by Olena

Instant Pot Stir Fry

Olena Osipov
5 from 12 votes

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

On busy weeknights, pressure cooker has been our saving grace for dinner. Instant Pot chicken breast, teriyaki chicken and whole frozen chicken have saved us from take out many nights.

Instant Pot Stir Fry with shredded chicken and veggies

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. From life. From doing too much. From our crazy fast-paced North American lifestyle. Sounds familiar?! Right?!

This Instant Pot chicken stir fry recipe is literally chicken breasts cooked in 5 ingredient healthy teriyaki sauce. 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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  • Frozen (fresh) chicken breasts
  • Frozen stir fry vegetables (I really love this mix from Costco)
  • Fresh garlic and ginger
  • Soy sauce and maple syrup
  • Cornstarch

stir fry vegetables blend, chicken breasts and quinoa

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Stir Fry

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  1. Start by cooking the side on the stove: quinoa, brown rice or vermicelli. So it’s ready when your stir fry is.
  2. To Instant Pot, add water, soy sauce, maple syrup, garlic, ginger and place chicken breasts on top.
  3. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  4. Wait for 10 mins and then release remaining pressure.
  5. Shred chicken with 2 forks.
  6. Press Saute. In a small bowl whisk cold water with cornstarch. Add to the pot, stir and cook until thickened.
  7. Add frozen vegetables and keep cooking until veggies are heated through, stirring every minute.

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instant pot stir fry

Instant Pot Stir Fry

Instant Pot Stir Fry is one pot wonder with frozen chicken, frozen vegetables and healthy easy teriyaki sauce. Healthy Costco dinner with 5 mins prep.
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 569kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 2 lbs chicken breasts 2 large, frozen
  • 1 cup + 4 tbsp water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce I used Bragg 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


  • 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 Cooking on High for 15 minutes. Display will say ON, Instant Pot will take about 5-7 minutes to come to pressure, you will see a bit of steam coming out from a release valve, then float valve will rise and countdown from 15 minutes will begin.
  • 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. Press Saute on Instant Pot, and in a small bowl whisk together 4 tbsp of 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 minute. Serve with quinoa or brown rice.

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


    • For fresh chicken breasts, decrease cooking time to 10 minutes but keep the same pressure release times.


    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 and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

    What You Will Find Here

    Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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    Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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!

    6. 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.

    7. 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!

    8. 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?

      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.

    9. 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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