Pressure Cooker Honey-Orange Chicken with Zucchini


This Paleo Instant Pot recipe makes an easy and delicious weeknight dinner. It pressure cooks in just 10 minutes, so you'll have a Paleo dinner on the table in no time.

Pressure Cooker Honey-Orange Chicken with Zucchini
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
15 mins
Pressure Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
6 cups


  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • 2 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs

  • 1 large orange

  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil

  • 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced (1 cup)

  • 3 tablespoon raw honey

  • 2 medium zucchini, halved and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro

  • 1 clove garlic, minced


  1. In a small bowl stir together garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle over chicken and rub in with fingers. Remove 1 tsp. zest and squeeze 1/2 cup juice from orange. Set zest aside.

  2. In a 4- to 6-qt. multifunction electric or stove-top pressure cooker heat oil over medium-high. (For electric cooker, use sauté setting.) Add chicken, in batches if necessary; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until browned. Turn; cook 2 minutes more. Return all chicken to pot. Add orange juice, onion, and 2 Tbsp. of the honey.

  3. Lock lid in place. Set electric cooker on high pressure to cook 10 minutes. For stove-top cooker, bring up to pressure over medium-high; reduce heat enough to maintain steady (but not excessive) pressure. Cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat. For both models, immediately release pressure. Open lid carefully. Transfer chicken and onion to a serving platter.

  4. Add zucchini to cooking liquid in cooker. Simmer, uncovered, 3 to 5 minutes or until zucchini is tender. (For electric cooker use sauté setting) Using a slotted spoon, transfer zucchini to platter with chicken. Drizzle with the remaining 1 Tbsp. honey. In a small bowl combine orange zest, cilantro, and garlic. Sprinkle over top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
14g Fat
17g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 575mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 30.6mg 153%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 2.1mg 12%
Potassium 361mg 8%
Folate, total 35.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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