Pressure Cooker Cranberry Orange Chicken – Reader Submitted Recipe

Cranberries are delicious. Ever since we made home-made cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving we have been trying to include cranberries wherever we can. In recipes, dried on salads and in oatmeal, we forgot just how sweet and tangy they can be, which is why I was so excited when we got this recipe submission from one of our readers.

Karl wrote in and shared his pressure cooker cranberry orange chicken recipe, and he even included photos and a detailed description. We had to try it and of course the cameras were rolling.

Check out our video recipe for Karl’s pressure cooker cranberry orange chicken

We decided to go ahead and cook the rice in the pressure cooker the same time as the meat and sauce which turned out great. It couldn’t have been much easier. Here’s what his recipe calls for:

Pressure Cooker Cranberry Orange Chicken


2 tbsp. butter
1 chicken breast
2 chicken thighs
1 onion, chopped
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
2/3 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1 tbsp. honey
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground Cinnamon
1/8 tsp. Allspice
1/8 tsp. ground cloves

Optional (for a more festive flavor)
1/4 cup fire roasted sweet red peppers
4 cardamon pods


Melt the butter and brown chicken in your pressure cooker.
Add the chopped onion (and peppers if you are using them) and cook till slightly translucent – about 3 – 5 minutes.

Brown the meat and onions

Add cranberries, orange juice, honey and spices, mix well. Make sure to deglaze the pan and really mix all the spices together.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Recipe: Add Honey and Spices

We decided to make the rice in the pressure cooker at the same time as the chicken, making this a one-pot meal. To “double team it” like this is really easy, all you need to do is brown the chicken and make the sauce as per his original instructions, then place the metal stand on top of the chicken, add the uncooked rice to a metal bowl (1 cup rice to 2 cups water for white rice) and place on top. To make it easy to take the bowl out of the pressure cooker when everything is done, make foil handles.

This way, the rice will cook at the same time as the chicken and you get don’t have to worry about the timing. If there is a little bit of extra water in your rice when you open the pressure cooker, don’t worry – just stir it and let it sit for a few minutes and it will be absorbed. Karl used coconut rice, which would be great to try – really any kind would be good.

Pressure Cooker Rice: Same Pot

Bring to high pressure (15 psi) for 8 minutes, and then use the natural release method. That’s it.

pressure cooker recipe cranberry orange chicken

The resulting chicken, rice, and sauce is great. The spices and flavors of the cranberries and orange juice go really well together. If you are looking for a quick, weeknight meal, this is one to add to the rotation. Thanks for telling us about it, Karl!

Here are all the photos, Karl’s are the first 4:

Thanks so much!

We love new recipes. If you have a favorite pressure cooker recipe and want to share we’d love to try it out. We have a “Reader Recipe Submission” page, and would love for you guys to share your pressure cooker experiences with us. It’s so exciting to see what you make! If you send something in, we’ll try to recreate the recipe, and then feature it on our site.

Thanks for reading.

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Pressure Cookers January 25, 2012 at 10:37 am

This recipe looks absolutely divine! I am printing and trying it out this week, thanks so much for sharing.

Leslie January 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm

@Crystal – let us know how you like it!

hummingbird September 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I am printing and trying it out this week, thanks so much for sharing.

HSue January 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm

This sounds great. I love using cranberries and making my own sauce. The combination of orange and cranberries should be mouth-watering and using a pressure cooker just makes it that much better.

Juan January 8, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Looks fabulous! Has anyone prepared this with whole thighs and/or breasts that are not skinless or boneless? I am considering if the time would need to be adjusted based on that consideration or the size of the thighs or breasts chosen. If anyone has attempted, please advise of your success. I think the flavor from the whole pieces could add another depth of flavor to this incredible dish!

Karen January 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Love it! I adjusted the ratios a bit and added more seasoning…this is a fantastic recipe….and so easy to make! Yes, definitely an easy supper for busy weeknights.

Ken August 18, 2014 at 10:03 am

Very good and it was easy. Enjoyed this for dinner last night.

Trenna January 19, 2015 at 1:46 pm

This is a nice video but it was really hard for me to watch because of the annoying background music. I personally think videos are best without music but if you think you really need the background music, it would be nice if it was quietly in the background. I had a hard time trying to listen to what you were saying because the music was too over powering.

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