The Best Instant Pot Orange Chicken Recipe
Chinese take out is serious one of my favorite things. I think I could eat it every day. I have found that even people who do not really like Chinese food love orange chicken. Since I have a serious addiction to my Instant Pot, of course, I want to make this an Instant Pot Orange Chicken recipe. I can create a great tasting recipe in no time. It helps keep us from going through the drive thru or ordering take out.
What to Serve with Orange Ginger Chicken
Typically this Orange Ginger Chicken is served over rice. That doesn’t mean it is the only way to serve it. Here are some ideas on what to serve with Orange Chicken.
Cauliflower rice: While this recipe is low carb, using cauliflower rice is a great way to extra vegetables into dinner. It tastes great and it soaks up the orange sauce really well.
Hawaiian fried Rice: Fried rice is a great recipe with any chicken, but the citrus flavors in the Hawaiian rice will pair nicely with the citrus in this recipe.
Stir fry veggies: Whether you like to use fresh veggies or a bag of frozen stir fry veggies, serve these veggies on the side or in the rice, these veggies taste great and make this a more nutritious meal.
Variations to Orange Chicken Recipe
Since this is a basic orange chicken recipe, there are not too many ways to change it. You can change what you serve with it. You can make a few small changes like these as well:
Less Sugar: While this is a delicious recipe, it is sweet and has a lot of sugar in it. You can lighten the sugar by switching to a sugar free orange marmalade, using 100 percent orange juice and using a sugar substitute or use less sugar in the sauce.
Chicken Thighs: While I love the taste of the chicken breast for this, you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs as well.
How to Store this Easy Orange Chicken Recipe
Once you have eaten your dinner and the leftovers are cool, switch them from the Instant Pot and into an airtight container. Then you will store the Instant Pot orange chicken in the refrigerator. Once it is stored properly, this easy orange chicken recipe will last about 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Can Easy Orange Chicken be Frozen
I love to make a double batch of this recipe and keep some in the freezer for easy freezer meals. I make the orange chicken and place it in one bag and then I make the rice and put it into a different bag. I will put both bags together into one bag so that they are together when I am ready to make them. Be sure to write on the outer bag what is inside and when it was made. When this Easy Orange Chicken is in the freezer bags it will stay good for up to 6 months.
Ingredients in Instant Pot Orange Chicken
lite soy sauce
How to Make Instant Pot Orange Chicken
Prep your chicken by cutting into 1-2 inch chunks.
Place the chicken on a plate covered with a paper towel.
This allows the moisture to drain from the chicken.
It is important for the chicken not to have any extra moisture.
Once the chicken is dry add the chunks into a large ziploc bad.
Add your beaten and and shake to combine. Use your hands to coat the chicken with the egg.
Now add the flour to the bag and seal.
Shake to combine.
Set to the side.
Heat up your pressure cooker, press Sauté.
Wait for the Instant Pot indicator to read HOT.
Add the oil to the hot Instant Pot.
Once the oil begins to bubble add the chicken.
Sauté for 4-5 minutes.
Make sure to stir a few times.
Cook until it just starts to get golden.
Once cooked remove your chicken and set to the side.
Deglaze the Instant pot with 1/4 cup orange juice and scrape them with a spatula.
Place the chicken back into the Instant pot.
Add 3/4 cups of orange juice, minced garlic, ginger, soy sauce, white sugar, brown sugar, tomato sauce, orange marmalade, and rice wine, pour all over the chicken.
Stir gently until all the ingredients are combined and coated in sauce.
Close lid, select Manual, and set the clock to 5 minutes on High Pressure.
Make sure the vent is closed.
Use a 10 minute Natural Release.
Turn off the heat.
Release the remaining pressure by opening the vent.
Select the Sauté function, on LOW.
In a small bowl add the cornstarch, and orange juice.
Whisk until all combined with no visible lumps.
Add the mixture to the Instant Pot.
Stir to combine.
Cook on Sauté function for a few more minutes, stirring gently, until the sauce thickens.
Turn the Instant pot off.
Allow to sit for another 4-5 minutes.
Serve over white rice.
Garnish with green onions and orange zest.
More Instant Pot Chicken Recipes
I use my Instant Pot for some many types of recipes. Since chicken is inexpensive and versatile, I like to stock up when it is on sale. If you do to, it might leave you wanting more Instant Pot Chicken Recipes so that you don’t feel like you are eating the same old same old recipes every night. I love this Pressure Cooker Chicken recipes and I think you will too.
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