Instant Pot Orange Chicken

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5 from 1 vote
Instant Pot Orange Chicken is that sticky sweet perfection that you love from your favorite take out, now made at home easily in your Instant Pot.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 16 minutes
Total: 21 minutes
Instant Pot Orange Chicken in a Gray bowl with an instant pot in the background

Instant Pot Orange Chicken is that sticky sweet perfection that you love from your favorite take out, now made at home easily in your pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken in a Gray bowl with an instant pot in the background

Tangy Instant Pot Orange Chicken is that perfect recipe when you are craving take-out but do not want to leave the house. Actually made in less time then it would take for delivery.

This dish is just so moist and so healthy and can be made in just minutes. How does an Instant Pot work?

Why this IP Orange Chicken is a Keeper:

  • 30 Minute Meal: Less than thirty minutes from prep to table
  • Easy Ingredients: 5 simple ingredients!
  • Family Friendly: Absolutely, kids love this chicken and so do I.
  • Adaptable: Definitely, use your favorite brands to make it perfect for your family.
  • Great Leftovers: It is even better after it sits for heat up the next day.

What You Need to Make Instant Pot Orange Chicken

Chicken breast on a white plate with orange marmalade and other ingredients surrounding it in square dishes

Ingredients

  • boneless chicken breast 
  • orange marmalade
  • soy sauce
  • chili oil (or red pepper flakes)
  • BBQ sauce 

Equipment

How to Make Pressure Cooker Orange Chicken- Step by Step

Chicken raw in instant pot and competed chicken in the next photo
  • Set Up: First, add your trivet to instant pot and then add one and a half cup water.
  • Season: Second, place your chicken breast on top of the trivet and next season with House Season Blend on both sides.
  • Cook: Third, set your instant pot to high-pressure for 13 minutes then release pressure manually. Importantly, use thermometer to check temperature.
  • Cut Chicken: Remove chicken, cut your chicken breasts into small cubes.
All the ingredients in the instant pot for the orange marmalade chicken in the instant pot and the completed dish in the instant pot
  • Reset IP: Then remove the trivet and water from your instant pot.
  • Remaining: Next, place chicken back in pot, add in the remaining ingredients.
  • Saute: Finally, turn pot on to sauté mode, mix all of your ingredients together so that the chicken is fully coated. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until thick.
Close up from the top of the orange chicken in the instant pot

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Common Questions About Recipe Name

CAN I USE FROZEN CHICKEN BREAST?

Certainly. Just make sure that the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE SUGAR FREE MARMALADE?

I use my Instant Pot Orange Marmalade Recipe for this but of course, a store bought sugar free version can be used.

IS THERE A LOW SALT VERSION?

Of course, use a low sodium soy sauce.

CAN I MAKE THIS ORANGE CHICKEN WITHOUT AN INSTANT POT?

Indeed, you can use this recipe in a wok or skillet. Just brown the meat and follow the recipe below.

WHAT SHOULD I SERVE WITH THIS RECIPE?

Cilantro Lime Rice, Perfect Brown Rice or even Cauliflower rice are great with this recipe. Or even make the Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice.

Side view of a bowl of orange chicken

Expert Tips for Making Instant Pot Orange Chicken

  • Doubled: Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and Increase the cooking time for the chicken by 5 minutes per pound.
  • Corn Starch: If your sauce is not thick enough, make a slurry with cornstarch and water. mix into sauce to get thick.
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to make the chicken ahead of time and then just add into the Instant pot when you are ready to make and follow the directions below.
  • Variation tip: You may like a little Thai Sweet Chili Sauce to this recipe.

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Instant Pot Orange Chicken in a Gray bowl with an instant pot in the background

Instant Pot Orange Chicken

5 from 1 vote
Instant Pot Orange Chicken is that sticky sweet perfection that you love from your favorite take out, now made at home easily in your Instant Pot.
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Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. chicken breast
  • 2/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 1 TBSP chili oil or red pepper flakes
  • 2/3 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions

  • Add your trivet to the inner part of your instant pot. Add one and a half cup water.
  • Place your chicken breast on top of the trivet. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Set your instant pot to high-pressure for 13 minutes. Close the sealing valve. Once the cooking has completed, open the valve to release pressure manually.
  • Open the lid. Use a thermometer to make sure that your chicken has reached the temperature of 165°F at the thickest part of the breast.
  • Remove the chicken from the instant pot, and transfer to a cutting board. Cut your chicken breasts into small cubes.
  • Remove the trivet from the instant pot. Remove the water from your instant pot.
  • Place your diced chicken back into the instant pot. Add in the remaining ingredients.
  • Turn your instant pot on to sauté mode (you might need to press cancel on your instant pot prior to selecting Sauté mode.) and mix all of your ingredients together so that the chicken is fully coated.
  • Sauté your check in until you start to see the sauce bubbling, and thickening. They should take about 3 to 5 minutes.

Expert Tips

 
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and Increase the cooking time for the chicken by 5 minutes per pound.
  • Corn Starch: If your sauce is not thick enough, make a slurry with cornstarch and water. mix into sauce to get thick.
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to make the chicken ahead of time and then just add into the Instant pot when you are ready to make and follow the directions below.
  • Variation tip: I love to add a Thai Sweet Chili Sauce to this recipe.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1285mg | Potassium: 989mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg

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