Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken and Rice Recipe - a complete sweet and sour chicken dinner with rice in one Instant Pot!
Makes a weeks worth of meals in one Instant Pot - perfect for meal prep.
One of my favorite Chinese food indulgences is sweet and sour chicken. There's something about the tangy zip of the sauce, a lightly breaded chicken, and a side of fluffy rice from a local joint that just can't be beat.
This Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken Meal Prep Bowls are so incredibly delicious, easy, and simple - and you can make an entire week's worth of this meal in under 30 minutes!
This meal is truly a family-pleasing lifesaver - and one I know you're going to love. It's made us even bigger fans of our Instant Pot!
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Instant Pot Meal Prep
Making lunch ahead of time is such a weakness for me - but the Instant Pot has been a total lifesaver.
With my instant pot, I've been able to quickly make meals ahead of time - without waiting around forever.
It's a huge timesaver to make large amounts of food in just a few minutes, with perfect results - and this Sweet and Sour Chicken is a perfect easy way to plan out your week - especially since the rice cooks in the same pot as the chicken!
Microwave and Dishwasher Safe Meal Prep Bowls
I've recently found the absolute best meal prep bowls, which make a huge difference.
They are sturdy, safe, and don't give off weird flavors - perfect for taking lunch on the go!
You can grab a set here.
These BPA free plastic meal prep containers are the perfect way to divide up a big meal and have lunch on the go ready for a busy work week - and are incredibly sturdy and long lasting.
These plastic meal prep bowls also don't stain - making them my all-time favorite for cooking for the week ahead.
How to Cook Rice with Chicken in an Instant Pot
To be able to make this meal in truly just one pot, we do need a handy insert for the instant pot - but don't worry - it's less than $30 and CRAZY versatile.
Get you stacking pan inserts here.
I love being able to cook rice and a meal in just one pot - talk about simple and easy!
There is a little bit of a trick to making pan-in-pan rice work - you should put the rice pan right under a lid, and DO NOT uncover it when you remove it from your instant pot when the chicken is done cooking.
I simply take the chicken out, let it rest, and place the rice (with the pan lid still in place) and sit for about 10 minutes.
This will help it carryover cook and get nice and soft. If you find your rice is a bit too firm, simply pop it back in the Instant Pot for another 3 minutes and force release. It will be perfect!
Of course, if you haven't hopped on the Instant Pot Bandwagon, you need to!
This thing is amazing.
Full roasts done in under and hour, soups in 10 minutes, it can even cook whole chickens!
Grab your instant pot here.
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You can store this chicken for up to four days in the fridge in an airtight container.
One Pot Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken Meal Prep Bowls Recipe
Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken Meal Prep Bowls are a delicious, easy, one pot meal the whole family loves! Make an entire week's worth of meals in just one pot!
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Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken And Rice Recipe
Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken Meal Prep Bowls - delicious, easy sweet and sour chicken + rice all in one Instant Pot for a complete dinner!
- 1 lb chicken, cut into small 1" cubes
- 1 cup corn starch
- 2 eggs, extra large
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tablespoon grapeseed oil, or sunflower
- 8 oz sweet and sour sauce, I prefer Far East
- 1 cup rice, I use basmati
- 2 cups water, for rice
- 2 cups water, for pot
- sesame seeds, green onions to garnish
- Turn instant pot on to sautee- let fully heat before adding any food for it to be truly nonstick.
- Add cornstarch, flour, and eggs to small individual bowls.
- Whisk eggs thoroughly.
- Dredge chicken in cornstarch, followed by eggs, and then flour.
- Add oil to instant pot when hot.
- Add dredged chicken, let brown on each side about 5 minutes, until golden brown and slightly puffy.
- Remove chicken from instant pot pan, and place in pan insert, top with sweet and sour sauce.
- Deglaze instant pot with water, make sure there are no bits stuck to bottom.
- Add trivet to pan.
- Add chicken pan into instant pot.
- Add rice and 2 cups water to second pot insert.
- Add lid on top of rice.
- Close and seal instant pot.
- Set on high for 3 minutes, let naturally release for 10 minutes.
- Remove chicken pan from instant pot, but leave rice in the instant pot with the lid firmly on (it needs to carryover cook for about 5-10 minutes to be fluffy.)
- Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions, if desired.
- Plate and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving Calories 577Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 141mgSodium 231mgCarbohydrates 74gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 2gSugar 7gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 26g
Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.
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Multiple thumbs up from all of my kids. The only variation I did to the recipe was adding red peppers and pineapple to the chicken and sauce for the 3 min cook.
How do you "carry over cook" the rice? Just put the instant pot lid back on, or turn the instant pot back on?
Just leave lid on for the container you cook the rice in for another 5-10 minutes - the container is still hot, so it will keep cooking the rice even when you open the instant pot and remove the rice container.
Sounds like a great recipe. Can't wait to get an instant pot to try it.
By the way, the colour of the font on your blog is very hard to read. It's small, but I can enlarge it.
Did you use plain white rice? Will 3 minute cook time also work for jasmine?
When do you add the sauce? The sautéed chicken goes into the pan insert without any sauce or water?
Nevermind. I just watched the video! But you may want to update the recipe. Thanks! Looks yummy!