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Instant Pot General Tso's Chicken

This Instant Pot General Tso's Chicken is the perfect, healthy, homemade dinner in under 30 minutes. This spicy Chinese takeout favorite is simple and quick to prepare with just the perfect balance of sweet and tangy.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: asian food, general tso's chicken, instant pot, instant pot recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 370kcal


Optional Garnish

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 green onions chopped


  • Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. (See your manufacturer's guide for detailed instructions on how to use your instant pot.)
  • Add the chicken pieces to the Instant Pot then dump the rest of the ingredients to it, excluding the cornstarch and water. Stir everything well with a spoon.
  • Close the lid (follow the manufacturer's guide for instructions on how to close the instant pot lid). Set the Instant Pot to the Poultry setting and set the timer to 5 minutes.
  • Once the Instant Pot cycle is complete, wait until the natural release cycle is complete, should take about 10 minutes. Follow the manufacturer's guide for quick release, if in a rush. Carefully unlock and remove the lid from the instant pot.
  • Switch the Instant Pot to the saute setting (do not put the lid on). Transfer the chicken to a bowl using a slotted spoon. 
  • In a small bowl whisk the cornstarch and water together then pour over the sauce and stir. Cook for about 2 minutes until the sauce thickens. Add the chicken back to the Instant Pot and turn off your Instant Pot by pressing the cancel button.
  • Garnish the chicken with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve over rice.



  1. I strongly recommend reading the manufacturer's guide for instructions on how to use your Instant Pot before attempting this recipe. 
  2. Substitutes: Boneless skinless chicken thighs may also be used with the same cooking time. Rice vinegar can be substituted with cider vinegar. Red pepper flakes can be replaced with cayenne pepper. Hoisin sauce is a delicious sweet and spicy mix and a must for many authentic Asian meals. A simplified shortcut to using something else instead would be mixing sweet barbecue sauce with sriracha and five-spice powder. 
  3. For less sweetness, feel free to reduce the honey or brown sugar.
  4. Nutrition: Nutritional information does NOT include rice. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1045mg | Potassium: 945mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 5.2mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1.8mg