5 from 11 votes
Healthier Instant Pot General Tso Chicken Recipe
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
14 mins
Healthier Instant Pot General Tso Chicken Recipe is lighter version of General Tso chicken. Deep fried chicken is replaced with sauted chicken and half the calories to your take-out order. It’s got the sweet, sticky, spicy perfection without deep frying chicken pieces. You won’t miss a thing. Try it once, you’ll be hooked.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: chicken recipes, Asian chicken recipes, chicken for dinner, Easy dinner recipe
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 658 kcal
  • 1.5 lbs chicken thighs skin less, bone less cut into 1.5 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
General Tso Sauce –
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 1 tablespoon red chili sauce
  • 1 table spoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Chinese wine Shaoxing wine or any sherry
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoon corn starch
  • 5-6 dried red chilies or 3 fresh Thai red chilies
  • ¼ cup scallion
  • Salt and pepper
  • Green onions chives
  • Toasted white sesame seeds
  1. Set instant pot to SAUTE mode.

  2. Add cubes chicken and saute for a minute or until it changes it’s color.

  3. Add ginger garlic and continue to saute and cook.

  4. Add dried red chilies, scallions, hoisin sauce, low sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, Zhenjiang vinegar or Chinese wine vinegar, Lemon juice, Chili sauce (optional), Salt and pepper. Give a quick stir.

  5. Add 5-7 tablespoons chicken stock.

    Cover lid.

  6. Select POULTRY setting and adjust timer to 5 minutes.

    Note – I tested twice with chicken thighs (boneless, skinless) for 10 minutes cooking time and I found that the chicken get over cooked and they turned almost like shredded chicken.

    5 minutes for chicken thighs or chicken breasts works best for me. Select 5 minutes first when you make this recipe, once cooking time is done, open lid and test a chicken piece but piercing with a fork. If it tears/cut smooth then you chicken is cooked well. If 5 minutes POULTRY setting ends up with undercooked chicken, select SAUTE mode and let the pot simmer for few more minutes with lid off until chicken is cooked through. In case you pot turns dry, pour about 5-7 tablespoons chicken stocks and allow chicken to cook.

    Pro-Tip : Do not cut chicken pieces too small, keep them alteast 1.5 inch cubes. You don’t want to end up with General Tso shredded chicken.

  7. Once instant pot cycle is complete, wait for 5 minutes for NATURAL release. Then turn valve to VENTING position for QUICK release. Carefully unlock and remove the lid from the instant pot.

  8. Whisk flour with little water. Pour it into pot, instant pot set on SAUTE mode. Let it simmer for few minutes as the sauce thickens.

  9. Garnish with chives and sesame seeds.

    Serve hot with white rice or cauliflower rice for low carb options. 

Nutrition Facts
Healthier Instant Pot General Tso Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 658 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47g 72%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 223mg 74%
Sodium 625mg 26%
Potassium 562mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 9g
Protein 38g 76%
Vitamin A 10.3%
Vitamin C 3.9%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 9.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.