Instant Pot Asian Chicken Salad
This classic Asian Chicken Salad has a new exciting spin with the aid of the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker! Preparing your salad proteins inside of your Instant Pot while you busy yourself with the chopping and preparing of other ingredients can be a major time saver!
Not only does this recipe come together very quickly but it doesn’t have any added sugars or sweeteners. Asian Chicken Salad is notorious for it high calorie, refined sugar filled dressings. But with this recipe you don’t have to worry about anything but filling your plate!
Whole30 approved and crammed full of delicious vegetables, this salad is a show stopper. You may want to double the recipe because you’ll be scraping the bottom of the bowl wishing there were leftovers for tomorrow!
If you prepare this salad ahead of time, keep all of the parts separate. Store the dressing and the chicken in separate air tight containers inside the refrigerate and cut and assemble the vegetables as you go. They’re best fresh! Pre-cut they’ll only hold up for a couple days inside of the refrigerator.
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Instant Pot Asian Chicken SaladPrint Recipe
For the Chicken
- 2 8 ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fine ground black pepper
- 1 mandarin orange, peeled and divided into slices
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 3 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
For the Salad
- 1 large head romaine, thinly sliced
- 2 cups finely shredded red cabbage
- 1 large carrot, shredded
- 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- In an electric pressure cooker, combine the chicken, coconut aminos, sesame oil, minced garlic, ginger, sea salt, black pepper, mandarin orange and green onion.
- Place the lid on the pressure cooker. Make sure the vent valve is in the SEALING position. Select the MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK function and HIGH PRESSURE. Use the +/- buttons until the display reads 6 minutes.
- While the chicken is cooking, place all the dressing ingredients inside a wide mouth jar. Using an immersion blender, blend the ingredients until a smooth dressing forms. Set aside.
- In a large bowl combine the romaine, cabbage, shredded carrot, almonds and green onion. When the cooker beeps to let you know it's finished, wait until the display panel reads, LO: 05. Switch the vent valve from the SEALING to the VENTING position, use caution while the steam escapes, it's hot.
- Transfer the chicken and juices to a food processor and pulse three times to shred the chicken breast. If you do not have a food processor you can shred the chicken into the juice by hand or use a hand mixer.
- Top the salad with the chicken and lightly drizzle with the ginger dressing. Toss to combine and serve.
Doesn’t there need to be more liquid in the pot to cook the chicken? I’m worried I’ll get the “burn” notice. Also would this work with 4 or 6 breasts? I’m thinking I’d like to make extra to have on hand in the freezer for quick dinners. Last thing…trivet or no trivet? Thank you! I’m excited to make this one!
Hi Alice, make the recipe as written. As long as you’re using a 6 quart instant pot you’ll be fine. If you’re using a large pot, like the 8 quart that will require more liquid.
I used 4 breasts and no additional liquid in the 8 quart with no issues.
Is there enough liquid to bring the instant pot to pressure? I know the orange will release some as will the onions but it sure doesn’t seem like enough. I have an 8 qt so am always looking for the amounts of liquid.
If you’re using an 8 quart pot you will need to use more liquid as it has a lot more surface area. All of my recipes are written for the 6quart. Add 1/4 cup of chicken broth and you’ll be fine. 🙂
I would add some chicken broth. Some of the recipes in the cookbook cause my 8 qt to display “burn.” It just make a difference with the larger pot.
That should say “must”
This recipe is fantastic! I’m eating it for lunch right now and it’s really fresh and clean. I had 2 large breasts, so I went 7 minutes and it was perfect. Thank you for this recipe and sharing your story with us.
I am so happy to hear that you loved your chicken salad! Thank you so much for reaching out and leaving a comment! I appreciate it so much!
This is the best chicken salad I’ve ever had. It’s so juicy and delicious. I can’t wait to share this with the rest of the family. Thank you!
Hi! I have a 3qt IP – do I need to make any changes to the recipe or time? Or if I cut the recipe in half (I cook for one) – any changes? Thank you – I’m new at IPs and your recipes look delicious!!
No, you do not need to change anything. 🙂
We made this for dinner with friends last night and it was a hit! The chicken was perfect…the dressing so flavorful. The salad was so light and fresh!
This reminded me of a fancy salad from Panera without having to leave home! Great recipe, especially loved the sauce.
So happy to hear that you loved the salad recipe Courtney!
Does your book give nutritional facts for each recipe?
I do not include the calorie count or nutritional information on any of my recipes. All ingredients have different nutritional information so it will always vary depending on the exact ingredients you’re using. If you need to track nutritional information it’s best to calculate it for each recipe with your own ingredients into a program like MyFitness Pal because it can vary A LOT.
Wish you all the best!
has anyone tried this with boneless chicken thighs? I’m curious more about the cooking method of thighs to breast than the flavour.
The dressing, the marinade it is delicious!!! I made this and have been eating it for lunch all week long! Putting a couple more breasts in the IP today to finish out all the salad ingredients. I used a coleslaw mix to save some time and I might add some edamame and mandarin orange slices to the top this time! Thank you SO much for his recipe Brittany!!!!
I would love the nutrition info for a serving 😁. I made this as recipe states and it it flipping amazing!! Will definitely make again.
Thank you for reaching out! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! I do not include the calorie count or nutritional information on any of my recipes. All ingredients have different nutritional information so it will always vary depending on the exact ingredients (brands) you’re using. If you need to track nutritional information it’s best to calculate it for each recipe with your own ingredients into a program like MyFitness Pal because it can vary A LOT.
Wish you all the best!
Hello! How long do you think the dressing/ salad ingredients/ chicken would keep? Planning to meal prep ahead & keep items separate until about to eat.
This is soooooo GREAT! I’ve been working my way through your cookbooks (I have all three), and I’ve seen this recipe in one of them too, but when I noticed it was also on your website I had to leave a review after making it for the first time this week – it’s amazing! It’s immediately going into my frequently-repeated recipes list! And I’ve been sending the link to all my friends! I made it as-is and my only note is that I got the burn notice (it turned out fine anyway) but that might have been my fault cause I put the chicken in before the oil/other liquids and didn’t make sure the bottom was coated well enough. But it turned out amazingly anyway!