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Instant Pot General Tso Chicken

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Instant Pot General Tso 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 better than takeout right at home. Make this recipe in minutes in your instant pot or slow cooker.

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Tonight I was really in the mood for take-out from Chinese; I like my Better than Take Out Beef & Broccoli recipe so much that I thought I would branch out and give Instant Pot General Tso Chicken a try. I was pleasantly surprised this General Tso Chicken was mouth-watering.

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Ingredients for General Tso Chicken

  • 1.5 pounds Chicken: cubed in 1″ pieces (Frozen or thawed). We used boneless chicken breasts, but you can also use boneless chicken thighs.
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil: Sesame Oil gives the chicken a great flavor. I would not substitute this.
  • 6 tbsp Rice Vinegar: If you don’t have any, you can use Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • 6 tbsp Dark soy sauce: You can use light sodium soy sauce.
  • 1/4 cup Hoisin Sauce: substitute with fish sauce.
  • 4 tbsp Brown Sugar: Make homemade brown sugar with white sugar and Molasses.
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch: We use it for thickening the sauce.
  • 1/4 tsp ginger: Fresh ginger is best, but you can use powdered.
  • 1 clove garlic: Minced. You can replace it with garlic powder.
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes: If you don’t like them very spicy, you can skip the red pepper flakes.
  • Sesame seeds: Optional for garnish
  • 1 chopped green onion: Optional for garnish
  • 2 Cups Jasmine Rice: I made Instant Pot Jasmine Rice.
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Step by Step Instructions for General TSO Chicken.

Step 1:

  • Place pot on Saute.
  • Saute chicken cubes in sesame oil for 1-2 minutes or until the chicken is white. No need to cook all the way.
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Step 2: Prepare General Tso Sauce

  • Mix together Rice Vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, hoisin sauce, and brown sugar in a small bowl.
  • Pour the mixture into the Instant pot over the chicken.
  • Place Manual High Pressure for 10 minutes.
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Step 3:

  • Mix together Rice Vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, hoisin sauce, and brown sugar in a small bowl.
  • Pour the mixture into the Instant pot over the chicken.
  • Place Manual High Pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Do a Quick Release.
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Step 4:

  • Place your pot back on saute and bring it to a slight boil.
  • Whisk in cornstarch until the mixture turns thick and bubbly, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve over rice.
  • Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.
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Stop Top Directions

  • Toss cubed chicken in corn starch.
  • Deep Fry chicken pieces on high heat in olive oil until golden brown.
  • Toss the chicken in the general tso sauce.
  • Top with sesame seeds and green onions.
  • Serve crispy chicken over rice.

Slow Cooker Directions

  • Place cubed chicken in the slow cooker.
  • Make Sauce as above. Pour over the chicken.
  • Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 8.
  • Top with sesame seeds and green onions.

How to prepare for Freezer Meal.

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

Cook from Frozen:

  • Add frozen contents to the instant pot.
  • Cook manual high pressure for 10 minutes
  • do a quick release
  • Thicken as directed above
  • Serve over rice.
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Tips and Tricks for Instant Pot General Tso Chicken

  • Cook on High Pressure with a quick release.
  • Mix sauce in a small bowl before putting it in the instant pot.
  • You can use chicken thighs or breasts for this recipe.
  • For the Stovetop coat, the chicken is well coated with cornstarch before frying.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is General Tso Chicken?

General Tso is generally a deep fried dish that is sweet and spicy. Usually on the menu at Chinese food restraunts.

What to serve General Tso Sauce on?

We served ours over Jasmine Rice.

Can I use Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot?

Yes, You can use frozen chicken with the Instant pot directions.

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Better than Take Out Instant Pot General Tso's Chicken

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

Instant Pot General Tso 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 better than takeout right at home. Make this recipe in minutes in your instant pot or slow cooker.

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. Mix together Rice Vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, hoisin sauce, and brown sugar in a separate bowl.
  4. Pour the 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 and bring it to a slight boil.
  8. Whisk in cornstarch until the mixture turns thick and bubbly, about 2 minutes.
  9. Serve over rice. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.

Stop Top Directions

  1. Toss cubed chicken in corn starch.
  2. Fry in olive oil until golden brown.
  3. Mix done chicken in the sauce above. Top with sesame seeds and green onions.
  4. Serve over rice.

Slow Cooker Directions

  • Place cubed chicken in the slow cooker.
  • Make Sauce as above. Pour over the chicken.
  • Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 8.
  • Top with sesame seeds and green onions.

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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Tracy

Friday 6th of January 2023

Can anyone tell me about how many cups of “liquid” the sauce comes out to? I have a lot of dietary restrictions so I had to go off recipe a bit but mine was super liquidy. Not sure if it was my liquid ratio or that I didn’t bother sautéing first and the water from the chicken cooking created lots of liquid.

Adventures of a Nurse

Friday 6th of January 2023

If your chicken was frozen it would make a lot more liquid

Sabrina

Friday 30th of December 2022

I think next time I will cut down the soy sauce - it was much too salty! Other than that it was tasty. I agree with others comments about the coming time possibly being too long. My chicken was a bit over cooked as well. It probably depends on what size you cut your cubes! 😊

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