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Orange chicken in an instant pot pressure cooker

Instant Pot Orange Chicken

Instant Pot Orange Chicken - a delicious and healthier Chinese takeout favorite made in the pressure cooker. Only 30 minutes to make for the perfect easy weeknight meal.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword instant pot dinner, instant pot orange chicken, keto, low carb, orange chicken, paleo, whole30
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 328 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts , cut into 1" cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil


  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (1 medium orange)
  • 1/2 tablespoon orange zest (1 medium orange)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoons freshly grated or minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper chili flakes , optional or to taste
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum OR arrowroot starch for Whole30
  • 1/2 tablespoon water



  1. Season the chicken with salt and black pepper. Set aside.

  2. Make the sauce In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce, set aside.
  3. Turn Instant Pot to SAUTE. Add the oil and allow the Instant Pot to heat up. Sear the chicken in batches (placing the browned chicken on a paper-towel lined plate) about 3-4 minutes on each side, until lightly browned. Once all the chicken is browned, add everything back to the Instant Pot and pour sauce over top.

  4. Close and seal Instant Pot. Set on MANUAL for 3 minutes, let naturally release for 10 minutes.

  5. Open lid then press the OFF button and then press the SAUTE button.

  6. Combine the xanthan gum (or arrowroot starch for Whole30) with water and stir into the Instant Pot. Allow the sauce to bubble and thicken up.

  7. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, green onions and serve chicken over cauliflower rice, zoodles or Jasmine / brown rice for non Whole30 / Paleo / Keto.

Recipe Notes

The sauce doubles easily if you need to make a larger batch.

***If your slow cooker runs hot, be sure to check on chicken earlier as it may cook faster than the suggested cooking times.

***This dish can easily be made with cubed extra firm tofu (roasted or unroasted) and cauliflower florets. Just cook for an hour less than you would the chicken. Mine were done cooked on HIGH at an hour and 2 hours on low.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Orange Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 36g72%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.