Instant Pot Amba Chicken

Okay ladies and gents- I don’t think I have truly expressed on here how much I am OBSESSED with Trader Joe’s… but I am. I find so many great things there, my grocery bills are less expensive, and it makes my life SO easy! I honestly can’t share enough how much I love it. There are so many great things to buy there- coconut milk, the ever famous cauliflower gnocchi, cauliflower pizza crust, so many frozen treats, the list goes on…

These last two weeks I have experimented with their new Amba Fermented Mango Sauce. It comes in the refrigerated section in an orange pouch bag with a twist off cap. I had seen it advertised as one of their new products and was excited to see that there are no gluten or dairy ingredients. I just HAD to give it a try because I love curry-like flavors but haven’t fully figured out how to take a deep dive into cooking with curry.

In addition to my inexperience with curry, I have been afraid of using my instant pot. I basically have only used it to hard boil eggs before this because I’ve been so scared of the burn warning that popped up the last time I tried to cook a meal in there. It tortured me, going off multiple times and leading me to throw out my food after 2 hours of ineffective cooking. I knew I had to make this work- so many other people love their instant pot and I needed to too.

Last week I got home one night and was totally exhausted. I had chicken breasts in the fridge and was way too tired to oven-bake or cook them on my stovetop. Just then, I remembered the Amba sauce and got excited! I knew I had some rice, and dumped it into the rice cooker. I took the chicken breasts, dumped it into my instant pot with a whole pouch of the sauce and topped it over rice after it was cooked. It came out good, but needed a little extra something-something. It also thinned out a lot while it cooked. I knew I had to try it again.

Just tonight I tried it again and literally got SO excited by this win that I had to post IMMEDIATELY because you just need this in your life. Trust me. I feel like we ordered take-out without feeling like my soul is getting crushed by another bill after just buying a house. So here you go, my newest recipe & one you will not regret trying. It’s ridiculously easy, and just crazy good. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Amba Chicken

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour

Serves: 4-6 servings


  • 3 cups cooked jasmine rice
  • 1 pack chicken thighs (about 5-6)
  • 1/2 bag frozen peas
  • 1/2 bag fingerling potatoes
  • 1 package of Trader Joe’s Amba Fermented Mango Sauce


1. Cut up fingerling potatoes & dump into instant pot with the frozen peas.

2. Top with chicken thighs.

3. Pour in 1/3-1/2 bag of mango sauce.

4. Turn instant pot on meat/stew option for 35 minutes. Allow to cook.

5. When the instant pot is done, let sit for about 15 minutes. Then open, shred the chicken thighs with a fork, and mix.

6. Add in the other 1/2 of the mango sauce (yes, it’s okay if it’s cold), and mix.

7. Serve chicken mixture over rice & enjoy!

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