Instant Pot® Garlic-Sesame Chicken Thighs


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.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 4 bone-in, skin on chicken thighs

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 6 tablespoons water, divided

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


  1. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 (per serving)

308 Calories
17g Fat
18g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 308
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 1265mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 264mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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