Instant Pot chicken breast recipe on top of rice in a black bowl next to chopsticks.
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Instant Pot Orange Chicken | Paleo

Instant Pot Orange Chicken comes together in under 30 minutes and is full of fresh orange flavor!!  It is a healthy grain-free, Paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free Instant Pot chicken recipe the whole family will love! 

Course Dinner, Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 308 kcal
Author London



  1. In a one gallon-sized zip-top bag combine chicken cubes, tapioca starch, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat chicken completely.
  2. Add oils, garlic, and ginger to the Instant Pot while it is set to the Saute function. Saute for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add chicken cubes and saute for another 2-3 minutes.  After sauteeing, scrape the bottom of the pot to ensure any bits are no longer stuck.

  4. In a medium-sized bowl combine orange juice, zest, coconut aminos or soy sauce, maple syrup, and chili garlic paste. Whisk to combine.

  5. Pour sauce over chicken in Instant Pot. Be sure to lift chicken off the bottom of the pan so it does not burn.
  6. Place lid on Instant Pot and close pressure valve. Set Instant Pot to High Pressure Cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Once the chicken has cooked for five minutes, keep the lid on and the valve closed for an additional 10 minutes. (This is called a 10 minute natural pressure release, or NPR.)
  8. Turn the Instant Pot off, and open the pressure valve. Once the lid has unlocked, you can serve your orange chicken over cauliflower rice with sesame seeds and green onions. Enjoy!  See this recipe in Meal Plan #9.

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Recipe Notes

*Can also use Tamari, or gluten-free soy sauce if not Paleo. **Can also use 2 Tbsp. pureed date paste or date syrup for Whole30 version.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Orange Chicken | Paleo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 308 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 991mg43%
Potassium 552mg16%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Vitamin C 30.1mg36%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.