Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot

Honey Sesame Chicken in the Instant Pot

Honey Sesame Chicken - This Instant Pot recipe will have dinner on the table in under 30 - even if your chicken is frozen! https://frugalhausfrau.com/

This  Honey Sesame Chicken in the Instant Pot has saved me over and over in the last few months. When the hunger-crazed octogenarians (my folks) begin circling around 5:00 p.m. like sharks and the day’s been too hectic for anything else, I think Honey Sesame Chicken.

Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot
Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot

Honey Sesame Chicken is super easy – and really tasty. I mean it IS good and IS a huge hit at the house! So much so that Pat must have asked me 30 times if I had the recipe all written down (so many are just in my head!) so I could make it again.

Honey Sesame Chicken is one of those recipes that practically screams out to be “Pressure Cooked.”  I’ve made this by tossing in frozen chicken breast and it comes out beautifully, and I’ve used fresh, too. If anything, the texture of the frozen breasts was even a little better than the fresh.

Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot
Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot

So next time you’re standing in front of the fridge/freezer at 5:00 p.m., and wondering what in the world you’re going to make for dinner, think of this recipe. Pin it or bookmark it. It very well could save your life; it saved mine.

Always shop for sales priced chicken, portion and freeze in sizes to suit your family. There’s no sense in paying $4.69 a pound when it can be had for 99 cents a pound. (Or whatever the lows and highs are in your area!) Stock up on Asian ingredients during January and keep sesame seeds in the freezer. Look for condiments like ketchup during the summer. You likely won’t find lower condiment prices any other time of the year except for during the Superbowl.

Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot
Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot

Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast (or thighs)  *
  • 1/2 to 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon (or more if desired) sesame seeds
  • 1 sliced green onion for garnish
  • rice for serving

Place chicken in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Toss onion over the top. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, ketchup, garlic, oil, sesame oil and red pepper flakes. Pour over chicken and turn to coat.

Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes (for the smaller amount of chicken) or 25 for the larger. When finished, quick release and remove chicken and leave the sauce in the pot. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces.

Set the instant pot to saute on the high setting. Bring to a boil, then whisk in the cornstarch/water mixture. Cook for three or four minutes, whisking now and then until sauce is at desired thickness. Turn off, add the chicken back in and coat with the sauce.

Serve over rice. Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds.


  • There’s enough sauce so that I’ve made this with variable amounts of chicken and it always turns out well.
  • This recipe uses less honey than most. Taste after adding the cornstarch and feel free to add in more.
  • To cook from frozen chicken breasts, just add the chicken in the bottom, top with the onion and sauce and cook for 25 minutes for the smaller amount, about 28 for the larger.
  • The total time at the top includes prep & the heat up of the Instant Pot as well as the quick release for the smaller amount of fresh chicken.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 214
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5 g 8 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 4 %
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 54 mg 18 %
Sodium 1966 mg 82 %
Potassium 59 mg 2 %
Total Carbohydrate 21 g 7 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 3 %
Sugars 15 g
Protein 21 g 42 %
Vitamin A 1 %
Vitamin C 5 %
Calcium 2 %
Iron 1 %


I’ll be posting this recipe to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #184, hosted this week by  Petra @ Food Eat Love and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook.

28 thoughts on “Honey Sesame Chicken in the Instant Pot”

  1. Wow Mollie! We do not have an instapot– BUT- being able to through a frozen chicken breast into a pot and have it come out like this is tempting me to buy one! Looks really delish– kind of a regular rotation kind of meal. thanks! (I know your folks must love love having you cook for them!!). Take care friend. xox

  2. I’ve read so many good reviews about instant pot. I may need to get one! 😀 This looks absolutely amazing, Mollie. Thanks for bringing at Fiesta Friday #184!

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