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
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.
Hi, I am Julie and welcome to Instantly Delicious. I am so glad you are here to share in my adventures with using an Instant Pot ® to make easy, nutritious, and Instantly Delicious food.
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