Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Chinese Orange Pepper Chicken & Rice is cooked in one pot, along with the Rice.
Pressure Cooker Chinese Orange Pepper Chicken
This One Pot Pressure Cooker Chinese Orange Pepper Chicken & Rice has bursts of orange flavor and sweet and spicy bell peppers. The rice is cooked in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker at the same time as the Chicken, using the Pot in Pot method.
The other day, Genene Abraham, from one of my Pressure Cooking Facebook groups, posted a recipe she had made called Sweet Pepper Chicken. She was kind enough to allow me to use her recipe.
We talked about what she would like to add and/or change. She wanted me to make the recipe and use Healthy Boy Sweet/Black Soy Sauce (my favorite brand) instead of Honey.
She is a silly one, that Genene. She has never tried Sweet/Black Soy Sauce, but knows that I love to use it in cooking. I’m wondering if she secretly purchased a bottle. Don’t forget to ask her, if you see her around the web.
Genene and I went back and forth on ingredients a bit and the recipe then became quite different than the original. Chicken, especially white meat chicken, is really tricky in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker and I wanted to try a new concept. It worked and it worked well! Succulent chicken.
Then came the naming of this dish. That was the hardest part.
She also wanted me to use Chinese Five Spice. I’m a big fan of Chinese Five Spice and Sweet/Black Soy Sauce and the recipe was under way. If I recall, all the ingredients were added to the pot at once and then cooked for quite a while.
I also really wanted to cook the rice at the same time as the chicken and make it a one pot meal. Challenge accepted, let the fun begin!
In this recipe, size is important! As I said above, white meat chicken in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker can be rather tricky, if you don’t know what you are doing. I keep hearing about rubbery chicken and that’s no good.
No one wants to eat rubbery chicken. I am also not a fan of white meat chicken. I will tell you, that with the method I used, the chicken was juicy, moist and tender!
Before beginning to cook, have all the ingredients, chicken, sauce and rice prepped and ready to go. This will move very fast.
Turn this Pressure Cooker Chinese Orange Pepper Chicken recipe into a one pot meal!
When creating recipes, there is a balance between amount of water needed to get to pressure, cook time, ingredients and Natural Pressure Release time. I almost always use a shorter cook time with a longer Natural Pressure Release time.
It is important to rinse the rice with water until the water runs clear. This will make the rice cook and taster much better.
When I cook rice with my meal, I like to use a Round Dessert Pan. It is flat and wide and help the rice to cook very evenly. A Tall Legged Stainless Steel Steaming Rack/Trivet is needed when cooking above your main course. They are really cheap, don’t fret. 🙂
I know many of you use your 1.5 Quart Stainless Steel “Pot in Pot” Bowl for Pot in Pot cooking. I first tried this recipe using that bowl and much prefer the Round Dessert Pan. The rice cooked more evenly and was totally perfect.
Plus, if you want a larger amount of rice, you could double the recipe and then use a Shorter Stainless Steel Trivet.
Since vegetables cook really fast in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker, I like to rough chop my vegetables. If you cut them to small, they will disintegrate into the food. Save some of the peppers to use as a garnish.
The carrots should be cut into about one inch chunks, or more, if you like.
After all vegetables are cut, place them all in a Mixing Bowl, so that you can dump them all in at once. Remember, this moves fast and we don’t want the chicken to continue cooking all on its own.
Why should I use Potato Starch?
As I said, in this recipe, size does matter. The chicken breasts should be cut into large chunks. You don’t want them to be bite size.
More like two to three bites….. probably two bites for men. Hehehehehe. Cutting them into large chunks will ensure perfect results.
I love to cook with Potato Starch, rather than cornstarch or flour.
Coating white meat chicken with Potato Starch, will protect the chicken from drying out and becoming rubbery.
Plus, you won’t need to add any thickener at the end of the recipe!
The taste is better, it’s light and I feel it does a terrific job.
It helps seal in the juices and will provide some thickness to the sauce, without having to make a slurry.
I’ll be incorporating the method I used in this One Pot Pressure Cooker Chinese Orange Pepper Chicken & Rice into many of my already published recipes, so be sure to check other chicken recipes that you might have already saved.
The citrus is in crystalized form and tastes like you just went outside and picked an orange off the tree. It’s that good.
I like to use it when I want the citrus taste, but without adding additional liquid.
A perfect example is my Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote). I wanted a strong lime taste in the sauce, but did not want to add any liquid and have a very wet corn.
We are going to hold back some of the frozen juice to add after we release pressure, to get another burst of orange.
Whisk the sauce together and set it aside. You are now ready to start cooking.
Select Sauté or Browning on your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker and allow it to fully heat. To make a stainless steel pot non-stick, it is important to allow the pot to heat before adding your fat.
Once the display on your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker reads “Hot,” use the tongs and add the chicken to your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker cooking pot. If you don’t have a display, just wait several minutes to make sure your pot is very hot.
You can see there is just a little sear on the chicken. The Potato Starch is staying nicely in place. You don’t want a clump of starch in your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker cooking pot, that is for sure!
You’ll get a nasty mess and the pot won’t come up to pressure if it gets gunked up from excess Potato Starch.
Hit the Off button on the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. Dump in all the vegetables and mix them in with the chicken to get the chicken off of the bottom.
Pour in the sauce and mix it through the chicken and vegetables.
As mentioned above, there is no need to make a slurry at the end of the cook time to thicken the sauce.
The Potato Starch on the chicken will thicken it up, just right. Look at the above photo.
You can see that there is no starch floating around…it is all nicely stuck to the chicken.
You are ready to lock on the lid and cook your entire dinner in ONE pot at the same time!!!
While the chicken is cooking, dice up the reserved bell peppers. I really wanted to add some bright and fresh color and crunch to the Pressure Cooker Chinese Orange Pepper Chicken.
The One Pot Pressure Cooker Chinese Orange Pepper Chicken & Rice, has a short cook time, so we will let the chicken and rice finish cooking and steaming, during a ten minute Natural Pressure Release.
Open the pot and remove the Pan of rice. Fluff it with a fork. It will be perfectly cooked.
Dump the rest of the Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice and some pineapple chunks into your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker and mix through.
Hit the Sauté or Browning button to warm the Orange Juice and Pineapple chunks. If you don’t want Pineapple in your food, just leave it out. I prefer this dish without the Pineapple. Some of my testers enjoyed the Pineapple in the dish.
The sauce will heat back up in just a minute or two. The sauce is already a nice consistency and may thicken a bit more. If you want the sauce even thicker, just keep simmering until you get the consistency you desire.
Keep in mind though, the Pressure Cooker Chinese Orange Pepper Chicken will continue to cook and may over cook. Remember, it will still thicken up as you serve.
The Potato Starch helps the chicken keep in the moisture.
Garnish with diced peppers for some crunch! Enjoy your One Pot Pressure Cooker Orange Pepper Chicken & Rice! I love that I can make my entire meal all at the same time, in just a few minutes. For another wonderful One Pot Recipe, try my Pressure Cooker Take-Out General Tso’s Chicken
This was a super fun dish to create with Genene. After showing her the recipe and this method, she said “Turned out very nice. I will try it later since we just had the crappy other version. Lol.”
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot Smart DUO60
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Alpha Armour Salt Box with Spoon
- Bellemain Porcelain Ramekins
- Sonder LA End Grain Teak Cutting Board, Juice Grooves & Compartments
- Salbree Steamer Basket
- Round Dessert Pans or Tiffin Pan Set for Pot in Pot Rice and Desserts
- Stainless Steel Tall Legged Trivet
- Healthy Boy Sweet/Black Soy Sauce
- Potato Starch
- Chinese Five Spice
- True Orange Ginger
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
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- 2 - 3 pounds Chicken Breasts Boneless/Skinless boneless and skinless
- 1/4 cup Potato Starch
- 1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon True Orange Ginger
- 1 Tablespoon Ghee or other oil
- 1/2 cup Orange Bell Pepper cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup Green Bell Pepper cut into chunks
- 3 large Carrots cut into chunks
- 1 large Yellow/Brown Onion rough cut
- 2 oz Orange Juice Concentrate frozen
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Pineapple Chunks (optional)
- 1/4 cup Green Bell Pepper diced
- Rinse rice and place in small stainless steel bowl with fresh water. Set aside.
- Cut chicken into large chunks and pat dry. Place in large bowl. Sprinkle potato starch over chicken and add seasoned salt and True Orange Ginger (if using). Mix to coat chicken.
- In a measuring cup or bowl, combine the sauce ingredients.
- Select Sauté or Browning on your Pressure Cooker and allow to heat.
- Add Ghee and toss in all chicken, shaking off any excess potato starch prior to placing in the cooking pot.
- Lightly brown chicken on all sides.
- Add in peppers, carrots and onions and mix.
- Turn off Pressure Cooker and pour sauce into Pressure Cooker cooking pot and mix through.
- If making this a One Pot Meal, add the Prepared PIP Rice now.
- Lock on lid and close Pressure Valve. Cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes.
- When Beep sounds, allow a 10 minute Natural Pressure Release, then release the rest of the pressure.
- Remove lid and remove bowl of rice and trivet. Fluff rice.
- Select Sauté or Browning. Add in the remaining orange juice and pineapple chunks. Mix into chicken.
- Turn off Pressure Cooker after 2 minutes. Garnish with died peppers.