Instant Pot® Orange Chicken – – Instantly Delicious

​I love Orange Chicken.  There is an old-school Chinese restaurant in my neighborhood. Its décor has not been updated since the 1940s and they make a couple of things really well – namely Egg Rolls and Orange Chicken.  Orange Chicken is deep fried deliciousness, covered in a sweet and sticky sauce. I only get a craving for it about once a year, which is good, because it’s not exactly a health food. Plus, deep frying is not something I want to take on in my kitchen. I decided to try and adapt the flavors into a healthier version for theInstant Pot®.  It was a huge success.
I have been on an Asian flavor kick lately. My family loved the Asian Pork Loin that I recently made​, so I knew they would enjoy this.  I cooked the broccoli separately, so it wouldn’t overcook. After the chicken was finished, the sauce needed to thicken for a few minutes.  I tossed in the broccoli to warm it through and then I served everything with rice.  My family loved this dinner and my son requested that I make it again this week.  It’s healthy and is loaded with broccoli, so that is definitely happening.
 Instant Pot Orange Chicken
Serves 4

1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
​1/2 cup water
​2 lbs chicken cut into 1 inch pieces
salt and pepper to taste

​1/2 cup orange juice
​1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup soy sauce
​1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
​1 teaspoon chili paste (optional)
3 cloves garlic, minced
​1/2 inch slice ginger, peeled and grated
​2 tablespoons cornstarch
​1/4 teaspoon black pepper


​1. Place broccoli in the Instant Pot® along with 1/2 cup of water. Set the pot to 0 (zero) minutes making sure the lid is in the sealing position.  When finished, do a quick pressure release. Place broccoli in a bath of ice water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.  Pour any remaining liquid out of the Instant Pot®.

​2. Whisk together the sauce. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Place the chicken in the Instant Pot® and cover with sauce.  Set the pot to manual-high pressure for 3 minutes, making sure the lid is locked and the valve is in the sealing position.  When finished, do a quick pressure release.

​4. Set the pot to sauté and simmer the sauce to thicken for about 3 minutes, adding broccoli back in during the last minute to heat through.  Serve with rice.

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