Pressure Cooker Sesame Chicken

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Rated 5.0 based on 6 customer reviews
Pressure Cooker Sesame Chicken
Pressure Cooker Sesame Chicken


  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, plus more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion


  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker set to Sauté. Working in batches, sear chicken in oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes per batch; remove browned chicken to a plate with a slotted spoon.
  2. Mix soy sauce, garlic, red pepper, and sesame seeds together in a bowl.
  3. Return chicken to pressure cooker pot; add sauce and stir to coat.
  4. Seal lid on pressure cooker, turn steam vent to Sealing, select Poultry, and cook on High Pressure for 5 minutes. Immediately turn steam vent to Venting to Quick Release pressure. Press Cancel on pressure cooker and set to Sauté.
  5. Whisk cornstarch into water in a small bowl to dissolve; stir into the chicken mixture and cook until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes.
  6. Ladle chicken and sauce onto plates; garnish with green onion and additional sesame seeds to serve.
Mealthy tip:

This recipe features both sesame oil and sesame seeds. Both impart a rich, nutty flavor that makes this dish so distinct and delicious.


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Jen the Mighty says:

Easy, fast, delicious, and kid-friendly. Can't ask for more than that, especially during a crazy week. Fantastic.

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Katie Hason says:

I really liked this sesame chicken! I didn't serve it with rice, though, I used noodles. The sauce was easy and fantastic. This is the perfect weeknight meal.

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Jessica Scott says:

I really loved this sesame chicken, especially the sauce. It was really quick to make in the pressure cooker too. I gave it to the kids, and they loved it. If you want a thinner sauce, use 1 teaspoon cornstarch instead of two. So delicious, especially with brown rice.

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Maureen Dougherty says:

The recipe was easy to follow and turned out well. It was a little spicy and I added a teaspoon of honey. I might add a little more next time.

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Steven Gomes says:

I didn't add sesame seeds, but still enjoyed the rich flavor of this dish. This paired great with spiralized zucchini noodles.

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Jan Perlman says:

Received my MultiPot today and have already tried this recipe. My husband and I both loved it! I altered the recipe slightly and reduced the crushed red pepper to 1/2 tsp., and added a generous teaspoon of minced ginger. I think the recipe should also have called for a bit more liquid. On the whole, a very good dish and we enjoyed it thoroughly!