2tablespoonsfish sauceor sub with more low-sodium soy sauce
2tablespoonscreamy natural peanut butter
1tablespoonSrirachaor to taste
For the Pad Thai
1lbchicken breast, 1.5-inch dice
1cupmatchstick carrotsabout 2 medium carrots
1/4cup diced green onion, white and light green parts onlyreserve dark green part for garnish
2zucchini, spiralized or cut into matchsticks
1red bell pepper, thinly sliced
sliced green onion
In a medium bowl, whisk together all the sauce ingredients.
Place the diced chicken in the Instant Pot and pour in the sauce. Put the carrots and green onion on top. Pressure cook on Manual High pressure for 4 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure. At the end of cooking time, allow for a 5-minute Natural Pressure Release (NPR).
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil on the stovetop and cook the rice noodles according to package directions, until you just reach your desired texture. Drain in a colander and set aside.
After the 5-minute NPR, quick release any remaining pressure in the Instant Pot. Stir in the zucchini, bean sprouts and bell pepper. Put the lid on the Instant Pot to steam the vegetables in the heat of the sauce for about 3 minutes (see note 6).
Add the rice noodles to the Instant Pot and use tongs to carefully toss them with the chicken and vegetables, until they're evenly covered in sauce. Let them sit for a minute to warm up, if necessary. Serve immediately with your chosen garnishes. Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator and eat within 4 days.
This recipe was tested in a 6-quart Instant Pot model.
Nutrition estimate does not include optional garnishes.
Inactive time indicates the time it takes the Instant Pot to come to pressure and release pressure.
To make this in an 8-quart Instant Pot model, you can double the entire recipe or double everything but the noodles.
See my comments and recommendation in the post about pressure cooking the noodles along with the chicken.
Some Instant Pot models have a "Steam" function. Do not use this as it will pressure cook your vegetables and they will turn to mush! Just steam them in the heat of the cooked chicken/sauce.