Best Instant Pot Orange Chicken (Panda Express Copycat)

Make this better-than-takeout instant pot orange chicken recipe for dinner tonight! You are going to love the flavor-filled sauce we use on this tasty Chinese chicken recipe.

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I love Chinese take-out. They offer so much flavor in all of their dishes and one of my favorite family-friendly dishes in orange chicken. It’s lightly breaded chicken cooked in an amazing orange sauce that has kids and adults satisfied.

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Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken

This recipe is inspired by the famous Orange Chicken at Panda Express. Why not try both and let us know what you think!

Ordering Chinese isn’t always in the budget and sometimes I like trying my hand at remaking Chinese food dishes at home. Which brings me to this recipe for instant pot orange chicken. 

It’s easy enough to make in your pressure cooker and won’t leave you missing your favorite take-out place, at all!

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What to serve with instant pot orange chicken?

We love serving orange chicken over a bed of steamed brown rice. You can also serve it with a simple steamed vegetable like green beans. 

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Instant Pot Orange Chicken Recipe

Make this better-than-takeout instant pot orange chicken recipe for dinner tonight! You are going to love the flavor-filled sauce we use on this tasty Chinese chicken recipe.

Course Main Dish Recipes
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword instant pot orange chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Calories 680 kcal
Author Aileen Clark

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Sauce

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Cornstarch Slurry

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

Garnish

  • 4 green onions sliced
  • Orange Zest

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl add your 2 eggs and whisk.
  2. In a separate bowl add your flour and cornstarch. Mix to combine.
  3. Pat chicken dry with a paper towel.
  4. Dip the chicken chunks into the whisked eggs and then into the flour mixture.Shake off to the excess and set to the side.
    Ingredients on a tray for orange chicken.
  5. Repeat until all chicken is coated.
  6. Press Sauté on the Instant Pot.
  7. Wait for the Instant Pot indicator to read HOT. Pour in the oil.
  8. Add the chicken and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
    Coated chicken in instant pot.
  9. Flip and cook an additonal 2-3 minutes, until golden brown on both sides.
  10. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  11. Deglaze the bottom of the pot with 1 cup orange juice and scrape off any food stuck of the pot with a wooden spoon.
  12. Mix in the ginger, garlic, vinegar, granulated sugar, brown sugar, soy sauce, sriracha, and red pepper.
  13. Add the chicken and toss until it is coated in the sauce.
  14. Close the lid and set the pressure release valve to sealing.
  15. Press the manual or pressure cook button and set to 5 minutes on high pressure.
  16. Natural pressure release for 10 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure.
  17. Remove the lid.
  18. Press the sauté button again.
  19. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons orange juice. Whisk well, until no longer lumpy.
  20. Pour the mixture into the instant pot and gently stir to combine.
  21. Let the sauce simmer for 3 minutes.
  22. Turn the instant pot off.
  23. Allow the chicken to thicken for 5 minutes.
  24. Serve over rice and garnish with fresh chopped green onions and orange zest.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Orange Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup chicken)
Calories 680 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 191mg64%
Sodium 1379mg60%
Carbohydrates 85g28%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 46g51%
Protein 55g110%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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