Honey Sesame Instant Pot Chicken

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One of the best Instant Pot recipes with chicken thighs in a sweet and savory honey sesame sauce. This juicy and moist chicken will be an instant hit!

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Instant pot chicken with honey sesame sauce.

Instant Pot Recipes with Chicken

Instant Pot is best for making chicken. The pressure cook time is usually very short, depending on the part of chicken used.

If you have a killer sauce recipe, dinner is guaranteed to be a success. Just like these tender, juicy, moist and soft Instant Pot chicken thighs swimming in the mouthwatering honey sesame sauce.

Instant pot chicken thighs in a sweet and savory honey sesame sauce.

Honey Sesame Sauce

One of my most popular Instant Pot recipes is Honey Garlic Chicken. This Honey Sesame Chicken recipe calls for similar and simple ingredients:

Honey
Toasted sesame oil
Soy sauce
Apple cider vinegar
Chili garlic sauce
Chicken broth

The flavor is savory, sweet, with a tint of tartness and heat. This Instant Pot chicken is now my #1 favorite dinner recipe.

Honey Sesame Chicken is one of the best Instant Pot chicken recipes.

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Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

For the chicken, I used skinless and boneless chicken thighs and they are perfectly cooked in 8 minutes in the Instant Pot. You can also use bone-in chicken thighs.

Chicken thighs pressured cooked inside an Instant Pot with honey sesame sauce.

The active prep time is only 5 minutes, so dinner is ready for the entire family in practically less than 20 minutes!

Serve the chicken over steamed rice, just like the picture above and you have the most amazing Asian chicken dinner ever!

Instant Pot chicken with honey sesame sauce, on top of steamed rice.

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Use Chicken Breasts for this Recipe?

Yes, you sure can. Just pressure cook chicken breasts for 10 minutes. The instructions and methods are exactly the same. If you use frozen chicken breasts, please increase the pressure cooking time to 12 minutes.

How Many Calories Per Serving?

This Instant Pot chicken recipe is only 315 calories per serving.

What to Serve with this Recipe?

This dish is best served with rice or simple pasta. For a healthy meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.

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Honey Sesame Instant Pot Chicken Recipe


Servings 4 people


Prep Time 5 minutes


Cook Time 8 minutes


Total Time 13 minutes

Best and easy Instant Pot chicken recipe with chicken thighs in a sweet and savory honey sesame sauce. This juicy and moist chicken will be an instant hit!

Ingredients

Ingredients:


1 1/2
lbs
boneless and skinless chicken thighs


salt


ground black pepper


1 1/2
tablespoon
oil


2
cloves
garlic, minced


1
teaspoon
toasted white sesame


1
tablespoon
chopped scallion

Honey Sesame Sauce


1/2
cup
chicken broth


2 1/2
tablespoons
honey


2
tablespoons
soy sauce


1/2
teaspoon
dark soy sauce


1
tablespoon
apple cider vinegar


1
teaspoon
Sriracha or chili garlic sauce, Rooster brand, or most to taste


1
teaspoon
sesame oil


1
teaspoon
corn starch

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Directions

1

Wash and rinse the chicken thighs with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Set aside. Mix all the ingredients in the Sauce together, stir to mix well. Make sure the honey and corn starch are completely dissolved. Set aside.


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2

Turn on the Saute mode on your Instant Pot. As soon as the pot is fully heated (to make sure the chicken doesn’t stick to the pot), add the cooking oil. Pan sear the chicken thighs until they turn slightly brown (if they stick to the pot too much, you may use a non-stick skillet for pan-searing or skip this step.) Add the the garlic and saute a little bit. Pour in the sauce and top with the white sesame. Cover the pot and select Manual and set to High pressure for 8 minutes.



3

When it beeps, turn to Quick Release. When the valve drops, remove the cover carefully, add the chopped scallion and serve immediately. Set the Instant Pot to Saute mode to reduce the sauce, for about 2 minutes or so, until the sauce slightly thickens.



4

If the sauce is lighter in color compared to the pictures, you might add some dark soy sauce to make the sauce darker in color. Different soy sauce has different color, some lighter and some darker. If you use a lighter color soy sauce, the sauce will look lighter but the taste should be about the same.


Recipe Notes

I used a 6-quart Instant Pot.

Dark soy sauce makes the sauce darker. If you don’t have dark soy sauce at home, your sauce will be light brown in color.  The taste will be the same nonetheless.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can make this honey sesame chicken in a slow cooker, or on your stove top.

If you use a slow cooker, use high heat and cook for 3 hours. For stove top, just pan-fry the chicken and then add in the Sauce. Simmer on low heat and cook until the chicken meat is tender.

You can pan-fry the chicken on a non-stick skillet instead of using the Saute Mode. You can also skip the step.

If you use chicken breast, you can pressure cook for 10 minutes so the chicken is more tender.

Nutrition Facts

Honey Sesame Instant Pot Chicken Recipe

Amount Per Serving (4 people)

Calories 315
Calories from Fat 126

% Daily Value*

Fat 14g22%

Saturated Fat 6g38%

Cholesterol 162mg54%

Sodium 733mg32%

Potassium 461mg13%

Carbohydrates 13g4%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 11g12%

Protein 35g70%

Vitamin A 55IU1%

Vitamin C 1.5mg2%

Calcium 23mg2%

Iron 1.8mg10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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