Better-Than-Takeout Orange Chicken
By :Chop Secrets
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
4 - 6 servings
Better-Than-Takeout Orange Chicken:
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce preferably brown sugar flavored
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup orange marmalade
For Serving:
  • 2 cups Cooked rice
  • Chopped green onions and sesame seeds for garnish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
4 - 6 servings
Better-Than-Takeout Orange Chicken:
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce preferably brown sugar flavored
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup orange marmalade
For Serving:
  • 2 cups Cooked rice
  • Chopped green onions and sesame seeds for garnish
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Votes: 114
Rating: 3.95
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  1. Combine chicken, BBQ sauce, orange juice and soy sauce in the pot and stir to combine.
  2. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  3. Using the display panel select the MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 5 minutes.
  4. When the time is up, quick-release the remaining pressure.
  5. Carefully remove the chicken from the pot to a cutting board and cut into bite-sized chunks.
  6. Remove 1/4 cup of cooking liquid and mix with cornstarch.
  7. Stir cornstarch slurry, chicken and orange marmalade into the pot for 5-6 minutes until sauce has thickened, returning to SAUTE mode as needed.
  8. Serve over cooked rice garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.
Recipe Notes

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.

104 replies
  1. vettedevil
    vettedevil says:

    It was decent, but didn’t taste overly authentic. It was easy to make, though. I probably will not make this version again.

  2. Mrs. W
    Mrs. W says:

    wasnt the best orange chicken, bbq sauce gave it a different flavor. dont think i would make again. very easy though.

  3. McChewie13
    McChewie13 says:

    Healthier then panda express!!! No frying require . Love it!! I mainate the sauce with the chicken over night.

  4. Mdhali0007
    Mdhali0007 says:

    If its too soupy add more corn starch. Consider adding scallion whites to boiling sauce before adding back in the chicken. Sesame seeds toasted really added depth!

  5. Jammers69
    Jammers69 says:

    This was super quick and easy. It doesn’t exactly like a restaurant-style orange chicken but i think its because i could only find brown sugar BBQ sauce with hickory smoke flavoring. Maybe next time ill just add more orange juice and just add brown sugar

  6. PowellMomx2
    PowellMomx2 says:

    Supper yummy! I added more cornstarch to it along with more orange juoce and marmalade! Thos helped the overpowering taste of bbq sauce!

  7. LeahW21
    LeahW21 says:

    NOT good! Had to put the chicken back in because it wasnt cooked and the picture and name are very misleading.

  8. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Depending on the size of the chicken it may need more cooking time. You can cut the chicken up in smaller pieces to ensure it cooks through completely.

  9. Cmcginley
    Cmcginley says:

    More soy sause less marmelad little too orange but chicken cut into bite size before cooked perfect tenderness

  10. guitar4pd
    guitar4pd says:

    Took the advice of a review and cut up chicken into bite size pieces and trimmed off fat. Cooked chicken with OJ, BBQ sauce, and soy sauce on high pressure for 12 minutes (1 1/2 pounds of boneless thighs.) Quick release of pressure. When chicken was done, removed chicken and set aside. Cooked sauce until thickened, and then added chicken back to pot and stirred into sauce. Served over steamed rice. Very good. Chicken was very tender. Note: Most recipes don’t cook chicken long enough.

  11. Captainkidd
    Captainkidd says:

    Chicken is tender. Overall flavor is good. We added a packet of criushed red pepper for a bit of heat. The sauce did not thicken as it said it would. Add some green onions it pairs well.

  12. TheRealKilroy
    TheRealKilroy says:

    Not a bad dish. Was missing something and never thickened the way it should have. Also 5 min over cooked the chicken just a little bit. Will try again with my own tweaks

  13. STTrimmer
    STTrimmer says:

    This recipe cooked up just like it’s described and I had no problem with getting the sauce thick. I think the key is that you mix the sauce ingredients in a separate bowl before dumping them in the instant pot. Even my husband who is a picky eater loved it!

  14. Samskp
    Samskp says:

    I made this in the morning, for my son, knowing I would be working late. I used a spicy Korean BBQ sauce for added kick. I made the mistake of putting in the marmalade at the beginning of cooking. After the pressure cooking, I made the cornstarch mixture and added another 1/4 C of marmalade. It was amazing. I used frozen chicken tenders and increased the cook time to 7 minutes. My son and his friend ate it all and said it was the best orange chicken they’d ever had.

  15. Marthajyou
    Marthajyou says:

    Very simple recipe. This is not as spicy and acidic as some orange chicken recipes so this was well suited to our taste. Will be making this again.

  16. Lisadarwish
    Lisadarwish says:

    Tasted good, but nothing like orange chicken. It was more like orange flavored bbq chicken.

  17. TK6618
    TK6618 says:

    Easy to prepare with ingredients typically found in most homes, with exception perhaps of the marmalade. The flavour profile of whichever BBQ sauce you use really influences the final taste so it’s worth tweeking to get your preferred flavour. I personally found it too sweet (again, the BBQ sauce used impacts this) & would prefer an alternate to the orange marmalade without sacrificing the orange flavour. I’d definitely try it again as it was even better as reheated leftovers.

  18. arev
    arev says:

    The ingredients didn’t blend well together. Just tasted like orange marmalade and bbq sauce mixed together – not like actual restaurant orange chicken sauce

  19. says:

    It was delicious. I used a honey BBQ and 1/3 cup more of the orange marmalade because my husband likes it orangey. Only thing was my sauce never really thickened. Next time I’ll take more stock out of the pot and use more cornstarch

  20. Nuclear Warhead
    Nuclear Warhead says:

    This chicken was very tasty and the gravy was something else. I served it over steamed jasmine rice. I used smuckers natural orange marmalade and Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory & Brown Sugar bbq sauce. I recommend 3 lbs of chicken instead of 2. There is plenty of room in the pot. If youre like me you’ll eat almost half a pound of chicken while cubing it to go back into the pot. I can’t remember the last time I had takeout orange chicken but I could swear the chicken had batter on in.

  21. Dbellofatto16
    Dbellofatto16 says:

    Was good. Sauce did not thicken up but tasty. Took advice to cut chicken first and cooked fine in 6 mins (1.8 lbs chicken thigh). Had it over homemade fried rice with veggies.

  22. Shumardfam
    Shumardfam says:

    It was ok but in my opinion too strong on the “orange”. The marmalade was just too much. My husband and boys loved it though so thats a win! Super easy to make and quick cooking time.

  23. Ericvlahos
    Ericvlahos says:

    This is my first review. Im still not sure how chicken can cook in 5 minutes plus a 5-6 simmer. Not bad!

  24. Crowjennifersmith
    Crowjennifersmith says:

    It was mostly tasteless with a hint of orange. It needed a pinch of brown sugar, garlic, more soy and red pepper if i make it again.

  25. Albrighty
    Albrighty says:

    This was the very first thing I made with my Instant Pot. Reduced portions worked great and tasted fantastic! Single young guy friendly!

  26. Migginson
    Migginson says:

    This was the first recipe we made in our new Instant Pot. It came out great! The sauce thickened beautifully and had just the right amount of orange flavor. We used Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce, I think I would try a brown sugar sauce next time.

  27. mlmerrick
    mlmerrick says:

    Made this tonight. I cut back on the jam & added some garlic/onion. Turned out pretty well. The whole family loved it.
    I think next time, I will add some fresh grated ginger to give it a little punch.

  28. Maureen
    Maureen says:

    I made it today and its tastes pretty good! I read the reviews and added more soy sauce, a heaping Big spoonful of marmalade, Used more corn starch and 3 cloves of garlic. I forgot to add the onion, so i Sautéed the onions and added them after the first 5 minutes of cooking. I used jasmine rice and garnished with green onion and sesame seeds. Maybe the sauce could be a little thicker, but tastes good!

  29. MarcelloM
    MarcelloM says:

    Cut back marmalade, increased soy. Added diced ginger, onions and garlic. Still plenty sweet. Pairing with green, peppers, pineapple chunks or water chestnuts would be nice.

  30. Kara.Iannantuono
    Kara.Iannantuono says:

    First thing I made in my new instant pot. It was really easy, quick and delicious! Definitely recommend!

  31. Motherofthree
    Motherofthree says:

    It should be called, Better for you than take out, because without the batter it doesn’t take like take out at all. I liked the orange flavor, the the chicken was kind of bland without the coating.

  32. Atlballard
    Atlballard says:

    I love orange chicken and I’m typically not really picky but i really didn’t like this recipe wouldn’t recommend

  33. richins.tanner
    richins.tanner says:

    Overall an easy and tasty dish but too runny. Also next time, I would add chopped onion and more bbq sauce.

  34. Blueaprilsky
    Blueaprilsky says:

    This was the first meal made with my instant pot. This was a crowd-pleaser. First I reviewed all the reviews. I doubled the recipe except for the marmalade an added onions and bell peppers. Huge hit for my whole family. I was told I could make this every night. Thanks to all the reviews to make this dish happen.

  35. AndeMoreland
    AndeMoreland says:

    The directions are awful and not helpful.
    15 minutes….. try 40 minutes because it has to pressurize.

    Not happy with recipe OR Instant Pot.
    Very poor first time experience.

  36. DK Michigan
    DK Michigan says:

    I thought this was fantastic! Based on other’s reviews, I made some minor changes: I used three large skinless, boneless chicken breasts; I halved the amount of orange marmalade; and I added about 1 cup each of sliced sweet onion, green pepper, and cubed fresh pineapple. Given the large chicken breasts, I increased the pressure cook time to 8 minutes. The veggies and pineapple I added during the saute step. Yummy!

  37. Falcone27
    Falcone27 says:

    Not bad. This is the first meal I’ve made in the instant pot. I did use almost 4lbs of chicken And I cut the chicken breasts in half before I put it in and maybe a squirt or two more of BBQ sauce. I feel it tastes pretty good and was quick to make. The sauce never really thickened for me and I stirred it for 5 mins. I just scooped it out and put over rice. Clearly its not as good as take out but Id make this again. Maybe use more BBQ. Enjoy!

  38. Turnerrez
    Turnerrez says:

    This is an edit to my previous comment.
    Add 1-2 tbsp of ground ginger also add about 1/2 a sweet onion and a green bell pepper cut into chunks for more of the take out flavor

  39. sfung
    sfung says:

    Mine doesn’t look like the picture. I added 1/2 red onions, 1/2 yellow bell pepper, and some ginger. However, it was delicious. The taste is definitely like takeout.

  40. Coalie
    Coalie says:

    lol so many differing opinons. Not unlike almost all recipies this one may need a bit of customization per your individual taste preferences. Trimmed and cubed (1/2”) thighs into first, half to 3/4 of the marmelade is plenty sweet. Used saute for high heat and let it naturally pressurize after approx 5 min. Sauce thickened. Will throw in garlic, onion and ginger next time.

  41. Mickk93
    Mickk93 says:

    I only did 1/3 cup orange marmalade and added some ground ginger as well and i thought it turned out good! No this isnt as good as fried orange chicken from Panda Express but it was tasty. Would make again.

  42. says:

    After seeing recommendations I made alterations including 1/3 cup marmalade, 1tsp powdered ginger, and also added 1/2 tbsp sesame oil. Increased cornstarch to 1.5 tsp and sauce thickened perfectly. Also added chopped green onions to sauce when sauteing at the end. Turned out good!

  43. tracylbusbee
    tracylbusbee says:

    This has become a weekly favorite at our home! I add 1/2 cup of orange juice, add

    I have altered the recipe a bit:

    Red bell pepper
    1/2 cup orange juice
    1 c orange marmalade

  44. Cfigler2779
    Cfigler2779 says:

    Very good recipe. It it tastes better without the orange marmalade. When i make it i also add minced Ginger.

  45. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Please let me know what the nutrition information is for this recipe. I can’t make any thing that has high sodium count.

  46. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Please let me know the nutrition information for this recipe. I can’t make anything that has high sodium content.

  47. Oscarcat
    Oscarcat says:

    Added minced ginger, half a red pepper cut up into 1/4in cubes, same for half a yellow onion. Inly third of a cup of orange marmelade. Went with 4 tsp of cornstarch. Wow!! Chicken was tender.

  48. Travtheump
    Travtheump says:

    Great quick recipe. Flavour really hinges on your bbq sauce choice. We use Bullseye, but with the orange juice avoid any that are sweet. Add garlic, onion, 1-2tbsp hoisin, splash of sesame oil. Veggies that are around. Really heat the sauce with the corn starch at the end for that sticky deliciousness.

    We’ve served to friends and family with rice and broccoli to great acclaim!

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