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Instant Pot Firecracker Chicken

Are you about to order take out? Give this Instant Pot Firecracker Chicken a try instead. You'll love how yummy it is and you can make it at home.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 439kcal
Author: Wendy


  • Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker


  • 1 ¼  lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
  • cup corn flour
  • 3 large eggs beaten- room temp
  • cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cup buffalo hot sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ cup green onions sliced
  • ¼ cup snow peas
  • ¼ cup red pepper sliced
  • ½ onion sliced


  • Cut up your chicken breasts into 1″ to 1.5″ chunks and set them aside.
  • Set up your station with one bowl holding your beaten eggs, and the
    other holding your flour, and corn flour.
  • Spray the inside of your air fryer lightly with some oil.
  • Dip your chicken cube into the egg wash, then place it into your coating.
  • Make sure your chicken is well coated and place it into the air fryer.
    Repeat until your air fryer is full.
  • Set your air fryer to 400F and cook your homemade chicken for 5 minutes.
  • You do not want to fully cook as we will use the Instant Pot next.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the buffalo sauce, brown sugar, rice
    vinegar and red pepper flakes.
  • Set to the side.
  • Add the olive oil and the veggies to the instant pot turned on to saute’ high.
  • Stirring frequently for 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken to the instant pot.
  • Toss to combine.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and seal the vent.
  • Turn on manual for 4 minutes.
  • Once the timer is up release the pressure from the Instant Pot.
  • Remove the lid and serve.


If you want to reduce or increase the heat in this dish, just reduce or increase the amount of hot sauce that you use. 


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 213mg | Sodium: 753mg | Potassium: 716mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 711IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg