Orange Chicken with Insta Pot Brown Rice



One of my favorite go to dinners is the orange chicken you can buy at Trader Joe's! It is so flavorful and so easy to make that you cannot go wrong! The hardest part about making this dinner, at least for me, is making the perfect brown rice! I used to use a rice cooker, which was great other than it took over an hour to get the brown rice finished! I felt like I was always waiting on the rice and trying to keep everything else warm while the rice finishes cooking. Well, this isn't a problem for me anymore sense I have got my insta pot!


The Insta Pot is so great because it cooks things in half of the time! I love playing around with mine and experimenting with different recipes. The first thing that I wanted to figure out how to do was to make brown rice! It is not as simple as just pressing the rice button on the cooker, because the rice button is set up for white rice. If you are a white rice fan, go right ahead and press that button and you will have your rice in under 20 minutes. Brown rice, is a little more complicated. So here we go...

How to cook brown rice in the Insta Pot:
The ratio is now 1:1 one cup water for every one cup of rice you need. Then, you need to manually set the rice amount of time. Brown rice takes a total of 20-25 minutes. The first 10 minutes are getting the rice to the right pressure, the last 10 minutes are for cooking at high pressure. So, when you are setting the time, manually set it for 20-22 minutes depending on how you like your rice. It will take 10 minutes to get to the correct pressure and then the timer will start to count down. Let the rice rest for 10 minutes before manually releasing the pressure!

You can purchase your own Insta Pot right here, through the link below!



As far as the Trader Joe's Orange Chicken goes, I like to prepare it exactly as it says on the package. My favorite method is doing it on the stove top, because I feel that the chicken gets more crispy edges that way! I also add green onions to mine to add a variety of flavor. 





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