Save a trip to Chinatown because you can make this Classic Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Soy Sauce Chicken 豉油雞) in 3 easy steps! Tender & juicy whole chicken packed with delicious flavors & soya aroma. No need for extra dipping sauce. 😉

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Chinese New Year is one of the most joyous time of the year – packed with week-long fun & delicious celebratory festivities!

Including kids’ favorite customs – Lai See 利是 (Red Envelopes)! hehe~ Reunion Dinner 團年飯, Lunar New Year Fair 年宵花市, Lion Dance 舞獅, red & gold decoration everywhere, gifts, and oh so much yummy food!! 😀

Definitely a precious time to gather with our loved ones to celebrate and give thanks. It’s somewhat like Thanksgiving + Christmas in the west combined!

My family is not strict on following all the customs, but whole chicken is always a must! So every year, we’d either serve White Cut Chicken 白切鷄, Drunken Chicken 醉鷄, or Soy Sauce Chicken 豉油雞 (油雞).

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Did you know? Chicken drumsticks are often the most prized part of the whole chicken in the Chinese culture. It’s often reserved for guests or the most “deserving” or “honorable” family member at the table to show respect.

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Ever since we published our Pot-in-Pot Shortcut Version of Soy Sauce Chicken & Rice (made with chicken legs), many readers have been asking…

So, time to combine our Game-Changing Instant Pot Poaching Technique to recreate the traditional whole chicken version!

Super easy family comfort food you can make even on a weeknight. yaasss!

3 Super Easy Steps to Make Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken:

  • Step 1: Pressure cook Master Stock
  • Step 2: Pressure cook whole chicken in Master Stock
  • Step 3: Chop & Eat! 😀

 


 

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 Soy Sauce Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Soy Sauce Chicken 豉油雞, 醬油雞): remove pressure cooked whole chicken from Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and drain hot liquid in chicken carcassThis 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 Soy Sauce Chicken

1. Ensure Master Stock Covers At Least 90% of the Chicken.

5 cups (1250ml) 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 submerged in the Master Stock.

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. Master Stock Storage Tip

Don’t throw away the Master Stock – it’s liquid gold! The stock’s taste & aroma just get better and better each time you cook with it. Filter out all the solid ingredients from the Master Stock, then refrigerate or freeze it.

Chinese Master Stock 滷水汁: Make your own savory & fragrant stock for your favorite Chinese dishes. This bold, rich stock is perfect for poaching & braising meat.

4. Reusing Master Stock

Since the Master Stock may get diluted during the cooking process, ensure to adjust the seasoning accordingly with more soy sauce or wine every time you reuse it.

 


 

Ingredients for Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken

Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Soy Sauce Chicken 豉油雞, 醬油雞) Ingredients

2.8 – 3.6 pounds (1270 – 1633g) whole chicken

Master Stock 鹵水汁

 


 

Tools for Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken

 


 

How to Make Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken

1

Pressure Cook Master Stock


Master Stock 鹵水汁
5 cups (1250ml) cold water
1 cup (250ml) shaoxing wine
1 cup (250ml) light soy sauce 生抽 (not low sodium soy sauce)
1 cup (250ml) dark soy sauce 老抽
6 – 8 (5.5g – 7.5g) star anise 八角
6 (6g) black cardamom pod, crushed
2 (15g) Chinese cinnamon stick, crushed
4 (13g) garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon (15g) ginger, sliced
1 stick (80g) Chinese brown sugar in pieces 冰片糖 (or substitute with 2 tablespoons (30g) brown sugar)
Optional: 1 – 2 teaspoons (2.5-5g) Sichuan peppercorn 花椒


First crack the dried black cardamom pods with your knife.

Then, place all the spices in Instant Pot and heat them up (Instant Pot: press Sauté button). The spices will slowly release their aroma.

Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Soy Sauce Chicken 豉油雞, 醬油雞): add all spice in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, toast spices to release their aroma

Add in remaining Master Stock ingredients.

Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Soy Sauce Chicken 豉油雞, 醬油雞): add remaining Master Stock ingredients into Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 10 minutes, then Natural Release for 15 minutes

Carefully release remaining pressure by turning the Venting Knob to Venting Position. Open the lid carefully.

*Note: you can skip this step if you have Master Stock on hand. Be sure to taste & adjust the seasoning accordingly with more soy sauce or wine.

 

2

Pressure Cook Whole Chicken


Master Stock 鹵水汁, from above
2.8 – 3.6 pounds (1270 – 1633g) whole chicken


Use tongs to carefully lower the whole chicken into the Master Stock (chicken breast side down).

Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Soy Sauce Chicken 豉油雞, 醬油雞): submerge whole chicken into Instant Pot Master Stock with chicken breast side down

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

Close lid and pressure cook at:

Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 0 minute + Natural Release (19 – 23 minutes).

  • For 2.8 lbs (1270g) Whole Chickens: 19 minutes Natural Release
  • For 3.2 lbs (1450g) Whole Chickens: 21 minutes Natural Release
  • For 3.6 lbs (1633g) Whole Chickens: 23 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.

Use tongs to carefully remove the chicken from Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Soy Sauce Chicken 豉油雞, 醬油雞): remove pressure cooked whole chicken from Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and drain hot liquid in chicken carcass

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

Drain the hot liquid in chicken carcass.

 

3

Measure Temperature


Pressure Cooked Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken, from above


Place the soy sauce chicken in a large mixing bowl and measure temperature of the thickest part. Ensure the temperature reaches at least 165°F (74°C).

*Pro Tip: If the thickest part is almost 165°F, you can rest the chicken in mixing bowl and the carryover heat will continue to cook the chicken. If the thickest part is below 160°F, place chicken back into the hot liquid and close the lid for another 5 minutes.

 

4

Cool Chicken


Use a fan or just air to chill the chicken to room temperature.

Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Soy Sauce Chicken 豉油雞, 醬油雞): measure temperature, rest, cool whole soy sauce chicken in mixing bowl

*Pro Tip: Since the whole chicken can’t be submerged 100% into the Master Stock in the Instant Pot, the chicken part that sticks out may not get enough color imparted from the Master Stock. Add some chilled Master Stock to the mixing bowl and submerge the side that needs color into the Master Stock as it cools.

 

5

Serve Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken


When the soy sauce chicken reaches room temperature, chop chicken to serve.

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*Pro Tip: Soy Sauce 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).

Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Soy Sauce Chicken 豉油雞, 醬油雞): chop soy sauce chicken at room temperature in half

Cut the chicken legs as shown in photo below. Similar with the chicken wings. Then, proceed to chop the chicken in pieces.

Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Soy Sauce Chicken 豉油雞, 醬油雞): cut whole chicken from the chicken leg

Ta da! Enjoy your deliciously tender & juicy homemade Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken!! 😀

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Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken 豉油雞

Make this Classic Instant Pot Soy Sauce Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Soy Sauce Chicken 豉油雞) at home in 3 easy steps! Tender & juicy whole chicken packed with delicious flavors & aroma.
4.91 from 11 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 - 6
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 2.8 - 3.6 pounds (1270g - 1633g) whole chicken

Master Stock 鹵水汁

Instructions

  • Pressure Cook Master Stock: First crack the dried black cardamom pods with your knife. Then, place all the spices in Instant Pot and heat them up (Instant Pot: press Sauté button). The spices will slowly release their aroma. Add in remaining Master Stock ingredients.Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 10 minutes, then Natural Release for 15 minutes. Carefully release the remaining pressure by turning the Venting Knob to Venting Position. Open the lid carefully.
    *Note: skip this step if you have Master Stock on hand. Taste & adjust the seasoning accordingly with more soy sauce or wine.
  • Pressure Cook Whole Chicken: Use tongs to carefully lower the whole chicken into the Master Stock (chicken breast side down). Ensure the stock covers at least 90% of the chicken. 

    Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 0 minute + Natural Release (19 - 23 minutes).

    For 2.8lbs (1270g) Whole Chickens: 19 minutes Natural Release
    For 3.2 lbs (1450g) Whole Chickens: 21 minutes Natural Release
    For 3.6 lbs (1633g) Whole Chickens: 23 minutes Natural Release
    Open the lid carefully. Use tongs to carefully remove the chicken from Instant Pot. Be very careful as there will be hot liquid in the chicken carcass. Drain the hot liquid in chicken carcass.
  • Measure Temperature: Place soy sauce chicken in a large mixing bowl and measure temperature of the thickest part. Ensure the temperature reaches at least 165°F (74°C). *Note: If the thickest part is almost 165°F, you can rest the chicken in mixing bowl and the carryover heat will continue to cook the chicken. If the thickest part is below 160°F, place chicken back into the hot liquid and close the lid for another 5 minutes.
  • Cool Chicken: Use a fan or just air to chill the chicken to room temperature. *Pro Tip: Since the whole chicken can't be submerged 100% into the Master Stock in Instant Pot, the chicken part that sticks out may not get enough color imparted from the Master Stock. Add some chilled Master Stock to the mixing bowl and submerge the side that needs color into the Master Stock as it cools.
  • Serve: When the soy sauce chicken reaches room temperature, chop chicken to serve.

Stovetop Method:

  • Simmer Master Stock: Add all Master Stock ingredients in a large stock pot. Bring the Master Stock to a simmer and simmer for 40 minutes. Depending on your stock pot, you may need to increase the Master Stock ingredients by 30%.
  • Cook Soy Sauce Chicken: Use tongs to carefully lower the whole chicken into the Master Stock (chicken breast side down). Ensure the whole chicken is fully submerged in the stock. Bring the Master Stock 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.
  • Continue with Step 3 Measure Temperature above.

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Notes

1. Master Stock Storage Tip: Don’t throw away the Master Stock - it’s liquid gold! The stock’s taste & aroma just get better and better each time you cook with it. Filter out all the solid ingredients from the Master Stock, then refrigerate or freeze it.
2. Reusing Master Stock: Since the Master Stock may get diluted during the cooking process, ensure to adjust the seasoning accordingly with more soy sauce or wine every time you reuse it.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Party Food, Super Easy
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Hong Kong
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