Instant Pot Chicken Dinner – Orange Ginger Glazed Chicken Breast with Coconut Rice

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 This Instant Pot Chicken Dinner combines chicken, an orange ginger glaze, and coconut rice studded with carrots for a complete one-pot meal.

 This Instant Pot Chicken Dinner combines chicken, an orange ginger glaze, and coconut rice studded with carrots for a complete one-pot meal.

 

I’m sure that you’ve noticed my affinity for chicken as evidenced by the many recipes here on the blog like Chicken Marsala or Baked Chicken with Tomatoes, Basil and Red Chillies – this one is such a pretty dish.

Lately, I have been using my Instant Pot to create even more options for our chicken dinners. We’re particularly fond of the chicken breast, carrot and rice dinner that uses frozen chicken breasts. Because all of the ingredients are placed together, the rice ends up being very creamy almost like risotto, which I really like.

But for the Orange Ginger Glazed Chicken Breasts recipe, I wanted the rice to be drier. I also wanted to mix carrots and coconut into the rice. So, I did a bit of experimentation and was very pleased!

To get the consistency I was after, the rice was cooked in a cake pan like this one that I sat on top of my steam rack placed over the chicken and sauce. NOTE: My instant pot is an 8 quart one, this one  Double check that your cake pan will fit inside the inner pot.

Six minutes of cooking time, after the Instant Pot came up to pressure, and a natural release of 5 minutes created fluffy coconut and carrot studded rice, juicy chicken breasts and a wonderful, tangy orange sauce that was thickened with a cornstarch slurry.

And since there were no leftovers, I am pretty sure it was a hit. ;)

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instant pot chicken dinner – Orange Ginger Glazed Chicken Breast with Coconut Rice


  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

 This Instant Pot Chicken Dinner combines chicken, an orange ginger glaze, and coconut rice studded with carrots for a complete one-pot meal.


Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 2 lbs.
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. grated ginger
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha, optional
  • 2 tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 tbsp. water

Rice

  • 1 and 1/2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 and 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup match stick carrots
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Add oil to the inner pot and select SAUTÉ to pre-heat. When the indicator says HOT, add the chicken to the pot and brown both sides, about 3 – 4 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a clean plate.
  2. Add the garlic and ginger to the inner pot and cook, stirring until they just start to brown, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the orange juice and deglaze the pot, scraping the bottom to loosen all of the bits.
  4. Stir in the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, tomato paste, and Sriracha (if using).
  5. Select CANCEL and place the chicken, and any juices that have accumulated on the plate, back into the Instant Pot.
  6. Insert a steaming rack or tall trivet in the Instant Pot over the chicken and sauce. Place an 8” heatproof pan on the trivet, I use my 8” cake pan.
  7. Add the rice, water, carrots, coconut to the pan and stir to combine.
  8. Close and lock the lid. Make sure the steam release handle is in the sealed position. Select PRESSURE COOK and cook on high. Set 6 minutes of pressure cooking time.
  9. In a small mason jar or small bowl combine the water and the cornstarch. Shake the mason jar to combine or whisk with a fork if you’re not using a mason jar. Set aside.
  10. When time is up, allow a natural pressure release of 5 minutes and then turn the steam release handle to the venting position and allow remaining steam to escape. When the valve has dropped, unlock the lid and open carefully.
  11. Remove the cake pan from the Instant Pot and set aside. Remove the trivet and transfer the chicken to a clean plate.
  12. Make sure the slurry mixture hasn’t settled. If it has either shake the mason jar or whisk again.
  13. Hit CANCEL and then Select SAUTÉ. Pour the slurry into the Instant Pot and cook until the sauce has thickened, about 4 minutes.
  14. Serve the chicken breasts over the rice and spoon some of the sauce over the top.

 

Notes

  • This recipe is based upon 4 (8-ounce) chicken breasts.