We love garlic and sesame sauce on chicken wings, and this is an entree version made with chicken thighs. Pressure cooking the chicken with the sauce infuses the chicken with serious flavor. We like to serve this with white rice.



Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper.

  • Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Heat sesame oil in the pot. Add chicken thighs and saute until browned on the first side, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and flip the chicken, sauteing until the other side is browned and the garlic is fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes more. Hit Cancel and transfer the chicken to a plate using tongs or a slotted spoon.

  • Pour 1/4 cup water into the pot and use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits from the bottom. Whisk soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and honey together in a bowl until smooth. Return chicken to the pot and pour sauce over the top.

  • Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 10 minutes. Allow 6 to 10 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Remove chicken with tongs or a slotted spoon and set aside.

  • Mix remaining 2 tablespoons water with cornstarch in a small bowl. Turn on Saute function and whisk cornstarch slurry into the sauce. Simmer until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Cancel Saute function. Return chicken to the sauce, sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds, and toss everything together.

Nutrition Facts

307.7 calories; protein 21.4g 43% DV; carbohydrates 17.9g 6% DV; fat 16.5g 25% DV; cholesterol 70.8mg 24% DV; sodium 1264.5mg 51% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

Read More Reviews
5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Made it exactly as directed. Came out perfect! Paired it with white rice and a ginger-miso vegetable medley, and it was delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This turned out amazing. Easy to follow. Even though the recipe called for toasted seaseme seeds w/o instructions i did it and was very good. My family loved it Read More
Rating: 3 stars
It was ok. There wasn't a whole lot of flavor depth. I ended up adding some plain rice vinegar and red pepper flakes. Maybe I'm just not the biggest fan of super soy flavored dishes. It sort of overpowers any subtle flavors. I used skin-on thighs and even though I browned them well, once they go in under pressure, the skin gets mushy and rubbery. Still rather tasty, though. Not sure I'd make it again. Especially in the Instant Pot. Read More