15 minutes?? Thanks

    • Hi Lauren, I would still cook it for 15 minutes, mainly to make sure the chicken is cooked through. You should still end up with a good result. Sometimes, I make half recipes too. It’s always been fine.


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