Instant Pot Sesame Chicken
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Instant Pot Sesame Chicken

Instant Pot Sesame Chicken is a quick and easy weeknight meal made in the Instant Pot or slow cooker.  Your family will love this delicious sauce!  {gluten free}
Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 291kcal
Author Karen Kelly


  • 1 1/2 pound skinless chicken breast, cut into pieces, I used three large
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup tamari (or soy sauce if not gluten free)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (dried)
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 3 tsp water


  • Turn Instant Pot to saute.  Add 1 tbsp sesame oil into pot and saute half the chicken.  Get a bit of browning on all sides, about 3-4 minutes, then remove to a bowl.  Add more sesame oil and saute the second half.
  • In a small bowl mix the honey, tamari, garlic and red pepper with a whisk.  
  • Put chicken back into pot and add sauce.  Turn chicken to cover with sauce. Turn Instant Pot to poultry and set timer for four minutes.  Lock the lid in place.
  • Turn off the heat when the timer beeps.  Carefully use a dishtowel to do a quick pressure release.
  • Whisk the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and turn pot to saute.  Add mixture and stir well.  Saute for a minute or two until sauce thickens to your taste. 


Note:  I made an adjustment to add the cornstarch slurry at the end to make a thicker sauce.
If you prefer a fall apart type of chicken, I would cook longer and do a natural release.


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1018mg | Potassium: 715mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.6mg