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instant pot firecracker chicken

Instant Pot Firecracker Chicken

Instant Pot Firecracker Chicken boasts juicy white meat in a sweet and spicy Asian sauce. It takes minutes in the pressure cooker to cook it!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian, Chinese
Keyword Instant Pot Firecracker Chicken
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 239 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts diced into 1 inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Firecracker Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup buffalo hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste optional
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup water


  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water


  • 2 green onions chopped
  • Sesame seeds



  1. Combine some salt and pepper in a large shallow plate and toss the chicken cubes in the mixture. Allow to sit for a couple of minutes.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to saute mode and once hot add the canola oil. Once oil is hot, place diced chicken in the Instant Pot, and while working IN BATCHES quickly brown it on all sides.

Firecracker Sauce:

  1. Whisk together the SAUCE ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add all chicken to the IP and pour the sauce over the chicken, give a quick stir.

Pressure Cook:

  1. Cancel Saute.
  2. Lock the lid on the Instant Pot, and turn the vent to seal. Press “pressure cook” and set the timer to 5 minutes. Once cooking time is over, do a quick release.

Thicken the sauce:

  1. Use a slotted spoon to remove chicken and transfer it to a large plate.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to the “Saute” once the sauce is simmering, combine together cornstarch and water in a bowl until fully dissolved, and whisk it into the sauce until thickened.
  3. Add in the cooked chicken back to the pressure cooker and stir well to coat in the sauce.
  4. Garnish the chicken with chopped green onions and serve over rice.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Firecracker Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 1567mg68%
Potassium 405mg12%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 156IU3%
Vitamin C 22mg27%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.