Eggplant & Chicken in Garlic Sauce – Instant Pot

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Eggplant & chicken in garlic sauce is my all-time favorite dish from the Chinese takeout menu. I LOVE eggplant and I like how it tastes so good with chicken and delicious hot, tangy and sweet garlic-based sauce. Served with hot fried rice this dish is my kind of comfort food to enjoy on a lazy Sunday!


Two BIG reasons why I love this dish are the gorgeous eggplant, the flavorful, tender, and juicy purple Chinese eggplant. I also use them to make a simple Indian eggplant sauté with garlic, chili and roasted peanuts. Speaking of which, that recipe coming soon, so stay tuned.

The second reason is my obsession with GARLIC. I never follow the amount of garlic many recipes call for because I find it very funny when some recipes call for only ONE clove of garlic! So this recipe uses a LOT of garlic.

A bonus for making it at home is that you can control the sodium(soy sauce) which is much healthier when you know what you are putting in your food and how much!

I have been trying to make this recipe in my Instant Pot for the last few weeks only to get overly mushy eggplant. The trick I’ve learned with Instant Pot cooking is you have to quick it for shorter times, cut your veggies fairly large and do NOT forget to quick release.

Another change I made is to use ground chicken which cooks much faster than chicken breast. Thinly sliced chicken breast cut into smaller pieces will also work in this recipe.

Without further ado, here is the cooked to perfection and quick recipe for eggplant and chicken in garlic sauce, using the Instant Pot!

5 from 3 votes
eggplant & chicken in garlic sauce
Eggplant & Chicken in Garlic Sauce - Instant Pot
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Spicy chicken and eggplant in a rich savory garlic sauce
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 3 chinese eggplant quartered vertically and then cut into 2 inch long wedges
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3-4 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes less for a milder dish
  • 3-4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 3-4 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 5 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp corn flour
  1. Mix soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar and corn flour well and keep aside.
  2. Turn IP to saute mode. Once the ‘hot’ sign displays add oil. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for 30 secs.
  3. Add chicken, cook for 3 minutes breaking the chicken with spatula.
  4. Add ½ cup of water and eggplant.
  5. Close IP with pressure valve to sealing. Set on Manual(Hi) for 2 min followed by QR.
  6. Set IP to saute mode. Add the mixed sauce and mix everything together.
  7. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Bring to gentle boil and turn IP off. Serve with hot fried rice.



12 thoughts on “Eggplant & Chicken in Garlic Sauce – Instant Pot

  1. Sounds delicious with even just the aubergine and fresh herbs always make your food look soooo good!
    Also, I love garlic in my food too. When a recipe call for only 1 or 2 gloves of garlic I chuckle and instantly go to chop up 3 or 4 because the flavour is so good. Here we say that Vampires don’t like the smell of garlic, so eating lots of it will keep them away … but the flavour is good enough reason for me 😀

    1. Thank you Ellanor! I had no idea about the vampire story with smell of garlic. Now I have even more reason to eat more!! Thank you!

  2. I do not like eggplant…. but I promise, I try this recipe. Because it look like so delicious and maybe I will surprised 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Thank you! It is delicious and the eggplant almost melts in your mouth. I hope you like eggplant. It is one of my fav veggies and I cannot get enough of it. May be it will open up a whole new world of flavor for you.

  3. I made this for the first time last night… it was absolutely delicious… thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. I am new to using the Instant Pot and this recipe made it very simple for me to do. I am also a lover of Indian dishes, so now I can’t wait to try the ones you have posted. Thx again, have a great day:)

    1. Hi Linda! Thank you for your lovely comments. I am so happy that you enjoyed this easy recipe. You will surely enjoy the new cooking experience in the Instant Pot. I have lots of Indian recipes on my blog and I can’t wait to hear how you like them.

  4. Made this tonight!!! Amazing. Better than our favorite Chinese Resturant. But then since we live in rural Hawaii finding GOOD Chinese is hard. I did add some more spice. And served over brown rice. It is now going to be a regular in our house. Will try it with boneless Chicken Thighs next time I think. And some time I think just the Eggplant or maybe with Tofu.

    1. Hi Nancy! Thank you for your feedback. Happy to hear that you enjoyed this simple dish. And all the variations you are thinking sound delicious and will work very well with this base recipe. Enjoy!

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