Instant Pot Orange Chicken

Need a new go-to dinner recipe? This Instant Pot Orange Chicken is SO simple - it takes just a few minutes to throw together and it always tastes amazing!

I have been making easy Instant Pot recipes for years now, and I’ve slowly been making my normal recipes inside of the Instant Pot with trial and error.

When making this recipe, be sure to add your cornstarch AFTER your chicken as already cooked. Don’t pressurize the cornstarch because it will kill your recipe!

After I mastered Mongolian Beef I thought I would give this Orange Chicken a try!


Haven’t jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet? Well, you may want to consider it just for this recipe alone!

Instant Pot is a seven-in-one multi-cooker that works as an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and sauté pan all in one.

Sounds a little too good to be true, but we promise it’s worth every penny! I haven’t used my slow cooker in weeks, which is saying a lot for this 3-4 times a week slow cooking girl!

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One of our favorite Instant Pot recipes is our Creamy Chicken Soup – our readers give it rave reviews!


1. Put 4 chicken breasts on the bottom of the Instant Pot.

2. Mix the BBQ sauce, water and soy sauce on top of your chicken.

3. Cook the Chicken. Put lid on Instant Pot and turn vent knob to the sealed position. Hit manual and then adjust the cook time by using the plus or minus buttons to 20 minutes. After cook time is done do a quick release.

4. Finish your orange sauce. Turn Instant Pot to saute. Make a cornstarch slurry by mixing cornstarch with 1/4 cup of the liquid from your instant pot. Add cornstarch slurry, Orange Maramalade and orange juice to the Instant Pot and stir for 2-3 minutes.

5. This Orange Chicken is great served over steamed rice or with cauliflower rice.


Yes, you can absolutely make Orange Chicken with frozen chicken. However, you will need to keep a few things in mind.

  •  Instead of cutting up your chicken, you just add the ingredients for the sauce along with the frozen whole chicken breasts.
  • Increase cook time from 7 minutes to 22 minutes.
  • Once the cook time has elapsed, Do a quick release and remove chicken breasts to cutting board and cut into large chunks or shred chicken.
  • Turn Instant Pot back to saute. Make a the cornstarch slurry. Add cornstarch slurry to pressure cooker and stir and boil for 2-3 minutes. Mix the chicken into the sauce and serve.

Related recipe:  This Instant Pot Sesame Chicken tastes better than take out and is so easy to make!  Get the recipe HERE!


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Instant Pot Orange Chicken
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  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup orange marmalade


  1. Combine chicken, BBQ sauce, water and soy sauce in the pot and stir to combine.
  2. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  3. Push MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK and set the timer for 20 minutes (25 if frozen).
  4. When the time is up, quick-release the remaining pressure.
  5. Carefully remove the chicken from the pot to a cutting board and cut into bite-sized chunks.
  6. Remove 1/4 cup of cooking liquid and mix with cornstarch.
  7. Stir cornstarch slurry, chicken, orange juice and orange marmalade into the pot for 5-6 minutes until sauce has thickened, returning to SAUTE mode as needed.
  8. Serve over cooked rice and garnish with sesame seeds or green onions



1705 cal


24 g


156 g


206 g
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11 Responses to “Instant Pot Orange Chicken”

  1. Kristen D.
    What happens in the IP if we double the recipe? I imagine longer cook time (which I would have no idea what it would be) but what about the quality of the food? Does the IP accommodate doubling recipes? #tryingtofeedalargefamily :)
  2. Desiree
    This recipe sounds delicious! Question. In the notes, it states that if using frozen chicken to increase cooking time from 7 minutes to 22 minutes, however in the recipe it states to cook fresh chicken for 20 minutes, 25 minutes if using frozen. Can you clarify? Thank you! It seems 20 minutes for fresh chicken in the IP would be too long!
  3. Linda Creswell
    When you call for rice, I'm assuming you mean regular rice, not instant. Just checking. And, I'm thinking that wild rice would take longer than regular rice but not being familiar with the Instant Pot, I'm not certain. Thanks for ALL the good stuff you make!

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