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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


  • Instant Pot


  • 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


  • 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.


Please read the instant pot manual guide before using it. 


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