Honey Sesame Chicken {Instant Pot}

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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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Sesame Chicken Recipe

Honey Sesame Chicken {Instant Pot}

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!
4.64 from 19 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes
Cuisine
Chinese
Servings
6

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts chopped
  • 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

Instructions

  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.
Nutrition Facts
Honey Sesame Chicken {Instant Pot}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 890mg37%
Potassium 393mg11%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 3.5mg4%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword

honey sesame chicken

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I made a change to this recipe just slightly.. I added a cup of water before the initial pressure cooking of it. Just the ketchup and soy sauce as measured wasn’t enough liquid and it wasn’t quite the consistency i liked.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this last night and it was AMAZING!!!
    Very first recipe I ever made, got an instant pot for Christmas.

    My pot didn’t have a clear “high/Med/Low Pressure” setting, so I used the meat/stew setting on mine and it still came out amazing. Definitely adding it to our regular rotation.

  3. 5 stars
    My family loves this recipe. It’s such a hit my soon to be 13 year old requested it for her birthday dinner! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I made this on top of the stove using low sodium soy sauce, some hoisin sauce and topped with chow mien noodles…very tasty. Thank you.

  5. Hello – unfortunately I can’t eat tomatoes or ketchup – any suggestions on a replacement in this recipe? It looks like enough that I shouldn’t just leave it out. Is it for sweetness – would some sort of brown sugar combo with something work? Thank you.

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