Honey Sesame Chicken is the perfect combo of sweet and spicy, with three different ways to make it: slow cooked, pressure cooked, or air fried! Yes, this one recipe includes three cooking methods. We love to talk about cooking methods with our clients because it is a great way to increase the variety of food that you can make with one recipe or one cooking method especially when you are learning to cook or experimenting with new recipes.

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Honey Sesame Chicken

We have a thing for freezer meals. Delicious freezer meals. But this is so tasty you may want to just make it right now! Cook it now, cook it later. Regardless, we have 3 easy ways to make it!
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: Budget-friendly, Easy, High protein, Kid-friendly, Make ahead, Meal prep
Cooking Method: Air Fryer, InstantPot, Slow Cooker
Condition: Dairy Free, Diabetes, Gluten Free, Nut Free, PCOS
Servings: 6 Servings
Cost: $15.70

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken boneless, skinless thighs
  • 1/2 large onion diced
  • 1 bunch green onion chopped; reserve green tops for garnish
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce Gluten-free if avoiding gluten
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth low sodium
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 2 Tbsp water cold
  • sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

For Freezer Meal

  • Place chicken thighs, onion, and green onion (white portion only) in a gallon size freezer bag. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, honey, soy sauce, ketchup, chicken broth, olive oil, sesame oil, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Pour mixture into bag, and seal, pressing out as much air as possible. Shake or massage to combine. Lay flat in freezer until ready to cook. Store in freezer for up to 6 months.

Slow Cooker

  • If using freezer meal, thaw then pour contents into slow cooker.
  • If cooking from fresh, place chicken thighs, onion, green onion (white portion only), garlic, honey, soy sauce, ketchup, chicken broth, olive oil, sesame oil, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, and black pepper in the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  • Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. In the last 30 minutes of cook time, whisk together 1 Tbsp corn starch with 2 Tbsp cold water. Add to slow cooker and stir to combine. Continue to cook for 30 minutes. This will thicken the sauce.
  • Serve over rice and garnish with green onion and sesame seeds.

Instant Pot

  • If using freezer meal, thaw then pour contents into Instant Pot.
  • If cooking from fresh, place chicken thighs, onion, green onion (white portion only), garlic honey, soy sauce, ketchup, chicken broth, olive oil, sesame oil, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, and black pepper in the Instant Pot. Stir to combine.
  • Secure lid and make sure vent is in the sealed position. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Release pressure.
  • Turn on sauté function. Whisk together 1 Tbsp corn starch with 2 Tbsp cold water. Add to Instant Pot and stir to combine. Cook on sauté function for 10 minutes to thicken sauce.
  • Serve over rice and garnish with green onion and sesame seeds.

Air Fryer

  • Line air fryer basket with aluminum foil.
  • If using freezer meal, thaw then pour half of the contents into lined air fryer basket.
  • If cooking from fresh, combine chicken thighs, onion, green onion (white portion only), garlic, honey, soy sauce, ketchup, chicken broth, olive oil, sesame oil, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, and black pepper and stir to combine. Pour half of the mixture into a lined air fryer basket.
  • Turn on air fryer to 390° F and cook for 12 minutes. Flip chicken over and resume cooking for an additional 10-12 minutes until cooked through. Remove chicken, place foil over to keep warm, and set aside. Add remaining uncooked chicken to the air fryer basket and repeat until cooked through.
  • Serve over rice and garnish with green onion and sesame seeds.

Nutrition

Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 27g | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 1g

Please note:

Nutrition info is an estimate and may contain errors.

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