Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken takes just five minutes to throw into the pressure cooker, and only 30 minutes to cook a flavorful, tender and juicy chicken!

We love making easy and delicious Asian dishes in the Instant Pot such as our famous Instant Pot Orange Chicken, Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken and Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli.

Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken

Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken

Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken is such a perfect, delicious and quick meal made in just 30 minutes ! It’s faster to make this meal at home, than to drive to a restaurant or to order takeout. Also, by making it at home you will save some good dollars and will have amazing leftovers.

The Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken is juicy, flavorful and absolutely amazing served over rice. This recipe is one that I make over and over again, it’s a time saver during crazy weeknights, and I am always excited to have the leftovers the next day.

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Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken Recipe Tips:

  • Use high quality meat. A good meat centered meal starts with quality meat, so use organic chicken breasts when possible.
  • You can reduce the sugar in half, restaurant style Mongolian meat requires lots of sugar, so feel free to adjust.
  • Keep in mind, if you reduce the sugar, you will have to reduce the soy sauce as well, as the dish may taste saltier.
  • To cut on sodium and sugar, reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup and soy sauce to 1/2 cup if desired.
  • Cornstarch is a key ingredient in here, do not try to replace it with flour, the results will not be the same.
  • Using carrots in the recipe is totally optional, I added them for a veggie boost and I also like their sweetness, but the dish can be prepared without them.
  • Using fresh ginger and garlic will add amazing flavor and taste to the sauce.
Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken and Rice

Why you will enjoy this Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken:

  • It is easy to make and it takes only around 30 minutes!
  • Only one pot to clean and that is the Instant Pot, so minimum dishes for you.
  • 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.

Can Mongolian Chicken be made in the Crock Pot?

This dish can also be made in your Crock Pot or in the Instant Pot using the Slow Cooker function. Add browned beef to the Slow Cooker, add the mixtures except the cornstarch slurry. Cover and cook on High for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours. Make the cornstarch slurry, gently stir it in and cook on high for 20 more minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Can I substitute beef for chicken in this dish?

Yes, beef or pork is a great alternative for chicken in many recipes including this one. The cooking time will also vary best on the cut that you choose. You can check the beef recipe on here: Instant Pot Mongolian Beef.

What is best to serve with Mongolian Chicken?

  • White or Brown Rice
  • Vegetable such as broccoli, asparagus or bok choy
  • Noodles

What wines pair well with Mongolian Chicken?

  • A nice, fruity red wine such as Zinfandel or Syrah will pair nicely with the flavors in this beef dish.
  • If you’re looking for a white option, Riesling or Pinot Grigio are always great matches for bold, somewhat spicy dishes.

Can you cook the rice with the chicken?

Yes, you will need a long legged trivet and an oven safe dish, I personally like to use these stackable pans to cook the rice with the 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 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, pasta or steel cut oats. This method prevents any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

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Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken Recipe

Tools/Ingredients I used to make the Instant Pot Mongolian 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.
  • Garlic Powder – love this one, I add it to almost all the savory meals, also great to make meat rubs and season veggies.
  • Cornstarch – I prefer using cornstarch instead of flour to thicken sauces, and this organic brand is my favorite.
Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken takes just five minutes to throw into the pressure cooker and only 25 minutes to cook a flavorful, tender and juicy chicken!
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Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken

Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken takes just five minutes to throw into the pressure cooker, and only 30 minutes to cook a flavorful, tender and juicy chicken!

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into one-two inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (use less if you want)
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 3/4 cup lite soy sauce* (use 1/2 cup if you are sensitive to sodium)
  • 3/4 cup water or chicken broth
  • 1 cup carrots chopped*
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes*
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
Cornstarch Slurry:
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Optional:
  • 1/4 cup green onions chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
Rice (optional):
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons herbed or unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Add the oil to the hot Instant Pot, add the chicken and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring a few times. Cook until it just starts to get golden. When sautéing it, stir constantly so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.

  3. Also, after you sauté the chicken, check if bits stuck to the bottom, in that case, deglaze the pot with 1/4 cup water and scrape them with a wooden spoon. If you leave the bits stuck to the bottom, they may burn or cause the pot not to come to pressure.

  4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot: minced garlic, minced ginger, lite soy sauce, brown sugar, water, carrots, garlic powder and red pepper flakes.
  5. Stir well until all the ingredients are combined and coated in sauce.
Rice (optional):
  1. Add the rice, salt and the two cups of water to an Instant Pot safe dish/pot. Stir to combine.

  2. Add a long legged trivet to the Instant Pot on top of the chicken. Add the pot with the rice onto the trivet. Cover with aluminum foil and pinch a few times with a fork.

Cook:
  1. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. Turn off the heat. Release the remaining pressure. Open the lid.

  2. Open the lid, remove the pot with the rice, let it rest covered for 5-10 minutes. Before serving, fluff the rice with a fork.

  3. Select again the Sauté function, on LOW. In a medium bowl combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup water, whisk until all combined with no lumps. Add the mixture to the Instant Pot and gently stir to combine. Cook on Sauté function on LOW for a few more minutes without the lid, stirring gently, until the sauce thickens.

    Turn off your Instant Pot.

  4. Serve over rice and garnish with fresh chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
Recipe Notes
  • Carrots are optional in this recipe.
  • Add more or less Red pepper flakes, based on the level of heat you like in a dish. Also, they can be omitted from the recipe.
  • Garlic powder was added for extra garlic flavor on top of the fresh garlic.
  • Use gluten free tamari or amino acids if you want to avoid gluten.

Here is a step-by-step video of how to make the Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken and Rice Recipe:

Calories: 538, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 58mg, Sodium: 1843mg, Potassium: 557mg, Carbohydrates: 84g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 28g, Protein: 24g, Vitamin A: 76.9%, Vitamin C: 4.3%, Calcium: 6.9%, Iron: 11.1%

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