Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew

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You gotta make this Spicy Hot Xinjiang Classic Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew (Dapanji or Big Plate Chicken; Chinese: 大盤鷄)! Comforting, flavorful, tender pressure cooker chicken & potatoes – so simple yet luringly delicious! 🙂

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Back when I was a student, one of my favorite memories was my summer exchange! Definitely an unforgettable eye-opening experience.

I loved making friends with locals and those from around the world. We had so much fun together learning language & culture, exploring the town, and trying new dishes! 😀

My friends & I tried to pick different restaurants each time we get off campus. And this small & humble, old & crumbly restaurant right by the campus really captivated our hearts (and tummies). hehe~

We loved ordering their signature classic Xinjiang Da Pan Ji (Big Plate Chicken 大盤鷄).

Da Pan Ji is the utmost popular signature dish from Xinjiang, China. Often served with thick noodles, and or central Asian nan. yum~

Dapanji (Big Plate Chicken) 大盤鷄

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It’s literally a big plate of chicken & potatoes!!

Oh~ it was so hearty, comforting, spicy hot, savory & flavorful, tender chicken & potatoes. So simple yet luringly delicious! 🙂

As our exchange was ending, we thought ‘hey let’s go back one last time to say goodbye to the family there’.

Then we found out the restaurant was gone! Like I mean gone gone. Yes! The whole building was fully demolished within a day. Couldn’t believe it because it was still there the day before! 🙁

Dapanji is a dear dish that speaks to my heart. Every time I taste this comforting Chicken Stew, it simply brings a smile to my face as I recall all the great memories.

So it has always been on our list to recreate this special dish in our Instant Pot Pressure Cooker to share with you. And we’re thrilled we’ve made it!! 🙂

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Enjoy this Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew – Dapanji! 🙂

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Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew

Make this Spicy Hot Xinjiang Classic Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew (Dapanji or Big Plate Chicken; Chinese: 大盤鷄)! Comforting, flavorful, tender pressure cooker chicken & potatoes - so simple yet delicious!
4.8 from 5 votes
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Marinate: 2 hours
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 469kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Marinade

Thickener

  • 2 tablespoons (18g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) water

Instructions

  • Marinate Chicken: Chop 1.5 - 2 lb chicken leg quarters into smaller pieces. In a mixing bowl, marinate chicken with 2 tbsp (30ml) regular soy sauce and 1 tbsp (15ml) rice wine for at least half an hour to up to 8 hours.
  • Toast Spices: Add 1 tbsp (15ml) peanut oil and 1 tsp (5ml) sesame oil in Instant Pot. Place 1 bay leaf, 6 dried red pepper, 1.5 tsp (4g) Sichuan pepper, half (2g) cinnamon stick, and 1 (1g) star anise in Instant Pot. Heat them up using the "Sauté More" function for roughly 3 minutes. The spices will slowly release their aroma.
  • Saute Onion and Garlic: Once the spices are fragrant and the oil starts to smoke, add in chopped onion and 6 crushed garlic cloves. Saute for roughly 2 minutes.
  • Saute Ingredients with Chili Bean Sauce: Add in marinated chicken and all the leftover marinade. Add in 2 tbsp (36g) chili bean sauce, 1.5 tbsp (22.5g) tomato paste, and 1 tsp (5g) sugar. Saute for roughly 3 minutes.
    *Pro Tip: If your Instant Pot is extra sensitive to the burn error, layer the tomato paste (without mixing it in) on top of everything right before pressure cooking.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour in ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock, then completely deglaze the bottom of the pot with wooden spoon.
  • Pressure Cook Chinese Chicken Stew: Add in potato chunks. Close the lid and turn Venting Knob to Sealing position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 3 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release. Remove the lid carefully.
  • Cook Bell Pepper: Add in 1 (100g - 200g) green or/and red bell pepper. Bring the Instant Pot to a boil using the "Saute Normal" function. Let the bell peppers cook for roughly 1 minute.
  • Thicken and Season Sauce: If you find the sauce too watery, you can thicken the sauce - mix 2 tbsp (18g) cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water in a small mixing bowl. Then, add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the sauce until desired thickness (you don’t have to use all the thickener. Use according to your preferences). Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt if desired.
  • Serve Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew: Your deliciously spicy Chinese Chicken Stew (Dapanji) is ready to be served. Serve the Chinese Instant Pot Chicken Stew on a large tray, mixing bowl, or a large plate. Enjoy!~ 🙂
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Nutrition:

Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 688mg | Potassium: 1090mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1380IU | Vitamin C: 69.8mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 5.9mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: big plate chicken, chinese chicken stew, instant pot chicken, instant pot chicken stew, instant pot chinese recipes, instant pot da pan ji, instant pot dapanji, instant pot recipes, pressure cooker dapanji, 大盘鸡
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Step-by-Step How to Cook Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew

Here are the ingredients for Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew (Dapanji):

Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew | Instant Pot Da Pan Ji | Pressure Cooker Chicken Stew Recipe Ingredients

*Note: please disregard the tomatoes in the above photo because we tested the recipe multiple times with different ingredients to find the best combination. In our final recipe, we’ve decided to remove the tomatoes and replace it with tomato paste. 🙂

1

Marinate Chicken


Chop 1.5 – 2 lb (roughly 2 pieces) chicken leg quarters into smaller pieces.

In a mixing bowl, marinate chicken with 2 tbsp (30ml) regular soy sauce, and 1 tbsp (15ml) rice wine for at least half an hour to up to 8 hours.

Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew | Instant Pot Da Pan Ji: marinate chicken with soy sauce and rice wine

2

Toast Spices


Add 1 tbsp (15ml) peanut oil (vegetable oil will work as well) and 1 tsp (5ml) sesame oil in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Place 1 bay leaf, 6 dried red pepper, 1.5 tsp (4g) Sichuan pepper, half (2g) cinnamon stick, and 1 (1g) star anise in Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew | Instant Pot Da Pan Ji: toast spices in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Heat them up using the “Sauté More” function for roughly 3 minutes. The spices will slowly release their aroma.

3

Saute Onion and Garlic


Once the spices are fragrant and the oil starts to smoke, add in chopped onion and 6 crushed garlic cloves. Saute for roughly 2 minutes.

Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew | Instant Pot Da Pan Ji: saute chopped onion and crushed garlic in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

4

Saute Ingredients with Chili Bean Sauce


Add in marinated chicken and all the leftover marinade.

Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew | Instant Pot Da Pan Ji: saute marinated chicken in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Add in 2 tbsp (36g) chili bean sauce, 1.5 tbsp (22.5g) tomato paste, and 1 tsp (5g) sugar.

Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew | Instant Pot Da Pan Ji: saute chili bean sauce, tomato paste, sugar in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Saute for roughly 3 minutes.

Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew | Instant Pot Da Pan Ji: saute chicken and flavorings in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

*Pro Tip: If your Instant Pot is extra sensitive to the burn error, you will want to layer the tomato paste (without mixing it in) on top of everything right before pressure cooking.

5

Deglaze Instant Pot


Pour in ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock and completely deglaze the bottom of the pot with wooden spoon.

Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew | Instant Pot Da Pan Ji: deglaze Instant Pot Pressure Cooker with wooden spoon

6

Pressure Cook Chinese Chicken Stew


Add in potato chunks.

Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew | Instant Pot Da Pan Ji: pressure cook chicken and potatoes in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Close the lid and turn Venting Knob to Sealing position.

  • Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 3 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker High Pressure 3 minutes

After 10 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning the Venting Knob to the Venting position.

Remove the lid carefully.

Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew | Instant Pot Da Pan Ji: pressure cooked chicken and potatoes

7

Cook Bell Pepper


Add in 1 (100g – 200g) green or/and red bell pepper.

*Note: For a more colorful dish, use half green + half red bell pepper. 🙂

Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew | Instant Pot Da Pan Ji: quick cook bell peppers in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

*Note: Please ignore the tomatoes in the above photo because we tested the dish multiple times with different ingredients to find the best combination. As you can see in our final recipe, we removed the tomatoes and replaced it with tomato paste.

Bring the Instant Pot to a boil using the “Saute Normal” function.

Let the green and red bell peppers cook for roughly 1 minute.

8

Thicken and Season Sauce


If you find the sauce too watery, add cornstarch thickener to thicken the sauce.

Mix 2 tbsp (18g) cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water in a small mixing bowl.

Then, add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the sauce until desired thickness.

Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew | Instant Pot Da Pan Ji: thicken chicken stew sauce

*Pro Tip: You don’t have to use all the cornstarch thickener. Use according to your preferences.

Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt if desired.

9

Serve Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Stew


Ta da! Your deliciously spicy Chinese Chicken Stew (Dapanji) is ready to be served!

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You can serve the Chinese Instant Pot Chicken Stew on a large tray, mixing bowl, or a large plate. It doesn’t have to be fancy 🙂

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Enjoy your Chinese Instant Pot Chicken Stew (Dapanji)!~ 🙂


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Gela
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Gela

This was delicious! I’m so happy I found this website. I accidentally marinated with some rice vinegar too, but thought it was perfect.

Michel M
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Michel M

this was delicious even though we do not eat spicy food so we omitted those spice but the end results were excellent with boneless/skinless chicken breast. You are the reference for instant pot cooking.5 stars

Carlene
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Carlene

My husband cannot handle/have the peppers mentioned in the recipe, so would omitting the peppers and using the hoisin sauce (if I can’t find the chili bean sauce) with the cinnamon, star anise, and the bay leaf be sufficient to make this?

Tom
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Tom

This recipe is absolutely delicious. My only suggestion is to coarse ground the star anise, cinnamon stick and sichuan peppercorns together. I found the whole peppercorns to be really overpowering. Coarse grounding the spices and then toasting them might give the dish a more balanced flavor (?).5 stars

gloria randall
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gloria randall

can I use Gochujang) instead of doubanjian in this Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Recipe? Is there a difference?

Angela
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Angela

Gochujang is sweeter. If you use it I wouldn’t add the sugar personally.

Jane Shen
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Jane Shen

Really delicious! The only problem is I like my potatoes to still have a bite to it. Cooking it with the chicken made them too soft. Otherwise, it’s perfect.4 stars

Elle
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Elle

So delicious but very easy! You two consistently have the best clearly written and tasty recipes!
Elle

Tibi
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Tibi

Any substitutes for the chili bean sauce? In case I can’t find it. Thank you!

Tibi
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Tibi

I ended up using hoisin sauce and chilli garlic sauce to substitute the chilli bean sauce. It was delicious! I finally found the chilli bean sauce and I’ll use it instead the next time, I’m sure it’ll taste even better with it!5 stars

Ger
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Ger

Yum! As always! ???

Thank you! ?5 stars

Ger
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Ger

Yum! As always! ???

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