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sesame chicken with a side of white rice in a white bowl with chop sticks on top and an instant pot in the background.
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5 from 2 votes

Instant Pot Sesame Chicken

Skip the takeout tonight and try this instant pot sesame chicken for dinner instead. A deliciously classic Asian dish ready in half the time it normally is. Lightly sweet and tangy, with a sticky sauce over juicy chicken, this recipe is one to keep around.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Asian, Asian American
Servings: 6
Calories: 439kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken thighs skinless boneless
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
  • 1/4 tsp red crushed pepper optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cornstarch Slurry

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water

Instructions

  • Add the chicken, soy sauce, honey, water, sesame oil, ketchup, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes into the Instant Pot sleeve.
  • Mix everything well, close the lid, and set the pressure release valve to seal.
  • Adjust to pressure cook or manual on high for 4 minutes.
  • Cook till done then perform a quick pressure release and open the Instant Pot.
  • Select the Sauté setting on low heat.
  •  Make the cornstarch slurry by combining the cornstarch and water in a mixing bowl until smooth and add this into the sesame chicken and combine.
  • Stir frwuently until the sauce thickens, anything up to 5 minutes or to your preference.
  • Switch off the heat and serve your Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken over rice and with any desired garnishes.

Notes

Please read the instant pot manual guide before using it. 

Nutrition

Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 1245mg | Potassium: 376mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 2mg