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Instant Pot Orange Chicken

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I have always been a fan of Chinese takeaway and learning to cook Instant Pot Orange Chicken in the pressure cooker was both exciting and fun.

This Chinese Orange Chicken dish is so easy to make at home It has a tangy taste and is an all-time favorite. It’s great to be able to make homemade orange chicken and it’s a super easy recipe to follow.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Flavorful Feast: The tangy, sweet, and spicy orange sauce makes every bite delightful.
  • Effortless Cooking: The Instant Pot ensures a fuss-free preparation and quick cleanup.
  • Restaurant Quality: Enjoy a homemade version of your favorite Chinese takeout dish.

Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients needed for Instant Pot Orange Chicken:

For The Chicken And Batter

  • Chicken Breast: The protein base of the dish, it’s lean and absorbs flavors well.
  • Vegetable Oil: Helps create a crispy, golden exterior on the chicken.
  • Cornstarch & All Purpose Flour: Form the batter that gives the chicken its crispy coating.
  • Eggs: Help the batter adhere to the chicken and add richness to the dish.

Orange Chicken Sauce Ingredients

  • Orange Juice: Provides a fresh, tangy sweetness that is the hallmark of orange chicken.
  • Fresh Ginger & Minced Garlic: Add aromatic, spicy notes that balance the sweetness of the sauce.
  • Rice Wine Vinegar: Adds acidity, balancing out the sweetness and enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • Granulated Sugar & Brown Sugar: Create a sticky, caramel-like sauce that coats the chicken.
  • Soy Sauce: Adds a savory, umami depth to the sauce.
  • Sriracha Sauce & Red Pepper Flakes: Add heat to the dish, which can be adjusted to taste.

Cornstarch Slurry Ingredients

  • Cornstarch & Orange Juice: This mixture thickens the sauce so it clings to the chicken, intensifying the flavor in every bite.

Garnish

  • Green Onions: Add a fresh, sharp contrast to the rich, sweet and spicy sauce.
  • Fresh Orange Zest: Enhances the orange flavor and adds a bright, citrusy note to finish the dish.
Instant Pot Orange Chicken

How to Make Instant Pot Orange Chicken?

Here are the step-by-step instructions for pressure cooker orange chicken:

Step One: Cut Chicken Breast

Cut your chicken breast or chicken thighs into small 1-2 inch chunks.

Step Two: Prepare Egg Mixture

Add 2 eggs to a small bowl and whisk.

Step Three: Combine Flour and Cornflour

In a separate bowl add your corn starch and all-purpose flour and mix to combine.

Step Four: Cover Chicken Pieces With Egg and Flour

Dip the chicken chunks into the whisked eggs and then into the flour mixture.

Shake off any excess flour and set to the side. Repeat until all your chicken pieces are coated.

Step Five: Saute Chicken in Hot Oil

Turn your pressure cooker onto Saute Mode. Add the oil to the inner pot. Once the oil has heated, add the chicken and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Turn your tender chicken over and over for an even cook. Cook until it just starts to get golden brown.

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Step Six: Remove Chicken and Deglaze Instant Pot

Remove the coated chicken and set it to the side. Deglaze the pot with 1/4 cup orange juice and scrape any brown bits with a wooden spoon.

Step Seven: Make Sticky Orange Sauce

Add all the sauce ingredients to the Instant Pot. This includes orange juice, fresh ginger, minced garlic, red wine vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, sriracha and red pepper flakes.

Stir gently until all the ingredients are combined.

Step Eight: Add Chicken to Orange Sauce Mixture

Add the chicken To the Instant Pot and toss until the chicken pieces are coated in the sticky Orange sauce.

Step Nine: Pressure Cook Orange Chicken

Close the Instant Pot Lid, seal the vent and select the manual button.

Pressure cook your orange chicken recipe for 5 minutes on High pressure followed by 10 minutes of natural release.

Step Ten: Add Cornstarch Slurry to Instant Pot

Release the remaining pressure from your Instant Pot by opening the vent. Open the lid and select the Sauté function again.

In a medium bowl combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with the 2 Tablespoons of orange juice. Whisk until all combined with no lumps.

Add the mixture to the Instant Pot and gently stir to combine.

Step Eleven: Simmer Orange Chicken

Simmer the orange chicken recipe for 2-3 minutes. Then turn the Instant Pot off. Allow the chicken to thicken for 5 minutes.

Step Twelve: Garnish and Serve

Serve this Orange chicken Instant Pot recipe over rice and garnish with fresh chopped green onion, red chilis, and extra orange zest. I also like to add a spoonful of toasted sesame seeds.

Your homemade Instant Pot Chinese Orange Chicken is now ready to enjoy!

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What To Serve With This Recipe?

Orange chicken is delicious on its own, but to truly round out your meal, you can pair it with a variety of side dishes.

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FAQ’S

What Is Orange Chicken?

Orange Chicken is a popular Chinese dish made from bite-sized pieces of chicken that are usually pan-fried until crispy, and then coated in a sweet and tangy sauce. This version of orange chicken is made using the Instant Pot and tastes just as good as Panda Express Orange Chicken.

Can I Use Frozen Chicken Breasts in Orange Chicken?

No. You’ll need to use fresh skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, as frozen chicken breasts won’t coat properly for cooking.

Best Type of Orange Juice for Instant Pot Orange Chicken

When making Instant Pot Orange Chicken, you’ll want to use a high-quality fresh orange juice variety that is free from additives and preservatives.

Some great options include Ocean Spray, Naked Juices, or Simply Orange. You can also make orange juice by squeezing two cups of orange juice from fresh oranges.

How to Thicken Orange Sauce?

If you need to thicken up the orange sauce place the cooked meal on Saute mode for 2-3 minutes. Whisk together cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl.

Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of corn starch slurry to the sauce.
Mix into the sauce and thicken for 1 minute and leave to thicken naturally. If the sauce thickens too much, add another 1/4 cup of water and mix well.

instant pot Orange Chicken

Instant Pot Orange Chicken

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

The Instant Pot Recipe is a super easy homemade recipe that will definitely love by whole family.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breast cut into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • Sauce:
  • 1 cup no sugar added – Orange Juice
  • 1 tbsp. ginger
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. rice wine
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Sriracha
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper Cornstarch Slurry: 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • Garnish: 4 green onions sliced extra orange zest

Instructions

How To Make Instant Pot Orange Chicken

Here are the step-by-step instructions for pressure cooker orange chicken:

Step One: Cut Chicken Breast

Cut your chicken breast or chicken thighs into small 1-2 inch chunks.

Step Two: Prepare Egg Mixture

Add 2 eggs to a small bowl and whisk.

Step Three: Combine Flour and Cornflour

In a separate bowl add your corn starch and all-purpose flour and mix to combine.

Step Four: Cover Chicken Pieces With Egg and Flour

Dip the chicken chunks into the whisked eggs and then into the flour mixture.

Shake off any excess flour and set to the side. Repeat until all your chicken pieces are coated.

Step Five: Saute Chicken In Hot Oil

Turn your pressure cooker onto Saute Mode. Add the oil to the inner pot. Once the oil has heated, add the chicken and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Turn your tender chicken over and over for an even cook. Cook until it just starts to get golden brown.

Step Six: Remove Chicken And Deglaze Instant Pot

Remove the coated chicken and set it to the side. Deglaze the pot with 1/4 cup orange juice and scrape any brown bits with a wooden spoon.

Step Seven: Make Sticky Orange Sauce

Add all the sauce ingredients to the Instant Pot. This includes orange juice, fresh ginger, minced garlic, red wine vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, sriracha and red pepper flakes.

Stir gently until all the ingredients are combined.

Step Eight: Add Chicken To Orange Sauce Mixture

Add the chicken To the Instant Pot and toss until the chicken pieces are coated in the sticky Orange sauce.

Step Nine: Pressure Cook Orange Chicken

Close the Instant Pot Lid, seal the vent and select the manual button.

Pressure cook your orange chicken recipe for 5 minutes on HIgh pressure followed by 10 minutes of natural release.

Step Ten: Add Cornstarch Slurry To Instant Pot

Release the remaining pressure from your Instant Pot by opening the vent. Open the lid and select the Sauté function again.

In a medium bowl combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with the 2 Tablespoons of orange juice. Whisk until all combined with no lumps.

Add the mixture to the Instant Pot and gently stir to combine.

Step Eleven: Simmer The Instant Pot Orange Chicken

Simmer the orange chicken recipe for 2-3 minutes. Then turn the Instant Pot off. Allow the chicken to thicken for 5 minutes.

Step Twelve: Garnish And Serve

Serve this Orange chicken Instant Pot recipe over rice and garnish with fresh chopped green onion, red chilis, and extra orange zest.

Your homemade Instant Pot Chinese Orange Chicken is now ready to enjoy!

Notes

How To Thicken Orange Sauce?

If you need to thicken up the orange sauce then here is a quick how-to guide.

  • Place the cooked meal on Saute mode for 2-3 minutes.
  • Whisk together cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl.
  • Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of corn starch slurry to the sauce.
  • Mix into the sauce and thicken for 1 minute and leave to thicken naturally.
  • If the sauce thickens too much, add another 1/4 cup of water and mix well.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1207Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 239mgSodium: 2051mgCarbohydrates: 180gFiber: 3gSugar: 118gProtein: 81g

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