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instant pot ginger garlic Chinese chicken

Instant Pot Ginger Garlic Chicken

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  • Author: Crafting a Family
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Chinese


Simple sweet and tangy ginger garlic chicken breast, made from frozen chicken tenders in the Instant Pot Mini. Just enough for two for dinner, tastes like your favorite take out Chinese chicken. Make a quick and easy fried rice for the side.

Inspired by Sweet Peas and Saffron, original recipe. 


Units Scale
  • 4 frozen chicken tenders (or 2 chicken breasts cut in half)
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of prepared chopped garlic (or two cloves of garlic chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil

To Thicken the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons of cold water

For fried rice:

  • 3 cups of cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 of a bag of frozen peas and carrots
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 eggs mixed with a fork


  1. Make 1 1/2 cups of rice (makes 3 cups cooked).
  2. Spray the bottom of the inner pot of the Instant Pot mini.
  3. First, mix in the bottom of the instant pot, the water, soy sauce, brown sugar, ground ginger, prepared minced garlic, and sesame oil.
  4. Stir
  5. Layer the frozen chicken on top and mix as best you can, with the chicken frozen it is hard to get the sauce over all the chicken.
  6. Secure the lid, set to seal, and cook high pressure for 8 minutes.
  7. When the 8 minutes are over, do a quick release.
  8. Remove the chicken on a clean plate.
  9. Set the Instant pot to saute.
  10. Stir the 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl with a fork.
  11. Add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce of the instant and stir until clear and thickened.
  12. Add the chicken back into the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Mix to coat the chicken and turn off the Instant Pot.
  13. Serve with fried rice, or white rice

To Make a quick fried rice:

  1. Heat a large skillet with 2 table spoons of olive oil.
  2. Add the onion and cook on medium for 2 minutes
  3. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute
  4. Add all 3 cups of rice and stir, cook for about 2 minutes on medium heat
  5. Add the soy sauce and stir
  6. Add the frozen veggies stir, cook for about 3 minutes.
  7. Add the butter
  8. Push the rice mixture to the sides of the pan making a circle in the middle where you see the pan.
  9. Add the egg to the circle and mix until the egg is cooked.  When cooked stir into all the rice.


You can serve the Garlic Ginger Chicken over plain white rice, or make the quick restaurant style rice.

When making the fried rice you can use an frozen vegetable you like.

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