Sesame Chicken


  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with the salt. Toss the chicken pieces in the cornstarch mixture until it is coated evenly. Select Sauté on the Instant Pot and adjust the heat to Medium. Add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook for about 4 minutes, turning occasionally, or until golden brown.
  • In another small bowl, combine the soy sauce, ketchup, and red pepper flakes (if using) and stir until well combined. Pour this sauce over the chicken.
  • Lock the lid into place and turn the valve to “sealing.” Select Manual or Pressure Cook and adjust the pressure to High. Set the time for 3 minutes. When cooking ends, carefully turn the valve to “venting” to quick release the pressure.
  • Unlock and remove the lid. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and the honey and stir quickly to combine. Select Sauté on the Instant Pot and adjust the heat to Low. In a clean small bowl, whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon of cornstarch into the water until it is smooth. Stir this slurry into the chicken, stirring constantly for 2 minutes, or until sauce reaches the desired consistency.
  • Sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
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