Saturday, August 31, 2019

Instant Pot Orange Chicken

Do you have a grandchild that wants Orange Chicken all the time? I’ve made orange chicken a couple of ways, but if you know me by now I’ve got to be able to make it in my Instant Pot. Will you save time? My Crockpot recipe took 4+ hours and I know the Wok recipe took some time and messy.  I ❤️ my Instant Pot! Total Time: 45 minutes  Serves 4


4 skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2”-3” pieces
3 tablespoons grapeseed oil, divided
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
6 cloves garlic, smashed
1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons cornstarch
6 oz green onions, finely sliced
Rice for serving
Toasted sesame seeds (optional)


Select sauté on your Instant Pot. Season the chicken with salt. Add 2 tablespoons oil to the pot, swirl to coat and add the chicken. Sauté to a golden brown, flipping once about 4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a large plate as they finish. Add the remaining oil and the onion, season with salt and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.

Add the orange juice, zest, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, chicken broth, garlic, ginger, honey and red pepper flakes; stir scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Place the chicken back in the pot in a single layer if possible. Cover, close vent and cook on high pressure for 18 minutes. Let the pressure release manually. Open lid, carefully. Remove chicken to a plate and cover with tin foil to keep warm.

Select sauté again. In a medium size bowl add the cornstarch and 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid; whisk until smooth. Pour into the pot and whisk until boils and thickens slightly. Add the chicken back in the pot. Cook enough rice for 4 people according to package instructions. To serve. Put the cooked rice in a large bowl, cover with orange chicken and top with thinly sliced green onions and sesame seeds, if using. Easy Peasy!

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