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instant pot honey bourbon chicken

Instant Pot Orange Honey Bourbon Chicken Recipe

A twist on the classic orange honey bourbon chicken recipe with an added hint of heat and orange sweetness.
Course Main Dish
Servings 4


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs bone in
  • kosher salt to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced bell pepper mixture of green and red is best
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce low-sodium (or coconut aminos)
  • 1/8 cup Sriracha sauce
  • 1 large orange cut in half
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 cup honey


  • Cut any excessive fat or skin off the chicken thighs. Season each side with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, the juice of half of a large orange, minced garlic cloves and 1 cup of honey. Set aside.
  • Turn the Instant Pot on Sauté. When the display reads HOT add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Brown the chicken thighs for 3-4 minutes both sides in batches, adding additional oil as needed.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and add the additional 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add in the diced onions and bell peppers and sauté for 3-4 minutes until slightly tender.
  • Add in the liquid mixture and using a wooden spatula, Scrape the bottom of the pot to remove any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pot.
  • Turn the Instant Pot Off/Cancel. Add the chicken thighs directly in the liquid mixture.
  • Slice the remaining half of the orange and place one orange slice on top of each piece of chicken.
  • Add the lid and place in the locked/sealed position. Pressure Cook/Manual on High Pressure for 12 minutes.
  • When the Instant Pot is finished cooking, allow for 10 minutes of natural pressure release, then release any remaining pressure with a quick release.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and serve.


Optional – You can thicken the remaining sauce that is in the pot by scooping out one cup of the liquid into a bowl and whisk in 2 tablespoons of corn starch. Add the mixture back into the pot on cook on Sauté mode until the desired thickness has been reached. Pour liquid over chicken when serving.
For a less spicy version, substitute ketchup for Sriracha sauce.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals.
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