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Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

Easy to make Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken made with rice at the same time and is ready to eat in less than 30 minutes. This family favorite is a recipe to be requested time and time again.

This sesame chicken is tossed in a delicious honey sauce, garnished with toasted sesame seeds and sliced scallions, and served with a side of rice, all made in the Instant Pot.

Close up of black plate with a bed or jasmine rice topped with honey sesame chicken.

Instant Pot Rice and Chicken

One of the best things about an Instant Pot is it’s ability to take advantage of pot-in-pot cooking.

The chicken and the rice is made at the same time! It’s time efficient and gets dinner to the table quickly and easily.

When pot-in-pot cooking, it is important to use a pressure cooker approved insert for safety. Glass can shatter and plastic can melt. Your best bet would be to use stainless steel mixing bowls that leave at least a 1/2″ clearance on all sides or to use stainless steel inserts that are designed specifically for pressure cooking!

When pressure cooking chicken at the same time it is important as well to cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. To lock in flavor and to ensure the chicken is cooked in the same time it takes for the rice, it is best to sear all sides of the chicken before adding the sauces and the insert with the rice.

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Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken garnished with sesame seeds and scallions on one side of a white bowl and Instant Pot rice served on the other side of the bowl.

Ingredients in Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

Very basic ingredients are used to make this Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken and the results are an amazingly delicious balance of a sweet and savory sauce.

  • Chicken Breast – 1 pound cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt and Pepper – to season the chicken before searing
  • Sweet Onion
  • Garlic – minced cloves
  • Soy sauce – reduced sodium
  • Honey
  • Ketchup
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Cornstarch and Water – to create a slurry for the honey sauce

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Instant Pot Rice

It only takes two ingredients to make fluffy delicious Instant Pot rice. When making Instant Pot rice you typically want a 1:1 ratio of rice and water. Jasmine rice comes out wonderfully in a pressure cooker but other long-grained rice work great as well!

  • 2 cups jasmine rice – I like to rinse my rice as it helps prevent the rice from being gummy while pressure cooking.
  • Water
Chopsticks propped on black plate with white rice and honey sesame chicken

How to Pressure Cook Chicken and Rice

When pressure cooking chicken you still want tender and juicy chicken and the best way to achieve it is to sear all sides of the chicken to lock in the flavor and tenderness.

The first step to making this Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken and rice is to season the bite-sized chicken pieces with salt and pepper. The Instant Pot is then set to sauté and olive oil and the minced garlic and diced onions are added.

The seasoned chicken is then added into the pot and the chicken is then seared on all sides. This next step is important because it will help prevent a burn notice from appearing on your screen.

Deglaze the bottom of the pot! To do this, scrape off any bits of food that may be stuck to the bottom of the pot before adding the other ingredients.

Next, the sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, ketchup, and red pepper flakes are stirred together in a bowl and then poured over the chicken.

A hand holding chopsticks up with jasmine rice and honey sesame chicken above a black plate of chicken and rice.

Now that the chicken is ready to be pressure-cooked, it is time to prepare the Instant Pot Rice. I recommend rinsing your rice before adding it into the pressure cooker approved insert to prevent gumminess of the rice. Water is then poured into the insert with the rice but not stirred!

Deglaze the bottom of the pot! To do this, scrape off any bits of food that may be stuck to the bottom of the pot before adding the other ingredients.

The insert is then lowered into the Instant Pot on top of the chicken. This is where a silicone sling really comes in handy!

The lid is then closed as well as the vent. The pressure cooker is set to 4 minutes on High Pressure with a 10 minute natural release pressure release.

Once the time is up, remove the lid and the insert of rice and fluff it with a fork. Serve with Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken with the Instant Pot Rice with a side of steamed broccoli if desired.

Flat lay of a bed of jasmine rice topped with honey sesame chicken and toasted sesame seeds on a black plate and black charger plate.
Yield: 6 Servings

Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

Close up of black plate with a bed or jasmine rice topped with honey sesame chicken.

Easy to make Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken made with rice at the same time and is ready to eat in less than 30 minutes. This family favorite is a recipe to be requested time and time again.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Natural Release 10 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce, reduced sodium
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch + 1 tbsp water, for slurry
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Diced scallions, for garnish

Jasmine Rice

  • 2 cups jasmine rice, rinsed
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE and add the olive oil and minced garlic.
  2. Add in the diced onions.
  3. Season the diced chicken with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the chicken to the inner liner and sear on all sides.
  5. Press CANCEL and deglaze the pot by scraping any stuck-on food off the bottom.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, ketchup, and red pepper flakes.
  7. Pour the mixture over the chicken but don't stir.
  8. Add the rinsed rice to an approved Instant Pot insert.
  9. Lower the insert into the pot on top of the chicken with a sling.
  10. Pour the water of the rice and close the lid and vent.
  11. Set the Instant Pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes.
  12. Allow the pot to naturally release pressure (NR) for 10 minutes before removing the lid.
  13. Carefully use an oven mitt to lift the sling with the rice out of the pot. Fluff with a fork.
  14. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a plate and set the Instant Pot to SAUTE.
  15. Combine the water and the cornstarch to create a slurry and add to the sauce in the pot.
  16. Stir to combine and press Cancel.
  17. Allow the sauce to thicken (add a little more slurry at a time if you want a thicker sauce).
  18. Toss the chicken in the sauce and served with toasted sesame seeds and diced scallions.

Notes

*Refer to your pressure cookers manual to learn how to safely perform pressure cooker functions.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 1076mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 28g

Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.

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