Instant Pot Orange Chicken

Karen Kelly
by Karen Kelly
4 servings
25 min

Sweet and tender Instant Pot Orange Chicken is ready for a weeknight dinner is less than 30 minutes. The whole family will love the flavorful sauce and you'll love how easy it is to make. {gluten free}

Are you feeling pressure to hop on the Instant Pot train? I think it's safe to say you should. If you are anything like me, with a house full of chaos most nights, you need a little help getting dinner on the table. Why do you think all those meal delivery kits are so popular right now?

The number one advantage to the Instant Pot is that it cooks QUICK. For example, this Instant Pot Orange Chicken only had to cook for 5 minutes. The result is a tender chicken and a thick juicy sauce.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken
Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 2 lbs chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari if gluten free)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp water

In a small bowl whisk the fresh orange juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sugar, salt and pepper. Set aside.  Add sriracha if you like spice.
Turn Instant Pot to saute and add sesame oil.  Add chicken and brown for 3-4 minutes.  It won't brown that well but it does add some flavor.
Turn pot off.  Whisk sauce again and add to the pot. Scrape up any chicken bits from bottom of pot.  
Close lid and push manual. Set timer for five minutes.  Set vent to closed.
When timer goes off let it naturally release for ten minutes.  Then carefully open the pot.  
Set pot to saute again.  Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and add to pot.  Stir well and let saute for about 5 minutes or until sauce thickens to your liking. 
Serve over rice or cauliflower rice.  
  • Be sure to use tamari instead of soy sauce if you are gluten free.
Karen Kelly
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