Instant Pot Sesame Chicken

Skip takeout! It will take you less time to make this Instant Pot Sesame Chicken than it is to make a trip out for takeout.

Sesame chicken is one of my favorites when ordering takeout but never leaves me feeling the best.

Why the Instant Pot recipe is healthier than takeout

Oh Instant Pot, you continue to amaze me. Cooking the chicken in the Instant Pot creates a crispy texture without a fryer, which how typical take-out restaurants cook this dish.

Simple sauce ingredients

You most likely have the majority of these ingredients already on hand. The soy sauce, ketchup, and red pepper flakes will cook with the chicken helping it stay tender while infusing flavors. The honey and cornstarch will help crisp up the chicken and thicken the sauce.


1 pound boneless, skinless, chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces 2 tablespoons cornstarch, divided 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sesame oil, divided 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup pinch of red pepper flakes, optional 1/4 cup honey 2 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons sesame seeds