This easy one pot orange pot chicken recipe can be put together in only 45 minutes. It’s all done in one pot, making the whole thing a breeze.
The dish beautifully matches the spice of the sriracha with the unmistakable tang of the orange juice and orange zest. Part of me feels like it shouldn’t work… but it does.
I originally saw this recipe on Catalina’s Sweet and Savory Meals and knew I had to try it.
I actually don’t have an instant pot or pressure cooker (if any of you are feeling generous around my birthday then feel free to help me out!) so I just used a large saucepan instead. It worked brilliantly.
The use of sriracha and tomato sauce does mean that there is some sugar content but, like Catalina says, it’s far healthier than ordering takeout. It’s just as easy to put together, and should suit anyone who’s fighting for free time to cook during the week.
If you choose to make a big batch of it then it’ll last you well for a few days, and can easily be refrigerated and reheated.
Plus… I’m a big spice fiend so I like the option of cranking up the sriracha content as I please.
A few tips:
- Try to use low-sugar or even sugar-free orange juice. The sugar in the recipe is plenty for what we need, so any more in the form of orange juice will be overkill.
- Don’t forget the orange zest. It tops off the recipe perfectly.
- Don’t skip the cornstarch. Also don’t swap it out for flour. It just won’t achieve the results we want.
- Be patient with the cornstarch slurry. It won’t bring the sauce to thickness immediately, so be sure to let it work its magic before deciding to add any more.
- Both sriracha and tomato sauce are optional. I like the sriracha for its spice, and the tomato sauce for its flavor, but if you’re not a fan of either then just drop them.