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Pressure Cooker Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

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Pressure Cooker Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

So Why Not Just Order Take-Out?

Over the past few years, we’ve had to adjust the way we eat. A few years ago, my wife (randomly) developed an intolerance to onions. After our first daughter was born came the intolerance to gluten. Three months ago, we had our second daughter, who (at this point) can’t digest dairy well. Needless to say, I’ve been experimenting quite a bit to still make food taste delicious without 3 favorite ingredients. With that being said… I LOVE Chinese take-out. But I haven’t eaten it in almost 4 years ((tear)) because it is loaded with soy sauce, oyster sauce, wheat and sugar. So I reached a tipping point – where Asian food needed to be added to my repertoire in the kitchen.  And this is the first of many Asian-inspired recipes I will share – pressure cooker chicken and broccoli stir fry.

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3.7 from 3 reviews
Pressure Cooker Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry
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  • 8 chicken thighs - boneless, skinless
  • ¼ cup tamari - aka gluten-free soy sauce (or soy sauce)
  • ½ tsp. allspice - ground
  • ½ tsp. ginger - ground
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic - minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Sriracha (or more, as desired)
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 lbs. broccoli florets - frozen
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  1. Cut chicken into 1-inch chucks. Add to mixing bowl with all other ingredients (except broccoli and broth), mix well, and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Turn on sauté setting on Instant Pot and allow to get fully hot. Then add all ingredients from bowl into pot and cook until chicken is almost done (7-10 minutes), stirring frequently.
  3. Add broccoli, chicken broth, and mix well.
  4. Switch Instant Pot to manual setting for 1 minute and close lid.
  5. Once cooking is complete, quick-release pressure.
  6. Serve with rice. And Enjoy!
It will take a while for the pressure to come up because the broccoli is frozen. This is the reason for the 1-minute cook time.

Also, this cooking method will not yield crunchy broccoli, it will be soft. As an alternative, you can steam the broccoli separately.

Lastly, this method will produce quite a bit of broth. We feel that cooking it this way keeps the chicken very moist. When serving, we suggest using a slotted spoon to remove the chicken, then adding however much broth you like into your bowl.

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    March 31, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Never ordering take out Chinese food again.

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      Chef Gary
      April 1, 2017 at 7:03 am

      I think I may need to hire you to test recipes for my upcoming cookbook. Lol!

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        April 1, 2017 at 7:10 am

        I’m down! I am the perfect candidate to let you know what mistakes will be made by those of us who were not gifted with chef like abilities. LOL! I am finding that I do one or two things wrong to each recipe my first go-round. But I don’t give up!

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          July 28, 2017 at 8:15 am

          This was wonderful and will be making this again but it does not say how many servings it makes and how much per serving. I am thinking 4?

          • Chef Gary
            July 28, 2017 at 9:12 am

            I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for the rating too. As for the servings, I’ve been hesitant to add those since I would only really be guessing, though you are making me reconsider. But yes, 4 sounds about right for this recipe.

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    September 24, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Looks great. How long would you cook if using fresh broccoli? Has anyone tried it with coconut aminos instead of soy sauce?

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      Chef Gary
      October 3, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Hmm, that’s a good question. I think I would try 2 minutes with the fresh broccoli. It will definitely come up to pressure much quicker. But I’ve never tried that. Also, have not tried the coconut aminos. Please let me know how it goes!

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    December 26, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    The flavor was okay but I think in the future I would steam the broccoli separately. This was a mushy broccoli mess! My kiddo, a rice bowl fanatic, absolutely refused and the rest of the family could barely stomach the liquid broccoli but did to spare my feelings. I had to throw the rest of the pot out. This would have been a completely different dish if the broccoli was steamed separately.

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      Chef Gary
      January 2, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      Sorry that this wasn’t what you expected. I guess I should explain a little more of what to expect in the recipe notes. We definitely use a slotted spoon to take out the chicken. I would never pour all the remaining broth into a bowl, only however much sauce each person wants over their rice. But I do think that the extra broth during cooking makes for much more flavorful and non-dry chicken. As for the broccoli – you’re right that steaming it separately with give you more texture. But, honestly, this recipe was created as an easy one-pot meal. So I guess I (wrongly) assumed that people wouldn’t expect crunchy broccoli in a pressure cooker. Again, sorry it wasn’t up to par for your family.

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    December 29, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Was excited to try this tonight! We ended up with a LOT of liquid in the bottom of the pot, and the broccoli was very soggy. Any suggestions?

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      Chef Gary
      January 9, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      I’ve edited the notes of the recipe to answer your question. That was to be expected, but I guess it will help if you know that beforehand. Sorry if you didn’t like it texture, but hopefully it at least tasted good!?

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    January 5, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Definitely not a traditional stir fry, but I didn’t expect that in an Instant Pot. Flavor was amazing!

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