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Instant Pot Sesame Chicken

Instant Pot sesame chicken takes less than 15 minutes to make in your pressure cooker now! A sweet and sticky sauce with tender chicken over rice is a fave. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: chicken, instant pot, sesame chicken
Servings: 5
Calories: 320kcal
Author: The Typical Mom


  • 1 onion diced
  • 2-3 chicken breasts boneless, skinless, diced into bite size pcs.
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 c soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsp garlic minced
  • 5 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 green onion diced, more for topping if desired
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil can use olive oil
  • 3 tbsp ginger I use minced, jarred
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch + 4 tbsp cold water


  • Add your diced onions, sesame oil, diced raw chicken breasts, 1.5 tbsp minced garlic and 1.5 tbsp minced ginger into your pot. Set to saute.
  • Mix all ingredients together so chicken pcs. are coated, cook until pink on outside of chicken pcs. is gone.
  • Turn Instant Pot off.
  • Whisk together remaining ingredients except cornstarch, and only use 1 tbsp of your sesame seeds, pour into your pot. Stir so all chicken pieces are nicely coated.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to pressure high for 3 minutes.
  • Do a quick release, lift lid and set to saute again if you want the sauce to be thicker.
  • In a small bowl whisk together your cornstarch and cold water well so there are no lumps, add this into your IP once it begins to bubble on the saute setting.
  • Stir for 1-2 minutes until sauce begins to thicken, then turn pot off and unplug so it doesn't continue to cook.
  • Serve on top of rice sprinkled with your remaining tbsp of sesame seeds and add some diced green onions if desired.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 1532mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 1% | Vitamin C: 6.3% | Calcium: 6.3% | Iron: 10.1%