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15 Minute Instant Pot Orange Chicken Recipe

Cook this Instant Pot Orange Chicken Recipe in 15 minutes! It is an easy, delicious meal that your whole family will love.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 336kcal


  • 4 chicken breasts Do not use thin breasts. They will dry out.
  • ¾ cup favorite dark sweet barbecue sauce ( I used Sweet Baby Ray's)
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • ¾ cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • chopped green onions for garnish


  • Chop 4 chicken breasts into hearty bite size chunks.
  • In Instant Pot, add in chopped chicken, ¾ cup barbecue sauce, and 2 tbs soy sauce.
  • Cook on manual high for 4 min.
  • When done, fast release steam.
  • Take ¼ cup of the barbecue chicken broth sauce out of Instant Pot and mix with 2 tsp cornstarch in a small bowl. (This prevents lumps. Cornstarch will thicken sauce.)
  • Add cornstarch broth mixture back into Instant Pot.
  • Add ¾ cup orange marmalade. Mix well.
  • Change setting on Instant Pot to sauté setting and sauté for 6 min or until sauce thickens.
  • Allow it to rest 5 minutes before serving. This will thicken sauce also.
  • Garnish with green onions. Serve over rice, noodles or by itself.



Note:  If you don't like very sweet dishes, one option is to reduce the amount of orange marmalade to half a cup and add in 1 tablespoon of fresh orange zest. Reducing the amount of marmalade will make the sauce a bit more watery, therefore, you will will also want to add in a little more cornstarch in the end.
Note 2: Another option is to keep the recipe exactly how it is and add in a little more soy sauce. The salt flavor will level out some of that sweetness.


Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 899mg | Potassium: 667mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg