Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken

Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken is one of the easiest dump and cook meals, that is very tasty and flavorful and ready in just 30 minutes.

Instant Pot Garlic Sesame ChickenInstant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken is quickly becoming my go to weeknight meal! I love using my Instant Pot to make easy weeknight meals, and this dish is so flavorful and easy to make that it will quickly become a staple in your house too. Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken is way better than takeout, and all you have to do is dump all the ingredients in the pressure cooker and sip on wine, while a great meal cooks in 25 minutes or less, that is considering the pressure and natural release time! Winner, winner – tasty, easy and with just one pot to clean!

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Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken

Tips & Tricks on how to make the best Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken Recipe:

  • I used organic chicken thighs, but this recipe also works with chicken breast. You don’t have to adjust the cooking time.
  • I would rather use brown sugar as it works great in this recipe, but if you really want to substitute, a healthier alternative would be 1/3 cup of honey.
  • If you don’t have sesame oil on hand, you can make the recipe with canola or vegetable oil, but keep in mind that you will be missing the sesame flavor, it will still taste delicious.
  • Using fresh ginger will add amazing flavor to the dish, but if you don’t have any on hand, use 1 teaspoon of ground ginger powder.
  • You can add more or less garlic, based on your taste preference.
  • You can make this meal spicier by adding 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes or more.
  • Cornstarch is a key ingredient in here, do not try to replace it with flour, the results will not be the same.
  • When it comes to adding the cornstarch, you have to mix it with water until dissolved and add the slurry to the Instant Pot at the end to thicken the sauce. Do NOT add the cornstarch by itself to the Instant Pot, it will make the sauce full of lumps.
  • If the sauce is too runny after adding the slurry, mix another 1-2 teaspoons of cornstarch with same amount of water and add it to the Instant Pot. Please note, that the sauce will get thicker with time, so definitely wait a bit before adding more cornstarch.
  • Use a 10 Minute Natural Release, otherwise the chicken will be tougher due to the quick change in pressure.

What is a 10 Minutes Natural Pressure Release?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm, and wait 10 minutes, after which you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release. Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker, wait 10 minutes and after that open the valve. A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta or steel cut oats. This method prevents for any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken

  • Instant Pot – I use it all the time, I have the 6 quarts one. It makes weeknight meals so much easier.
  • Cornstarch – I prefer using cornstarch instead of flour to thicken sauces, and this organic brand is my favorite.
5 from 4 votes
Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken
Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken is one of the easiest dump and cook meals, that is very tasty and flavorful and ready in just 30 minutes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4 people
Author: Catalina Castravet
Ingredients
Dump & Cook:
  • 2 lbs boneless and skinless chicken thighs cut into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ginger grated
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Cornstarch Slurry:
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Garnish:
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • Sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients from the "Dump & Cook" section to the Instant Pot: chicken, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, brown sugar and chicken broth and water.
  2. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  3. Close lid, make just the pressure cooker is sealed. Set up the pressure Cooker to cook on High Pressure for 5 minutes.
  4. Use a 10 minute Natural Release. Turn off the heat. Release the remaining pressure. Open the lid.
  5. Select the Sauté function, on LOW.
  6. In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water, whisk until well combined with no lumps.
  7. Add the mixture to the Instant Pot and gently stir to combine. Cook on Sauté function for a few more minutes, stirring gently, until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
  8. If you want the sauce even thicker, mix one more tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of juice and add it to the pressure cooker.
  9. Let the chicken stand for 5-7 minutes, the sauce will thicken more.
  10. Serve over rice and garnish with fresh chopped green onions and sesame seeds.

Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken

Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken is one of the easiest dump and cook meals, that is very tasty and flavorful and ready in just 30 minutes.
Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken is one of the easiest dump and cook meals, that is very tasty and flavorful and ready in just 30 minutes.
Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken is one of the easiest dump and cook meals, that is very tasty and flavorful and ready in just 30 minutes.

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