Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Breast – Better Than Takeout

Pot Honey Sesame Chicken is a quick family dinner that you will make over and over again, instead of picking up the phone to order out. Serve with a super quick fried rice side dish.


Units Scale
  • 8 chicken tenders cut into bit size pieces – fresh or frozen (or 4 large chicken breasts)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of pre-chopped garlic (or 4 garlic cloves chopped)
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of stock (chicken, vegetable, or water)
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons of sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (add more or omit depending on your taste for heat)

To Thicken after cooking:

  • 3 tablespoons of corn starch
  • Water to just mix into a thin sauce

To garnish:

  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • Sesame seeds


  1. The chicken can be fresh or frozen – cut into bite size pieces and set a side.
  2. Turn the Instant Pot on to saute, add the olive oil and heat for 1 minute.
  3. Add the chopped onion and cook for 1 minute, then add the chopped garlic and cook until the onions are translucent.
  4. Cancel setting on the Instant Pot.
  5. Mix together the soy sauce, broth, ketchup, sesame oil, honey, and red pepper flakes, stir.
  6. Add the liquid to the Instant Pot.
  7. Add the chicken and stir
  8. Set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 7 minutes, secure the lid and set to seal.
  9. While the chicken is cooking chop the green onions and toast the sesame seeds (if desired)
  10. When the cooking time is up, do a fast release.
  11. Set the Instant Pot to saute
  12. Mix together the corn starch and just enough cold water to mix.  Add corn starch mixture to the chicken and stir. As the chicken and sauce boils it will thicken.


  • Serve over rice or Asian rice noodles
  • Cook Rice in the Rice Cooker: Add equal parts rice and water to Instant Pot.  Add salt and 2 tablespoons of butter or olive oil to the pot. Set to high pressure and cook for 4 minutes. Slow release (open and close the valve) so the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • How to make a quick fried rice:  In a large skillet add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the cooked rice to the pan and saute. Add 2 table spoons of soy sauce and stir.  Add a bag of frozen vegetable to the rice and cook until the vegetables are hot and no longer frozen.

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