AIP Instant Pot Orange Chicken | Better Meal Plans

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This AIP Instant Pot Orange Chicken will certainly please the whole family when they are craving Chinese food! It’s super easy to throw together and serve a healthy meal without the guilt of takeout.

AIP Instant Pot Orange Chicken

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 283kcal



  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  • 1 c orange juice no sugar added
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger grated
  • 6 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 1 tbsp white wine rice wine is preferable
  • .25 c coconut sugar
  • .25 c coconut aminos or tamari
  • 1 tbsp orange zest



  • 4 green onions sliced


  • Using a paper towel, pat chicken dry, cut the chicken into 1-2 inch chunks, then season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat up your pressure cooker: press Sauté. Wait for the Instant Pot indicator to read HOT.
  • Add the oil to the hot Instant Pot,  add the chicken and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently so as not to allow sticking. Cook until it just starts to get golden.
  • Add 1/4 cup orange juice to the pot and use a wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits from the bottom.
  • Add the Sauce ingredients to the pot: remaining 3/4 cups of orange juice, minced garlic, ginger, coconut aminos, coconut sugar, rice wine, and orange zest.
  • Stir gently until all the ingredients are combined and coated in sauce.
  • Close lid, taking care that the vent is closed. Select Manual, and select 5 minutes on High Pressure.
  • Use a 10 minute Natural Release. Release the remaining pressure by opening the vent. Let the Instant Pot finish releasing steam before opening the lid.
  • Select again the Sauté function. In a medium bowl combine arrowroot with the orange juice for the Slurry, whisk until all combined with no lumps.
  • Add the Slurry mixture to the Instant Pot and gently stir to combine. Cook on Sauté function for a few more minutes, stirring gently, until the sauce thickens. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. If you want the sauce even thicker, mix one more tablespoon of arrowroot with orange juice and add it to the pot.
  • Let the Orange Chicken stand for 5-7 minutes, the sauce will thicken more.
  • Serve and garnish with fresh chopped green onions and extra orange zest.


Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1119mg | Potassium: 708mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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