This Instant Pot Orange Chicken is a delicious, homemade take on the Panda Express version made in one pot – it’s a dump dinner with rice and broccoli that comes together in 30 minutes!
This Instant Pot Orange Chicken is a delicious one pot dump dinner that you are going to love and it will totally remind you of takeout!
While not exactly the same as your traditional Panda Express version of orange chicken, this Instant Pot version combines diced up chicken breast, rice and broccoli so you can have a super easy meal all made in one pot without any additional work on your end.
How to Make Instant Pot Orange Chicken
The orange chicken sauce combines flavours you’ll recognize from the traditional version while using ingredients you’ll find in your pantry. It’s the easiest thing ever!
The sauce is mostly made up of soy sauce, rice vinegar, orange juice & zest, garlic, ginger, brown sugar and chicken broth. Aka most of the items should be found in your kitchen cupboard!
You can feel free to leave out the zest and use store-bought orange juice but I find it easier to just buy a couple oranges. The fresh squeezed juice is better and it should be cheaper than buying a whole carton of OJ!
Most orange chicken recipes call for saute and high pressure mode but I’ve skipped sauteeing in favour of making this a dump meal.
What is a dump meal you might ask?
Well, anything where you can just dump all the ingredients in then set it and forget it! That’s why I love this Instant Pot orange chicken: it cooks the chicken and rice at the same time along with the sauce, then you just stir in the broccoli and let it sit for 5 minutes.
It’s about as hands off as you’re gonna get and it’s a cheap, fast dinner idea to boot. No more scratching your head over what to make!
I’ve made so many Instant Pot recipes where I add my veggies afterwards and let them sit with the hot ingredients so they can steam, and the trick is to use veggies that will otherwise overcook in under pressure in order to make my special “steam” method work.
For instance, chopped up carrots will probably not steam and become softened if you decide to use them in this recipe; they are better off being pressure cooked. But veggies like zucchini, broccoli or bell peppers work as an add-in along with spinach so all you have to do is stir them in after.
When your orange chicken comes together and is finished, be sure to top it with some sliced green onions and sesame seeds – maybe even some fresh sliced chili peppers or some hot sauce if you’re brave!
You can also stir in more veggies like spinach or bell peppers to up the nutritional content. It’s up to you.
Pack this Instant Pot orange chicken up for leftovers too – because it cooks in just 30 minutes it’s ideal for meal prepping and batch cooking during a busy work week.
Will you be making this Instant Pot Orange Chicken & Rice?
It’s such a great way to enjoy flavourful Instant Pot rice at home!
- These are the square glass meal prep bowls I use in this recipe
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Instant Pot Orange Chicken
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 3 chicken breasts, diced into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh minced ginger
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cups dry white rice
- 1 head broccoli, chopped into very small pieces
- 4 green onions, sliced
- Sesame seeds, for topping
- Add canola oil, chicken, orange juice, zest, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, chicken broth and rice to Instant Pot in that order. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes and then do a quick release of the pressure.
- Open lid when safe to do so and stir in broccoli. Replace lid and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Serve in bowls and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!