Instant Pot Sesame Chicken

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recipe by Julee Morrison

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based on 9 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
    2 tbsp (16g)
  • Sea salt icon
    Sea salt
    about ¼ tsp (2g)
  • Chicken tenders icon
    Chicken tenders
    2 cups
  • Toasted sesame oil icon
    Toasted sesame oil
    2 tbsp (27g)
  • Soy sauce icon
    Soy sauce
    ¼ cup (60ml)
  • Ketchup icon
    2 tbsp (35g)
  • Red pepper flakes icon
    Red pepper flakes
    about ¼ tsp (0g)
  • Honey icon
    about ¼ cup (84g)
  • Water icon
    2 tbsp (30ml)
  • Sesame seeds icon
    Sesame seeds
    2 tsp (5g)


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

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. Cancel - Sauté
  12. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  13. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 3 min
  14. Cancel - Keep warm
  15. Quick release
  16. Add toasted sesame oil and honey to the inner pot
  17. Stir quickly until combined
  18. Heat - Sauté, Less
  19. Add cornstarch and water to a clean small bowl
  20. Whisk until smooth
  21. Stir this slurry into the chicken
  22. Stir constantly until thickened - 2 min
  23. Sprinkle with sesame seeds
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