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Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken -15 minute Meals

Honey sesame chicken made in the Instant Pot, ready in just 15 minutes…

Yet another delicious Instant Pot chicken recipe, Chinese dish honey sesame chicken served with basmati rice.

The chicken was combined with sauces and cooked at high pressure for 3 minutes. After that, mixed veggies are added and cooked along with the sauces in saute mode for 5 minutes. Since, it takes 5 minutes to build the pressure, total cooking time is around 15 minutes. Delicious honey sesame chicken, I served with basmati rice made in the Instant Pot- cooked for 6 mins at high pressure with QPR.

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Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken -15 minute Meals
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
For cooking chicken
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Ginger, grated- 1 inch slice
  • Garlic, grated- 1 large clove
  • Red chili flakes- 1 tsp
  • Onion, diced- 1
  • Chicken breasts, cubed- 2 breasts
  • Soy sauce, low- sodium- ¼ cup (light soy sauce or dark)
  • Tomato Ketchup- 2 tbsp
  • Hoisin Sauce- 1 tbsp (optional)
For sautéing
  • Red pepper, diced- 1
  • Broccoli florets- 1 cup
  • Honey- 1 tbsp
  • Sesame seeds- 1½ tbsp
  • Hoisin sauce- 2 tbsp (or add soy sauce)
  • Sesame oil- 1 tsp
  • Cilantro chopped- 2 handfuls
  • Corn starch- 1 tbsp mixed with 2 tbsp cold water
  1. Turn on Instant Pot- I used 7 in 1 Duo IP.
  2. Click Saute- Normal Temperature.
  3. Let display show HOT.
  4. Add oil. To the oil, add ginger, garlic and red chili flakes, saute for a few seconds.
  5. Add onion, saute for 1 minute.
  6. Add chicken along with soy sauce, tomato ketchup and hoisin sauce, combine well.
  7. Cancel Saute.
  8. Turn knob to SEALING. Close the pot with the lid.
  9. Click Manual, Adjust to High pressure. Set Time to 3 minutes.
  10. After 3 minutes of pressure cooking, do a quick pressure release.
  11. Click Saute- Normal Temperature.
  12. Add red pepper and broccoli florets, cook for a minute.
  13. Add honey, combine well.
  14. Add sesame seeds, hoisin sauce and sesame oil, combine well, cook for a minute.
  15. Add cilantro, combine well.
  16. In a small bowl, combine corn starch with water, add that to chicken, combine well and let the gravy thicken.
  17. Remove the stainless steel pot from the main pot.
  18. Serve in a bowl, this can be served with basmati, brown or jasmine rice.



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