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5 mins prep to make this Easy Chinese Instant Pot Salt Baked Chicken 鹽焗雞! Tender & Juicy Instant Pot Chicken bursting with delicious savory aroma & flavors. A budget, comforting family meal full of chicken deliciousness! 😀

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The Origin of Salt Baked Chicken 鹽焗雞

Salt Baked Chicken 鹽焗雞 is a traditional Cantonese dish originated from Hakkas 客家 people. Hakka people are a subgroup of the Han Chinese.

Nowadays, it’s rare even for restaurants to make Hakka Salt Baked Chicken 古法鹽焗雞 the traditional way. Many restaurants use a much easier & quicker way with salt water.

We were lucky to taste one from our Hakka restaurant client. The salt-baked cooking method they used was similar to the ancient way.

Traditional Cantonese Hakka Style Salt Baked Chicken 古法鹽焗雞

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The chicken was first marinated with a special blend of Chinese herbs & spices. Then, the chicken was hung and air-dried for a couple of hours. Next, they wrapped the chicken in parchment paper.

The chicken was slow-baked in a clay pot with piping hot coarse salt. The chicken was mainly cooked by the heat from the salt, hence the name “Salt Baked Chicken“. It was gorgeous when they unwrapped this delicious beauty.

Making Hakka Salt Baked Chicken the traditional way takes a lot of work and time. One of the toughest parts is stir-frying the salt.

So, we created a simple, fast, easy method to make Salt Baked Chicken in Instant Pot!

Now, you can satisfy your Salt Baked Chicken cravings at home using chicken legs + 4 simple seasonings. How awesome is that? 😀

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Instant Pot Salt Baked Chicken

5 mins prep to make this Easy Chinese Instant Pot Salt Baked Chicken! Deliciously tender, juicy Instant Pot Chicken makes a budget comforting family meal for busy nights.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 552kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Season Chicken Legs: Place chicken legs in a large mixing bowl. Pour in 2 tsp dried sand ginger, 1 ¼ tsp kosher salt, and ¼ tsp five spice powder. Mix well.
  • Wrap Chicken: Place seasoned chicken legs on a large piece of parchment paper (Do NOT use aluminum foil). Wrap it up tightly and place it on a shallow dish with the opening side facing upwards. Do not stack more than 2 levels of chicken legs.
  • Pressure Cook Chicken: Place a steamer rack in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and pour in 1 cup of cold water. Carefully place the chicken dish on the rack. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 18 – 26 minutes (Please see notes), then Natural Release for 20 minutes (turn off the heat and do NOT touch it).

    Open the lid carefully. Remove the dish from the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and unwrap the parchment paper carefully.
  • Optional - Finish in the Oven: Pour out all the juice in a small bowl (don't throw it away!), then place the chicken on a wire rack on top of an oven tray. Put it under the broiler until the skin is browned but not dried out.
  • Serve: Serve immediately. The remaining meat juice can be used as a dipping sauce for the chicken. Taste and add more dried sand ginger to your liking. Enjoy!
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Recipe Notes:

Pressure Cooking Time: The size of our chicken legs were quite small, and they were perfectly cooked at High Pressure for 18 minutes. Please adjust the cooking time accordingly.
You can also make this dish with the oven.

Nutrition:

Calories: 552kcal | Protein: 42g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 239mg | Sodium: 943mg | Potassium: 523mg | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Course: Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chicken recipes, chinese recipes, instant pot chicken, instant pot recipes, instant pot salt baked chicken, instapot chicken, pressure cooker chicken, pressure cooker recipes, pressure cooker salt baked chicken
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Ingredients for Instant Pot Salt Baked Chicken 

Instant Pot Salt Baked Chicken Recipe Ingredients

Dried Sand Ginger 沙薑粉 – we bought ours at a local Asian market, for those who don’t have access to one, this Kaempferia Galanga (Zeodary Powder) is the same.

With this Instant Pot Salt Baked Chicken recipe, we’re using the steam in the pressure cooker to “bake” the chicken.

The released meat juice will be locked inside the parchment paper and mixed with the spices. This will simulate the delicious savory, salty flavors, and aroma of the authentic version.

You can also use an oven to create this dish.

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  1. Can I add other ingredients into the parchment paper on top of the chicken legs? I’m thinking 黑木耳 or 腐竹. Will it affect the taste of the chicken?

    1. Hi Mary,

      Thank you for your question 🙂

      Yes you will need more seasoning for a whole chicken.

      The cooking time will have to be increased as well. We haven’t tried it, but it will probably be roughly 35 – 40 minutes.

      Happy New Year to you and your family
      Jacky

  2. Hi Amy & Jacky 🙂
    Is Dried Sand Ginger really same as Kaempferia Galanga (Zeodary Powder)? Galanga tastes different than ginger. Would you recommend ginger powder instead? Thank you

    1. Hi Karissa,

      Great to hear from you again 🙂

      Hehe yes, Dried Sand Ginger is Zeodary Powder.

      This dish will not work with ginger powder as the taste will be completely different.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  3. Hi!
    If I use a whole chicken for this, will it be the same time? Should I maybe butterfly it? Thanks in advance!
    Christine

    1. Hi Christine,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      A whole chicken using this method will probably take about ~45 minutes.

      I would recommend chopping it up.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  4. I am unable to find the dried sand ginger in the rural area where I live and the link for the item online was out of stock. Is there an adaqiate substitute that is easy to find at any grocery store?

    1. Hi Sophie,

      thank you for your question 🙂
      For this recipe, I will not recommend using frozen legs as the parchment paper will prevent the chicken drumsticks from fully cooking for a long time.

      Happy New Year & Have Fun Cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Lil,

      Thank you for your question 🙂
      You can use aluminum foil, but you will have to increase the timing significantly (about 2 times as long).

      Have fun cooking!
      Jacky

  5. Wow! Talk about super easy to make and super yummy! The prep was so easy, and I really liked that I didn’t have to marinate ahead of time. I had a dozen chicken legs, so I ended up going with 22 minutes on manual and they turned out perfectly!

    Thank you so much for these great recipes!

  6. I never know how long to pressurize a dish. I made this dish last Sun, my 2 yr old are 3 chicken legs!! Thanks for the great recipe. Please keep them coming

    1. Hi Jenny, thank you for your question.
      Yes, you can use a stainless steel colander. Make sure to wrap the chicken drumsticks with parchment paper! 🙂

      Enjoy!

  7. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing. Can I ask a noob question? What type of dish or bowl do you use in the pressure cooker for the chicken? Can i use porcelain bowl? Will the pressure break the porcelain bowl?

    1. Hi Genevieve, thank you for your question. Generally, anything that is oven safe can be used in the pressure cooker. Porcelain bowl may not be a good choice in the pressure cooker as it heats slowly and unevenly. We generally use stainless steel as it conducts heat a lot better. 🙂

    1. Hi Esther, thank you for the question 🙂
      The taste will be different and should be more similar to Malaysia’s version of the salt baked chicken.
      Definitely give both a try and report back which version you like more! ?

  8. Hi,
    Thank you for sharing this easy way. I will try it. Yes, it is quite troublesome to fry the salt.

    I think only the Hongkie use Dried Sand Ginger 沙薑粉 but the Hakka doesn’t use it. Now Ipoh they add in 2 当归 slices . My late grandma and , mom used only salt and cooking wine to marinate the chicken before wrapping it. May be you will like it too ! My friend daren’t not buy for her son and British daughter in law who came to visit her from England. I asked her to buy and let them try. Wow ! They loved it so much, before he left Ipoh, there is no Salted Chicken sold in Ipoh.

    1. Hi Rebecca,

      Thank you for trying it out! Looking forward to hear your update after! Hope you will like this easy & simple version of salt baked chicken! 😀
      Hehe~ Yes, there are quite some variations on how to make Salt Baked Chicken depending on where you’re from.
      Glad your friend’s son & daughter-in-law got a chance to taste it!! It’s indeed a delicious comfort food. 🙂

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