This Instant Pot Orange Chicken and Cauliflower dish with gluten free sweet and spicy sauce is an easy, high protein weeknight meal that the whole family will love.
As someone who legit cooks for a living, I am horrified by the thought of my total Uber Eats bill since the day I gave birth. Let’s be honest, with such a harsh Canadian winter we had this year, I think we’d all take advantage of not having to go outside and just Ubering all your food directly to the door. Add to that trying to juggle a career and motherhood is seriously no joke.
After a full day of work, feeding and cleaning up after Baby E’s dinner, bathing him, reading him stories, and putting him to sleep, there is NO way I’m busting out a fry pan to work on dinner. It’s greasy Chinese delivery or cereal with milk, folks.
Enter my mom to the rescue! Grandma Sharp got me an Instant Pot when they were on sale (#blackfriday), and I instantly fell in love. The rest – as they say- is delicious history.
This yummy Instant Pot Orange Chicken and Cauliflower dish has become of my family’sfavourites because it’s sweet, spicy, high in protein, and a satisfying full meal in one pot. It’s also a great way to get fresh, seasonal fruit and veggies in for the day, which apparently only 1 in 10 Canadians do! Even baby E totally approves, and that is music to any mama’s ears.
Why Florida OJ with Chicken and Cauliflower?
We always have Florida Orange Juice for breakfast smoothies, and it has become a staple for adding a ton of natural sweetness and a ton flavour, without added sugar. A ½ cup of Florida Orange Juice has just 55 calories and 11.5 g of naturally occurring sugar, while a medium sized orange has 69 calories and 12 grams of natural sugar. It’s also an easy way to sneak in lots of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, potassium, folate, and thiamin, plus calcium and vitamin D (in fortified options). Cauliflower and chicken breast are both pretty neutral flavoured ingredients, so adding that tangy sweet of Florida Orange Juice is a great way to bring this instant pot dish to life.
How to Make this Instant Pot Orange Chicken and Cauliflower Dish
The beauty of this instant pot recipe is you just kind of throw everything in, push a few buttons and you get dinner on the table in a flash. Yes, even this time-starved working mom can pull this off. While you can totally use chicken thighs in this recipe (which will yield even juicier results, so I would if serving it just to Baby E), I personally prefer lean chicken breasts in general. Thankfully, this sweet and spicy Florida OJ sauce keeps things deliciously juicy and moist, resulting in an amazingly light and fresh spring dish.
I often serve this instant recipe as is, or on a bed of cauliflower couscous, but you can also add some good carbs to the party with brown rice or quinoa.
Now friends, tell me, have you tried making a gluten free Instant pot Orange Chicken dish?
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Instant Pot Orange Chicken and Cauliflower with Gluten Free Florida OJ Sauce
- 3/4 cup Florida Orange Juice
- 1/4 cup low sodium tamari
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp ginger grated
- 1 tbsp of sriracha or to taste
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
- Pinch each of salt and pepper
- 1 head cauliflower cut into large florets
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 1 tbsp water
- Green onion thinly sliced
- White and black sesame seeds
- 3 tbsp pomegranate arils
- 3 tbsp toasted coconut chips
- In a small bowl whisk Florida Orange Juice, tamari, garlic, ginger, maple, and sriracha and set aside.
- Turn your Instant Pot to sauté and add sesame oil and olive oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and brown for 3 minutes.
- Turn pot off. Add the sauce, close lid and push MANUAL. Set timer for 4 minutes. Set vent to closed and cook.
- When timer goes off, vent, open and add the cauliflower. Push MANUAL and set the timer for 1 minute. Allow to vent then open and remove the chicken and cauliflower to a bowl.
- Set pot to SAUTEE. Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and add to pot. Stir well and let sauté for about 5 minutes or until sauce thickens to your liking.
- Toss the chicken and cauliflower in the Florida OJ sauce.
- Serve on top of rice or cauliflower rice garnished with green onions, sesame seeds, pomegranate arils, and coconut chips.
Disclaimer: This recipe was developed in paid partnership with the Florida Department of Citrus, however, all opinions are genuine.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.