Skip the Chinese takeout and make Deliciously Zesty Instant Pot Orange Chicken with simple healthy ingredients. Refreshing pressure cooker orange chicken glossed with a tasty sweet-savory-tangy-citrusy honey glaze. Quick and easy dinner your family will enjoy!

We’ve been overwhelmed with your love for our beloved Instant Pot Lemon Chicken inspired by my dad’s restaurant.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken
Make deliciously Zesty Instant Pot Orange Chicken with simple healthy ingredients! Refreshing pressure cooker orange chicken in a tasty sweet-savory-tangy-citrusy honey glaze. Quick and easy dinner your family will enjoy!
Marinate: 25 minutesTotal Time: 35 minutesServings: 4Calories: 632kcalAuthor: Amy + Jacky


4 - 6 (2lbs or 913g) chicken thighs
1 orange , juiced (90ml) and zested (6g)
6 (25g) garlic cloves , chopped
1 tablespoon ginger , crushed and sliced
1 (95g) small onion , sliced
1 tablespoon (15ml) peanut oil or vegetable oil
1 tablespoon (15ml) Shaoxing wine
½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock
2 tablespoons (30g) honey or sugar to sweeten
Salt to taste
2.5 tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch
3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water
2 tablespoons (30ml) regular soy sauce
½ teaspoon (1.5ml) sesame oil
¼ teaspoon (1.6g) salt
¼ teaspoon (1.4g) sugar


Marinate Chicken: Place 2 lbs chicken thighs in a mixing bowl. Add ¼ tsp (1.6g) salt, ¼ tsp (1.4g) sugar, ½ tsp (1.5ml) sesame oil, and 2 tbsp (30ml) regular soy sauce to the chicken. Mix well and marinate for at least 25 minutes.
Saute Onions and Garlic: Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function. Wait until it says HOT (~8 mins). Drizzle the inner pot with 1 tbsp (15ml) peanut oil or vegetable oil. Add onions & ginger, then saute until soften (~2 mins). Add chopped garlic cloves, then saute for another 30 seconds.
Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour in 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry wine/water), then completely deglaze the bottom of the pot.
Pressure Cook Orange Chicken: Add ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock, ⅓ cup (90ml) orange juice, and 6g orange zest in Instant Pot. Mix well. Add marinated chicken in Instant Pot. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 6 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release.
Thicken & Season: Set aside the chicken. Bring the liquid mixture back to a boil using the Saute button. Taste and season with salt (for reference, we added 3 pinches of salt). Depending on your orange’s sweetness level, add roughly 2 tbsp (30g) honey to sweeten the orange sauce. Mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water in a small mixing bowl. Add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the orange sauce until desired thickness.
Optional - Broil in Oven: In an oven tray, generously coat the chicken with the orange sauce. Place oven tray under the broiler for 5 – 7 minutes until the chicken skin is browned.
Serve: Drizzle more yummy orange sauce on the chicken, then serve Instant Pot Orange Chicken with your favorite side dishes. Enjoy!~ 🙂

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