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Instant Pot General Tso Chicken gravy served in white bowl with a pair of chopsticks.
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Instant Pot General Tso Chicken Recipe

With a perfect spicy, sweet and sour hint, make this easy General Tso Chicken in Instant Pot pressure cooker in less than 20 minutes. It tastes much much better than take-out! A quick, healthy and gluten free Chinese dinner you will be hooked to.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Low Fat, Non Vegetarian
Servings: 5
Calories: 280kcal
Author: Farrukh Aziz


  • lbs Chicken Breast or Thighs cut in 1.5 inches cubes
  • tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 3 - 4 Dried Red Chillies
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • ½ teaspoon Chilli Flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon Red Chili Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Hoisin Sauce
  • ¼ cup Tamari or Soy Sauce low sodium
  • 2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Chicken Stock
  • Salt and Pepper
  • tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons Water

For Garnish

  • Sesame Seeds
  • Green Onions chopped


  • Place the steel insert in the Instant pot and switch on the sauté function. Once the Ip displays 'Hot', heat oil.
  • Add dried red chili and fry for 30 seconds.
  • Then, add chicken cubes and just mix it once so that chicken mixes with flavored oil.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients except cornstarch and water. Give it a mix.
  • Now, close and seal the instant pot, pressure cook on 'High' for 5 minutes.
  • Once the cooking cycle is complete, allow the IP to naturally release the pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Then, do the quick release, carefully unlock the instant pot and remove the lid. Keep the lid aside.
  • Switch on the sauté function again. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water to make the slurry.
  • Add the slurry in the chicken, stir and cook for 2 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Turn off the IP, dish out and serve with rice.


Always, go for good quality chicken breast and thighs. Cut them in uniform sized cubes. 
You can skip the red chilli powder if you wish to,
Adjust the chili as per your the heat your prefer.
You can chicken stock here. But I would urge you add  itfor nice intense flavor, it will taste just like your favorite take-out.


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 829mg | Potassium: 541mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg