Fast and Easy Healthy Instant Pot Orange Chicken Curry

Orange Chicken on top of brown rice on a black plate with peppers

Sometimes you just need a quick and easy delicious dinner and this healthy Instant Pot Orange Chicken is it! If you’re not a big fan of curry, just leave that out. Keep all of the ingredients on hand so you can whip it up in a hurry. Serve it with rice, cauliflower rice or naan.

This Instant Pot Chicken is a little on the spicy side so if you want a mild orange chicken recipe add less chili garlic sauce (paid link). I like to use the Huy Fong Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce (paid link) but feel free to substitute others. Be sure to serve it with extra orange zest, cilantro, and toasted almonds on top, they complete the dish!

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How to toast almonds for the garnish

toasted almonds on parchment paper on a pan

Place slivered almonds on a baking sheet. Turn oven to broil. Broil 1-2 minutes, watch carefully so they do not burn!

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How to make Fast and Easy Orange Chicken in pictures:

onions in an Instant Pot with wooden spoon

Spray olive oil spray (paid link) in the bottom of the Instant Pot liner. Slightly brown the onions for a few minutes on the sauté setting of the Instant Pot.

chicken and onions in the Instant Pot with wooden spoon

Add the garlic and chicken and brown a few minutes more.

ingredients on a wooden board

In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine orange juice, chili garlic sauce (paid link)soy sauce (paid link), honey, curry, and mustard.

peppers, chicken and onions in the Instant Pot

Pour mixture over chicken, add chopped peppers, and fresh orange zest. Set to manual pressure for 3 minutes, allow to natural release for 5 minutes. Sauce will be fairly thin, unless you thicken it up with cornstarch. To do this, place about 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in a small bowl, add in some of the hot liquid from the pot. Stir well. Add mixture to Instant Pot and sauté for a few minutes until thickened.

colander with mandarin oranges over Instant Pot Orange Chicken

When finished, add in mandarin oranges. (If you add in oranges earlier, they will be mushy).

Orange Chicken on top of brown rice on a black plate with peppers

Serve over rice, cauliflower rice or with Naan. Garnish with more fresh zest, fresh cilantro and toasted almonds.

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Orange Chicken on top of brown rice on a black plate with peppers

Healthy Instant Pot Orange Chicken Curry

Amy Lawrence
Sometimes you just need a quick and easy delicious dinner and this healthy Instant Pot Orange Chicken is it! If you’re not a big fan of curry, just leave that out. Keep all of the ingredients on hand so you can whip it up in a hurry. Serve it with rice, cauliflower rice or naan. This Instant Pot (paid link) Chicken is a little on the spicy side so if you want a mild orange chicken recipe add less chili garlic sauce (paid link). I like to use the Huy Fong Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce (paid link) but feel free to substitute others. Be sure to serve it with the cilantro, extra orange zest and toasted almonds on top, they complete the dish!
Weight Watchers Points: 5 Smart Points for all plans per cup
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
+20 min for Instant Pot to come to pressure 20 mins
Total Time 48 mins
Course Main
Servings 6
Calories 270 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lb chicken breasts chopped into bite size pieces
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 large onion sweet, white, chopped
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/4-1/3 cup chili garlic sauce - If you like it spicy use 1/3 cup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon of prepared mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 yellow pepper chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 3 medium oranges peeled or 1 can mandarin oranges
  • 1-2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Garnish
  • cilantro
  • toasted almonds

Instructions
 

  • Brown onions in Instant Pot on sauté setting using olive oil spray. Add chicken and brown for a few more minutes.
  • Combine orange juice, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, honey, mustard, curry and garlic in a small bowl.
  • Pour mixture over chicken, add chopped peppers, oranges and set to manual pressure for 3 minutes, allow to natural release for 5 minutes. Add in oranges.
  • If you want to thicken the sauce, spoon some of the sauce into a small bowl. Add cornstarch and stir. Add the mixture back into the Instant Pot. Press the sauté button and cook for a few minutes into thickened. It will also thicken more as it cools.
  • Serve over rice, cauliflower rice or with naan. Garnish with cilantro and toasted almonds.

Video

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Notes

You could also add pineapple chunks to this dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 20.5gProtein: 36.1gFat: 4.3gSaturated Fat: 0.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.7gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.2gCholesterol: 110.3mgSodium: 541.9mgPotassium: 999.9mgSugar: 18.3gVitamin A: 91.1IUVitamin C: 68mgCalcium: 45.7mgIron: 1.4mg
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Amy Lawrence

Amy Lawrence is passionate about good food, losing and maintaining weight. She has combined her talents and love of cooking to produce delicious healthy recipes to help her followers stay on track. A military brat who has lived all over the U.S and Germany is an example for women who have had many successful careers in life, including special ed teacher, tea room owner, cookbook author, and publisher.

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