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Instant Pot Sesame Chicken

Your family will love the flavorful sauce in this Instant Pot sesame chicken. And you'll love how quick and easy it is for a weeknight dinner! If you serve gluten-free meals, use tamari instead of soy sauce. — Karen Kelly, Germantown, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep/Cook time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or gluten-free tamari soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Hot cooked rice
  • Thinly sliced green onions, optional


  • Select saute or browning setting on a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker. Adjust for medium heat; add sesame oil. When oil is hot, brown chicken in batches. Press cancel. Return all to pressure cooker. In a small bowl, whisk honey, soy sauce, water, garlic and pepper flakes; stir into pressure cooker. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 4 minutes.
  • Quick-release pressure. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into pressure cooker. Select saute setting and adjust for low heat. Simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Serve with rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and, if desired, green onions.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 311 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 1004mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0 fiber), 37g protein.

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  • Nusrat
    Feb 11, 2021

    It turned out great!! Used InstaPot and followed the recipe.

  • Vickie
    Feb 10, 2021

    This recipe turned out terribly!!! I used my pressure cooker which is not an Insta-Pot, but I put in the number of minutes (4) and while it got up to pressure and counted down, it took approximately 20 minutes. When I opened it, it was burned totally black. Of course, it tasted terrible!

  • Barbara
    Jan 16, 2021

    My husband asked for Sesame chicken so I used this recipe. I do have an instant pot but chose to make it in a skillet. We both loved it and I plan on making it again. I think the next time I will add some vegetables to it instead of having them on the side. Very very good recipe!!! This one is a keeper!

  • Jay
    Oct 25, 2020

    Easy, fast and excellent. Mine looked exactly as the photo.

  • Shannon
    Jul 20, 2020

    My very picky teenage son LOVED this recipe. Mild but yummy flavor, good texture, and fast and easy because it's, in the Instant pot. Thanks for sharing this recipe ??

  • Kirk
    Jul 15, 2020

    This is a great easy recipe. I always have these ingrained in my pantry. I serve with steamed broccoli and jasmine rice..

  • Natalia
    Jul 9, 2020

    I am pretty sure the picture is not for this recipe. If I could include a picture I would. Mine came out more of a peanut sauce color. I don’t even know how they made it red, unless they used a stock photo. It was tasty, the flavor was very mild.

  • Catbird513
    Jun 29, 2020

    My husband and I loved this dish! Made this recipe with the exact ingredients and added 1/2 cup of orange juice. I don't own an instant pot, but I really wanted to make this, so this is what I did. I used an electric frying pan. I put the sesame oil in the pan on medium and browned my chicken. I took the chicken out of pan and cut it into bite size pieces. (I used chicken tenders) and I did not clean my pan for the next step. Then in a small bowl, I wisked the honey, soy sauce, water, garlic and pepper flakes and 1/2 cup O.J. Poured in pan and on medium simmered for about 4 minutes. Then I added the cornstarch and water mixture and simmered until thickened. 1 to 2 minutes. Once thickened, I put the chicken pieces back in the pan to coat and heat. Served over rice with the sliced green onions and sesame seeds. This dish is fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ronquias
    May 17, 2020

    I wish this worked in my old slow cooker. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

  • DanielleHobbs77
    May 11, 2020

    This is going to be amazing! I love Sesame Chicken and I love my IP! Cant wait to make this again and again!