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Instant Pot Honey Chicken

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Meet your new favorite: Instant Pot Honey Chicken! It’s sweet, savory, and effortlessly made. Tender chicken in a honey glaze, all thanks to the Instant Pot – simple and super tasty! Even picky eaters will love this Chinese honey chicken recipe.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Filling: The really cool thing about this dish is that it’s full of protein. Instant Pot Honey Chicken will help you get full and stay full.
  • Effortless Preparation: Instant Pot Honey Chicken offers a hassle-free cooking experience. With minimal effort, you can achieve maximum flavor, making it perfect for busy days.
  • Irresistible Sweet-Savory Blend: The tender chicken coated in a honey glaze creates a mouthwatering balance that will keep you coming back for more.
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Recipe Ingredients

  • Chicken Breast Tenders: The star ingredient of this Instant Pot Honey Chicken recipe, provide a lean and tender protein base, ensuring each bite is juicy and flavorful.

Batter Ingredients:

  • All-Purpose Flour: Used in the batter, adds a light and crispy texture to the chicken tenders when cooked, creating a satisfying crunch.
  • Corn Flour: Adds a delicate sweetness and enhances the overall flavor profile of the chicken.
  • Baking Powder: Contributes to the overall texture of the chicken, making it more tender and airy.
  • Salt: Adds a savory touch and helps to balance the overall taste.
  • Water: Added to the batter to create the desired consistency.
  • Sesame Oil: Infuse a subtle nutty flavor into the chicken and complements the honey sauce.

Honey Glaze Ingredients:

  • Tomato Ketchup: Serves as the base for the honey sauce, providing a tangy and rich flavor.
  • Sugar: Helps to caramelize the sauce and develop a glossy glaze on the chicken.
  • Honey: As the star ingredient in the sauce, honey brings its natural sweetness and a distinct floral flavor.
  • Soy Sauce: Adds a savory umami flavor to the honey sauce, providing a rich and slightly salty note that complements the sweetness of the honey and sugar.
  • Water: Ensures that the sauce evenly coats the chicken, creating a luscious glaze.
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How To Make Instant Pot Honey Chicken?

Step One: Prepare Chicken

Prepare your chicken and pat it dry, then set it aside.

Step Two: Mix Sauce Ingredients

In a small bowl, add all of the sauce ingredients, mix to combine, and set it aside.

Step Three: Prepare Batter

Add the batter ingredients into a bowl, whisk to combine.

Step Four: Dip Chicken in Batter

Dip each chicken piece into the batter and then place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Step Five: Heat Oil in Instant Pot

Place the oil in the Instant Pot and set it to sauté.

Step Six: Sauté Chicken in Instant Pot

Place the chicken in the oil once it’s bubbling hot. Ensure the chicken is in a single layer.

Step Seven: Cook Chicken Until Golden Brown

Turn the chicken over to evenly cook, and cook the chicken until it’s golden brown.

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Step Eight: Remove Chicken and Clean Instant Pot

Remove the chicken and place it onto a paper towel-covered plate, then set it aside. Wipe clean the Instant Pot insert.

Step Nine: Add Sauce to Instant Pot

Add the sauce you prepared earlier into the Instant pot and add the chicken. Toss to combine. Close the lid and seal the valve.

Step Ten: Pressure Cook

Set the Instant Pot to manual for 4 minutes. Once the timer sounds, open the valve.

Step Eleven: Garnish & Serve

Serve hot with rice or your preferred side. Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds for a little color.

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  • Add Garlic: For a twist on this recipe add a spoon of minced garlic to make this into an Instant Pot honey garlic chicken recipe. Making a honey garlic sauce will add great flavor.


  • Chicken Thighs: You can use skinless chicken thighs for this recipe in the place of boneless skinless chicken breasts. Be sure to dice the meat into bite size pieces.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Storing Honey Chicken: Refrigerate leftover honey chicken in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing Honey Chicken: Divide into portions and transfer chicken into freezer-safe containers or bags, ensure airtight seals, and label with the date.
  • Reheating Honey Chicken: Thaw in the refrigerator if frozen, then reheat in the microwave for small portions or in the oven/stovetop for larger quantities, adding a splash of liquid for moisture.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Steamed Rice: A classic choice to soak up the sweet and savory honey glaze.
  • Vegetable Stir-Fry: Stir-fried vegetables like broccoli, bell peppers, and carrots add color and nutritional balance.
  • Asian Noodles: Serve with lo mein or rice noodles for a hearty and satisfying option.
  • Chow Mein: Is a classic noodle dish that would pair well with honey chicken.


Can I Use Bone In Chicken Thighs?

No. You need to use boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs so you can dice and coat the chicken into nugget size pieces. Bones will not allow you to do this.

Can I Spice This Honey Chicken Up?

Yes add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes for an absolutely delicious spicy kick.

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Instant Pot Honey Chicken

Yield: 6-7
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Instant Pot Honey Chicken is an easy to make chicken dish with few ingredients required.


  • ½ cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ cup Corn Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 1 /4 cup Water
  • ¼ tbs Sesame oil
  • ½ cup Tomato Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar
  • 3 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Water


  1. Prepare your chicken and pat dry. Then set to the side. In a small bowl add all of the sauce ingredients, mix to combine and set to one side.
  2. In cooking the battered chicken in the Instant Pot, add the batter ingredients into a bowl, whisk to combine. Place the oil in the Instant Pot and set to sauté. 
  3. Place the chicken in the oil once bubbling hot. The chicken has to be in a single layer. Turn the chicken over to evenly cook. Cook the chicken until golden brown. 
  4. Remove the chicken and place onto a paper towel covered plate, and set aside. Wipe clean the Instant Pot insert. 
  5. Add the sauce you prepared earlier into the Instant pot and add the chicken. Toss to combine. Close the lid and seal the valve. Set to manual for 4 minutes. Once the timer sounds open the valve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 514mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 2g

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  1. I’ve now tried it…epic fail. Your recipe does not have a liquid other than the honey and ketchup and once I added the chicken back and closed the instant pot, it burned. You might need to re-write this recipe and be more precise. Just saying, a newbie might not understand why their attempt doesn’t work.

    1. We have cooked this recipe many times and it works when you use all the liquids listed in the recipe. You say the sauce only had honey and ketchup, but there is also soy sauce and water in the ingredients and this is enough liquid for the 4 minutes of pressure time. If you add more liquid the chicken would not be in a sauce but in a soupy liquid and not work.

  2. This looks amazing! I love honey chicken but have never tried making it in the instant pot before. What a perfect dinner!

  3. Honey chicken sounds amazing. I think mine would love it as we often have sweet and sour chicken and it’s also in batter with a sweet sauce.

  4. Hoo boy! that looks absolutely delicious! I love the flavors, and I love how simple it is to make. I’m all over this one!

  5. Great pictures and it looks so appetizing. My son loves chicken so I need to make this for him and he loves the protein in chicken dishes.

  6. This is going to be dinner tomorrow. I have everything I need and we are going to have happy tummies tomorrow. Thank you for the recipe!

  7. This looks so good. We order Chinese every Sunday. I would love to surprise my husband with this homemade dish.

  8. Oooh this looks delicious! I’m always looking for new Instant Pot recipes to try – thanks for sharing!

  9. That dish look delicious. I have heard many people say great things about the instant pot. I may have to get one.

  10. this makes me want to invest in an instant pot. i usually do these recipes in a normal crockpot

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