Homemade Sesame Chicken in the Instant Pot®


This homemade sesame chicken recipe certainly feels like a takeout meal, but it's made in the Instant Pot® in your own kitchen. Serve with hot cooked rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • ¼ cup honey

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • ¼ cup water

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons cold water

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon sliced green onions, or to taste


  1. Whisk honey, soy sauce, water, garlic, and red pepper flakes together in a small bowl; set aside.

  2. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Adjust for medium heat and add sesame oil. Cook chicken in batches in the hot oil, stirring occasionally, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Return all chicken to the pot and stir in honey-soy mixture. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 4 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  4. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  5. Mix together cold water and cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth; stir into the pot. Select Saute function, adjust for low heat, and bring to a simmer. Stir constantly until sauce has thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

200 Calories
5g Fat
15g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 200
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 651mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 191mg 4%

* 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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