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Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken | Large Family Table Meals, Dairy Free

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One of my favorite meals is Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken. Whenever we go out for Chinese food, you can guarantee that this is the meal I’m going to order. I’m going to show you how to make this meal for your large family table. This meal can feed a large number of people, you just need to know how to make it! Let’s get started.

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Instant Pot General Tso's Chicken

Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken

Get ready for a delicious meal that you won’t be able to get over. Who doesn’t love Chinese food, anyway? We’ve made Large Family Instant Pot Sesame Orange Chicken and  Teriyaki Chicken Casserole but this General Tso’s is a new one. When it’s the weekend and you don’t really feel like cooking, but you are craving something delicious, then this meal is perfect! It can be expensive to feed your entire family Chinese food, especially if you’re on a budget. It’s time to put that Instant Pot to work.

Ingredients for General Tso’s Chicken

You may be wondering what kind of delicious ingredients you use for this type of meal. The entire recipe list will be in the recipe card, but I always enjoy touching base on the main ingredients.

  • Boneless chicken – You can always find this on sale and buy it in bulk. I have tons of recipes on my website to help you find ways to use up that boneless chicken. Buying in bulk is always much cheaper. And making your own whole chicken in the instant pot is even cheaper.
  • Liquid Aminos – If you have never used liquid aminos in a recipe before, you’re going to love it. What are liquid aminos? They are simply culinary seasonings that look and taste similar to soy sauce.
  • Brown Sugar – You may be wondering why a recipe for General Tso’s Chicken has brown sugar? Trust me, you’ll want to add this because it helps give the recipe the perfect amount of sweetness!

You’re going to enjoy this recipe just as much as we do. And to know that you can make it right at home in your own Instant Pot is awesome!

Is the Instant Pot Easy to Use?

Yes! Follow the directions to this recipe and you will see how easy the Instant Pot is to use. Once you start using the Instant Pot, you won’t want to stop. It makes dinner time a breeze.

How to Store Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken

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If you’d like to keep this chicken recipe for leftovers, then I’m going to help you learn how to store it. I love to store these in individual containers if I have room in the fridge. The key to making sure the chicken doesn’t dry out is to put it in an airtight container. It can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Instant Pot General Tso's Chicken

Can I Freeze Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken?

The answer is YES, you can! You will need a freezer friendly container to store this chicken meal in. Make sure it’s able to seal really tight. Again, you can put them in indivdual containers to make it easier for the kids to grab and heat up.

The next time you’re looking for a delicious meal, I hope you’ll give this large family table meal a try. What is your favorite part about it?

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Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken

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Instant Pot General Tso's Chicken

Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken | Large Family Table Meals

  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot/ Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Asian

Description

Are you ready for an exciting meal for that large family of yours? Go ahead and make this Instant Pot General Tso’s Chicken. It’s so flavorful! 


Ingredients

  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken stock
  • ¼ cup liquid aminos or low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (or brown sugar substitute)
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water

 


Instructions

  1. Using the saute mode, heat the electric pressure cooker until “hot.” Drizzle the olive oil into the pot. Add the chicken and cook until the chicken is browned on each side. There is no need to cook the chicken all the way through. 

  2. Deglaze the pot using the chicken stock and a wooden spoon. Cancel the saute mode.

  3. Return the chicken to the pressure cooker. 

  4. In a mixing bowl, stir together liquid aminos, brown sugar, ground ginger, garlic, rice wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, tomato paste, and hoisin sauce. Pour over chicken.

  5. Place the lid on the electric pressure cooker and set the valve to sealing. Set the pressure cooker to “manual” or “pressure cook” for 5 minutes. Quick release the pressure when the cook cycle is complete.

  6. Remove the chicken from the pot. Cancel the “keep warm” mode and turn on the “saute” mode.

  7. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Pour into the sauce as it simmers in the pot. Allow the sauce to thicken, stirring as needed, until desired consistency is reached. (I cooked the sauce for about 5 minutes.)

  8. Return chicken to the pressure cooker pot and toss to coat with sauce.

  9. When serving, top the chicken with sliced green onions and/or toasted sesame seeds.

 

For the slow cooker:

  1. In a skillet, brown the chicken in olive oil.

  2. In the slow cooker crock, stir together liquid aminos, brown sugar, ground ginger, garlic, rice wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, tomato paste, and hoisin sauce. Add the chicken. Cover and cook on low 4 to 5 hours. 

  3. Mix together the cornstarch and water. Add to the slow cooker and stir the chicken. Continue cooking for 20-30 minutes or until the sauce has thickened to the desired consistency.

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This delicious meal is easy to make and a big hit in our home. It’s also dairy free if you have dietary needs that require being dairy-free.

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