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Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken is delicious and easy, made in a sweet and savory sauce. This juicy and tender chicken recipe will become your family favorite dinner.

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Easy Instant Pot Recipe

I love easy Instant Pot recipes because they save you from hefty take out bills and help you eat a delicious and nutritious meal even on the busiest days. My Instant Pot has saved me so much time, money, and tons of effort when preparing everyday dishes.

When you are short on time, you might be thinking that take out is the better dinner choice but with this Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken, cooking at home can be much faster. You can have this flavorful dinner on the table within 30 minutes.

If you are meal prepping every weekend or batch cooking to freeze meals for later, that means dinner can be served within 15 minutes.

Healthy Honey Sesame Chicken (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30)

I love that this recipe is easy and quick to make, and requires common pantry staples. Not only that but it’s also relatively healthy with a few modifications. In order to make it gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30, you can use arrowroot starch instead of cornstarch, coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, and healthier and lighter ketchup instead of the processed store-bought ketchup (here is a low carb homemade ketchup recipe).

Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

What Side Dishes Go With Honey Sesame Chicken

You can serve this dish with basmati rice or cauliflower rice for a low-carb option. Add colorful vegetables like steamed broccoli, carrots or sauteed bell peppers.

Make-Ahead Instant Pot Chicken Recipe

If you are meal planning and prepping, you can make this recipe ahead of time and store it in the fridge for several days or freeze it in the freezer. If you have minimal time to meal prep on weekends, you can place all the ingredients in a ziplock bag and refrigerate it until it’s time to cook dinner. Just dump all of the ingredients of the ziplock bag in the Instant Pot (or Slow Cooker) and dinner can be ready in about 15 minutes. You can also meal prep 2 cups of cooked rice to go along with it.

Honey Sesame Chicken recipe

Can you Freeze Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

This Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken is a great recipe to add to your freezer stack for days when you don’t have time to cook. You can either fully cook the chicken & the sauce, and then freeze it. Or you can add the ingredients to a freezer-safe ziplock bag, and freeze it uncooked. When you are planning to reheat it or cook it the meal, make sure to place the frozen food in the fridge the night before or in the morning to allow enough time to thaw.

Easy Honey Sesame Chicken

Other Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

honey sesame chicken
5 from 11 votes

Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken is delicious and easy, made in a sweet and savory sauce. This juicy and tender chicken recipe will become your family favorite dinner in an instant.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Pressure Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 6

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Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. Preheat pressure cooking pot using the ‘Saute’ setting. Add olive oil, chopped onion and seasoned chicken to the preheated pot. Saute, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened. Add minced garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.
  • In a small bowl, mix the honey, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ketchup, and ground ginger. Mix well, and add to the pot. 
  • Lock the lid, seal the valve, and press the ‘Manual’ (or ‘Pressure Cooking’) button, and adjust the time to 4 minutes. When timer beeps, turn pressure cooker off and do a quick pressure release.
  • Remove chicken from the pot, and shred it. Transfer 1/4 cup honey sesame sauce from the pot to a small bowl. Add 2 Tbsp arrowroot starch (or cornstarch) to the bowl and stir until the sauce is smooth. Return the sauce back to the pot, and saute using the ‘Saute’ function for a couple of minutes until the sauce thickens. Turn off the pot. Add shredded chicken back to the pot and mix well.
  • Serve honey sesame chicken over rice. Sprinkle some sesame seeds and chopped fresh green onion on top.

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Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 768mg | Potassium: 631mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Neli Howard

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Neli Howard and the food blogger behind Delicious Meets Healthy. I started Delicious Meets Healthy in 2014 while working in public accounting. While everything I did at work was very analytical and detail oriented, I have enjoyed cooking because I get to use my creativity and experiment with flavors and textures of different foods.

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19 Comments

    1. Yes, homemade is always better! 🙂 So glad you and your husband loved it!

    1. Hi Rose, you can add all ingredients except the arrowroot starch & the green onions to the slow cooker. Set on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. When it’s done, transfer the chicken breasts to a plate and shred it. Prepare a slurry with the arrowroot starch and add it back to the crockpot and cook it until the sauce thickens. Add the shredded chicken to the pot and stir everything to coat. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

    1. I am using thawed chicken breasts. If you are using frozen medium-sized chicken breasts, increase the cook time to 15 minutes. After the cooking cycle is over, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. After that time is up, carefully turn the valve to release and let the remaining pressure come out. When the float valve pin has dropped, carefully open the lid. Happy cooking! 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    Hi there! I had fun cruising around your website/blog. Your recipe for Instant Pot Sesame Chicken caught my eye. I always have frozen chicken breasts on handl I did use white Maui “stocky rice”, but otherwise I kept to the recipe. We had company over for dinner and they loved this … as did I! Very ryuumy$ Thanks for sharing.
    Aloha … Nancy On Maui