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 Recipes are a staple around here. We love making easy chicken meals in it like our most popular Orange Chicken, Chicken Wings, and Chicken Cacciatore.

Instant Pot General Tso Chicken

Instant Pot General Tso Chicken

Instant Pot General Tso Chicken is my latest addition to my IP Recipes collection! This better than the 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, it’s all it takes. I am a huge fan of recreating popular takeout dishes in my Pressure Cooker, as it saves me money, time, and also I can control the quality of the ingredients. This recipe is the perfect weeknight meal that everyone will love!

Why you will enjoy this recipe:

  • It is easy to make and it takes only around 30 minutes!
  • Only one pot to clean and that is the Pressure Cooker.
  • The dish is packed with amazing flavors and lean protein.
  • It is perfect for busy weeknights and also for entertaining guests.
  • You will have delicious leftovers that can be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

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Instant Pot General Tso Chicken Recipe

Recipe Tips:

  • Use good quality meat, preferably organic thighs.
  • Also, cornstarch is very important in this recipe, so do not try to replace it with flour, the results will not be the same.
  • If the sauce is too runny, mix another 1-2 teaspoons of cornstarch with water and add it to the Pressure Cooker. Please note, that the sauce will get thicker with time, so definitely wait a bit before adding more cornstarch.
  • For enhanced flavor add 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger!
  • The delicious homemade dish is best served over rice or noodles.

Can General Tso Chicken be made in the Crock Pot?

This dish can also be made in the Crock Pot or in the IP using the Slow Cooker function. Add browned chicken to the Slow Cooker, add the rest of the ingredients except the cornstarch slurry. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Make the slurry, gently stir it in and cook on high for 20 more minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Easy Instant Pot General Tso Chicken

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.

Pressure Cooker General Tso Chicken

CAN YOU FREEZE Instant Pot General Tso Chicken?

Sure can! Before freezing it, make sure the dish is completely cooled. Then, transfer into an airtight container, and freeze or up to 3 months. When ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator the night before consuming. You can heat it up on the stove on in the microwave.

Tools/Ingredients I used to make this 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.
Must Try 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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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!


  • 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
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Green onions chopped


  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!
Calories: 305, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 74mg, Sodium: 1134mg, Potassium: 213mg, Carbohydrates: 12g, Sugar: 7g, Protein: 14g, Vitamin A: 2.2%, Vitamin C: 1.1%, Calcium: 2%, Iron: 5.9%

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