My favorite Chinese takeout dish has always been sesame chicken. I am super excited to be partnering with Dorot today to share this sesame chicken recipe. Sesame chicken is a little too saucy for my picky eaters but I am hoping they will develop a taste for it as they grow up.
The irony to me is that Quinn loves orange chicken which is also saucy but I guess he likes it because it’s always super sweet. I prefer the less sweet taste of sesame chicken, so that’s why I decided to make it in my instant pot! Check out how my instant pot sesame chicken turned out!
Instant Pot Sesame Chicken Ingredients
- 2lbs boneless chicken breast, diced
- salt & pepper
- olive oil
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tbs sesame oil
- 2 tbs honey (or more if you like it sweeter)
- 1 tsp ginger, minced
- 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
- 2 tbs corn starch + 3 tbs water
- green onions, chopped – optional
- toasted sesame seeds – optional
I saved time and minimized the mess by using Dorot fresh frozen garlic and ginger in my recipe. The herbs come crushed and ready to use right out of the freezer. Just pop out a cube when you need it. It’s convenient and ensures I always have them on hand when cooking meals.
Why use Dorot fresh garlic and herbs?
- It has a 2-year shelf life, you can have fresh garlic and herbs year round.
- It’s fresher than fresh because it’s processed and flash frozen within 90 minutes of harvest.
- It’s pre-portioned in convenient trays, eliminating chopping and measuring.
Instant Pot Sesame Chicken Directions
1. Heat instant pot using the saute function. Salt and pepper the diced chicken and then add it to the pot.
2. Then add the garlic and onions and saute until the onions are translucent (~5 minutes). Stirring occasionally.
3. Combine soy sauce, ketchup, sesame oil, honey, ginger and rice wine vinegar in a bowl. Add mixture to the Instant Pot, secure lid and set on high pressure for 4 minutes.
4. Once completed, turn off the Instant Pot and use the quick press release valve.
5. Mix the cornstarch with the water and then add to the Instant Pot. Simmer using Saute function until the sauce thickens (2-3 minutes).
6. Serve over rice and garnish with green onions and/or sesame seeds. Personally, I am not a fan of green onions, so I didn’t use them.
Peter thought this recipe could use a little more sweetness, so if you lean that way, add more honey to the recipe. Personally, I like it less sweet and was happy with how this turned out.
I found Dorot crushed garlic and herbs in the frozen food section at my local Trader Joe’s. Check out Dorot’s entire line of frozen herbs yourself for all your cooking needs. I use garlic in almost everything, and I’m excited to keep ginger on hand because it’s also in my instant pot beef and broccoli. Ready to try Dorot for yourself? Head over here for a printable coupon!