Instant Pot Orange Chicken is made with fresh oranges, Asian flavors, and is so quick and easy to throw together in under 30 minutes! It is a healthy, gluten-free, and dairy-free Instant Pot chicken recipe that can easily be made Paleo and Whole30 friendly.
Add oils, garlic, and ginger to the Instant Pot while it is set to the Sauté function. Sauté for 1-2 minutes.
Add chicken cubes and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. After sautéing, scrape the bottom of the pot to ensure any bits are no longer stuck. (This step is HUGELY important. If you do not scrape the bottom of the pot you'll end up getting that dreaded BURN error.)
In a medium-sized bowl combine orange juice, zest, coconut aminos or soy sauce, maple syrup, and chili garlic paste. Whisk to combine.
Pour sauce over chicken and be sure to lift it off the bottom of the pan so it does not burn.
Place lid on Instant Pot and close pressure valve. Using the manual pressure cook function turn to High Pressure and set the timer for 5 minutes.
Keep the lid on and the valve closed for an additional 10 minutes after the timer goes off. (This is called a 10 minute natural pressure release, or NPR.)
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!
A few simple substitutions to the gluten-free orange chicken recipe can easily make it Paleo and Whole30-approved: