Honey Sesame Chicken {Instant Pot}

Honey Sesame Chicken is an easy weeknight meal the entire family will love! This easy chicken recipe only takes 25 minutes to make because it is made in the Instant Pot. It is a chicken dinner winner!

Honey Sesame Chicken

I thought we should take a break from cookies and share an easy weeknight meal. The holiday season is busy and I am sure you are all in need of a quick and easy dinner recipe.

This Honey Sesame Chicken recipe is guaranteed to be a family favorite. And the best part? It only takes 25 minutes to make because it is made in the Instant Pot. I hope you all bought an Instant Pot on Black Friday. If not, don’t worry, there is still time. Treat yourself to an early Christmas present. We LOVE our Instant Pot, it is a lifesaver for making easy and delicious recipes.

Sesame Chicken

This recipe is from our friend Barbara’s new cookbook, The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook. I featured this cookbook in our cookbook gift guide this year, it is a good one! If you have an Instant Pot, you need this book because it is filled with over 200 pressure cooker recipes! Barbara is the pressure cooker queen. We can always trust her recipes.

When Josh saw the Honey Sesame Chicken recipe he got out our Instant Pot and said he was making dinner. I was ok with that. Josh is actually the Instant Pot pro in our house. He loves using the Instant Pot. He makes hard boiled eggs every week and his cilantro lime rice and 4-ingredient chicken chile verde are favorites at our house. And now this Honey Sesame Chicken recipe is a favorite.

The sticky sweet sesame sauce is easy to make and gives the chicken a ton of flavor. The Instant Pot cooks the chicken in no time and the chicken is perfectly tender. Josh served the chicken with rice and roasted broccoli. This easy chicken dinner is a winner and SO much better than take out. Get out your Instant Pot and make it for dinner tonight!

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Honey Sesame Chicken {Instant Pot}

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This easy Honey Sesame Chicken recipe only takes 25 minutes to make because it is made in the Instant Pot. It is a family favorite and SO much better than takeout!

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 4 large (about 2 pounds) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, for seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce (use Tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
  • Cooked rice and roasted broccoli, for serving, optional
  • Chopped scallions and sesame seeds, for garnish, optional


  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Select Browning/Sauté to preheat the Instant Pot. When hot, add the oil, onion, garlic, and chicken to the pot. Sauté for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens.
  2. Stir in the soy sauce, ketchup, and red pepper flakes. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 3 minutes cook time.
  3. When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker. Use a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Add the sesame oil and honey to the pot and stir to combine.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Add the slurry to the pot. Select Simmer/Sauté and simmer, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens. Stir in the scallions. Serve over rice and garnish with chopped scallions and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve roasted broccoli on the side, if desired.

Recipe from The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook by Barbara Schieving

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