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Instant Pot General Tso Chicken

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What I love about my Instant Pot is that I can make almost anything I am craving in it. Craving Chinese? I can make this Instant Pot General Tso Chicken in a breeze. Instead of ordering take out, save your money and try this recipe. Make it with our Instant Pot Orange Chicken and rice for a delicious meal you can’t resist!

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Instant Pot General Tso Chicken

Serves: 8 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 min

Ingredients For General Tso Chicken

  • 1 1/2 pounds  chicken thighs   (cut into 2-3 inch chunks)
  • 2-3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup corn flour
  • 1/4 cup  vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp.  Minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp.   minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 6 tbsp.   rice vinegar
  • 6 tbsp.  soy sauce
  • 6 tsp.  hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup  water
  • 3 tbsp.  brown sugar
  • Cornstarch Slurry:
  • 2 tbsp.  cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp.  water
  • Cornstarch Slurry:
  • 2 tbsp.  cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp.  water
Instant Pot General Tso Chicken

How to Make General Tso Chicken

Start by cutting the chicken into 3-4 inch chunks.

In a small bowl add your flour and corn flour mixto combine.

In another small bowl add your beaten eggs.

Take your chicken 5-6 pieces at a time, dip them in the egg mixture
first then into the flour mixture.

Place on a baking pan top with parchment paper and set to the side.

Repeat steps until all chicken has been coated.

Press Sauté on your Instant Pot-> click on high.

Wait for the Instant Pot to read HOT.

Add the oil to the Instant Pot, wait one minute for the oil to heat up
and add the chicken.

Sauté for 2-3 minutes, turn your chicken over to ensure even cooking.

Do this for a few times.

Continue to cook the chicken until it just starts to get golden.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the Instant pot: ginger, garlic,
red pepper flakes, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar
and water.

Stir well to combine.

Close lid, select the Poultry function and adjust the time to 5 minutes.

Then use a 10 minute Natural Release.

Turn off the heat.

Open the lid.

Gently stir to combine.

Select Saute’ on the Instant Pot

Add your cornstarch slurry to the Instant Pot.

Cook for 5 minutes.

Turn your Instant pot off, let the General Tso Chicken stand for 5-7 minutes

Serve

Instant Pot General Tso Chicken

Cornstarch Slurry:

In a small bowl combine the cornstarch with the water, whisk until all
combined with no lumps.

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Yield: 8

Instant Pot General Tso Chicken Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This Instant Pot Recipe will surely suffice your cravings for Chinese dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs (cut into 2-3 inch chunks)
  • 2-3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup corn flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. Minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 6 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 6 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 6 tsp. hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • Cornstarch Slurry:
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • Cornstarch Slurry:
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp. water

Instructions

    Start by cutting the chicken into 3-4 inch chunks. In a small bowl add your flour and corn flour mix to combine.

    In another small bowl add your beaten eggs. Take your chicken 5-6 pieces at a time, dip them in the egg mixture first then into the flour mixture.

    Place on a baking pan top with parchment paper and set to the side. Repeat steps until all chicken has been coated.

    Press Sauté on your Instant Pot-> click on "high". Wait for the Instant Pot to read "hot".

    Add the oil to the Instant Pot, wait one minute for the oil to heat up and add the chicken. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, turn your chicken over to ensure even cooking.

    Do this for a few times. Continue to cook the chicken until it just starts to get golden.

    Add the rest of the ingredients to the Instant pot: ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar and water. Stir well to combine. Close lid, select the Poultry function and adjust the time to 5 minutes.

    Then use a 10 minute Natural Release. Turn off the heat. Open the lid. Gently stir to combine. Select "Sauté" on the Instant Pot.

    Add your cornstarch slurry to the Instant Pot. then cook for 5 minutes. Turn your Instant pot off, let the General Tso Chicken stand for 5-7 minutes

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 437Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 179mgSodium: 903mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 26g

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About Angela Milnes

Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!

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3 Comments

  1. This burned on the bottom of my instant pot three times – including after taking the chicken out, scraping the pot, and trying again. Not sure what caused it to burn, but I had to finish it on the stove top (InstantPot will not work when there is a burn).

    1. Oh dear…. Be sure to follow the instructions in the correct order. We have never had burn notice with this recipe.

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