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Pressure Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Pressure Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken 4.000

Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker May 23, 2017

Chances are good you'll have the sauce ingredients on hand to make this easy, kid-friendly meal.

Serve with rice.

4 - 6

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Tested size: 4-6 servings

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size chunks
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Toasted/roasted sesame seeds
  • 2 scallions, white and light-green parts, chopped, for garnish


Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper.

Preheat the Instant Pot using the saute setting, or heat the oil in a stove-top pressure cooker over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the garlic, onion and chicken; cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the onion softens.

Add the soy sauce, ketchup and crushed red pepper flakes (to taste) and stir to incorporate. Lock the pressure-cooker lid in place. Increase the heat to HIGH; once the pot reaches pressure, cook for 3 minutes.

Once the timer beeps, turn off the heat. Carefully do a quick-pressure release.

Uncover; add the sesame oil and honey to the pot, stirring to incorporate.

Dissolve the cornstarch in water in a small bowl, then add to the pot, stirring to form a slightly thickened sauce. Stir in most of the sesame seeds.

Divide among individual plates; sprinkle with the scallions and remaining sesame seeds. Serve hot.

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COPRECTION: An earlier version of this recipe omitted when to add the onion; it goes in after the garlic. Adapted from a recipe at

Tested by Nilar Andrea Chit Tun.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 6): 260

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 8g 12%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 110mg 37%

Sodium: 870mg 36%

Total Carbohydrates: 10g 3%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 3g

Protein: 37g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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