Instant Pot Orange Chicken

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Skip the Chinese takeout and make Deliciously Zesty Instant Pot Orange Chicken with simple healthy ingredients. Refreshing pressure cooker orange chicken glossed with a tasty sweet-savory-tangy-citrusy honey glaze. Quick and easy dinner your family will enjoy!

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We’ve been overwhelmed with your love for our beloved Instant Pot Lemon Chicken inspired by my dad’s restaurant.

So how can we miss sharing with you yet another classic American-Chinese favorite: Orange Chicken!!

Those battered, classic Chinese wok deep-fried golden nuggets are one of my many guilty pleasures. hehe~ Jacky would know, I have the “can-never-say-no-to-Honey-Garlic-Spare-Ribs” syndrome… 😛

This Instant Pot Orange Chicken Recipe skips the need to dice the chicken or deep fry. But rather, a healthy & delicious orange chicken you can easily make (even on busy nights) to satisfy your cravings!

Tender & juicy chicken drowned in a beautiful, refreshing sweet & tangy honey orange garlicky chicken sauce. oh yaasss!

Time to make some Zesty Orange Chicken in Instant Pot!

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Instant Pot Orange Chicken

Make deliciously Zesty Instant Pot Orange Chicken with simple healthy ingredients! Refreshing pressure cooker orange chicken in a tasty sweet-savory-tangy-citrusy honey glaze. Quick and easy dinner your family will enjoy!
4.84 from 6 votes
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Marinate: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 632kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 4 - 6 (2lbs or 913g) chicken thighs
  • 1 orange , juiced (90ml) and zested (6g)
  • 6 (25g) garlic cloves , chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger , crushed and sliced
  • 1 (95g) small onion , sliced
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) Shaoxing wine
  • ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) honey or sugar to sweeten
  • Salt to taste

Thickener

  • 2.5 tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water

Marinade

Instructions

  • Marinate Chicken: Place 2 lbs chicken thighs in a mixing bowl. Add ¼ tsp (1.6g) salt, ¼ tsp (1.4g) sugar, ½ tsp (1.5ml) sesame oil, and 2 tbsp (30ml) regular soy sauce to the chicken. Mix well and marinate for at least 25 minutes.
  • Saute Onions and Garlic: Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function. Wait until it says HOT (~8 mins). Drizzle the inner pot with 1 tbsp (15ml) peanut oil or vegetable oil. Add onions & ginger, then saute until soften (~2 mins). Add chopped garlic cloves, then saute for another 30 seconds.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour in 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry wine/water), then completely deglaze the bottom of the pot.
  • Pressure Cook Orange Chicken: Add ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock, ⅓ cup (90ml) orange juice, and 6g orange zest in Instant Pot. Mix well. Add marinated chicken in Instant Pot. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 6 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release.
  • Thicken & Season: Set aside the chicken. Bring the liquid mixture back to a boil using the Saute button. Taste and season with salt (for reference, we added 3 pinches of salt). Depending on your orange’s sweetness level, add roughly 2 tbsp (30g) honey to sweeten the orange sauce. Mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water in a small mixing bowl. Add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the orange sauce until desired thickness.
  • Optional - Broil in Oven: In an oven tray, generously coat the chicken with the orange sauce. Place oven tray under the broiler for 5 – 7 minutes until the chicken skin is browned.
  • Serve: Drizzle more yummy orange sauce on the chicken, then serve Instant Pot Orange Chicken with your favorite side dishes. Enjoy!~ 🙂
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Nutrition:

Calories: 632kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 223mg | Sodium: 836mg | Potassium: 617mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 4.5% | Vitamin C: 18.1% | Calcium: 3.5% | Iron: 10.9%
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American-Chinese
Keyword: chicken recipes, instant pot chicken, instant pot orange chicken, instant pot recipes, instapot orange chicken, pressure cooker chicken, pressure cooker orange chicken, pressure cooker recipes
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Step-by-Step Instant Pot Orange Chicken Guide

Here are the ingredients for Instant Pot Orange Chicken:

Instant Pot Orange Chicken | Pressure Cooker Orange Chicken Ingredients

*Note: We used Navel orange for this recipe 🙂

Zest the orange and squeeze all its juice to a glass container.

You will get roughly cup (~79ml) orange juice from 1 orange.

1

Marinate Chicken


Place 2 lbs chicken thighs in a mixing bowl.

Add ¼ tsp (1.6g) salt, ¼ tsp (1.4g) sugar, ½ tsp (1.5ml) sesame oil, and 2 tbsp (30ml) regular soy sauce to the chicken thighs.

Mix well and marinate for at least 25 minutes.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken: marinate chicken thighs in soy sauce, sesame oil

2

Saute Onions and Garlic


Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function.

*Tip: For older versions, press “Saute” button, then “Adjust” button. For newer versions press “Saute” button twice.

Instant Pot Saute More Function

Wait until it says HOT (takes roughly 8 minutes).

Drizzle the inner pot with 1 tbsp (15ml) peanut oil or vegetable oil.

Add onions & ginger, then saute until soften (roughly 2 minutes).

Instant Pot Orange Chicken: saute onions and ginger in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Add chopped garlic cloves, then saute for another 30 seconds.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken: saute garlic in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

3

Deglaze Instant Pot


Pour in 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry wine/water), then completely deglaze the bottom of the pot with wooden spoon.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken: deglaze Instant Pot Pressure Cooker with Shaoxing wine and wooden spoon

4

Pressure Cook Orange Chicken


Add ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock, cup (90ml) orange juice, and (6g) orange zest in Instant Pot. Mix well.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken: add chicken stock, orange juice, orange zest in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Add marinated chicken thighs in Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken: add marinated chicken in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Close the lid and turn Venting Knob to Sealing position.

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 6 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release

Instant Pot High Pressure Pressure Cooking Program

After 10 minutes of Natural Release, carefully turn Venting Knob to the Venting position to release the remaining pressure.

Once the floating valve drops, remove the lid.

5

Thicken & Season


Set aside the chicken.

Then, bring the liquid mixture back to a boil using the Saute button.

Taste and season with salt. For reference, we added 3 pinches of salt.

Depending on your orange’s sweetness level, add roughly 2 tbsp (30g) honey to sweeten the sauce.

Pressure Cooker Orange Chicken: thicken and season orange chicken sauce in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water in a small mixing bowl.

Add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the orange sauce until desired thickness.

6

Optional: Broil in Oven


The Instant Pot Orange Chicken is ready to serve!

*Pro Tip: You can make the orange chicken more yummy with slightly crisped skin by broiling them in the oven.

In an oven tray, generously coat the chicken with the yummy refreshingly zesty orange sauce.

Pressure Cooker Orange Chicken: brown Instant Pot orange chicken in oven

Place oven tray under the broiler for 5 – 7 minutes until the chicken skin is browned.

7

Serve Instant Pot Orange Chicken


Drizzle more refreshingly sweet & tangy honey orange sauce on the chicken.

Then serve Delicious Instant Pot Orange Chicken with your favorite side dishes!

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Enjoy your Refreshingly Delicious Instant Pot Orange Chicken!~ 🙂

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  1. My family loves this recipe. But I would like clarification on what (ginger, crushed and sliced), means. I’ve always just sliced (because I never saw crushed and sliced) ?

  2. Just made this recipe, I chose to slice the chicken (thighs, skin on, which I deboned before cooking) into bite-sized pieces after cooking, and then added back to the sauce after it was fully cooked. I found I needed to add more orange juice to the sauce during the final “thicken & season” step since it seemed the orange juice flavor and brightness had been greatly reduced by cooking (which is to be expected).

  3. After making this extraordinarily delicious dish, the next time I will brown the chicken first. . . Make no mistake about what I’m posting this dish was fantastic!

    1. Hi Weldon,

      Late Reply! (We were on a trip to Asia) Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe 🙂

      Have fun cooking & please take care
      Jacky

  4. I’ve had my Instant Pot for 6 months and I love it. I’ve made this recipe 3 times and it comes out perfect every time. I use a whole orange for the zest and juice so the taste varies but every time it is delicious. I make rice for it to go over and my wife, who is pretty picky, loves it too. I am so glad I found your site.

    1. Hi Bill,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year 🙂
      So happy to have you on our site. Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe!

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  5. First I would like to thank you for your recipes. I have tried a few and love them all. I was wondering if the PIP method would work to make rice with this dish. Which type of rice would work best and would any of the times need to be adjusted?
    Diana

    1. Hi Diana,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe!
      White rice such as Jasmine rice and calrose rice will work with this recipe

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

    1. Hi Jodie,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you for your question. There shouldn’t be too much marinade left on the mixing bowl. You can just discard them.

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

    1. Hi Terisa,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      I recommend reducing the cooking time by a minute for boneless skinless thighs.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  6. This doesn’t seem like it provides sufficient liquid for high pressure cooking. I have the 8 quart Duo so that concerns ne Even more. Advice? Thanks!

    1. Hi Judy,

      so happy to hear from you again 🙂 Thank you for your question.

      This will provide enough liquid (orange juice, chicken stock, chicken moisture…etc) for high pressure cooking in the 8 quart DUO.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  7. The recipe sounds quick and easy, but that’s a lot of calories. How’s the flavor if you remove the skin before marinating?

  8. Hi! Do you think this would work with chicken drumsticks? I would like to remove the skin before cooking. What would be the times for it? Thanks! I love this site!

    1. Hi Jaquie,

      thank you for your support and kind words 🙂

      Chicken drumsticks will work. I recommend 7 minutes and 10 minutes natural release for skinless chicken drunsticks.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

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