Make Classic Cha Chaan Teng Style Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken (Chinese: 洋葱雞扒) with a few simple ingredients! Tender & juicy chicken drizzled with delicious black pepper onion sauce. Comforting super quick & easy busy nights chicken and rice family meal.

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Jacky & I love to explore different cultures through taste because food means so much more than just filling our tummies with nutrients.

Food actually preserves memories & emotions, while it expresses creativity, identity, history, and culture. What’s amazing about food is its’ mystical power to transport you to other places or back to the past.

Cha Chaan Teng (Chinese: 港式茶餐廳), aka Hong Kong Style Cafes, bring us the comfort of home, the fond memories of childhood, and the taste of who we are.

We just love redeveloping classic Cha Chaan Teng favorites, like this HK Onion Chicken in Instant Pot. Sharing with you a taste of home! 🙂

Home: a place your feet may leave, but your heart will always be…

Have fun cooking & enjoy this Classic Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken!
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Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken

4.6 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 238 kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Make Classic Cha Chaan Teng Style Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken with a few simple ingredients! Tender, juicy chicken drizzled with delicious black pepper onion sauce. Comforting super quick and easy busy nights chicken and rice family meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 (1.5lb, 680g) chicken thighs , bone-in, skin-on
  • 1 (210g) medium onion , sliced
  • 2 (8g) garlic cloves , chopped
  • 1 cup (200g) frozen mixed vegetables
  • ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon (14.5g) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon (20ml) regular soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) sugar
  • Salt + black pepper

Pot In Pot Rice:

  • 1 cup (230g) Jasmine rice
  • 1 cup (250ml) cold water

Thickener:

  • 2.5 tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water

Instructions

  1. Brown Chicken Thighs or Chicken Breasts: Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function. Wait until it says HOT. Pat dry chicken with paper towel and season one side gently with salt + black pepper. Add in 1 tbsp (14g) unsalted butter, then quickly add in chicken to prevent the butter from burning. While one side is browning, season the other side with more salt + black pepper. Brown first side for 3.5 minutes, then the other side for 2 minutes. Set the chicken aside.
  2. Saute Onion & Garlic: Add in sliced onion, then saute for 3 minutes. Add in chopped garlic, then saute for another 30 seconds.
  3. Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour in ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.
  4. Pressure Cook HK Onion Chicken: Add 1 tbsp (15g) tomato paste, 1 tbsp + 1 tsp (20ml) regular soy sauce, 1 tsp (5g) sugar, and 1 tsp (5ml) Worcestershire sauce. Give it a quick mix. Add browned chicken back into the Onion Sauce.

    If you want to cook rice at the same time - Use Pot-in-Pot Method: Place a trivet in Instant Pot, then layer a stainless steel bowl with 1 cup (230g) Jasmine rice + 1 cup (250ml) cold water.

    Close lid, then Pressure Cook:
    -With Pot in Pot Rice: High Pressure for 5 minutes, then Natural Release 10 minutes
    -Without Pot in Pot Rice: High Pressure for 6 minutes, then Natural Release 10 minutes

  5. Thicken Onion Sauce: Set aside the bowl of rice, trivet, and chicken. Bring the onion sauce mixture back to a boil using the "Saute" button. Add 1 cup (200g) frozen mixed vegetables in the onion sauce to heat them up. Mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water in a small mixing bowl. Add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the onion sauce until desired thickness. Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt (For Reference: we added 2 pinches of salt).
  6. Serve: Add rice on serving plate, mixed vegetables on the side, then layer the chicken beside the rice, and drizzle some HK Onion Sauce on top of the chicken. Enjoy~

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 718mg 30%
Potassium 417mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 126.1%
Vitamin C 16.9%
Calcium 3%
Iron 10.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dinner, Entree, Lunch
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Hong Kong
Keyword: chicken recipes, chinese recipes, easy chicken recipes, easy instant pot recipes, instant pot chicken, instant pot one pot meal, instant pot recipes, instapot chicken, pot in pot, pressure cooker chicken, pressure cooker recipes

Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

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Prepare Ingredients for Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken.

Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken Recipe Ingredients

1

Brown Chicken Thighs or Chicken Breasts


Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function.

*Tip: For older version, press “Saute” button, then “Adjust” button. For newer version, press “Saute” button twice.

Wait until it says HOT (takes roughly 8 minutes). This prevents the chicken from sticking to the pot.

Pat dry chicken with paper towel and season one side gently with salt + black pepper.

Add in 1 tbsp (14g) unsalted butter, then quickly add in the chicken to prevent the butter from burning.

Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken: brown chicken in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

While one side is browning, season the other side with more salt + black pepper.

Brown first side for 3.5 minutes, then the other side for 2 minutes. Set the chicken aside.

2

Saute Onion & Garlic


Add in sliced onion, then saute for 3 minutes. Add in chopped garlic, then saute for another 30 seconds.

Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken: saute onions and garlic in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

3

Deglaze Instant Pot


Pour in ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.

Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken: deglaze the bottom of the Instant Pot inner pot with wooden spoon

4

Pressure Cook HK Onion Chicken


Add 1 tbsp (15g) tomato paste, 1 tbsp + 1 tsp (20ml) regular soy sauce, 1 tsp (5g) sugar, and 1 tsp (5ml) Worcestershire sauce. Give it a quick mix.

Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken: create HK onion sauce in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Add browned chicken back into the sauce mixture.

Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken: add browned chicken in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

If you want to cook rice at the same time, use the Pot in Pot Method: Place a trivet in Instant Pot, then layer a stainless steel bowl with 1 cup (230g) Jasmine rice + 1 cup (250ml) cold water (as shown in below photo).

Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken: pressure cook pot-in-pot rice with chicken in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Close lid, then Pressure Cook:

  • With Pot in Pot Rice: High Pressure for 5 minutes, then Natural Release for 10 minutes
  • Without Pot in Pot Rice: High Pressure for 6 minutes, then Natural Release for 10 minutes

After 10 minutes, release remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position. Open the lid carefully.

5

Thicken Onion Sauce


Set aside the bowl of rice, trivet, then place the chicken thighs on a serving plate.

Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken: remove pot in pot rice from Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Bring the onion sauce mixture back to a boil using the “Saute” button.

Add 1 cup (200g) frozen mixed vegetables in the onion sauce to heat them up (or you can heat up the vegetables on the stovetop).

Mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water in a small mixing bowl.

Add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the onion sauce until desired thickness.

Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt (For Reference: we added 2 pinches of salt).

Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken: thicken onion sauce in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

6

Serve Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken


Serve the HK Onion Chicken in “Cha Chaan Teng” aka Hong Kong Cafe Style: add rice on a plate, mixed vegetables on the side, and layer the chicken beside the rice, then drizzle some HK Onion Sauce on top of the chicken.

Enjoy your Delicious Instant Pot HK Onion Chicken!~ 🙂

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Optional Pot-in-Pot Rice:

 

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