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Better than Take Out Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken

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Tonight I was really in the mood for take-out from Chinese but I am trying to not spend a bunch of money before the Holidays.  I loved my Better than Take Out Beef & Broccoli recipe so much that I thought I would branch out and give Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken a try.

Better Than Take-out Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken Is the perfect hint of spicy and sweet and the chicken is so tender it melts in your mouth. Serve over rice and you will have the biggest hit in your house. I think I have a new favorite for the Instant Pot.

 

Instant Pot General Tso's Chicken

Better than take out General Tso’s Chicken

 

I simply love how Instant Pot Chicken turns out. The sauce used in Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken is spicy and sweet I can’t really explain how good it is.

You can also Use your chicken from frozen that is how versatile the Instant Pot is. There are many easy Instant Pot Chicken Recipes I am on a mission to try them all and bring them to you. Try out my  Instant Pot Beer can Chicken. Chicken Pot Pie Casserole, or even my Buffalo Chicken Pasta.

 

You can whip up Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken probably faster than it would take to order take-out and have it delivered. This is better than take out, and the flavors are on point. You have big pieces of chicken that are covered in the spicy and sweet sauce that is just mesmerizing.

The best part is if you forget to thaw your chicken, that is okay, you can use frozen chicken! Serve over a bed of rice, and Bon Appetite. Serve over a bed of rice or looking for a lighter option to create lettuce cups! 

 

Creating Instant Pot dishes that mimic our favorite take-out dishes not only saves me money and time, but I always know exactly what I am putting into our dishes. This better than take out Instant Pot General Tso’s chicken has become a family favorite from the first bite we took.

You get the same flavors as you would from your favorite takeout, and you can find all the ingredients at your local grocery store. You would think this would be a difficult dish to make with all the flavors, but the Instant Pot makes it super simple. 

 

Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken 

It wasn’t until a little bit later in life when I found my love of Asian and Chinese cuisine. It was like my taste buds matured and I was awakened to all the unique and savory and sweet flavors their dishes had to offer.  I can’t seem to get enough of either of these cuisines.

General Tso’s was one of my first dishes I tried that I really loved, that sweet and savory sauce that is smothered all over this chicken just blew me away. It offered just a little bit of spice, that had me craving just one more bite.

It soon became one of my favorite take-out options. So when I began cooking and realized I could recreate a favorite dish of mine, I had to give it a try. With a few tweaks I then created this dish here, and I am so happy I gave it a try.

Now we can have our favorite take-out dish without leaving the comfort of our own home. I don’t have to deal with a crowded restaurant or even getting dressed up to go out and I can stay in my pajamas or loungewear and relax in the comfort of my own home. 

Serve over plain white rice or chipolte’s cilantro rice 

How to Prepare General Tso’s Chicken for a Freezer Meal:

how To freeze general tso's

  1. Cut up 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken into 1″ cubes
  2. In a bowl mix Soy, Ginger, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, and garlic.
  3. Add chicken to a gallon-sized freezer bag
  4. Pour sauce over the chicken.
  5. Freeze 3-6 months

Instant Pot Freezer General Tsos chicken

 

How To Cook from Frozen:

  1. Add frozen contents to the instant pot.
  2. cook manual high pressure for 10 minutes
  3. do a quick release
  4. Thicken as directed above
  5. serve over rice

 

Instant Pot General Tso's Chicken

Better than Take Out Instant Pot General Tso's Chicken

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Perfect hint of spicy and sweet and the chicken is so tender it melts in your mouth. Serve over rice and you will have the biggest hit in your house

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds cubed chicken
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 6 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Hoisin Sauce
  • 4 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 garlic
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Sesame seeds
  • 1 chopped green onion
  • 2 cups Cooked white Rice

Instructions

  1. Place pot on Saute.
  2. Saute chicken cubes in sesame oil for 1-2 minutes or until chicken is white no need to cook all the way.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together Rice Vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, hoisin sauce, and brown sugar.
  4. Pour mixture into the Instant pot over the chicken.
  5. Place Manual High power for 10 minutes.
  6. Do a quick release.
  7. Place your pot back on saute bring to a slight boil.
  8. Whisk in cornstarch until mixture turns thick and bubbly about 2 minutes.
  9. Serve over rice. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.

Notes

How To Freeze:

  • Cut up 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken into 1" cubes
  • In a bowl mix Soy, Ginger, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, and garlic.
  • Add chicken to a gallon-sized freezer bag
  • Pour sauce over the chicken.
  • Freeze 3-6 months

How To Cook from Frozen:

  • Add frozen contents to instant pot.
  • cook manual high pressure for 10 minutes
  • do a quick release
  • Thicken as directed above
  • serve over rice
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 427Saturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 1990mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 41g

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Rhishikesh Gaikwad

Friday 5th of March 2021

Wow superr!! thanks for sharing.. Marathi Recipe

DeAnna

Thursday 28th of January 2021

This looks easy and delicious! Just to clarify, when cooking from frozen, you don't need to add liquid? Or thaw first?

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