Instantpot Sesame-Orange Chicken
Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1/3 cup coconut aminos
- 1/3 cup honey
- zest of 1 orange
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 2 teaspoon arrowroot powder
- 2 tablespoons water
- Garnish: sesame seeds and chopped green onions
- Trim any visible fat from the chicken, then place it in the bowl of an electric pressure cooker. Place the remaining ingredients, except sesame seeds & arrowroot powder, and toss to coat the chicken. Secure the lid and turn the valve to sealing. Turn the machine to manual high pressure for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk together 2 tablespoons of water with 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder. Set aside.
- Quick release the pressure from the machine and carefully open the lid. Spoon any fat off the top of the sauce then turn the machine to sauté. Pour in the arrowroot slurry, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until thickened. Use two forks to roughly shred the chicken in the pot. Serve hot, over cauliflower rice if desired.
- Garnish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and green onions.
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I cannot wait to try this recipe. I have been avoiding gluten for years and feel 100% better when I do, even if it sometimes makes life more complicated. At 42, I think hard about my choices and how to make the most out of each day. Feeling well is the basis of living well. Thanks for the recipe. It’s going into rotation this week!
Made this last night. So easy and was a huge hit. Thank you!
Has anyone tried this without honey? We are doing a whole 30
I’m curious about this too- hoping to share this recipe with my 9 month old and avoiding honey before she’s a year old
I just made it without honey and just added more orange juice. It was delicious! I’m sure it’s better with honey but I’m doing Whole 30 as well. I used chicken breast but I think it would we way better with thighs.
Amanda check out my latest Facebook live where I made this recipe Whole30 compliant! https://www.facebook.com/AgainstAllGrain/videos/1573537219394042/
This is so so so so delicious. I was worried
Elizabeth Pinho Caulfield
Just wanted to point out that arrowroot powder is in the recipe, but not in the ingredient list.
Can’t wait to make this for dinner.
Update: made it last night for dinner & it was so so good.
Just made this and it was delicious! Thanks so much Danielle 🙂
I just got an instant pot of black friday! Do you think it would work ok if i started this recipe with frozen chicken? Also planned on using chicken breasts instead of thighs.
Yes it should and breast work fine too!
Would cooking time be different with frozen? I have some frozen chicken breast.
Nope, should be the same!
My meat was way over cooked! I did half the amt of chicken..thoughts ?
I made this the first time in the crockpot and discovered it was way too salty for me. I made it using my instant pot a few days ago and omitted the salt. It was still too salty. Next time I will try maybe half the coconut aminos and see if that helps. Otherwise, yummy!
My family found this incredibly sweet and I only put in about 2/3 honey of what the recipe calls for. I’m a big fan of other Danielle recipes though.
Do you think there would be issue with the recipe if I i doubled it?
Elizabeth McCluer Jones
I made this tonight and it was so good! Loved how it turned out in my instant pot!!
Jennifer Rose Milleson
For anyone who has done this in a crockpot, heat setting and how long? Thanks!
4 hours on low but put sauce in saucepan to thicken up.
If I double this recipe- does the cooking time need to be adjusted at all? Have made this twice already and thought it would be great to whip up with some family in town for the holidays instead of ordering takeout. Thanks for a delicious recipe. My 3yo gobbles it up— winner winner!!
Nope, the cooking time should stay the same!
I want to make this but I don’t have an instant pot nor will I purchase one (NY living=minimal storage). What’s the cooking time on a stove top or should I do 10 minutes in the oven then move it to the stovetop? Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you for your help and all the recipes and tools to improve my health!
I love this recipe and make it regularly but now its Whole 30 time. Do you know if it will work without the honey and maybe more juice?
Check out my latest Facebook live where I made this recipe Whole30 compliant: https://www.facebook.com/AgainstAllGrain/videos/1573537219394042/
This was delicious, and we don’t even eat paleo! We just love Danielle’s recipes and try to eat fewer grains and more veggies. We made this at the last minute when our previous dinner plan fell through. Had to use frozen chicken thighs, crystallized honey (plus a little brown sugar) and soy sauce (diluted to half strength with water) because that’s what we had, and it still turned out awesome. Served with Trader Joe’s cauli rice on the side. Husband raved.
Tracy Herner Frey
Just a little tip on honey (for the future)…. honey never goes bad! If you have crystals in the honey, set it in the dashboard of your car for a few moments to slowly warm up. It’ll be just like new! (A beekeeper taught me this, and now I live by it!)
Thanks for sharing!
I have rheumatoid arthritis and can’t have nightshade vegetables – including tomato. How important is the tomato paste & any idea what I could sub?
You can just omit the tomato paste!
This is fantastic!! I used frozen chicken breasts since that’s what I had and it was so good! Can’t wait to try with chicken thighs!
Candace Holliway Greer
How long would this cook in the crock pot?
I want to read the replys
Has anyone tried making these as meatballs with the sauce over them? I have a bunch of ground turkey I’d like to use.
I just made this for the fourth time since trying it a couple of months ago. My son saw me zesting the orange over my instant pot and started doing the happy dance because he knew what I was making. Thanks for a great simple, quick recipe that is loved by the whole family. It is now a part of our normal rotation.
Will this recipe still stand if I reduce the amount of honey added?
yes it should!
Mine came out great even with half the honey.
This recipe is fantastic and I’m not even on a gluten-free diet.
Just got around to making this for the very first time… Even with frozen thighs (and a few extra minutes) it came out great! My picky 10 year old loves it. 😁
I just made this for the first time and paired it with cauliflower fried rice. I cannot believe how good this is! It’s definitely going into my meal rotation.
Erin 'Corbin' Frank
I try to limit FODMAPs. Do you think maple syrup in lieu of honey might work?
I’ve tried multiple times to double this and it’s just not the same! Any tips?
We loved this recipe! Will definitely save and make again (and again).
We loved this recipe! I will definitely be saving and making again (and again!)
This was excellent and perfect for my toddlers! This will be in our monthly rotation. The scallions and sesame seeds are a must. They add a great texture and contrast to the sweet. Thank you!
So glad you all loved it!! It’s one of my kids’ favorite as well!
My husband made this for dinner tonight. It was so quick and tasted!
Do you have the nutritional info on it? Calories per serving ?
This recipe is so good! We make it at least once a month!
Me and my wife will have a dinner date tomorrow and this one will be an addition to our table. Thank you so much for sharing the guide! Public Speaker
This was a hit in the house. My husband and I don’t usually like orange chicken, so we went in thinking we weren’t going to eat it, but we hardly have a miss with Danielle’s recipes, so why not try. So glad we made it. Delicious!!
I made small chicken meatballs and dropped them into the liquid then cooked in oven, soo delicious,
I also cook it as a stir fry.
That’s a great idea!
The recipe has arrowroot flour in now, but step one says to add everything except sesame seeds, so I did, and then I read step two, which says to prepare the arrowroot and water. So I guess I will be using extra arrowroot, but you might want to correct the directions for future readers. Recipe is great, though- thank you!
This is a staple in my house! I’d like to start multiplying it for meal prep. If I bag and freeze the ingredients do you know the cook time for (frozen) instant pot? Thank you!!
Hi! 20 min from frozen for your IP – enjoy!! This is one of our favorite recipes too!
My family loved it and I will definately add this dish to my families healthy meal rotation.
Thank You Danielle!
You’re so welcome!
This was delicious and a hit with my family, thank you!
I love this recipe. It’s so easy and perfect for when I’m craving Asian takeout. I’ve made both this version and the one using a crockpot. Even my sister who doesn’t like my “weird” dietary restriction food loved this recipe. Thank you Danielle!