Instant Pot Orange Chicken – 30 Minutes [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Instant Pot Orange Chicken is healthier than takeout and easy to make using your Instant Pot. Made with fresh orange juice and orange zest for great flavor.

We love using Instant Pot to make easy and delicious dishes. Our Instant Pot Orange Chicken is the most popular recipe on the blog. Other readers’ favorite dishes are Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta, Instant Pot Mongolian Beef and Instant Pot Mongolia Chicken.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken is healthier than takeout and easy to make using your Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken

Instant Pot Orange Chicken is one of the easiest and most flavorful dishes that you can make in just 30 minutes. Forget about takeout, this easy dinner made with easy to find ingredients is so good that it will become a staple in your house.

The Instant Pot Orange Chicken is made entirely in the Instant Pot, so less dishes for you to clean. Made with orange juice and orange zest, gives the dish an amazing fresh aroma. Sweet and hearty, served over brown rice, this dinner is so much healthier than takeout and also budget friendly, as you will have leftovers that taste great.

Why You’ll Enjoy This Instant Pot Orange Chicken:

  • It is easy to make and it takes only around 30 minutes!
  • Only one pot to clean and that is the Instant Pot.
  • The dish is packed with amazing flavors and lean protein.
  • It is perfect for busy weeknights and also for entertaining guests.
  • You will have delicious leftovers that can be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken is healthier than takeout and only takes around 30 minutes to make.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken Recipe Tips:

  • I always say this, but a good meat centered meal starts with quality meat, so use organic chicken breasts.
  • I used No Sugar Added Orange juice, since the recipe already asks for sugar. If you want to use sweetened orange juice I would say to reduce the added sugar, taste and adjust.
  • The tomato sauce is optional, it adds a nice tangy flavor, if you prefer that.
  • Using fresh orange zest is key and please don’t skip this step, it will add amazing flavor.
  • Cornstarch is a key ingredient in here, do not try to replace it with flour, the results will not be the same.
  • When it comes to adding the cornstarch, I recommend to mix the cornstarch with orange juice until dissolved and add the slurry to the Instant Pot at the end to thicken the sauce.
  • If the sauce is too runny, mix another 1-2 teaspoons of cornstarch with water and add it to the Instant Pot. Please note, that the sauce will get thicker with time, so definitely wait a bit before adding more cornstarch.
  • You can also taste and adjust the sugar in this recipe, I like my Orange Chicken on the sweeter side, but you can use less.
  • Sriracha sauce is optional, I like the nice kick of heat that it adds, you can add more or less as you please.
  • For extra flavor add 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger!

What is best to serve with Orange Chicken?

  • White or Brown Rice
  • Vegetable such as broccoli, asparagus or bok choy
  • Noodles

How to make Orange Zest?

  • Rinse the orange.
  • Set your tool over a cutting board. A microplane produces a very fine zest, perfect for baking and cooking. If you don’t have a microplane, use the smallest holes on an ordinary grater.
  • Grate the skin of the orange only. Grate just enough to get through the orange skin, this way you can avoid the bitter white pith underneath.
  • Rotate the orange and repeat. Once the white pith is exposed, rotate the orange and zest the next strip of peel. Repeat until most of the peel is removed, or until you have enough zest for your recipe.

Can Orange Chicken be made in your Crock Pot?

This dish can also be made in your Crock Pot or in the Instant Pot using the Slow Cooker function. Add browned chicken to the Slow Cooker, add the orange mixture except the slurry. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Make the slurry, gently stir it in and cook on high for 20 more minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Instant Pot Orange Chicken is healthier than takeout and only takes around 30 minutes to make. Best served over rice or noodles.

What is a 10 Minutes Natural Pressure Release?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm, and wait 10 minutes, after which you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release. Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker, wait 10 minutes and after that open the valve. A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta or steel cut oats. This method prevents for any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

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Tools/Ingredients I used to make the Instant Pot Orange Chicken Recipe:

  • Instant Pot – I use it all the time, either the Pressure Cooker function or the Slow Cooker function, I also like that I can just sauté / brown the meat and veggies directly in the pot using the Sauté function.
  • Cornstarch – I prefer using cornstarch instead of flour to thicken sauces, and this organic brand is my favorite.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken Recipe Video:

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Instant Pot Orange Chicken
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs  chicken breast or thighs  (cut into 1-2 inch pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons  vegetable oil 

Sauce:

  • 1 cup  orange juice  (no sugar added)
  • 1 tablespoon  ginger  (grated)
  • 6 cloves  garlic*  (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon  rice wine  (or dry white wine**)
  • 1/2 cup  tomato sauce  (optional)
  • ¼ cup  granulated sugar 
  • ¼ cup  brown sugar 
  • ¼ cup  lite soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon  Sriracha*** 
  •  zest from 1 orange 

Cornstarch Slurry:

  • 2 tablespoons  cornstarch 
  • 2 tablespoons  orange juice 

Garnish:

  • 4  green onions  (sliced)
  •  extra orange zest 

Instructions

  1. It is important for the chicken not to have any extra moisture, dry it with a few paper towels and after that cut the chicken into 1-2 inch chunks.

  2. Heat up your pressure cooker: press Sauté -> click on the Adjust button -> select More to get the Sauté More function, which means that the food will be sautéed over medium-high heat. Wait for the Instant Pot indicator to read HOT.

  3. Add the oil to the hot Instant Pot, add the chicken and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring a few times. Cook until it just starts to get golden. When sautéing it, stir constantly so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.

  4. Also, after you sauté the chicken, check if bits stuck to the bottom, in that case, deglaze the pot with 1/4 cup orange juice and scrape them with a wooden spoon. If you leave the bits stuck to the bottom, they may burn or cause the pot not to come to pressure.

    If you want a truly golden-brown chicken, brown it on the stove top, as the Instant Pot isn't really good for that.

  5. Add the Sauce ingredients to the pot: remaining 3/4 cups of orange juice, minced garlic, ginger, soy sauce, white sugar, brown sugar, rice wine, orange zest and Sriracha sauce. You can skip the Sriracha sauce or add more if you prefer your food on the spicier side.

  6. Add the tomato sauce if you are using it. The tomato sauce adds a tanginess to the overall sweet recipe, and it makes it taste more savory. It is based on your own preference. I like it both ways: with and without the sauce. You can use less, or completely leave it out if you want a pure orange aroma.

  7. Stir gently until all the ingredients are combined and coated in sauce.

  8. Close lid, select Manual, and select 5 minutes on High Pressure. Make sure the vent is closed.

  9. Use a 10 minute Natural Release. Turn off the heat. Release the remaining pressure by opening the vent. Open the lid.

  10. Select again the Sauté function, on LOW. In a medium bowl combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with the orange juice, whisk until all combined with no lumps. 

  11. Add the mixture to the Instant Pot and gently stir to combine. Cook on Sauté function for a few more minutes, stirring gently, until the sauce thickens. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.

    If you want the sauce even thicker, mix one more tablespoon of cornstarch with orange juice and add it to the pot.

  12. Let the Orange Chicken stand for 5-7 minutes, the sauce will thicken more. 

  13. Serve over rice and garnish with fresh chopped green onions and extra orange zest.

Calories: 337 Carbohydrates: 27 Protein: 33 Fat: 9 Saturated Fat: 4 Cholesterol: 96 Sodium: 827 Potassium: 775 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 22 Vitamin A: 305 Vitamin C: 28.2 Calcium: 30 Iron: 1.3 g
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Paula - bell'alimento

I'm always looking for new instant pot recipes! Love the flavors in this recipe!

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I am new to the instant pot and am making the orange chicken today. The recipe says to use the manual setting, there isn't a manual button so I'm not sure how to program the cook time. Can anyone help? Thanks, Gail

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Stephanie

Oh my. This looks amazing, Can't wait to try ut!

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Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

HECK YES! I need to try this IP-o-goodnesss stat! Love it girly!

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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

This is one of our favorite take out dishes! Can't wait to try this one at home!

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Dee

This looks so much better than takeout!

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Maryanne | the little epicurean

I need to get myself an Instant Pot pronto!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld

NEED this for dinner tonight!

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Megan @ MegUnprocessed

Love one pot dinners! So easy!

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KdonnRN

So I made this for dinner tonight. I did add some red and green pepper and onion. This is only the second dish I have made in the IP. I would like to know how to cook the chicken without the vegs disintegrating. The last thing I made was Sweet potato, coconut chicken curry. The time called for 15 mins under pressure. The vegetables disintegrated. Same thing with this recipe on the poultry setting for only 7 mins. Do you, or anyone else out there have a solution for this? BTW, the flavor was awesome. Served over Cauli-rice.

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Hi there :) I am so glad that you enjoyed this recipe :) but if you liked it so much why did you give four stars? :) just curious. Ok, so moving onto the veggies, yes they will disintegrate, cause if they are not in some type of broth, they are being over cooked. The red and green peppers need only 1-3 minutes of cooking on High Pressure and only 5 on Low Pressure, so they are being overcooked. There are a few things you can try if adding veggies to a recipe that doesn't ask for some, you can steam them in the instant pot before you start on the recipe, it just takes a few minutes and you can mix them in later or serve on the side. Other option, when you open the instant pot, like in the Orange Chicken Case, you can select the Saute function, add the veggies and cook for a few minutes, this would work for peppers, snap peas, thinly sliced mushrooms. Let me know if that helps!

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Cut your veggies bigger and throw in raw.

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Rachel

Can we add the rice to the pot all together?

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No, not for this recipe, sorry.

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Shannon

I try to avoid vegetable oil. Do you know if this recipe would work with olive oil?

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Yes, it will :) I am happy to say that I actually tried it with olive oil :)

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Gayle

Yum! I didn't have tomato sauce, so I used tomato paste and added some more orange juice. I will probably add some red pepper flakes next time since I like ?! I made enough for a several meals, and I can't wait to see how this sauce carmelizes when I heat it up on the stove tomorrow night. Definitely going into my Pepper Plate file!

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Hi Gayle :) so excited that you loved the recipe. Yes! You can add more pepper flakes to make it as HOT as you like! Thank you very much for coming back to let me know how it turned out!

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Nancy

Can I make it without a pressure cooker? My husband's brother was burned from a pressure cooker and he won't have one in the house

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Hi nance, what a horrible experience. Yes, you can, I offer slow cooker suggestions in the post under Tips & Tricks, on how to make it in the slow cooker. You can just make it on the stove top too. Brown the chicken, add the rest of the ingredients, add the slurry and the end.

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Theodora Pace

Hi there I am making this tonight for dinner, just got my new instant pot duo! Can i double the recipe?

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Yes, you can! Lem me know how it turns out!

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Kayla

I am new to the instant pot and this is the third recipe I've tried making and so far, the best! We had it over white rice. We made 2 substitutions, sesame oil instead of vegetable oil and tomato paste and some water instead of tomato sauce. I'll use tomato sauce when I make it again. The paste seemed to make the sauce a little thicker, and once I added the corn starch it got really thick-we just added a little more water, since we used fresh squeezed oranges and ran out of juice. Maybe I didn't use enough water to thin the paste, I'm not the best cook! Either way, this had great flavor and turned out really good!

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Very happy that you liked it, use more water/juice to make the sauce thinner if you prefer it that way! thank you for commenting with your results!

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Erin

Any suggestions on substitutions for the soy sauce? Allergic :(

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can you have tamari sauce?

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I use Coconut Aminos instead of Soy sauce in everything.

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Erin - I have a child with Celiac and cook almost everything we eat. Whenever soy sauce is called for, I substitute tamari sauce and get great results. San-J offers a low sodium variety as well as regular and organic. Hope that helps! -Gina PS- I just found this recipe today and am going to make it for dinner tonight. I'll post about how it came out. We are very excited to try it b/c we love Chinese food and can't find it GF anywhere!!

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Julia

Just made this last night for a big family supper and everyone loved it !! Great recipe thanks !!

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So happy that you enjoyed it! Thank you for letting me know!

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Kit

Can this be done with frozen chicken breast tenderloins? What modifications should I make?

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You will have to increase the cooking time to 12 minutes.

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The cooking time should stay the same. It will take longer to come to pressure though if the chicken is frozen

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Jill

Strangely, although I have an instant pot, on the poultry setting I could not program it for less than 10 minutes. So instead I chose manual on high pressure for 7 minutes and it was burnt on the bottom of the pot. Next time I'll try medium pressure I guess. Otherwise it is delicious and I'll be making it again.

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Amy

This is my second time making this dish. We LOVED it the first time which was just last week. We have been craving it again so making it tonight. However, I would like to double the recipe in my insta pot. Do I need to add more time to the poultry setting? Would it need more than 7 min for 4lbs of chicken?

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I would not do more than 10 mins with a 10 min manual release. I am very happy you like the recipe :) Its one of my most popular ones!

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Lynn Kershaw-Smith

Sounds wonderful, I can't wait to try this! For the person looking for a soy sauce substitute: https://www.google.ca/amp/www.geniuskitchen.com/amp/recipe/soy-sauce-substitute-216380#ampshare=http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/soy-sauce-substitute-216380

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Shirley

My instant pot doesn’t have a poultry setting - any suggestions?

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Just use the manual setting for the minutes asked in the recipe :)

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Love your reply! Seriously I’m always amazed at what people will post! Thank you for this recipe and all your crap:) very helpful!

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Carla

I LOVE orange chicken but Wow. 1/2 cup of sugar is A LOT!! I’m going to try and make this Whole30 compliant, eliminating the sugar and using chopped dates, and substituting coconut aminos for the soy.

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Let me know how it works out so I can update the post :)

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I made mine with fresh squeeze OJ and half the sugar and thought it was plenty sweet.

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How did it turn out? I would like to try without all of that sugar, as well. Let me know! Thanks!

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Andrea

I forgot to thaw my chicken today! Can I make this with frozen chicken as long as I can cut the breasts up?

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Hi Andrea, skip the saute step and cook for 12 minutes.

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John

Excellent instructions. Have not tried it yet, but plan to soon.

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kclementsdvm

Can you do the rice at the same time but as "pot in pot" over the chicken?

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I haven't tried it, but based on cooking time and experience it might not work.

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Did you try the pot in pot method? Curious to know how the rice turned out if you did. ?

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Shianne

Delicious ? Only thing I did different was substitute liquid aminos for soy sauce.

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Jen

Trying this tonight...it’s my first Instapot attempt! Mine doesn’t have a poultry setting though so i selected Meat/Stew...should this work ok?

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It should, next time just use Manual setting for the specified time on High.

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Stephanie Amberger

My husband and I are always looking for ways we can cook tasty, healthy meals in our Instant pot. Well we made this last night. It was so easy and amazing and spot on for the flavors. This is what we call a KEEPER. We are so blessed to have found your blog and look forward to making more of your outstanding recipes! P.S. I followed the recipe to a T. Thank you so much, Stephanie

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Hi Stephanie! I am so happy that you both loved this recipe! It is so easy, right? And the end result is a restaurant type meal!

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Abby

My IP Duo doesn’t have an “adjust” button so for the sauté setting, how do i get it to say more?

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Just wait for it to read HOT.

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Jami

The tomato sauce was overpowering so we added additional sriracha, orange zest, squeezed an orange slice over the chicken once plated and added ginger powder. Then it was phenomenal! I love how easy this recipe is to tweak to your liking. It makes a really great Asian chicken base. Next time, however, I may cook it with half as much tomato sauce and add more sriracha as well as add some whole ginger. Thank you for this recipe!

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SBakes

Home run! In a family of 5, it's hard to find new recipes that everyone likes. I made this for a night when everyone would be eating at different times due to our crazy schedules. Each person commented about how much they liked it, even my picky 13 year old! She even declared it better than the takeout from the local Chinese restaurant. Will definitely make it again and give some of your other recipes a try. Thanks!FYI: I tripled everything, but next time I could get away with triple the chicken and double the sauce. I browned the chicken in a skillet before adding to the InstantPot and added the cornstarch slurry at the end. I also steamed some broccoli and added that before serving. So easy!

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wow I am so happy everyone loved it!!! Thank you for your feedback :)

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Did you change the cook time to triple it? We have a family of 6 so usually triple our recipes... Thanks!

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Lou

it would be nice if you could just download and print out the recipe. there is way too much crap going on to just print this out.

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The crap that is going on is called a blog post. You can skip the crap that bothers you and click on print, didn't you realize that? It actually prints the recipe for you. By the way, it took you more time to leave me this crappy message, you could've printed the recipe 10 times. Just saying.

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Penny

I love that this turned out with the flavor of natural oranges and not tasting like an orange jelly was melted on the top. The flavors are amazing. Great job on this recipe & thanks for sharing.

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Lisa Pratte

My daughter-in-law loves Orange Chicken. We are giving her and my son and Instant Pot for Christmas and I am going to include this for them to try! Sounds great!No rating because we did not try it.

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great gift, hope she likes it!

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K8 Mitchell

My mini instant pot arrives tomorrow. This will be my first recipe to try. Can’t wait!

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Shannon

I use minced garlic when cooking, do you know approx how many tsp or tbsp it would equal? Tia!

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I used a lot of garlic, you can use 2 tablespoons or just one, depending on your preference.

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Mandy

I made this last night (first dish in my new Instant Pot) and it was great! I did use minced garlic and a lot of it, 2-3 tablespoons actually. We like a lot of garlic in our dishes and it was perfect. I was feeding a crowd of 6 and hoping for leftovers for a few days so I doubled the recipe and increased the cooking time to 10 minutes. It was so good that unfortunately there were only enough leftovers for one big lunch or maybe two small lunches if you really stretch it!

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Kourtney

Wow! My first recipe in my new Instant Pot and it turned out amazing. My husband and I loved it. I followed the recipe exactly as it was and it was delicious. Thank you!

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Happy that you loved it :) its always a hit!

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Katie

If i couldn’t find no added sugar and i use regular orange juice with no pulp how much do i reduce from the sugar

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I would skip the 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, or just use 1 tablespoon.

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Charlcie

What is a serving size? It says serves 6 but not how much. Is it 1cup per serving? Thanks.

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about 1 - 1 1/2 cups.

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Sara

Tried making this today and I got then got “burn” message before it got up to pressure. I have an 8qt do I needn’t more liquid?

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Did you deglaze the pot? You have to make sure that there is no stuff stuck to the bottom, otherwise it will burn. I didn't have to add more liquid, but you can add 1/2 more of orange juice.

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Jennifer Shugart

This looks so delicious!

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Jen

Am I missing something or does this not say how much chicken?

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it says 2 lb aka 2 pounds

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Michelle

Made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! I added some bell pepper at the end along with the green onion and cooked them with the sauce. I think some pineapple added at the end would be good too! Thank you for this great recipe!!

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Those are great additions Michelle! You should try my Instant Pot Sweet n Sour chicken recipe if you like pineapple and belle pepper :)

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GEORGE G JAMES

my instant pot doesnt have poultry setting (mini) is beef,stew about same ?

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Just use high pressure for the time specified.

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jeremy smith

Hello! Just tried this for my first ip recipe. I really enjoyed it but have a question. The recipe says it makes 6 servings. I didnt see a serving size though. I only ask because the wife and i track what we eat. Thanks!

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about 6 cups and I am so glad that you liked it!

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MamaC

What size instapot do you use? Do I need more liquid when cooking in my 8 qt size?

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I use a 6qt IP, I dont think you need more liquid, to be safe you can add another 1/2 cup of Orange Juice.

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Stacy Frey

This was my first IP meal and it was a hit! Now that I have the base recipe down I know the tweaks I’ll make next time. I put this over cauliflower rice and it was fantastic!!

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I am so happy that you liked it! Yes, you can tweak it to your own liking :)

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Jeannine

New to the instapot. Will this work in the "mini" version of the instapot lux series?

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It should work, I haven't tried it, but based on measurements, it should work.

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Keli

First time using the instant pot, would it change the cook time if I used chicken thighs instead?

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nope, same time!

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Beth Ludlow

Loved it & so did the hubs. It’s going to be in our regular rotation from now on. I switched the sugars to coconut palm sugar & only 1/3 c and thought that was just about right sweetness wise. Also added some green beans when I put in the corn starch. So good!! Than you for the recipe!!

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Great idea with the green beans, thanks for the feedback :)

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Tamara

I'm really excited to try this recipe, I miss Orange Chicken from P.E. and this looks like it's a close match. I do have one question, do you think I could substitute Honey for the Sugar? Thank you.

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hi, yes you can, add the honey and taste and adjust the sauce for sweetness if you need more.

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Ise Rod

THANK YOU, Thank You, thank u! This was a huge hit, for all 7 of us to like it, I'd say that was a successful IP recipe! Only bad thing I can say is that there certainly ain't no leftovers to enjoy later, not with my big family! Just found ur site, looking fwd to trying more of the recipes you've posted. This was only my 4th meal in my Crockpot Express Pot and fortunately, it was a success, first 2 times not so much. Definitely still getting over the learning curve so very grateful for great recipe sites such as yours. Gracias!

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OMG you are so sweet! Thank you for this amazing comment, I am so happy to hear feedback and I am very glad that your family loved this recipe!

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Sarah k

Made this tonight really enjoyed it - a little too much sauce - if I increase the chicken to 3lbs and keep the liquid the same do you think it will work? Same cooking time? Thank you I just got my instant pot today!

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Yes, it should work :) I am glad that you liked it!

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Nicole

Turned out really good! I used Xyla...a natural sweetener...no sugar!

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Ellen Landphere

Still learning with my Instant Pot I got fir Christmas. Just made this tonight... HOME RUN! We loved it and hubby went for seconds - so it's a keeper for sure! Thanks for the great recipe!

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Thank you for the feedback! So happy that you enjoyed it!

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Beth

I made this for the second time tonight. It's a huge hit! Tonight, after I got the recipe half way made, I realized I didn't have tomato sauce. I used a can of tomato soup instead and it worked great! It tastes basically exactly the same as the first time I made it. Just wanted to let the world know in case they run into the same problem!

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That you Beth for the feedback and the great tip!

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That is a great tip~I bought a case of tomato soup recently after my daughter went on a tomato soup kick. Apparently her craving was satisfied, because she hasn't touched the case! This will be a good way to use it up (though I have already donated a bunch of it).

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Susan

Tried this tonight and it turned out great! I used peanut oil, my go-to oil for anything remotely Asian. I added about a tablespoon fresh grated ginger, because I had it on hand, and would definitely recommend it in this. I subbed crushed red pepper instead of Sriracha for heat. And I mixed in some lightly steamed broccoli at the end (because my favorite restaurant version has broccoli). Best homemade orange chicken I’ve ever had!

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thank you for the feedback! :) I am very happy that you loved it!

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Erika

would it be the same if I did a quick pressure release or do I need to wait the 10 minutes?

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You need to wait 10 minutes, it is important, the chicken will be more rubbery if you don't and also when you open the valve it may release some sauce.

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Mikel

Happy Thursday! I have a question . I prefer to brown my meat on the stove top, as opposed to the IP (yes, I know that somewhat defeats that "one pot" purpose). I can just brown a lot of meat faster way.Here's the question: When I brown outside of the pot, do I have to adjust cooking times or do anything special when I add the meat to the IP to make my recipe, as the pot is not yet heated (like it would have been if I browned the meat in the IP)?

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Hi Mikel, yes, I love the stove from browning too, I said many times that the IP is probably not the best for this if you want a truly golden chicken. However, with that said, make sure you don't over cook the chicken when you brown it on the stove. Also, you can easily make this recipe on the stove, others have tried it with success, brown the chicken and add the sauce ingredients, let it simmer for 5 minutes on low and add the cornstarch slurry and bring it to a boil. If you want to use the IP, add the browned chicken and don't adjust the cooking time, use 7min on High Pressure with a 10NPR. Hope this helps.Catalina

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Lee

We made this last night with pork instead of chicken, and it was very good.

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Amber McCarty

This recipe looks super yummy! I want to take sugar out and substitute it....I tried looking in the comments didn't see one but maybe I missed it. I was thinking of using honey to replace the white sugar and maple syrup to replace the brown sugar. And if so would the measurements be the same? Any thoughts or recommendations? TIA!!

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I would use 1/3 cup honey and taste and adjust and if you need more, add 1/4 cup of maple syrup.

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Brent R.

No big deal, but the fractions in the instructions don't seem to add up for the OJ. We start out with 1 cup and add 2/3 cup, leaving 1/3 cup - but the instructions say to save the other half. Later, we add 1/4 cup of OJ. It's all a bit confusing. :)

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lol sorry juts updated those! thanks

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Denise

Excellent! Made this last night with the addition of ginger and pineapple and it was fantastic. We were hoping for leftovers but it was too good to resist seconds! Looking forward to trying some more of your posted recipes. Thanks for sharing!

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Happy that you liked it!

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RaeAnn

Could you use fresh squeezed orange juice for this recipe?

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Yes, sure!

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Debbie

This looks awesome - can’t wait to try it! I have a couple of questions: 1) is lite soy sauce the same as low sodium soy sauce? 2) is there a substitute for rice wine? Thank you

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yes, low sodium and you can use dry white wine.

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Ryan

So my wife was wanting an instant pot. I got one yesterday and began looking for recipes online. I came across this one (and I LOVE orange chicken) and decided I’d make it for lunch today. Nothing but clean plates afterward. This was by far superior to any Chinese restaurant’s orange that I’ve ever eaten. I’m also a huge fan of General Tso’s chicken and saw that you have a recipe for that.... YESSS!!!! Thanx

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so happy that you loved it!

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Adriane

What do I do if I don’t have rice wine? I couldn’t find it at the grocery store. I wanted to make this tonight but not sure what to do about the rice wine substitute. Thanks!

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You can use dry white wine.

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Jennifer

Made this tonight. This was the first time using my ip. I did not add the tomato sauce, and I only used 1/4 cup of sugar. I also added garlic chili sauce for the spice. It was delicious!

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so glad that you liked it!

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Lanet

This is simple to make, quick, and delicious. I used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce and it turned out great. It’s a keeper recipe for this household.

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Yum! thanks for the feedback :)

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Pennie Paxton

I cooked this tonight. My second instant pot meal. Your photos, instructions, and videos made this meal a delicious success! We had over brown rice and broccoli on the side. I’m so glad to have found your site. Thank you for sharing your talent! I will definitely share this with friends and family! I made just as instructed.

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Hi Pennie, you are so sweet and that you very much for taking the time to comment! You made my day! I work so hard to produce beautiful content and to make it easy for my readers to follow my recipes, that it makes me incredibly happy when I hear that it helped someone! Have a good one and stay in touch :)

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Carolyn

I tried this recipe tonight as my first attempt at using an instant pot. It was delicious! My husband and I loved it, and my 2 year old actually asked if I would make it again tomorrow! Um, yeah, that was a first.I didn’t have any rice wine, so I had to omit that ingredient but tried to follow the rest of the recipe closely, opting for organic chicken breasts, and including the tomato sauce.I was a little skeptical that this would be as tasty as restaurant style (as in my experience that is usually breaded and less healthy), but I actually think I liked this better! Thanks so much for the recipe! I will definitely make this dish again.

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Hi Carolyn! I am so happy that your family loved this recipes, especially that your toddler asked if you will make it again. My son also loves it and asks me to make it all the time for him. Thank you very much for your feedback and enjoy your IP. Definitely check my Pineapple Chicken recipe, kids go nuts for it!

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Abby

I made this last night and it was perfection! Way better than any take out place! Adding this to the list to make again and again-thank you so much for a great recipe! Trying your sweet and sour chicken next as that is one of our all time favorites!!

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Marc Brunette

Tried it tonight with brown rice. Love the flavour.

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Larry Edens

I made this last night. I couldn't find rice wine at the grocery store and didn't have time to search elsewhere, so I just bought my favorite white wine, Kendall Jackson chardonnay. I know that's not that dry, but it worked! Other than that I followed the recipe. Except I mistakenly doubled the Sriracha sauce. This was the first recipe in our Instant Pot. It was a little hot, but still delicious! After reading many of the comments, I'll try to reduce the sugar by half. Orange Chicken was one of my favorites when we go out. That is breaded. This is not and I didn't miss it one bit. My wife said that we should make this often. I will! Thank you

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Allan

amazing dish!

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Andi

Does it say anywhere how many people this serves?

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Sorry! Just found it!!

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Sierra

Just made this in 8 qt Power Cooker Plus (similar to Instant Pot). I used liquid aminos instead of soy sauce and 1/2 was tbs rice wine vinegar instead of rice wine since it seemed to have plenty of sweet to balance. Halved the brown sugar. Did not use tomato sauce but used the sriracha. Browned the chicken on the stove instead of in the cooker. This was DELICIOUS! Plenty of sauce. A huge hit! Can’t wait to make it again.

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hi there :) I am happy that you loved this dish, its always a hit :) and so easy to make!

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ALA

AM PREGATIT!SOTUL A RAMAS INCANTAT!MERSI!

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Amy

Delicious flavor and my husband said, "Keep this recipe - it's one to make again!" One question, though, many times when you order orange chicken, it's has a crispy coating on it - did I miss a step or is this one without that crunchy bit? It's hard to tell from your picture. Thanks!

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Oh this one is not crunchy, I guess thats how it looks in photos because of the sauce :)

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KW

This was great! I fed this to 5 kids (one nine year old, three six year olds, and one three year old). Everyone liked it. I did 1/2 the sugar based on other reviews. I think it was probably even better with more sugar, but I loved it at 1/2 sugar. I used arrowroot starch instead of cornstarch.

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Cindy Cieluch

Just finished my meal and yummmmmm. Only thing I’ll add next time is sesame seeds on top! Thank you for sharing!

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Yes, I love sesame seeds on top!

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Hope Smith

I was wondering about using Panda Express orange chicken sauce. Only because my teenager loves their sauce. It would be healthier to cook the chicken this way instead of frying it.

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Peggy Chance

After reading all the rave reviews, I made this for dinner last night (as written but a little lighter on the garlic an hot sauce and 1 T of ginger paste). Excellent!! My husband loved it exactly as written. I mentioned adding some green pepper to the leftovers and he nixed it. I love green pepper so might give it a try. Thanks for the recipe. A winner in our house.

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Fayeza Mohyuddin

I'm making this recipe it's in 5min pressure right now

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So it's good but way too sweet for all of us I may use less than half sugar next time.

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Sally

Please stop posting these pictures as you are making me hungry! The dishes all look delicious and I like that the instapots reduce the cook time and make for low maintenance cooking. I think most people enjoy a home-cooked meal (and it’s not difficult to learn how to cook if you can read and/or watch a video), but they don’t have the time. I know someone who bought an instapot and they use it a lot. In fact, they’ve found some great recipes and have been on a cooking spree.

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Sheri

Excellent recipe just as written. My family loved it

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Michelle L

Exceptional! Husband asked me to add it to my rotation of his favorites. I fresh squeezed my oranges and used liquid aminos in place of soy sauce but otherwise followed everything else - fresh grated ginger, garlic, orange zest, tomato sauce, shiracha, etc served over jasmine rice. Planning to make it for a friend (and her family) who's having surgery. Thank you for blessing us all with this deliciousness!

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H T

Turned out very tasty! Served it with rice and steamed broccoli. The only thing I changed was using 1/4 c of tomato sauce instead of 1/2 c. Great recipe!

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Jenny

This was a huge hit at my house! Thank you!!!

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happy that you liked it :)

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John

That was a delicious recipe, I followed it exactly except I went a little heavier on the ginger, I also took your advice and browned the chicken thighs on stovetop for that nice browned look. This is definitely going into one of the top rotations! Thanks!

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Linda

I’m going to try it tonight but I’m a little confused. When do you add the orange juice because is has it with the sauce ingredients and then at the end with corn starch???? How can you mix with corn starch when you have already added the orange juice?

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Ann

This dish was fabulous! I browned my chicken on the stovetop only because I was making brown rice in my Instant Pot at the same time. I thought the chicken was a bit dry because I kept it on the stove too long. I only had tomato paste and was happy to see in reviews that this worked fine mixed with water, and replaced the soy sauce with liquid aminos, and sesame oil in place of vegetable. I also added the tbsp of fresh ginger (I wouldn't skip this, the flavor stood out wonderfully!), and only put in the 1/4 c of brown sugar, which we thought was plenty sweet! We added some frozen stir fry veggies at the end and lots of green onions. Funny that others made this for someone recovering from surgery, my boyfriend requested this as he is recovering from wrist surgery. I will definitely make this again!

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so happy that you liked it, I also like how you adapted the dish :)

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I used tomato paste, but "cooked" it, which is needed for raw tomato paste, vy adding it to the chicken once browned, this allowed it to xook some. Then continued on with recipe.

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Lisa Hiatt

I received this recipe from a friend and have made it twice already. I mixed breast and thighs the first time, and just thighs the second time. Both came out wonderful. So easy and the combination of sweet and spicy is perfect. The bright orange taste really makes this dish!! It is a keeper for sure!!! Thank you!!

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you have good friends :) happy that you liked it :)

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Olga

Hi, I am trying to see how to adjust cooking times if you are using bone in drumsticks? Looks like it should be 22 mins, (in the instantpot), does that sound right to you? Thank you

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If you sauce them before cooking, you will need to do High Pressure 10 mins and a 10 Minute NPR, after that remove the drumsticks. click Saute and add the cornstarch. You can broil the drumsticks for 2 minutes if you want, before adding them back to the pot.

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Brett Bobley

That was quite good, thanks! I did notice that my chicken pieces (thigh meat) ended up falling apart. So I didn't see chunks of meat like in your photo. It was more like a shredded chicken. I will try chicken breast next time to see if I get different results.

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Cat

This was delicious and very simple to make. Thank you for the recipe. I used a tightly packed 1/8 cup dark brown sugar and it was plenty sweet but my orange juice was from concentrate if that makes a difference. I used pre-minced ginger and very little Sriracha but then I enjoyed dousing mine with more Sriracha after.

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Thank you Cat!

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cabntmkr

This orange chicken recipe is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing it.

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Susan

Very good, but I did have a problem maybe you could help me with. I dried my chicken but it rendered so much liquid as I tried to sauté. So I let it dry in the pot and sadly it over cooked the chicken and it got stringy. Your thoughts?

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Jenny

I’m preping the ingredients now, and was wondering about how much orange zest do you use? The oranges at the store today were HUGE and I can’t imagine using all of it.

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Use about 1 tablespoon.

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Elisabeth Harbourt

I won't buy the frozen stuff from Costco any more. This recipe is by far so much better! I keep a fresh root of ginger in my freezer that is cut up in pieces and this makes it a cinch to grate up a tablespoon for dishes like this after a quick run under the hot water faucet and peeling it. Thank you for sharing this! My family loved it!

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I am so glad you liked this recipe!

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Craig

Very, very good; a winner for sure. I think this recipe screams for sweet peppers. Next time. The only changes I made was in using Basmati rice (It' what I had), and cooking it in a 50/50 water and OJ mix. I used my homemade tomato sauce, and halved the sugar, using a total of 1/4 cup of palm sugar.

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Great suggestion on the sweet peppers! I am happy that you liked the recipe!

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Sian

This made for an outstanding weekday dinner! I love that most of the ingredients are in my pantry/freezer/refrigerator at all times, the prep was super-easy, and the flavours absolutely extraordinary. I prepared it exactly as written the first time, then tweaked it tonight with a tablespoon of toasted sesame oil added to the sauce and about 3/4 cup of sliced mixed sweet peppers added along with the slurry. They cooked slightly that way, but remained crisp. My husband--who is relentlessly suspicious of new dishes--requested that this be added to our "rotation" of favourite recipes. High praise, indeed! An unexpected bonus is that the post-cooking aroma fills the house with the most heavenly orange-cinnamon scent...

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I am very happy that you loved this recipe!

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Dee

Just made this recipe tonight. A keeper—will definitely make again. Easy, tasty. The orange sauce is very flavourful. Thanks so much.

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Liz Della Croce

Love this idea for a weeknight dinner! I need to try this!

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Crystal Faulkner

The cutest summer recipe, honestly.

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Megan @ MegUnprocessed

The instant pot seems to make the easiest dinners! I need one!

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Carolyn

I love the flavors together!

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MA

Thank you so much! This recipe is AMAZING!

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magnoliasouth

I have to admit that this has turned into my most favored dish. I did make a minor change. I no longer keep brown sugar in the cabinet. I use molasses and add it to my own taste, since brown sugar is only molasses and sugar. However, I was pretty sure the brown sugar was a sub for hoisin sauce and sugar. Not everyone keeps hoisin sauce around but we eat a LOT of Asian foods from Chinese to Japanese to Korean etc. Then for Chinese we eat a lot of Hunan, Mongolian, etc. AnI keep a tiny jar in the fridge and so I added a small scoop of that and measured a 1/2 c. granulated sugar. I could definitely taste the hoisin but it gave it a great authentic flavor. It was still very delicious!Unfortunately, I have an instant pot that stinks. By now so many are aware at how bad the Ultra is and naturally that's the one I got. It just doesn't pressurize properly... EVER... since I've owned it. I'm not alone. I used this recipe the first time I used the IP. It turned out dry and scorched the bottom but it was incredibly delicious. We just had to add more liquid when it was over.So! Any suggestions on how to cook on the stove top or slow cooker? I think I can still use the IP as a slow cooker but I haven't tried. I am sick to death though because I ditched my slow cooker that I LOVED and now may have nothing at all.

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Amber

Making this recipe again tonight as it was a huge hit in my house a few weeka ago!! Flavors are amazing and the instant pot just makes it so easy! Thank you for sharing!!

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Glad that you like it Amber!

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Nancy Robbins

Tried this last night. I was a little skeptical when it looked so juicy before the cornstarch but it really thickened up nicely. It was so delicious! I have to stop myself from making it again tonight! Can't wait to try some of your other recipes!

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Kristin Holt

Delicious!  Recommended by a friend as a 'Must Try' in my new Instant Pot.  Every member of my family loved it. 5Stars

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GMommy

Made this for dinner last night with rice and steamed broccoli. The family loved it, even my picky eaters. I decreased the amount of sugar by omitting the granulated sugar entirely and cutting the brown sugar in half (so I only added 1/8 cup) and it was just fine. I served it with red pepper flakes and hot sauce on the side b/c not everyone likes it spicy. It was a big hit and I'll definitely be making it again. It's great to have a gluten free Chinese themed dinner to turn to - I made it gf by using tamari sauce in place of the soy sauce.

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OneMoreDoll

This was the best orange chicken I've ever had. I didnt use tomato paste. I did a huge no no. I bought bone in skin on thighs. Ugh. Took so long to cut. I wont make that mistake againt. I also browned on stovetop. Next time I will be tripling this recipe for my gang. 2 lbs of chicken was enough for 2 people...not 6. I added rice to help feed all the hungry men in my family.

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Jennifer

This looks delicious ?!  Will the cooking time be the same if I half the recipe?  Can I half the recipe?  Thank you ?!  Can’t wait to try this!

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You can use half the chicken, but still same amounts for sauce, as it needs enough liquid to come to pressure, maybe reduce the orange juice a bit. Cooking time stays the same.

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Sandy Johnson

simple and delicious, love IP!

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Michelle

Hi I'm making this tonight and forget to get tomato sauce. If I use tomato paste how much should I use ?

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tomato sauce is optional, many make the recipe without it, you can use 1 tablespoon of tomato paste for flavor.

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Micheal Hare

Tried this tonight! We love this!!!! I will leave out the tomato sauce next time but I wanted to make this exactly as listed first the maybe change it depending on taste. My 12 year old loves it and he doesn’t like half of what I make lol. 

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This recipe is a hit with kids :) glad that you guys enjoyed it!

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Melanie

This was the first dinner I made in my new Instant Pot, and WOW - I will admit that it is one of the most delicious meals ever! The chicken is so tender, and the flavor is great. I used 1/4 cup maple syrup instead of the sugars. I'd like to try it with honey next time instead of the syrup, but the syrup gave it another layer of flavor with the maple. I also used Frank's hot sauce instead of Siriacha since I prefer that flavor, and it added just the right amount of heat. I'll definitely be making this again soon!

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Kristin Holt

This recipe is so good, that my husband and son request it weekly.  Delicious, easy, and healthy!!  I serve on top of brown rice or riced cauli.  So good with fresh zested orange.

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Susan L Kuhn

Hi there! Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe! I followed it pretty much the same except, instead of tomato sauce I added a couple squirts of ketchup! Ive made it twice now and it turns out perfect! My only suggestion is if you're planning on cooking for more than 3, double the recipe!

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Hi Susan, thank you for the great feedback :)

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C. David Kelly

This is an absolutely terrific dish, and very easy to make. This will be a regular in our household. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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I am very happy that you liked it :)

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Becca

Has anyone one tried to meal prep this and freeze it with all ingredients raw? I absolutely love this recipe and have made it several times. I'm just the kinda person that would much rather have one day of prepping for the week and then just dump it in the IP real quick when I get home from work. Thanks in advance!

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Did you ever try this??  I was scrolling through the comments looking for an answer about prepping ahead and freezing.  Thanks!

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Kristi

Has anyone juiced oranges to use for the sugar-free juice in this recipe? Couldn't find sugar free OJ in the grocery store today so figured I'd just juice fresh oranges. Hoping I don't screw up the flavor since fresh squeezed sometimes seems to taste sweeter.

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Use those and just some honey for the sweetness.

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Dave Newman

I don't think I have ever seen such an exceptionally well written recipe as yours for your orange chicken. Very precise and easy to follow step by step instructions. Were you by chance a technical writer in a previous life? At any rate it was a pleasure finding such a well written recipe.

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Thank you very much Dave!! I try to be very precise and detailed in my recipes as I remember when I first started cooking I was confused and frustrated when the recipes were too general. I am very happy that you found it helpful and thank you for the time you tool to leave me this beautiful comment.

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Kim

The photo of the finished dish looks like the chicken was fried (with a batter on it)??

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no, it was not fried, some of the chicken has shredded and with the sauce it makes it look like that in the photo.

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Adam

These instructions were frustrating to follow. In the future, please keep long comments out of the actual cooking directions. Nothing is more frustrating than having to read through several sentences between each of the individual “steps” of a recipe. Also, when I need to scroll back up to the ingredients to look for quantities to add for each new step, it is frustrating to have to scroll through so much text back and forth each time. I understand and appreciate that you want to teach new techniques to beginners, and you did most of that before the actual recipe, but being concise when it comes to the actual cooking instructions makes for a much more user-friendly experience. Thanks!

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mmm wow ok thank you

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Eve

Wow. Absolutely delicious. I just got an instant pot, so I'm still kind of learning how to use it. Not only was this recipe the most delicious thing I've cooked in it.. well maybe the most delicious thing I've cooked period.. but your directions were Soo descriptive, it made it a breeze to follow the recipe and cook in this rather frightening appliance! Thank you so much!

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alicia purple

I’ve made this three times and I am currently making this and I plan on straining it to make the Orange Chicken . This Recipe is very good and Thanks for your help!

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Thank you Alicia, I am very happy that you love it!

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Terri

Just got my instant pot and found your beautiful site. Can’t waIt to make this recipe.  I read many of the comments but didn’t see this question addressed - can I use 1 lb chicken instead of 2? Would I need to decrease other ingredients as well as the cooking time? Thanks for any help - I’m looking forward to mastering this amazing new appliance. 

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cooking time stays the same, just adjust ingredients. :) hope you like it

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Ana Elias

Ok so I have a couple things to say, but first this recipe is amazing because i messed up so much and it still turned out delicious! First it took me 2 hours to make, not 30 minutes because its my first time using instant pot, and mincing and chopping so much stuff takes forever!I didn't have granulated sugar so i just double brown sugar, I could not find my grater and had to use a peeler and then chop up the zest, lol. I also accidentally had "keep warm" setting pressed at the begin and so I cooked it for like 5 more minutes than needed...So after all that, it looked nothing like your images, but more like bbq chicken you can get at panda express. But the orange flavor was there and amazing! The sauce didnt thicken like it was suppose to and I regret tossing so much sauce out I should have saved it and simmered more chicken in it. i love it and am looking forward to the 2 more servings I have divided for lunch.

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Kristi

I've been searching for more instant pot recipes to use, and I stumbled upon your Instant Pot Orange Chicken recipe, and it look so delectable. This recipe sounds amazing! I can't wait to try it! Thanks so much!

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Anthony Allen

I’m always on the lookout for IP recipes full of flavour like this one! Appreciate all the options for changing up — and my cauliflower rice will be perfect with this too! Thanks for adding the WW points! Helpful!

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Jeff Dellimuti

Listen. This does not look at all my beloved Panda OC but the flavor is really delish. Next time, I may use the suggestion to cook the chicken on the stove top but not sure if it's worth the effort. If you are a flavor hound, do not cut back on a thing (garnish excluded). I even added a smidge of lime juice just as an extra but honestly, not necessarily. Also for you foodies, don't skimp on the ginger. I will make again.

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Hi Jeff, I am so happy that you loved the recipe :) yes, it doesn't have the texture of Panda OC, but like you said, the flavors are really good :) thank you for the feedback!

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Sophie Anderson

This turned out so well! The leftovers were almost as good as the firsts.

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so happy that you liked it!

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Susan Dubose

Love this recipe ! The orange chicken looks soooo flavorful and the orange juice is naturally sweet. Thanks!

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Pickles

Very delicious. Much healthier than the deep fried chicken version from Chinese carryout. I do recommend browning the chicken first, as it adds a lot of flavor. I added some pineapple chunks and the juice, as well. Ketchup works wonderfully instead of tomato sauce, it has a lot more ZING. Very good recipe!!! Don't skimp on the orange zest! If you want to add veggies, such as bell peppers and onions and pineapple, keep them in 1 inch chunks and throw them in after the first pressure cook (step 9) and pressure cook for another 3 minutes. That way the veggies do not disintegrate.

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The orange zest is the best part! I am so happy that you love it, thank you for sharing your feedback and great tips!

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Terri

Thanks for this excellent recipe! I appreciated all of the comments from other cooks too. I followed the recipe as directed and used the optional grated ginger and tomato sauce. I steamed broccoli florets and sliced carrots ahead of time, then added them to the pot to warm up while thickening the sauce. Also, I used a rack and an uncovered small stainless steel bowl and made jasmine rice (1 cup rice, 1 cup water) at the same time as the chicken - it was perfectly cooked. I'm new to the Instant Pot but recipes like yours are helping me develop some skills and learn some successful recipes. Thanks again. 

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[email protected]

I made it ago days. It looks pretty good and it also yummy. Thanks you very much

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I am so happy that you liked it :)

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Helicia

Hi! Having trouble finding rice wine. Any tips on what kind you use and where you can find it?

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It can be replaced with an equal amount of dry sherry mixed with some sugar. For a tablespoon of dry sherry, use less than half a teaspoon of sugar.

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Katherine M

I made this tonight in my Crockpot Express and it is delicious! Honestly, I’ve never ordered it at a restaurant, so I don’t have anything to really compare it to. I did use the tomato sauce and I think  I will continue to do so in the future. Thank you for posting this recipe

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Thank you for the feedback Katherine! I am very happy that you enjoyed this recipe!

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Simon Cooker

I absolutely love orange chicken but I haven’t seen a good recipe for it. Definitely want to try this one. This will probably be the only chicken dish my cat won’t bother me to try as he doesn’t like orange. It was cool learning how you make orange zest. It’s a little prep work, but it sounds like it’s worth it.

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lol more for you :)

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Meyer Travis

I’m confused on the orange juice part.   It says to add it with the other ingredients.  Then again with cornstarch you’re supposed to whisk it with more orange juice? So how much.?  Mine came out a little runny and I added more cornstarch to thicken it because the directions weren’t clear. I even re read them the next day to se where I went wrong  I loved this recipe it was the first one I made. And I’ll  definitely make it again 

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Hi Travis, I am so happy that you enjoyed the recipe, its definitely a favorite here on the blog. I have checked the recipe directions, and actually if you look under cornstarch slurry it says to mix the 2 tbsps of cornstarch with 2 tbsps of orange juice. I hope that helps, you can always add more or less, depends how thick you like the sauce.

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Sarah

This recipe is fantastic and is definitely going into the regular rotation!! It was a little on the sweet side but once I added a little more soy sauce and siracha, it was perfect for mine and my husband’s tastes. Have any suggestions for some veggies to add? :) 

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Hi Sarah, I am so happy that you loved it :) you can add some carrots or mushrooms with the chicken, I also like to add thawed frozen broccoli at the end when I add the cornstarch, this way the broccoli wont be overcooked. Same way you can add some sweet peas :)

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Tired of your babble

Just give us the recipe, a 10 page write up about what you think is not needed or wanted. I had to fight through pages and pages of opinion and useless banter just to find the damn recip, and by the time I found it, broken up in pieces between more useless opinions I wanted to write this nasty letter.We are here for recipes, not your pointless prattle and inane babel. I stayed on this page just long enough to write this, then I moved on to a website that gets to the damn point!Fail! Nobody cares what you think, give us the information.

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If you don't care what I think and what I recommend about this recipe, cooking techniques, how to make it better, please find another blog. I wish you all the best.

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Kathy Holland

Not only is this the FIRST google search result it is also my very 1st insta-pot dish cooked in my brand new, Santa delivered, Intant Pot IP-DUO ?. LOOOOOOOVE this recipe. Next tile I will add maybe a tablespoon of sugar just because I like my chicken more on the spicy vs sweet side. WONDERFUL!!! Thank you for sharing... (at this very moment I’m making your Mongolian Beef recipe w a bit less sugar and sooooo excited!!)Please keep posting recipes. I NEED YOU . We all do since this new Insta-Pot fad!!!

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Larry Gaines

Your print options do not work. have been trying for 5 days

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sorry it should be fixed soon, my IT guy is on vacation.

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Melissa Markham

This is SO good!!! I've made it every week for about a month now because I keep craving it and we all love it!! Thanks for such a great recipe!

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JP

This was my first Instapot dish and it came out delicious!  Thank you for this delicious recipe, it's a keeper. And, I appreciate your website and pointers. Cheers to a happy & healthy 2019!

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Cheryl

Made this for dinner tonight, it was fabulous and everyone loved it! I'm new to the IP, but I already love it!! The directions were easy to follow. This will be a recipe I make again and again. Thank you for sharing.

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Kristin

I made this tonight. It was the first dish I made for my Hubby in the IP. This was a gift for Christmas. I have the 3qt mini. It was delicious!  I made as directed with no siracha sauce. Thank you for the recipe!  I will have to try some of your others. I’d like to find some breakfast recipes too. ?

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Kayla

I used hot taco seasoning and sweet corn. Also seasoned with garlic, pepper, and creol seasoning when done. Used two chicken breast and had to cook 16 mins instead of 8 mins. Chicken was not done, rice was hard, and it was very soupy after 8 mins. After 16 mins it was perfect. 

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Stacy Rucci

I also got my IP for Christmas.  This was the first recipe I made in it tonight.  It was delicious.  Because I am counting my macros, I put all the info in my calorie tracker. I just couldn’t find what the serving size is.  I am guessing 1 cup? I am looking forward to trying more recipes!!

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about 2 cups, 1 1/2

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Kristin

This recipe was delicious!  Thanks, Catalina, for sharing. I added the tomato sauce that was suggested. Yum!

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Heather Stewart

It was my first adventure in IP land and it turned out great! Thanks for the detailed instructions, I had no clue what I was doing.

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James

Made this for wife tonight, we both loved it! So easy and delicious, cant wait to try more of your recipes.

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Diana

This was my second recipe in the insta pot and let me tell you all of my family members including my kids enjoyed this and it was quickly gobbled up.  Wished I had doubled the recipe, it was so good.  We did make it without the tomato sauce per husband request and it was very tasty!  

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Carolyn

So delicious!  My four year old granddaughter had two helpings!  Just getting into Pressure cooking and this will be made again!

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Andrew McDevitt

HUGE hit. I loved it. Super easy; should have doubled.

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Sarah Frisvold

Can you skip the sugar or reduce the amount? 

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yes, you can reduce or replace with honey.

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Chrissy

Can you make this with frozen chicken

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Hello, yes you could but you will have to increase the cooking time in the pressure cooker by a few minutes. Please check out this post where we explain how to cook frozen breasts. Hope this helps: https://sweetandsavorymeals.com/how-to-cook-frozen-chicken-breasts-in-the-instant-pot-pressure-cooker/

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Martina Meyerink

I made this today,AMAZING,I put a bowl of 1 c washed white rice and 1 c water on a egg trivet and set it on top of the chicken then proceeded as instructed.Perfect fluffy rice with my meal

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Monica Henin

Wow! You did an incredible job with this recipe! It’s delicious! My entire family loved it. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Chris Earley

In the recipe you say I can substitute red pepper flakes for the Sriracha....how much? Is there a straight conversion from Sriracha to red pepper? Would like a little heat but not overwhelming

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about 1 tablespoon or less

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Anna Healey

Silly question but is it rice wine vinegar?

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Alana

My first instant pot dinner, a great success! I used semi-thawed chicken tenderloins from Costco and stewed tomatoes because that's what I had. I also didn't zest the orange because i'm lazy af. OH and I did this as a "dump" meal and didn't saute the chicken ahead of time. Seriously delicious, will definitely make again.

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Tanya Bellner

Looks delicious and I want to make this dish, can you tell me how many servings this recipe makes? I have a family of 6 but they eat like a family of 12.

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Hi, depending on how much chicken you use, we usually make it for a party of 4 and is plenty especially if mixed with rice. If you have a hungry family, I would suggest doubling up on the ingredients, or at least by 50%. Give it a try, thanks!

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Jessica

I have now made this 3x. I am fairly new to instant pot but this hands down is amazing!!! We would prefer this over any orange chicken we would order because it feels healthier because it’s not fried, but insanely delicious! We did exactly what the recipe said for spices but added a bit less of the ginger as I felt the ginger was a little overwhelming from the first time. After I looked at comments from the first time of making- I did sauté the chicken in a separate pan on medium high/high because I felt like the first in the instant pot it took a long time, and it definitely helped. I also sauté it for a bit longer after it’s done after you add the cornmeal and orange juice to make it a little thicker. But so, so good. I will continue making this and recommend it to my friends! 

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April

So easy to make and so tasty! We made it twice already :)

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Christina

FABULOUS recipe

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John Maeder

I am also new to the Instapot scene and have discovered it is now my favorite kitchen appliance I have ever had, I tried this Orange Chicken recipe the first time and thought it was great then. Both my wife and stepdaughter loved it. It is so easy and it was so good that I had it again tonight. The first time I added broccoli and this time since I didn't have any broccolli, so I added some green beans. Broccolli by far is better. At the end this recipe is a keeper.I

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I am so happy that you loved it, this recipe is always a hit :)

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Louise

Thanks for your blog.   I made this tonight. I used fresh chicken breast and browned on stove.  I followed cooking directions for IP and chicken was dry.  I think I overcooked when browning?  Browned over med heat until visibly browned.  Ended up using mixer to shred it so there was more sauce contact (to deal with dry texture).  Next time I think I will try without the tomatoe sauce, maybe lightly sauté in IP, or maybe not sauté at all?   Have you ever tried it without sauté? Or maybe I should use thighs?  Love to hear your thoughts.  Used 2 teas Siracusa but tempted to try chili paste or chili flakes next time. Served over rice with steamed broccoli.  (Ignore those rude people.  Hope they go elsewhere quickly!)

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Thank you Louise, it made me very happy!

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Ruth Bonacci-Klaeser

I have a 3 quart IP. How long would I cook it? Do I cut the ingredients in half, too? Cannot wait to make this recipe. Thsnk you!

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My 6qt is half full when I make this, so I would say to cut it in half. I hope you like it!

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Thank you. I will let you know how it works out. ?

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Anna

Catalina, what a great idea! I love chicken. Your version really pleases me very well, with ingredients that I often use in cooking too.

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Olga

Catalina, bravo! What a great idea! Love this. I’m sure this is incredibly delicious!

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Ruth

I just got a 3 quart instapot. How do i adjust the amount of ingredients and the amount of time it cooks? There are only 2 of us. Thank you.

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Hi Ruth, I would cut the ingredients in half if you plan to use only half the sizes. Please try to follow the recipes, and reduce the ingredients by about half. Hope this helps. thank you!

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raxid aj

I absolutely love orange chicken but I haven’t seen a good recipe for it. Definitely want to try this one. This will probably be the only chicken dish my cat won’t bother me to try as he doesn’t like orange. It was cool learning how you make orange zest. It’s a little prep work, but it sounds like it’s worth it.

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Hi and thank you for stopping by. Yes this is a nice and delicious dish, easily made in the IP. We highly recommend it!

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Vivian

Thanks for this recipe which inspired me to try something different! I LOVED the orange sauce. It still tasted very good without using any soy sauce. I avoided it due to my soy allergy. So for people who are concerned about soy in this recipe, it's still WORTH trying without it.I also reduced both brown sugar and white sugar from 1/4 cup to 2-3 tablespoons only. Just to keep things a little healthier for me.After I zested the orange, I asked myself what to do with the orange itself? So I diced it up and threw half in with the sauce and half after cooking - just to see which way I like better. If you like more texture in your sauce, I'd suggest adding the diced orange after cooking. If you like everything more blend in, throw in at the beginning before cooking.One thing I look forward to trying differently next time is having the chicken breast slow cooked in the sauce instead of high-pressure cooking it. This really comes down to my preference of wanting that soft juiciness of the meat retained from slow-cooking.Thank you for this WONDERFUL recipe!!

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Kimberley Pereda

I was used the lemon in my chicken dish. When I discover this recipe, my dish will become extra flavorful because of the orange ingredients. Simple and easy to prepare

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Hello Kimberley and welcome to sweetandsavorymeals.com We are very glad that you have given it a try and loved it. It is really one of the easiest dishes to make, and one of the best you can make in the pressure cooker. Hope you enjoyed it!

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Meghan

This was excellent. My husband was super skeptical of orange chicken that wasn’t fried and even he liked it! 

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Hello Meghan and thanks for posting. Yes, this is one of our favorite dishes to make in the pressure cooker as well. We are delighted that you have liked it, and enjoyed with your friend.

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Bee

This looks absolutely perfect in every possible way!

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habitat

They look great! From color to taste, I can feel it. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I will do it right now. thanks again

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Ray Kennedy

At 1st sight, I wasn't so sure if it was gonna be good... Boy Was I WRONG! This recipe is AWESOME!

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[email protected]

That’s so great, just 30 minutes for a delicious dish for dinner or weekend meal, my family will like this, thanks for sharing.

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Chuck Vaughn

Ive had my instant pot for a couple of months now..this recipe has been my go-to..ive read thru all the comments..a lot of little changes here and there in the suggestions but for me this has turned out really great every time. The more i make it the easier it gets. I take the ip to work on sundays and have it ready for coworkers..if they keep asking for it im going to keep making it. I stay fairly healthy in my cooking..a lot of chicken..rice..and olive oil..the recipe as is is easy and no left overs...thats a good and bad thing..thanks for this..roll tide :)

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Donna Bonk

Love the recipe!!  Great flavor. I’m a bit confused on step 5. What am I doing with 3/4 cup of the sauce mix?  Thanks DONNA 

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Jessica Smith

Hi Catalina, I have been wanting to try making orange chicken with healthier chicken. I had it once at a noodle place. And once I got over the shock of uncoated, grilled chicken I decided I liked it. And you skip some fat and carbs. Your sauce is the bomb!!!! Exactly what I wanted. I decided to skip the instant pot since I didn’t intend to coat and fry the chicken. I did one pound of chicken and a container of Asian veggies from Trader Joe’s. I sauté the veggies and set aside. Then I sautéd the chicken until the outside was cooked. Added the sauce and let the chicken and sauce simmer a few minutes til the chicken was cooked thru. Thickened the sauce as the recipe calls to do. Added the veggies back to the pan and cooked a few more minutes to ensure it was heated thru. Turned out a great! No side dish required. My husband and I both loved it. Sorry to butcher your hard work but I will be using your sauce recipe and my method to make this again soon. Yum!!!!

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marlene harkcom

Doubled the recipe, which worked well. I personally would lessen the srichacha but otherwise the flavor is incredible! We didn't use sugar free OJ so we reduced the sugar by 1/3. Thanks so much!

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Melanie

I just made this and it’s pretty good. Added red pepper flakes and the sriracha to make it spicier. Wondering if there’s a substitute for the wine? Also I needed to add a *lot* of salt to bring out the flavors. Is that normal? Assumed?

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Kristen Snow

Just made this and wow- delicious! I didn't have tomato sauce so I subbed 1/4 cup tomato paste and 1/4 water (thanks Google!) Ok, also, I used my trivet and a 3-cup glass pyrex bowl to make rice in the pot as well. I did 1 cup jasmine rice with 1 cup water and a splash of oil and salt. Came out perfect. While the pot came to pressure I took a bag of mixed veggies (broc, cauli and baby carrots), tossed them with oil, salt, and a little leftover garlic from the chicken recipe, and roasted them at 425 for about 12-14 minutes. Total score! Thanks!

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I'm usually cooking right after work while helping kids with homework, so I'm searching for recipes that work for a busy evening. This one was great. I found it yesterday and stopped for oranges and juice on the way home.I also used tomato paste (no sauce in my cupboard), and I couldn't find good oranges so I got some mandarins which were great for the zest.I used fresh garlic and frozen cubes of ginger. Mixed the sauce while the chicken sauté'd. I really like recipes that use the saute function to start. Although the instant pot isn't as consistent as a good pan on the stove, it works fine, heats up quick, and the convenience factor is totally worth it.I also really like this recipe as a base, which came out fantastic the first time. And next time I might add more zest, or try more sriracha, or whatever else to suit my taste.

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