Pressure Cooker Orange Chicken (AIP, Paleo, Whole30)

My mom sent me a beautiful pressure cooker- slow cooker- do it all spaceship looking thing when I told her my CrockPot died mid-bone broth.
A super nice & generous early birthday present, the Breville Fast Slow Pro.

My first intro pre pressure coooking! And I didn’t waste any time.IMG_1688

Obviously, first thing I made was bone broth. In two hours, perfect, ridiculously rich & aromatic broth that gels when chilled. Ok, enough about the machine, let’s talk about food.

I ended up making this pressure cooker orange chicken becasue I bought a bag of blood oranges on sale at Whole Foods, for $6! Amazing right! They are however reallllyyy ripe so I’ve been using them up fast.

My mom’s restaurant, Green Gables Cafe, makes a signature dish, the Turkey Vaca Frita. A healthy rendition of a Cuban Classic, pulled turkey breast tossed in lots of caramelized onions, garlic, lemon juice & cilantro. I was going to re-create this with chicken, oranges & in 30 minutes. Boom. Challenge on.

Luckily my new spaceship has a saute setting and I was able to caramelize the onions & garlic in the pot, so this was truly a jiffy to make & the result was a sweet, refreshing dish that easily lends itself to a variety of side dishes. Not like takeout orange chicken, this pressure cooker orange chicken is a lighter, healthier ode to ctirus.

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Serve! We had it with rustic roasted vegetables & bone broth rice for the boys.
The next day I had the leftovers with plantain flatbread!

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Pressure Cooker Orange Chicken


  • Author: Cristina Curp


  • 4 pastured chicken breasts
  • 4 blood oranges (or regular oranges)
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp lemon zest or lemon zest seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil


  1. Prep: Halve & squeeze oranges in to a bowl, set aside.
  2. Slice onion in to thin slices, mince garlic.
  3. Set pressure cooker to saute.
  4. Add in cooking fat, onion & garlic.
  5. Stir, occasionally.
  6. Saute until tender.
  7. Add in chicken breasts, coconut aminos, orange juice & seasoning. Not cilantro!
  8. Close pressure cooker & set to pressure cook, poultry setting. Let it do it’s thang.
  9. When it’s done. Open it up (insert Star Wars sound effects).
  10. Remove chicken breasts and transfer to a large bowl.
  11. Then set cooker to reduce and simmer the liquid for a few minutes while you pull chicken.
  12. Use two forks to shred chicken.
  13. Fine chop the cilantro and toss with shredded chicken then add in the reduced liquid.


  • Serving Size: 4

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