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Instant Pot Stir Fry

Olena Osipov
5 from 12 votes

Instant Pot Stir Fry with fresh or frozen chicken, frozen vegetables and healthy easy teriyaki sauce. Do you need to be saved at the end of the work day? Then this Costco dinner with 5 minutes prep is for you!

On busy weeknights, pressure cooker meals like Instant Pot teriyaki chicken and Instant Pot fried rice have been a saving grace.

Instant Pot Stir Fry

Instant Pot Chicken Stir Fry

Instant Pot stir fry is a dream come true for working moms. I make it when I’m super-super tired. Not lazy because I’m not a lazy person. Just tired. Sounds familiar?! Not that chicken and broccoli or beef stir fry are time consuming. But some nights it is easier to throw frozen chicken and veggies in one pot.

This Instant Pot chicken stir fry is literally frozen chicken breasts cooked in 5 ingredient healthy teriyaki sauce, which I “borrowed” from this chicken stir fry recipe and teriyaki salmon. Then shredded and mixed with frozen stir fry veggies. Requires literally 5 minutes of prep time from you. Leave the rest to a pressure cooker because it’s here to simplify our lives, not to complicate them.

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Instant Pot Stir Fry with chicken, veggies, green onions and sesame seeds

Ingredients for Instant Pot Stir Fry

  • Frozen or fresh chicken breasts/thighs: Always when cooking Instant Pot frozen chicken breasts or thighs pieces should be separated. Do not add frozen blob of chicken, meat will not cook through inside.
  • Frozen stir fry vegetables: I really love this mix from Costco but any firm frozen veggies mix will work.
  • Teriyaki sauce: Fresh garlic and ginger, soy sauce, maple syrup or honey, cornstarch.
  • Quinoa or brown rice for serving.

stir fry vegetables blend, chicken breasts and quinoa

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Stir Fry

If you are new to pressure cooking, check out my Instant Pot guide. It explains what happens, why and how to avoid failures. If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet but are thinking about buying one, I explain which Instant Pot to buy in my humble opinion.

  • Prep side dish on the stove: Start cooking quinoa or brown rice as per package instructions. So it is ready, when your stir fry is.
  • Place all ingredients in Instant Pot: 1 cup cold water, soy sauce, maple syrup, garlic, ginger and place chicken breasts on top. No need to stir.2 frozen chicken breasts in Instant Pot
  • Cook on high pressure: Press Pressure Cook on High or Manual, depending which model you have, fresh chicken – 10 minutes, frozen chicken – 15 minutes.
  • Release pressure and shred: Wait for 10 minutes and then release remaining pressure. Shred chicken coarsely with 2 forks right in the pot. This is the quickest method.shredded chicken breasts in Instant Pot
  • To thicken the sauce: Press Saute and while mixture is heating up, in a small bowl whisk cold water with cornstarch. Add to the pot right away, stir and cook until thickened.
  • Add frozen vegetables: Keep cooking on Saute until veggies are heated through, stirring every few minutes. Be gentle and don’t stir too often, veggies will thaw with hot stir fry sauce.frozen vegetables in Instant Pot

More Tips

  • Can I use fresh vegetables? I do not recommend so because fresh veggies will take quite a long time to cook. On the other hand, frozen vegetables are already parboiled and we just need to gently thaw them with hot stir fry sauce.
  • Do not over shred chicken: When you stir frozen veggies to cook through, chicken pieces will become even smaller.
  • Frozen meat should be separated: Very important tip. If you buy frozen chicken pieces, they are individual. When freezing fresh chicken breasts, separate them with parchment paper, then thaw for 10 minutes and run under warm water, if necessary, and meat comes apart easily.
  • If you prefer bigger chicken chunks: Remove chicken after cooking, shred on a plate and return to the pot after vegetables are cooked. Or dice chicken and return after – I do so with pressure cooker butter chicken.
  • Using dried ginger: To replace fresh ginger, use 1 tsp of dried ginger.
  • 3 quart Instant Pot: Cut ingredients in half but keep same cook time.

Storing and Reheating

Storing and reheating: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days. To reheat, simply simmer stir fry in a pot while covered on low heat, stirring occasionally until heated through. Can also reheat side dish same way. I usually add a splash of water or broth to create a steaming effect inside the pto and prevent food from burning.

Freezing: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or on the counter for 6 hours.

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Instant Pot Stir Fry {Fresh or Frozen Chicken}

Instant Pot Stir Fry with fresh or frozen chicken, frozen vegetables and healthy easy teriyaki sauce. Do you need to be saved at the end of the work day? Then this Costco dinner with 5 minutes prep is for you!
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 569kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs (2 large) chicken breasts fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup + 4 tbsp cold water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce I used Bragg's liquid aminos
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 2 large garlic cloves grated
  • 2 inch ginger grated
  • 5 tbsp cornstarch
  • 12 cups stir fry vegetables frozen
  • Green onion and sesame seeds for garnish
  • Brown rice or quinoa for serving

Instructions

  • Start by cooking rice or quinoa on the stove or second Instant Pot as per package instructions.
  • In Instant Pot, add 1 cup water, soy sauce, maple syrup, garlic, ginger and place chicken breasts on top.
  • Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cook on High or Manual: fresh chicken - 10 minutes, frozen chicken - 15 minutes.
  • When display says OFF, let Instant Pot bring pressure down on its own for 10 minutes and then turn steam release valve to Venting position until the float valve drops down (if it hasn't dropped down already).
  • Open the lid and using 2 forks, shred chicken breasts coarsely right in the pot. Alternatively, you can remove the meat, dice and return to Instant Pot.
  • Press Saute on Instant Pot. In a small bowl, whisk together 4 tbsp of cold water with cornstarch. Add immediately to the pot, stir and cook until thickened.
  • Add frozen vegetables and keep cooking on Sauté until veggies are heated through, stirring every few minutes minute. Will take about 7-10 minutes.
  • Serve stir fry hot over quinoa or brown rice, garnished with sesame seeds and green onion.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

    Freeze: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or on the counter for 6 hours.

      Reheat: Simmer in a pot while covered on low heat, stirring occasionally until heated through.

        Notes

        • Chicken thighs: You can use fresh or frozen chicken thighs.
        • Frozen meat should be separated: Very important tip. If you buy frozen chicken pieces, they are individual. When freezing fresh chicken breasts, separate them with parchment paper, then thaw for 10 minutes and run under warm water, if necessary, and meat comes apart easily.
        • Can I use fresh vegetables? I do not recommend so because they will take quite a long time to cook. On the other hand, frozen vegetables are already parboiled and we just need to gently thaw them with hot stir fry sauce.
        • Do not over shred chicken: When you stir frozen veggies to cook through, chicken pieces will become even smaller.
        • If you prefer bigger chicken chunks: Remove chicken after cooking, shred on a plate and return to the pot after vegetables are cooked. Or dice chicken and return after. 
        • Using dried ginger: To replace fresh ginger, use 1 tsp of dried ginger.
        • 3 quart Instant Pot: Cut ingredients in half but keep same cook time.

        Nutrition

        Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 569kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 872mg | Potassium: 1608mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 24073IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 5mg
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        Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

        My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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        1. Hi there,

          Two guys from Quebec. Just got the Instant Pot and we fell in love with your site. We followed two of your recipes and braved frozen chicken breast and brown rice as our first IP meal. I suspect we will be very loyal followers so thank you for all your hard work.

          Our best, Scott & Marc

        2. I have a dumb question – 12 cups of frozen vegetables from the Costco stir-fry veg bag, correct? How much of the bag (roughtly) is that?

          1. I don’t recommend to make it a freezer meal. If you cook meat and veggies together veggies will become a mush. I recommend to stick to already easy to make from frozen chicken and veggies original recipe.

            1. Can you use liquid coconut amnios? Soy allergy here. Would that affect the sweetener because amnios are sweet?

              1. You can. I just compared them to soy aminos and different brands have different amounts of sugar but less sodium. I would just use half of maple syrup listed and you can always adjust sauce to taste after cooking, not a big deal. I suspect will have to add more aminos for salt reasons. Enjoy!

        3. 5 stars
          Hello Olena,
          I was quite hesitant using frozen veggies, as I normally use fresh everything, but went to Costco and purchased what I needed and viola…. a delicious, quick and easy dinner.
          Very impressed with EVERY recipe I have made from your site. You have a special talent for recipes, Thank you.

        4. 5 stars
          Made this this afternoon for lunch and it was delicious. I did cut way back on the ginger because a 2″ piece seemed like it would be overwhelming. I could have used a bit more, but still think the whole amount would have been too much. Otherwise, it was fabulous.

        5. 5 stars
          I love this recipe it is delicious and so easy to prepare. I’ve just started back on Weight Watchers. Is there any way to determine the saturated fat of the recipe – that’s the only think I’m missing in order to calculate the # of points per serving.

        6. 5 stars
          Love this on so many levels. Easy to make. Tastes wonderful, so much so that all of my kids liked it, including my picky eaters. Shared already with other people.

          1. That is the best when kids (& the rest of the family) love what we moms make. That’s so great! Thanks so much for sharing my recipe, Kara. I appreciate it a lot!

        7. 5 stars
          Another hit, Olena! The sauce in this recipe is absolutely amazing. It really does taste better than restaurant or take out! No kidding! This one will be on my list of best Instant Pot recipes for sure – for a delicious (seemingly elaborate but so easy to make!) meal for unexpected guests or a family meal.

              1. Yes, frozen veggies do not fit packed into a cup. We are not talking about peas and corn but rather stir fry veggies. You can use as much as you like.

        8. 5 stars
          Delicious! Just don’t make the same mistake as me. I just plopped the frozen ball of breast the way it comes from Costco and it wasn’t cooked all the way through. I didn’t defrost because I knew the recipe was for frozen breasts and I’m kind of new to this instant pot thing ? This recipe is so tasty! Thank you!

        9. Hi, I have a silly question, I was wondering if an instant pot is the same thing as a pressure cooker? I have a regular pressure cooker and was wondering if it would work?

        10. What if I want to cut this recipe in half? How is the cooking time affected? Also, I have the 5 quart Instant Pot. Thx

          1. Yes you can. Same cooking time. Instant pot doesn’t really care in most cases how many ingredients but rather what ingredients to cook. 5 quart is enough.

        11. 5 stars
          So convenient! This recipe saved the day – it was quick and easy to make after work, with just frozen ingredients on hand! Thank you!

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