Instant Pot Orange Chicken recipe made with delicious sweet and spicy citrusy orange sauce. This is an easy healthy meal that is so much better than takeout!
My favorite types of meals for dinner are all-in-one-pot recipes that are easy to prepare. Life is getting too busy to cook every day…so when creating this recipe you will have enough servings for multiple meals.
Since I purchased my Instant Pot, I tried to convert my stove top recipes to Instant Pot versions.
My favorite Orange Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe is mouthwateringly delicious but takes at least two hours to cook. So I simplified the recipe for an Instant Pot while still keeping my signature sweet and sour flavor.
How to make Orange Sauce
Here is what we need to make sweet and spicy Orange Sauce:
- Orange juice
- Apple cider vinegar
- Soy sauce
- Brown sugar
- Maple syrup
- Red pepper flakes
Just mix all the ingredient together and set aside until ready to use.
How to make Orange Chicken in Instant Pot
Sauté the Chicken.
Dice the chicken breasts in to bite size pieces. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
Set your Instant Pot to Sauté on high heat by pressing “SAUTE” button. I like to brown the chicken in three batches, not to overcrowd the pot. Otherwise, your chicken will boil in released juices instead of sautéing to achieve a beautiful golden color. So, sauté each batch of diced and seasoned chicken for about 5 minutes until it has a beautiful golden color. The chicken doesn’t need to be cooked through, since we are going to cook it again.
Add Orange Sauce and Cook.
Add all the sautéed chicken in Instant Pot, pour the orange sauce and mix it. Cover with a lid and cook on Manual high pressure for 7 minutes. Make sure that the venting knob is turned to “Sealing”!
When it is done, let the pot naturally release the pressure for 5 minutes. Then switch the knob to venting position to release the steam. Make sure the steam is fully released and the valve is completely down before opening the pot!
Thicken the sauce.
Set the Instant Pot to “SAUTE” function again. As soon as the liquid starts boiling, add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with ¼ cup of water. Continue to simmer until the sauce thickens to the desired consistency.
What to serve Orange Chicken
I like to serve Orange Chicken with rice and broccoli. Also, you can sprinkle some sesame seeds and green onions on top.
Enjoy your delicious quick and easy Instant Pot Orange Chicken!
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- Instant Pot Pulled Chicken
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- Instant Pot Italian Wedding Soup
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Instant Pot Orange Chicken Recipe
- 3 pounds chicken breasts diced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 ½ cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons ketchup
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Dice the chicken breasts in to bite size pieces. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together orange juice, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, maple syrup, and red pepper flakes.
- Set Instant Pot to Sauté on high heat by pressing “sauté” button twice. Sauté chicken in three batches for about 5 minutes, until golden color. After the chicken is done, scoop it out to a different bowl.
- Add sautéed chicken back to Instant Pot and add orange marinade.
- Cover with a lid and cook on Manual high pressure for 7 minutes. Make sure that the venting knob is turned to “Sealing”!
- When it is done, let it naturally release the pressure for 5 minutes. Then switch the knob to venting position and release the steam. Make sure the steam is fully released and the valve is completely down before opening the pot!
- Set the Instant Pot to sauté again. As soon as the liquid starts boiling, add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with ¼ cup of water. Continue to boil until the sauce thickens to the right consistency.
- When you brown the chicken, it's better to do it in two or three batches, not to overcrowd the pot. Otherwise, your chicken will boil in released juices instead of sautéing and won't the golden color.