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Instant Pot Firecracker Chicken – Little Sunny Kitchen

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Firecracker chicken served on jasmine rice in a white bowl

Sweet and spicy Instant Pot firecracker chicken served on a bed of jasmine rice. This is a dinner that the whole family will love, and trust me, if you make it once you will instantly fall in love with it!

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and takes less 30 minutes to be ready.

Firecracker chicken served on jasmine rice in a white bowl

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’d know how much I love my Instant Pot! I use it to make all kinds of dinners from restaurant-quality dishes such as chicken parmesan and Tuscan chicken, and hibachi restaurant meals such as hibachi steak, chicken, shrimp, and even fried rice, to easy comforting dinners such as butter chicken, creamy mushroom chicken, and creamy salsa chicken.

This firecracker chicken is a new family favorite, I only started making it a couple of months ago, and we already made it at least 5 times! It’s sweet, spicy, saucy, and full of flavor. And the best part? It’s SUPER easy to make!

What You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need to make firecracker chicken in the Instant Pot. You can use any type of chicken that you have available. I used diced chicken breast, but if you would like to use chicken thighs, that totally works!

To make it less spicy, you can reduce the amount of hot sauce. I used sriracha, but Frank’s red sauce is also great here.

As for the vinegar, I used rice wine vinegar, but you can substitute it with apple cider vinegar.

Instant Pot Firecracker Chicken Ingredients

How to Make Instant Pot Firecracker Chicken

  • Season the chicken, then coat in cornstarch. I like to use my kitchen tongs for this.
  • Lightly brown the chicken in the Instant Pot, remove it and set aside. Deglaze, and I like to remove the bits that got stuck to the bottom of the pot (discard) to get a smooth sauce.
  • Make the sauce, so simple! Just mix the ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Put the chicken back in, add the sauce and water, and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken, and thicken the sauce. Put the chicken back in, mix and garnish with chopped green onion.
How to make firecracker chicken in the instant pot

Now you can totally skip the cornstarch coating, and make this a dump and start recipe. But I personally love the crust that the cornstarch creates, it makes it so close to a classic firecracker chicken.

Video Tutorial

I also created a quick video for you to show you how I make Instant Pot Firecracker chicken, so make sure to check it out!

Perfectly cooked and glazed firecracker chicken

What to Serve With Firecracker Chicken

I like to serve this firecracker chicken on a bed of perfectly cooked jasmine rice (it cooks the same as basmati rice in the Instant Pot). For low-carb, you can serve this over cauliflower rice.

Eating firecracker chicken with chop sticks

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Instant Pot Firecracker Chicken

Sweet and spicy Instant Pot firecracker chicken served on a bed of jasmine rice. This is a dinner that the whole family will love, and trust me, if you make it once you will instantly fall in love with it!

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: International

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Instant Pot to come to pressure: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 192kcal

Instructions

  • To a bowl, add the chicken, corn starch, salt, and pepper. Mix so that the chicken is well coated.

  • On the Instant Pot press on SAUTE (on low) and heat the oil. Add the chicken, and brown it until lightly browned. Remove the chicken from the pot onto a plate and set aside.

  • Deglaze the pot by adding ¼ cup of water, and with a wooden spoon or a heat resistant spatula scrape off any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. I recommend discarding the liquid and the chicken cornstarch bits that were stuck to the pot to get a smooth sauce. Switch off the saute setting.

  • In a bowl, whisk all of the sauce ingredients until well combined, then add them to the Instant Pot and put the chicken back. Add ¼ cup of water to the chicken and sauce, and give everything a good mix.

  • Secure the lid and set the vent to SEALING. Select the PRESSURE COOK/MANUAL setting and set the cooking time for 5 minutes at high pressure. The Instant Pot will take around 7-10 minutes to come to pressure and start cooking. When the cooking program ends, quickly release the steam.

  • Carefully open the lid, and remove the chicken from the pot and set aside.

To Thicken the Sauce

  • Press on SAUTE, and once the sauce comes to a boil add the cornstarch mixed with water. Whisk until the sauce is thickened (it thickens very quickly). Put the chicken back in, and mix.

  • Serve over rice, and garnish with chopped green onion.

Notes

  • This dish is quite spicy, if you don’t like spicy food then you can reduce the amount of hot sauce. If you would like to omit the hot sauce, use ketchup instead.
  • It’s important that you deglaze the pot after the saute to avoid getting a burn message.
  • The reason why I like to deglaze and discard the liquid with the stuck bits then wipe the pot clean is to get a smooth sauce.
  • Serve over jasmine rice, and garnish with chopped green onions.
  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 641IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 3mg



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