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Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


A saucy, savory chicken made with rice in your Instant Pot. This is a healthier, non-fried version of your take-out favorite. 


Units Scale
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into cubes
  • 23 Tbsp cornstarch + 23 Tbsp water
  • For garnish: sesame seeds and diced green onions
  • Optional: 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice + 2 1/4 cups water


Instant Pot Instructions:

  1. Add garlic, pepper, broth, Hoisin, sugar, soy sauce and vinegar into Instant Pot. Whisk well. 
  2. Add in the chicken and stir to coat the chicken pieces in the sauce. Submerge as much as possible.
  3. Optional step of making rice: In a pan*that fits inside your Instant Pot add 1 ½ cups long grain white rice and 2 ¼ cups water. Place a long legged trivet* into your Instant Pot and place the pan on top. 
  4. Cover the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 5 minutes. When time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes then move the valve to venting and remove the lid. If making rice, remove the rice pan and set it aside.
  5. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. In a small bowl stir together 3 Tbsp of cornstarch with 3 Tbsp of water, until smooth.Then pour the mixture into the Instant Pot. The cornstarch mixture will thicken up contents of pot quickly. Serve chicken and sauce with rice. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

Slow Cooker Instructions: 

  1. Add garlic, pepper, broth, Hoisin, sugar, soy sauce and vinegar into slow cooker and whisk well.
  2. Dredge the chicken pieces in the cornstarch. Stir the chicken into the sauce.
  3. Cover and cook on low 2-4 hours. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.


I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. You can use an 8 quart or 3 quart pot with no changes.


  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Instant Pot or Slow Cooker