My son absolutely loves Panda Express and like many others, his favorite dish there is the famous Orange Chicken. In honor of his birthday today, I made Orange Chicken and it was a hit! I found it to be better balanced than the fast food counterpart and it felt good knowing it was a wholesome choice over the commercially made version.
I prepared this in our Instant Pot and it came together pretty quickly. With only 6 easy steps, you can have this ready and on the table in less time than going to your local Panda Express drive through!
2 pounds of chicken breast or thighs, chopped into 1-2 inch nuggets
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon Sriracha
Zest of 1 orange
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons orange juice slurry mixture
1. Gather all your ingredients.
5. Add sauce to chicken and stir together until well combined. Close lid and select Manual. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Use a 10 minute natural release and turn off the heat. Select the saute function on low.