Have you ever had General Tso’s chicken at a Chinese restaurant? It’s on most menus, and it’s always delicious. I had some chicken breasts that I needed to use, which I was in the mood for. I googled Instant Pot chicken, and I found this delicious recipe from the website Jocooks.com. The entire recipe takes 25 minutes from start to finish. I lessened the amount of honey and brown sugar, so it’s not so sweet. It’s tasty and healthy. If you don’t own an instant pot, I recommend getting one. It will be your go-to in the kitchen


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 into it, excluding the cornstarch and water. Stir everything well with a spoon.
  • Close the lid (follow the manufacturer’s guide for instructions on closing 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, which 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. You can serve it with rice. I chose to be carb-free and added a simple salad.

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