Easy Instant Pot® Orange Chicken


Quick, easy, and delicious orange chicken made with chicken thighs in the Instant Pot® cooker. Garnish with extra green onions and sesame seeds and serve over rice, if desired.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 servings


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, or more to taste

  • ½ cup orange juice

  • ½ cup lemon juice

  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce

  • ¼ cup diced green onions

  • 2 large oranges, zested

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup brown sugar, or more to taste

  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 6 tablespoons water


  1. Blot chicken thighs with a paper towel and trim off excess fat with kitchen shears. Cut chicken into bite-sized chunks.

  2. Stir orange juice, lemon juice, soy sauce, green onions, orange zest, ginger, garlic, and Sriracha together in a bowl.

  3. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. When the pot is hot, add oil and swirl it around. Add chicken, salt, and pepper and saute for 2 minutes. Cancel Saute function.

  4. Pour orange sauce mixture into the Instant Pot®. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 4 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  5. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, for 5 minutes, then switch to the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  6. Turn the Instant Pot® back to the Saute function. Stir in brown sugar.

  7. Stir cornstarch and water together in a small bowl; stir slurry into the Instant Pot® and let cook until the sauce has thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use chopped chicken breast in place of the thighs. If you do, set the timer for 3 minutes instead of 4.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

352 Calories
12g Fat
42g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 352
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 542mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 40mg 202%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 375mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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