Make this Healthy Instant Pot HK Chicken Recipe 白切雞 (Pressure Cooker Chicken) in 3 easy steps. Classic Cantonese Poached Whole Chicken (White Cut Chicken) with Ginger Scallion Sauce. Super easy to cook with 5 real, whole food ingredients in an hour!

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We’re thrilled that many of you have jumped right in using our Game-Changing Technique: Instant Pot Poaching Method to make Instant Pot BBQ Chicken!!

From our reader Jody: “Tonight we tried your Game Changing BBQ Chicken. Holy smokes was it delicious!! My husband who is the white meat eater of a chicken RAVED how moist it was! I myself can not get over how great the dark meat was! Neither one of us have had chicken so good.”

This ancient gentle cooking technique is seriously awesome for cooking perfectly tender & juicy whole chicken in Instant Pot.

So we’re excited to venture out and recreate one of the most popular Classic Cantonese dishes – Chinese Poached Whole Chicken (White Cut Chicken) served with Ginger Scallion Sauce. Yaass!! 😀

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White Cut Chicken 白切雞, originated from Qing dynasty, is one of the easiest Chinese Chicken dishes to make.

Instant Pot HK Chicken is all about enjoying the simple comforting deliciousness of bouncy skin, tender, juicy & flavorful chicken meat drowned in fragrant Ginger Scallion Sauce.

In Chinese: 皮爽肉滑, 口感肥美嫩滑多汁! Yum!! 😋

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Every Chinese New Year’s Eve 年三十晚 comes the most anticipated family meal of the year aka the Reunion Dinner 團年飯! We’d drop whatever plans we have to gather with family to enjoy the meal together as we step into the New Year.

Days leading up to CNYE, my family would prepare a spread of 8 main courses include chicken, fish, meat, fat choy 髮菜. We’d also prepare festive snacks, desserts, and sides like Nian Gao 年糕 or Lo Bak Gou 蘿蔔糕!! 😀

Each of these dishes symbolize blessings for the family such as abundance, prosperity, happiness, or good health.

And White Cut Chicken 白切雞 is a must every year!

During dinner, my dad would tell us fascinating stories from his childhood. How tough life was back in the days where his family was only able to afford to raise one chicken throughout the year.

When Chinese New Year came, they would joyously celebrate and cook the one and only chicken they had. And that was the only time they can enjoy meat.

Sometimes we forget how far we’ve come and how blessed we are now. The chicken we enjoy every Chinese New Year serves as a great reminder that our staples today were once their precious luxury treasures.

 


 

What is Poaching?

If you’ve enjoyed Poached Eggs before, then you’ve savored the heavenly deliciousness of Poaching. 🙂

The Deep Poaching Method involves cooking food submerged in liquid at a relatively low temperature.

Instant Pot BBQ Whole Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken): ensure water covers at least 90% of the whole chicken in Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Photo from our Game-Changing Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Recipe

This method allows the proteins to denature without pulling out too much moisture out of the food. That’s why poached food comes out so moist and tender!

Poaching is most commonly used for cooking delicate or fragile food that might easily fall apart or dry out using other cooking methods, such as eggs, fish, or poultry.

 


 

Cooking Tips for Instant Pot HK Chicken Recipe

1. Ensure Water Covers At Least 90% of the Chicken.

8 cups (2L) of Water is not a typo!

In this recipe, we’re using the deep poaching method in the Instant Pot to cook the whole chicken. So it’s critical to ensure your whole chicken is fully submerges in the salted water.

2. Pressure Cook at High Pressure 0 Minute

Also not a typo! 🙂 How can this be?!

We’re setting the pressure cooking time to 0 (zero) minute because we’re using the heat generated during the “coming up to pressure” stage AND the “depressurizing” stage (i.e. during natural release) to cook the chicken.

Just remember to have your food thermometer ready to make sure the chicken’s internal thickest part reaches at least 165°F (74°C).

3. Use Good Quality Chicken

Since this Instant Pot HK Chicken is all about enjoying the simple chicken fragrance and fresh rich flavors, it’s important to choose a good quality chicken.

We don’t get the privilege to enjoy fresh chickens here, so we usually use Free Range Chicken 走地雞, “Yellow Skin” Chicken 黃油雞, or Loong Kong Chicken 龍崗雞 for richer and stronger chicken flavors.

 


 

Ingredients for Instant Pot HK Chicken

Instant Pot HK Chicken Recipes (Pressure Cooker HK Chicken) White Cut Chicken 白切雞 Ingredients

  • 2.8 – 3.6 pounds (1270 – 1633g) good quality whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) ginger, crushed and sliced
  • 4 stalks green onions
  • 2 tablespoons (~40g) fine sea salt or table salt
  • 8 cups (2L) cold water

Serve With – Ginger Scallion Sauce 薑蓉

  • 1 stalk green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) ginger, grated
  • 1 ½ tablespoon (22.5ml) peanut oil
  • Salt to taste

*Pro Tip: 8 cups (2L) of cold water is not a typo as we’re using the Instant Pot Poaching Method.

 


 

Tools for Instant Pot HK Chicken

 


How to Make Instant Pot HK Chicken Recipe

1

Pressure Cook Whole Chicken


2.8 – 3.6 pounds (1270 – 1633g) good quality whole chicken
2 tablespoons (30g) ginger, crushed and sliced
4 stalks green onions
2 tablespoons (~40g) fine sea salt or table salt
8 cups (2L) cold water


Instant Pot HK Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Chicken) - Cantonese Poached Whole Chicken White Cut Chicken 白切雞: add aromatics, seasoning ingredients into Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Add 2 tbsp (~40g) fine sea salt, 4 stalks of green onions, 2 tbsp (30g) crushed ginger, and 8 cups (2L) of cold water to the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot HK Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Chicken) - Cantonese Poached Whole Chicken White Cut Chicken 白切雞: add water in Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

With tongs, carefully submerge the whole chicken in the water.

*Pro Tip 1: Ensure the water covers at least 90% of the chicken.

Instant Pot HK Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Chicken) - Cantonese Poached Whole Chicken White Cut Chicken 白切雞: submerge whole chicken in the water in Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Close lid and pressure cook at:

Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 0 minute + Natural Release (18 – 22 minutes).

  • For 2.8lbs (1270g) Whole Chickens: 18 minutes Natural Release
  • For 3.2 lbs (1450g) Whole Chickens: 20 minutes Natural Release
  • For 3.6 lbs (1633g) Whole Chickens: 22 minutes Natural Release

*Pro Tip 2: We’re setting the pressure cooking time to 0 (zero) minute. Yes!! It’s not a typo! The whole chicken will be cooked during the “coming up to pressure” stage AND the “depressurizing” stage (i.e. during natural release).

Open the lid carefully.

With tongs, carefully remove the chicken from Instant Pot.

Instant Pot HK Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Chicken) - Cantonese Poached Whole Chicken White Cut Chicken 白切雞: remove whole Instant Pot Chicken from Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

*Pro Tip 3: Be very careful as there will be hot liquid in the chicken carcass.

Drain the hot chicken stock liquid in the chicken carcass.

 

2

Measure Temperature


Pressure Cooked Instant Pot Chicken, from above


Place the whole chicken on a large plate and measure temperature of the thickest part of chicken.

Make sure the temperature reaches at least 165°F (74°C).

*Pro Tip: If the thickest part is almost 165°F, you can just rest it on the plate and the carry over heat will continue to cook the whole chicken. If the thickest part is below 160°F, place chicken back into the hot liquid and close the lid for another 5 minutes.

 

3

Cool Chicken


Pressure Cooked Instant Pot Chicken, from above
Large bowl of ice water


Fill a large mixing bowl with ice water.

Completely submerge the chicken in ice water for 10 – 15 minutes.

Instant Pot HK Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Chicken) - Cantonese Poached Whole Chicken White Cut Chicken 白切雞: completely submerge whole Instant Pot Chicken in ice water

 

4

Make Ginger Scallion Sauce 薑蓉


1 stalk green onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon (15g) ginger, grated
1 ½ tablespoon (22.5ml) peanut oil
Salt to taste


Heat 1 ½ tbsp (22.5ml) peanut oil in a saucepan over medium heat.

Place the freshly grated ginger in a small bowl.

Pour in 1 ½ tablespoon HOT peanut oil, 1 stalk of finely chopped green onions and mix well.

Add salt to taste (roughly ½ teaspoon).

 

5

Serve Instant Pot HK Chicken Recipe


Cooled Instant Pot Chicken, from above
Ginger Scallion Sauce, from above


Make Healthy Instant Pot HK Chicken Recipe 白切雞 (Pressure Cooker Chicken) in 3 easy steps. This Classic Cantonese Poached Whole Chicken (White Cut Chicken) with Ginger Scallion Sauce is super easy to cook with 5 real, whole food ingredients in an hour! #instantpot #instantpotrecipes #pressurecooker #pressurecookerrecipes #chickenrecipes #wholechicken #chineserecipes

Pat dry and chop the chicken to serve with Ginger Scallion Sauce.

*Pro Tip: White Cut Chicken is served in pieces with skin and bones. It may take some practices in the beginning to be able to chop the chicken beautifully like the Siu Mei Sifu 燒味師傅. 🙂 Start by chopping the chicken in half (as shown in photo below).

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Dip your homemade Classic Cantonese Poached Chicken (White Cut Chicken) into the fragrant sauce and enjoy!!

Make Healthy Instant Pot HK Chicken Recipe 白切雞 (Pressure Cooker Chicken) in 3 easy steps. This Classic Cantonese Poached Whole Chicken (White Cut Chicken) with Ginger Scallion Sauce is super easy to cook with 5 real, whole food ingredients in an hour! #instantpot #instantpotrecipes #pressurecooker #pressurecookerrecipes #chickenrecipes #wholechicken #chineserecipes

*Pro Tip: Don’t throw away the chicken stock! It is very salty at this stage. Add in roughly 8 cups (2L) water to dilute it and use it for soup, salted chicken stock, bone broth, or cook other dishes.

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Instant Pot HK Chicken (白切雞)

5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 - 6
Calories: 738 kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Make Healthy Instant Pot HK Chicken Recipe 白切雞 (Pressure Cooker Chicken) in 3 easy steps. This Classic Cantonese Poached Whole Chicken (White Cut Chicken) with Ginger Scallion Sauce is super easy to cook with 5 real, whole food ingredients in an hour!

Ingredients

  • 2.8 - 3.6 pounds (1270 - 1633g) good quality whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) ginger , crushed and sliced
  • 4 stalks green onions
  • 2 tablespoons (~40g) fine sea salt or table salt
  • 8 cups (2L) cold water

Ginger Scallion Sauce 薑蓉:

  • 1 stalk green onions , finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) ginger , grated
  • 1 ½ tablespoon (22.5ml) peanut oil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Pressure Cook Whole Chicken: Add 2 tbsp (~40g) fine sea salt, 4 stalks of green onions, 2 tbsp (30g) crushed ginger, and 8 cups (2L) of cold water to the Instant Pot. With tongs, carefully submerge the whole chicken in the water. Ensure the water covers at least 90% of the chicken.

    Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 0 minute + Natural Release (18 - 22 minutes). 


    For 2.8lbs (1270g) Whole Chickens: 18 minutes Natural Release
    For 3.2 lbs (1450g) Whole Chickens: 20 minutes Natural Release
    For 3.6 lbs (1633g) Whole Chickens: 22 minutes Natural Release


    Open the lid carefully. With tongs, carefully remove the chicken from Instant Pot. Be very careful as there will be hot liquid in the chicken carcass. Drain the hot chicken stock liquid in the chicken carcass.

  2. Measure Temperature: Place the whole chicken on a large plate and measure temperature of the thickest part of chicken. Make sure the temperature reaches at least 165°F (74°C). 


    *Note: If the thickest part is almost 165°F, you can just rest it on the plate and the carry over heat will continue to cook the whole chicken. If the thickest part is below 160°F, place chicken back into the hot liquid and close the lid for another 5 minutes.

  3. Cool Chicken: Fill a large mixing bowl with ice water. Completely submerge the chicken in ice water for 10 - 15 minutes.
  4. Make Ginger Scallion Sauce: Heat 1 ½ tbsp (22.5ml) peanut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Place the freshly grated ginger in a small bowl. Pour in 1 ½ tablespoon HOT peanut oil, 1 stalk of finely chopped green onions and mix well. Add salt to taste (roughly ½ teaspoon).
  5. Serve: Pat dry and chop the chicken to serve with ginger & green onion sauce. Enjoy!

    *Pro Tip: Don’t throw away the chicken stock, it is very salty at this stage. Add in roughly 8 cups (2L) water to dilute it and use it for soup or as salted chicken stock.

Stovetop Method:

  1. Bring Water Mixture to a Simmer: In a large stock pot, add 3 tbsp (~55g) fine sea salt, 6 stalks green onions, 3 tbsp (45g) crushed ginger, and 12 cups (3L) cold water. Bring the water mixture to a simmer.
  2. Cook Whole Chicken: With tongs, carefully submerge the whole chicken in the water mixture with the chicken breast side down. Ensure the chicken is fully submerged in the water. Bring the water mixture back to a simmer. Cover with a lid and turn off the heat. Do not open the lid. After 40 - 45 minutes, open the lid to check for doneness.
  3. Continue with the measure temperature step above.

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Recipe Notes

1. Use Good Quality Chicken

Since this Instant Pot HK Chicken is all about enjoying the simple chicken fragrance and fresh rich flavors, it’s important to choose a good quality chicken.

We don’t get the privilege to enjoy fresh chickens here, so we usually use Free Range Chicken 走地雞, “Yellow Skin” Chicken 黃油雞, or Loong Kong Chicken 龍崗雞 for richer and stronger chicken flavors. 🙂

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot HK Chicken (白切雞)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 738 Calories from Fat 477
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 53g 82%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 238mg 79%
Sodium 831mg 35%
Potassium 647mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 59g 118%
Vitamin A 11.9%
Vitamin C 9.6%
Calcium 5.9%
Iron 16.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Party Food, Quick Meals, Super Easy
Cuisine: Chinese, Hong Kong

 


 

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