This Instant Pot Orange Chicken recipe is healthy and delicious. This easy chicken dish is served with a sweet and savory orange sauce. Both kids and adults love this yummy chicken dish that is ready in under 40 minutes.

Instant Pot orange chicken over white rice in a large gray bowl.

If you like recipes that are both sweet and savory, then I think you are really going to love this Instant Pot Orange Chicken. Even though this recipe has a healthy spin, it still has a ton of flavor.

The orange juice sauce is thick and sticky, and it coats the chicken and vegetables. You could say that this is a makeover recipe of the popular deep fried orange chicken that you can get at fast food restaurants (see my similar Air Fryer Orange Chicken recipe).

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Tired of the same old chicken recipes? This is a tasty recipe that your family will love!
  • Serve your Instant Pot Orange Chicken with your choice of steamed white rice, brown rice, or sautéed cauliflower rice.
  • This recipe is made gluten-free so everyone can enjoy it.

Key Ingredients

Ingredients for Instant Pot orange chicken in small bowls on a white surface.

Chicken breasts or chicken thighs are perfect in this recipe. Cut your chicken into bite-sized pieces.

Orange juice helps create the sticky sweet sauce for the chicken.

Bell pepper and onion add great texture and nutrition to the dish.

Arrowroot powder or corn starch help to thicken the orange sauce.

Recipe Steps

Process collage of making orange chicken in the Instant Pot.

Step One

Sauté your oil, chicken, onion, and pepper in the stainless steel insert of the Instant Pot. Add the orange juice, sugar, and salt, and stir to combine.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Lock on the lid and set the time to 8 minutes at high pressure.

Step Three

Once the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down for 10 minutes, then release the rest of the pressure.

Step Four

Stir in the arrowroot and simmer for a few minutes to thicken the sauce.

A whisk in the Instant Pot filled with orange chicken.

Step Five

Serve hot with cooked white rice or sautéed cauliflower rice.

serving of orange chicken over white rice with green onions.

Recipe FAQs 

How long does this Instant Pot Orange Chicken recipe take to cook?

It needs 8 minutes on high pressure, plus about 10 minutes to come up to pressure and 10 minutes to come down from pressure. Plus, you’ll need about 10 minutes prep time. So, about 40 minutes from start to finish.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes! The recipe as written is gluten-free, and I suggest serving it over brown rice or cauliflower rice which both fit that diet as well.

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • Store any leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving.
  • You can easily double this recipe if you want to make more servings.
  • The total cooking time includes approximately 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure. The total time also includes 10 minutes of natural pressure release. 
IP orange chicken over white rice in a large gray bowl.

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Orange chicken over white rice on a small white plate with a gold fork.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken

This Instant Pot Orange Chicken recipe is healthy and delicious. This easy chicken dish is served with a sweet and savory orange sauce. Both kids and adults love this yummy chicken dish that is ready in under 40 minutes.

  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil (I used avocado oil)
  • 1.25 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly-squeezed orange juice (from about 3-4 oranges)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch or corn starch

Instructions

  1. Press the Sauté button on your Instant Pot. Pour in the cooking oil and let it heat up for a few minutes. 
  2. Then, add the chicken, onion, and bell pepper. Stir and let cook for about 3-4 minutes. 
  3. Cancel the Sauté button and add the orange juice, sugar, and salt. Stir and lock on the lid.
  4. Set the time to 8 minutes at high pressure.
  5. When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Then, use the quick-release to get rid of any remaining pressure.
  6. Remove the lid and press the Sauté button. Whisk in the arrowroot starch or cornstarch for about 2 minutes, or until the sauce starts to thicken.
  7. Cancel the Sauté button and serve the orange chicken over steamed white rice, brown rice, or sautéed cauliflower rice.
  8. Serve hot.

Notes

  1. Store any leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving.
  2. You can easily double this recipe if you want to make more servings.
  3. The total cooking time includes approximately 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure. The total time also includes 10 minutes of natural pressure release. 

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