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Instant Pot General Tso’s Recipe

A healthier version of General Tso’s using unbreaded chicken breasts and cooked in the Instant Pot. Even better than take-out!
Servings 6


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed in bite size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder

For General Tso's sauce:

  • cup rice vinegar
  • cup soy sauce
  • ¾ cup hoisin sauce
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine or dry sherry
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Optional Garnishes:

  • Sesame seeds
  • Crushed red pepper
  • 1 green onion sliced


  • Turn the Instant Pot on the Sauté mode. When the display reads HOT, add oil. Add the chicken in batches and lightly brown on all sides. Transfer the chicken to a plate and repeat with any remaining chicken. Press Cancel/OFF
  • Add the rice vinegar to the Instant Pot and deglaze the bottom of the pot. Be sure to remove all of the browned bits that stuck to the bottom.
  • Add the remaining sauce ingredients to the pot and mix together until well combined.
  • Return chicken pieces to the instant pot and stir to coat the chicken with the sauce.
  • Lock the lid and place valve in the Sealing position.
  • Pressure Cook/Manual on HIGH pressure for 10 minutes.
  • When the cooking time expires allow for 5 minutes of Natural Pressure Release. Then Quick Release any remaining pressure.
  • Press Cancel and then select Sauté mode.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch/arrowroot powder and water until incorporated. Pour the slurry in the pot and mix to combine. Simmer for 1 - 2 minutes until the sauce thickens to desired consistency.
  • Serve alongside or on top of rice.
  • Garnish with with sesame seeds, crushed red pepper, and sliced green onions, if desired.


Recipe provided by Make Your Meals
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