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Instant Pot General Tso Chicken

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Instant Pot General Tso Chicken is a flavorful, restaurant quality meal made simple and easy in your pressure cooker in just 30 minutes!

Instant Pot General Tso Chicken is a flavorful, restaurant quality meal made simple and easy in your pressure cooker in just 30 minutes!Instant Pot General Tso Chicken is my latest addition to my Instant Pot Recipes collection! This better than takeout meal is full of flavor and a breeze to make! One pot, which in this case is your Instant Pot and 30 minutes only, its all it takes. I am a huge fan of recreating popular takeout dishes in my Instant Pot, as it saves me money, time and also I can control the quality of the ingredients. This Instant Pot General Tso Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal that everyone will love!

Better than takeout Instant Pot General Tso Chicken is a flavorful, restaurant quality meal made simple and easy in your pressure cooker in just 30 minutes!

What is a 10 Minutes Natural Pressure Release?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm, and wait 10 minutes, after which you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release. Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker, wait 10 minutes and after that open the valve. A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta or steel cut oats. This method prevents for any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

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Tools/Ingredients I used to make the Instant Pot General Tso Chicken Recipe:

  • Instant Pot – I use it all the time, either the Pressure Cooker function or the Slow Cooker function, I also like that I can just sauté / brown the meat and veggies directly in the pot using the Sauté function
  • Cornstarch – I prefer using cornstarch instead of flour to thicken sauces, and this organic brand is my favorite.
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Instant Pot General Tso Chicken

Instant Pot General Tso Chicken is a flavorful, restaurant quality meal made simple and easy in your pressure cooker in just 30 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken thighs cut into 2-3 inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 6 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
Cornstarch Slurry:
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
Garnish:
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Green onions chopped

Instructions

  1. Start by cutting the chicken into 2-3 inch chunks, I tend to leave them a bit larger as the pressure cooker tends to make the chicken very moist and this helps to avoid breaking the chicken pieces.
  2. Heat up your pressure cooker: press Sauté -> click on the Adjust button -> select More to get the Sauté More function, which means that the food will be sautéed over medium-high heat. Wait for the Instant Pot indicator to read HOT.
  3. Add the oil to the hot Instant Pot, wait one minute for the oil to heat up and add the chicken. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring a few times. Cook until it just starts to get golden. This step can also be done on the stove if you want, as the instant pot doesn't really brown the chicken too well.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot: ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar and water.
  5. Stir well to combine.
  6. Close lid, select the Poultry function and adjust the time to 5 minutes.
  7. Use a 10 minute Natural Release. Turn off the heat. Release the remaining pressure. Open the lid. Gently stir not to crush the chicken.

Cornstarch Slurry:
  1. Select again the Sauté function. In a small bowl combine the cornstarch with the water, whisk until all combined with no lumps. Add the mixture to the Instant Pot and gently stir to combine. Cook on Sauté function for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens. This way you can make the sauce thicker. You can add more if you want to make the sauce even thicker, please note that it thickens as it cools too.

  2. Turn off the Instant Pot and let the General Tso Chicken stand for 5-7 minutes, the sauce will thicken more.

  3. Serve over rice with broccoli and garnish with fresh chopped green onions, red pepper flakes and sesame seeds.
  4. Enjoy!

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Instant Pot General Tso Chicken is a flavorful, restaurant quality meal made simple and easy in your pressure cooker in only 30 minutes!
Instant Pot General Tso Chicken is a flavorful, restaurant quality meal made simple and easy in your pressure cooker in just 30 minutes!
Better than takeout Instant Pot General Tso Chicken is a flavorful, restaurant quality meal made simple and easy in your pressure cooker in just 30 minutes!
Best Instant Pot General Tso Chicken is a flavorful, restaurant quality meal made simple and easy in your pressure cooker in just 30 minutes!
Best Instant Pot General Tso Chicken is a flavorful, restaurant quality meal made simple and easy in your pressure cooker in just 30 minutes!
Instant Pot General Tso Chicken is a flavorful, restaurant quality meal made simple and easy in your pressure cooker in just 30 minutes!
Better than takeout Instant Pot General Tso Chicken is a flavorful, restaurant quality meal made simple and easy in your pressure cooker in just 30 minutes!

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18 comments on “Instant Pot General Tso Chicken”

  1. This is my husband’s favorite Chinese food pick and I’m always looking for new Instant Pot recipes, so I’m pinning this and will try it soon!

  2. My son loves this dish, and I look forward to making it for him when he comes home from college. I’m glad you mentioned that the chicken can be browned on the stove. I almost feel guilty doing that when cooking in my IP, like I’m not appreciating the true one-pot wonder of the device! But I figure once I transfer everything to the IP, I’ll have plenty of time to wash the skillet so it’s not that big a deal.

  3. I can’t wait to try this one in my instant pot. This is our favorite take-out, so I know we will love it at home!

  4. I’m loving these instant pot Chinese recipes! They make cooking so much easier!

  5. Ohhh yum! This looks like a new favorite!

  6. This chicken is calling my name!

  7. This is one of my favorites!

  8. I don’t be a sauté button on my Insta pot 🙁

  9. I am obsessed with my IP and always want to try new recipes. This chicken dish looks delicious! Making it soon!

  10. I love that you can do this in the Instant Pot. I use it to make rice, potatoes and hard boiled eggs , I really need to get more adventurous with mine!

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  12. I tried this recipe as my first one in my new pressure cooker and it was amazingly good! I can’t believe how good it was, to be honest. Thank you so much! You have excited my husband and I with the potential for this gadget!

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  14. I haven’t tried this yet but today will be the day…I have a BIG question – Instant pot support and the Instant pot booklet all say to use 2-3 cups for an 8 quart Duo and this recipe only calls for 3 oz water – to avoid it burning to the bottom of the pot (it has happened before) how do I change this recipe?
    thank you for your help
    BC

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