Instant Pot Chinese Chicken and Broccoli takes only 15 mins to get ready from scratch. You’ll have thin slices of tender chicken and crisp broccoli coated in a delicious sweet and savory sauce. Tastes so much better than take-out and makes a terrific easy weeknight dinner.
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Chinese Chicken and Broccoli Instant Pot
How about a 15 mins Asian take out style Chinese Chicken and Broccoli made in Instant Pot that your whole family will love?
Absolutely juicy, tender thin chicken slices simmered in a finger licking good sweet and savory sauce with crisp broccoli florets.
If you prefer tender broccoli do check out the tips section of this post.
You’ll love this dish on a bed of steamed Jasmine rice and equally enjoy it with Noodles.
You can also use frozen thawed chicken to make this dish.
Now, that’s what I call budget friendly restaurant quality meal that is so much more healthy, tasty, quick and incredibly family friendly.
They are all 15 mins recipes and have the most outstanding sauces in the whole wide world just like this Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken.
Instant Pot Chinese Chicken and Broccoli Ingredients
Find the Ingredients with actual measurements way below the post on the “Recipe Card“. The list below is just a reference.
- Chicken: Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs and thinly slice them into 2″ long pieces just like your favorite Chinese restaurant. You can also use frozen thawed chicken.
- Broccoli: Made into equal size florets. You can also use frozen thawed broccoli.
- Aromatics: Minced Ginger and Garlic.
- For the Sauce: Oyster sauce, light soy sauce, rice wine, sriracha (optional), brown sugar, sesame oil.
- Thickener: Corn starch slurry. It’s plain corn starch mixed with equal amounts of water to make a thin slurry. This is used in various Chinese dishes as a thickener and rewards the dishes with a fantastic glossy sheen. So good! Don’t miss it.
- Any neutral oil.
Chinese Chicken and Broccoli – Tips
- Cut the Chicken into thin slices: This makes the dish aesthetically beautiful, gives the dish the amazing restaurant touch and also helps cook the chicken fast. Of course you can also dice the chicken into smaller cubes if you do not prefer slicing.
- Saute the Chicken first: I always saute the chicken first while making Chinese take-out recipes in my Instant Pot like this Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice. This helps mimic the wok flavor to some extent and also prevents the dish from tasting like some boiled food. After all Chinese recipes are never pressure cooked and always made in a wok over high heat 😛
- For Crisp tender Broccoli: Add the Broccoli while thickening the sauce. Turn off the Instant Pot and put the lid back on or you can also cover the pot with a glass lid. Rest for 5 mins.
- For soft Broccoli: You can steam the broccoli florets in a steaming basket for 1-2 min while pressure cooking the chicken. Then, add back the steamed florets with the thickened sauce at last after turning off the Instant Pot. Do not cook more. Check out this Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli post, very helpful.
- Thicken the Sauce according to your preference: We love a thick sauce that beautifully coats the chicken slices and the broccoli. However, if you prefer a slightly thinner sauce simmer less and you can also add 3-4 tbsp more water while simmering. Keep the sauce the way you want 🙂
How to make Chinese Chicken and Broccoli in Instant Pot? Step by Step
Find the detailed step by step recipe along with measurements way below the post on the “Recipe Card“.
Step #1 Saute Chicken
Set the Instant Pot on SAUTE and keep it at NORMAL.
Saute the minced ginger and garlic just for 30 seconds and than add the flash marinated thin chicken slices and saute until lightly golden around the edges.
Took me around 3-4 mins.
Step #2 Pressure Cook
CANCEL the SAUTE function.
Add 1/3 cup water and de-glaze the pot very well scraping the sides and the bottom of the pot with the help of your spatula.
PRESSURE COOK on HIGH for just 1 min followed by a QUICK RELEASE.
If you use cubed chicken pieces pressure cook for 3 mins or regular chicken and 1 min for organic farm fresh chicken.
Step #3 Mix Sauces, Simmer, Thicken
CANCEL the Pressure cook function and press the SAUTE function and set it on LOW.
Add the sauce ingredients along with the corn starch slurry and 1/3 cup water. Mix well.
Add the fresh broccoli florets and simmer the sauce until it thickens to your preferred consistency. We love a thick sauce!
Now, turn off the Instant Pot and cover it with a lid or put back the Instant Pot lid. Allow the Chinese Chicken and Broccoli to rest for 5 mins covered.
The residual heat will cook the Broccoli to crisp tender consistency.
If you prefer softer broccoli that’s well cooked you may pressure cook the Broccoli florets in a steaming basket along with the chicken. For more details read the NOTES below on the Recipe Card.
Enjoy the Instant Pot Chinese Chicken and Broccoli with steamed Jasmine rice or Noodles.
The Instant Pot Chinese Chicken and Broccoli will last for 5 days in the fridge when stored in moisture free air tight container.
You can also freeze the dish for upto 2 months. Freeze in individual freezer safe bags or containers. It certainly helps to re-heat and serve that way.
You can re-heat the dish in the microwave oven. Just sprinkle a few drops of water to add back some moisture and warm it up.
For freezer meal thaw the Chinese chicken and Broccoli overnight in the fridge first and than re-heat following the above instructions.
The Broccoli will get cooked more and become slightly soft when you re-heat the dish every single time.
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Instant Pot Chinese Chicken and Broccoli
- 0.71 pound boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 2 inch long thin slices (325 grams)
- 2 cups fresh broccoli florets or a small broccoli head (for frozen broccoli read NOTES below)
- 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tbsp minced ginger
- 3 tbsp any neutral oil
For Flash Marinating Chicken
- 1 tsp Sesame oil
- 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
For the Sauce
- 3 tbsp light soy sauce or Tamari (use low sodium variety)
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
- 1 tbsp Rice Wine
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp Sesame oil
- 1.5 tbsp cornstarch diluted in equal parts water (made into a slurry)
- 2/3 cups Water (divided into equal parts)
- Flash marinate the thinly sliced chicken pieces with sesame oil and light soy sauce. Now, this is a totally optional step. It certainly boosts the flavor of the dish and acts similar to velveting the chicken.
- Now, set the Instant Pot on SAUTE function and keep it at NORMAL heat settings. Add oil and when the oil becomes moderately hot add the minced ginger and garlic and saute for just 30 seconds.
- Next, add the flash marinated chicken slices and saute until lightly golden around the edges. It took me around 3-4 mins.
- Add 1/3 cup water and de-glaze the pot very well scraping the sides and the bottom of the pot with the help of your spatula so that there are absolutely no bits and crumbs stuck. CANCEL the SAUTE function.
- Close the lid of the Instant Pot and set the valve to SEALING position. PRESSURE COOK on HIGH for just 1 min.
- When the pressure cooking cycle is over do a QUICK PRESSURE RELEASE by manually moving the valve from the SEALING to the VENTING position. Open the lid carefully and CANCEL the Pressure cook function.
- Add the sauce ingredients mentioned above in the "For the Sauces" section along with the corn starch and 1/3 cup water. Give everything a good stir.
- Press the SAUTE function and set it at LOW.
- Add the Broccoli florets, mix well with the rest of the ingredients in the pot. Simmer the sauce until it thickens and reaches the consistency that you prefer.
- Turn off the Instant Pot and Cover it either with a glass lid or put back it's lid. All the Chinese Chicken and Broccoli to rest for 5 mins. The residual heat will cook down the Broccoli florets and make them crisp tender. If you prefer tender soft broccoli read the NOTES below.
- Enjoy the dish with some steamed Jasmine rice or Noodles.
- Measuring Units Used, 1 cup = 240 ml & 1 teaspoon = 5 ml.
- Cook time for cubed chicken pieces: 3 mins/ QPR for regular chicken and 1 min/QPR for organic farm fresh chicken.
- Want Soft Tender Broccoli? Pressure Cook the florets separately on a steaming basket along while pressure cooking the chicken. Add back the steamed florets while thickening the sauce.
- Want to use frozen Broccoli? Thaw the frozen Broccoli first and drain the excess water. Follow the recipe as such.
- Want to use frozen chicken breats or thighs? Thaw them over night in the fridge. Drain the excess moisture and than slice them thinly.
- The Sauce consistency: We prefer a thick sauce that clings beautifully to the chicken and the broccoli florets. However, if you prefer a thinner sauce simmer it less and you can also add 3-4 tbsp more water to thin it down a bit while simmering it down. The consistency of the sauce is totally your preference. Keep it the way you want.
- Storing Tips: Lasts for 5 days in the fridge in moisture free air tight containers and keeps good in the freezer for upto 2 months.