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Instant Pot Orange Chicken

Instant Pot Orange Chicken lets you have the delicious flavors of takeout any time! This recipe is healthy, easy, and ready in just minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Chicken, Instant Pot, Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Instant Pot Orange Chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 429kcal

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 orange blended
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green onions
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Instructions

Instructions:

  • Blend 1/2 of an orange.
  • Mix together water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chopped green onion, and crushed red peppers in bottom of Instant Pot and turn to Saute.
  • Cook sauce for 5-10 minutes, until boiling.
  • Place chicken in Instant Pot, into the sauce.
  • Close lid and valve. Cook on Manual/Pressure Cook, high pressure for 10 minutes (20 if chicken is frozen). Natural release for 6 minutes, then quick release.
  • Remove chicken from Instant Pot.
  • Mix together 2 Tbsp cold water with 3 Tbsp of cornstarch.
  • Turn Instant Pot to Saute and cook a bit to thicken.
  • Ladle thickened sauce over the chicken.

Optional:

  • Use remaining sauce to cook rice in using a 1:1 ratio of liquid verses rice.
  • Cook 2 cups white rice with 2 cups of orange chicken sauce or 1 cup white rice with 1 cup of orange chicken sauce.
  • Cook on Manual/Pressure Cook, high pressure for 4 minutes. Natural release for 10 minutes.
  • Serve orange chicken over cooked rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 697mg | Potassium: 931mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg