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Easy Instant Pot General Tso's Chicken

This Easy Instant Pot General Tso's Chicken is a lighter version of the iconic takeout dish! NO deep-frying needed. Tender pieces of chicken breast smothered in an amazing sweet and savory sauce with a little bit of heat! Make better than takeout right at home. Pressure cooker and slow cooker instructions included.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chicken, instant pot, pressure cooking, video
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 428kcal
Author Oriana Romero

Ingredients

  • 2 - 3 tablespoons Signature SELECT™ Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 ½ - 2 lb Signature Farms™ Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Sesame seeds (optional)
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 green onion, sliced (optional)

For General Tso's sauce:

Instructions

Pressure Cooker:

  • Turn the Instant Pot ON and select "sauté" mode, adjust heat to more. When hot, add oil. Add the chicken in batches, making sure not to crowd the pot, and cook about 2 minutes per side, or until slightly brown. Transfer the chicken to a plate and repeat with any remaining chicken. Press "cancel". Return chicken all the chicken to the pot. NOTE: You can also sauté the chicken in a skillet over the stove.
  • Make the sauce: mix all the sauce ingredients in a medium bowl until well combined. Pour sauce over the chicken. Mix to coat.
  • Secure the lid to the Instant Pot, close pressure valve and select "poultry" or "high pressure" and adjust to 10 minutes. When the time is over, carefully turn the valve to "venting" to release the pressure. Then remove the lid. Press "Cancel".
  • Turn the Instant Pot ON and select "sauté" mode, adjust heat to normal. Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl until no lumps. Pour mixture over the chicken; mix to combine. Simmer for 1 - 2 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  • Serve chicken with rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, crushed red pepper, and sliced green onions, if desired.

Slow Cooker:

  • Turn the Instant Pot ON and select "sauté" mode, adjust heat to more. When hot, add oil. Add the chicken in batches, making sure not to crowd the pot, and cook about 2 minutes per side, or until slightly brown. Transfer the chicken to a plate and repeat with any remaining chicken. Press "cancel". Return chicken all the chicken to the pot. NOTE: You can also sauté the chicken in a skillet over the stove.
  • Make the sauce: mix all the sauce ingredients in a medium bowl until well combined. Pour sauce over the chicken. Mix to coat.
  • Secure the lid to the Instant Pot, OPEN pressure valve and select "slow cook" and adjust to NORMAL. Cook for 3 hours. Or, adjust to MORE and cook for 1 ½ hour. When the time is over, carefully remove the lid. Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl until no lumps. Pour mixture over the chicken; mix to combine. Cook for 15 more minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  • Serve chicken with rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, crushed red pepper, and sliced green onions, if desired.

Video

Notes

Adjust the amount of cayenne pepper in the sauce to your liking. ¼ teaspoon add a subtle spicy kick to the dish.
 
Do I need to brown the chicken first?
The caramelized surface of the chicken will give a rich and delish flavor to the finished dish, but if you are short of time you can totally skip this step.
 
What can I use in place of Chinese cooking wine?
If you don't have or find, the Chinese cooking wine (Shaoxing wine) substitute with dry sherry.
 
How does slow cooker mode on the instant works?
According to my testing: NORMAL = LOW mode in a traditional slow cooker. MORE = HIGH mode in a traditional slow cooker.
 
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Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate and it can vary depending on the products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 1541mg | Potassium: 924mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.6mg