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This easy Chinese American style Paleo Chicken and Broccoli in the Instant Pot is so delicious and comes together so quickly! It’s gluten-free, whole30 compliant and is truly a fan favorite for good reason! Scroll down for a video of how it’s made!

plate of Paleo chicken and broccoliPaleo Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

American Chinese take-out food was my favorite when I was a kid. I ordered Chicken and Broccoli lunch specials regularly, so when I say this is the real deal, I mean it! You don’t need to order it when you can make this homemade, easy version with paleo-friendly ingredients! Honestly, it will be on your table quicker than if you ordered it. This version uses whole food ingredients, made in the instant pot and is so delicious!

My favorite part about this recipe is how easy it is to make! It comes together in under 20 minutes, and is seriously the ultimate comfort food!

Here is what’s in it:

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
  • chicken broth
  • coconut aminos (soy sauce substitute)
  • sesame oil and seeds
  • fish sauce
  • fresh ginger
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • apple cider vinegar
  • broccoli
  • arrowroot or tapioca starch

Plate of chicken and broccoli instant pot

What to serve with this Chicken and Broccoli Instant Pot:

  • Cauliflower rice (for a paleo, low carb, whole30 compliant meal)
  • White Rice
  • Mixed Veggies
  • Rice Noodles

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Chicken and Broccoli (Instant Pot) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Paleo Chicken and Broccoli in the Instant Pot

4.97 from 27 votes
This easy Chinese American style Paleo Chicken and Broccoli in the Instant Pot is so delicious and comes together so quickly! It's gluten-free, whole30 compliant and is truly a fan favorite for good reason!
Servings 2 -4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced into strips
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 " knob ginger grated or minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes optional
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot or tapioca flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 10-12 ounces of broccoli florets about 5-6 cups
  • 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar
  • Sesame seeds for garnish


  • Place chicken, broth, coconut aminos, sesame oil, fish sauce, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper in the Instant Pot. Cover and cook on manual high pressure for 8 minutes.
  • Once done, turn the knob for quick release.
  • In a small bowl combine the arrowroot and water to create a slurry. Pour this into the instant pot with the chicken.
  • Press off, then turn on the sauté function. Add in the broccoli and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, or until broccoli has softened and sauce has reduced slightly and thickened.
  • Add apple cider vinegar and mix until combined. Press cancel to shut off.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and serve immediately with cauliflower rice or white rice.


Chicken can vary in how much liquid it releases. If your sauce is thin, you can add a bit more thickener, or boil down the sauce using the saute function.


Calories: 540kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 72gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 202mgSodium: 900mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2.5g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten-free, low-carb, Paleo, whole30
Author: Lexi

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this, it was wonderful and easy, will definitely make it again! I omitted the slurry (spooned the unthickened juices over purple sweet potato, mm…) and broccoli, cooked the chicken on high for 10 minutes with manual release. I had no broth so I used a dry vermouth and water combo which worked very well. When I make this again, I will combine the chicken with all of the other ingredients (except the starch) a day ahead to let the salt and flavors work into the chicken before cooking. Great recipe, thank you so much!

  2. 5 stars
    I just made this and the flavors were wonderful. HOWEVER, my chicken came out too dry. It’s my first Instant Pot dish I’ve ever made. Can you think of why that might have happened? The only thing I can think of is I may have cut the chicken pieces too small. I was also wondering if I was supposed to use toasted sesame oil or regular sesame oil.

  3. This was my very first Instant Pot dinner and I made it tonight. A couple of adjustments due to the ingredients I had on hand but it was a hit!!!

  4. 5 stars
    I JUST made this and… WOW, it’s AMAZING! I made a few changes though. I used white pepper instead of black, I used 1 tsp of ginger paste, 3 garlic cloves, added 1 tbsp of sambal oelek and half a cup of cashews- bc I love cashews! For the slurry, instead of using water, I used the liquid of the chicken. For next time I will use 1 tbsp instead of 2. Thanks for a great recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    Wow!! Pictures look great.
    Instruction and ingredients are so clear, hope it will be very helpful for me. I’ll try this one very soon and hope he’ll obviously like it.
    Thanks, Lexi for your nice share.

  6. 5 stars
    Cannot wait to sit down and eat….smells divine!!!! One question tho….did I miss where you add the garlic & ginger? I added it with the broccoli. Love the recipe!

  7. Made this once and it was delicious! How would you adjust the recipe if you want to double it? Would you double the sauce as well and would you change the cook time? I’m new to the instant pot, thanks!!

    1. So glad you liked it! Without having tested it myself, I would say it is easy enough to double the chicken and the sauce ingredients with the same cook time on the IP. However I’m not sure how well double the amount of broccoli would cook up. But give it a try and let us know how it works for you!

  8. 5 stars
    This chicken recipe looks delicious! One of my favorite recipe and I can not wait to try at home. Thanks Lexi!

    1. Throw it all in minus broccoli – high 4 or low 8, add broccoli in last 45 minutes. Though I haven’t tried this in the slow cooker so can’t say for sure!

  9. 5 stars
    Really delicious! I had a bit more chicken than the recipe and not enough extra broccoli so also added some leeks that were lurking in the fridge ?