Instant Pot Sesame Chicken

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recipe by Julee Morrison

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based on 12 ratings

We love Chinese food, but we obviously can’t order takeout every time the craving hits. With the Instant Pot®, we’ve discovered just how easy it is to make some of our restaurant favorites at home. With a sweet glaze that has a little kick, this sesame chicken is even better than takeout!

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recipe updated Feb 4, 2020


  • Cornstarch icon
    1 tbsp (about 8.1 g)
  • Sea salt icon
    Sea salt
    ¼ tsp (about 1.62 g)
  • Chicken tenders icon
    Chicken tenders
    454 g (about 30 ¼)
  • Toasted sesame oil icon
    Toasted sesame oil
    1 tbsp (about 13.62 g)
  • Soy sauce icon
    Soy sauce
    ¼ cup (about 72 g)
  • Ketchup icon
    2 tbsp (about 36 g)
  • Red pepper flakes icon
    Red pepper flakes
    ¼ tsp (about 0.2 g)
  • Honey icon
    ¼ cup (about 84 g)
  • Water icon
    2 tbsp (about 30 g)
  • Sesame seeds icon
    Sesame seeds
    2 tsp (about 5.4 g)


  • kCook icon Whisk
  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Inner pot
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Small bowl
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Step preview

  1. Add cornstarch and sea salt to a clean small bowl
  2. Add chicken tenders to the small bowl
  3. Toss until coated
  4. Add toasted sesame oil to the inner pot
  5. Heat - Sauté, Normal
  6. Transfer chicken to inner pot
  7. Cook until golden brown while stirring occasionally - 4 min
  8. Add soy sauce, ketchup and red pepper flakes to a clean small bowl
  9. Stir until well combined
  10. Pour this sauce over the chicken
  11. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  12. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 3 min
  13. Release pressure -
  14. Add toasted sesame oil and honey to the inner pot
  15. Stir quickly until combined
  16. Heat - Sauté, Less
  17. Add cornstarch and water to a clean small bowl
  18. Whisk until smooth
  19. Stir this slurry into the chicken
  20. Stir constantly until thickened - 2 min
  21. Sprinkle with sesame seeds
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