Instant Pot Sesame Chicken

Skip takeout! It will take you less time to make this Instant Pot Sesame Chicken than it is to make a trip out for takeout.

white bowl with sesame chicken, broccoli, & rice.

There are just some nights where takeout seems like the easier option. Sesame chicken is one of my favorites when ordering takeout but never leaves me feeling the best. What if I told you, I’ve figured out a way to enjoy this signature takeout dish faster than it will take you to hop in the car and grab from a restaurant. Would you believe me?

Instant Pot Sesame Chicken in a white bowl with broccoli and rice

Why the Instant Pot recipe is healthier than takeout

Oh Instant Pot, you continue to amaze me. Cooking the chicken in the Instant Pot creates a crispy texture without a fryer, which how typical take-out restaurants cook this dish.

Simple sauce ingredients

You most likely have the majority of these ingredients already on hand. The soy sauce, ketchup, and red pepper flakes will cook with the chicken helping it stay tender while infusing flavors. The honey and cornstarch will help crisp up the chicken and thicken the sauce.

Easily turn this Instant Pot Sesame Chicken recipe into a full meal

Take it even one step further to make this dinner with ease. Utilize the steamable rice and broccoli found in the frozen aisle. Or keep putting your Instant Pot to work again by cooking rice and the broccoli in there too.

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Instant Pot Sesame Chicken

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Description

Skip takeout! It will take you less time to make this Instant Pot Sesame Chicken than it is to make a trip out for take out.


Ingredients

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  • 1 pound boneless, skinless, chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sesame oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
  • pinch of red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss chicken to evenly and lightly coat.
  2. Preheat the Instant Pot and set to “saute”. Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken and saute for 3-4 minutes, to brown.
  3. Stir in soy sauce, ketchup, and red pepper flakes, if using. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and seal the valve. Set to manual and 3 minutes cook time.
  4. When done, use the quick pressure release. When most of the steam is released, remove the lid. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and honey. Stir to combine.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and water to make a slurry.
  6. Set Instant Pot back to saute, stir in the slurry and continue to stir as the sauce thickens to desired consistency, about 2 minutes.
  7. Top with sesame seeds.
  8. Serve over rice and steam broccoli.

Keywords: instant pot, sesame chicken, dinner

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Instant Pot Wheat Berries

Save time and utilize the Instant Pot to make hearty whole grains, like wheat berries. Learn how meal prepping a batch of whole grains can turn into various recipes throughout the week.

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The Instant Pot continues to be magical. What takes over an hour to cook, now is done in 35 minutes.

Meal prep strategies

Every week now, I’ve been prepping at least one whole grain for the week. Everyone meal preps a little differently. I tend not to make full meals, but to get the cooking process started, like chopping veggies, making a batch of whole grains, grilling a few pieces of chicken, roasting a tray of veggies, etc.

This way, I am not mandated to a certain meal and it gives me more flexibility while allowing to save time during a busy week.

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Meal prep tip:

Prep a batch of whole grains, like wheat berries, to add on top of a salad, in a stir-fry, mixed into a soup, as a side dish, or even served up breakfast-style. Switch up the prepped whole grain each week for variety.

Health benefits of wheat berries

Wheat berries contain 6 grams of protein, with over 20 percent of your daily value for dietary fiber, and 8 percent of your iron in each serving.

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What are Wheat Berries?

Wheat Berries are the whole grain form of wheat – the whole, complete grain before it has undergone any processing. They’re a high-fiber whole grain, containing the bran, germ, and the endosperm. Wheat berries typically take longer to cook because they are not processed and it takes a while for the liquid to penetrate through the bran to soften the grain.

When cooked, wheat berries have a chewy bite and a subtle nutty, earthy flavor. They’re sturdy enough to handle bold dressings in salads and still delicate enough to taste delicious with some milk, honey, and cinnamon.

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Instant Pot Wheat Berries

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot

Ingredients

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  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup hard red spring wheat berries
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Combine water, wheat berries, and salt in the Instant Pot. Secure the lid and seal the valve.
  2. Set the manual timer for 35 minutes.
  3. When done, do quick release by moving the valve to vent the steam. Let all the steam release.
  4. Drain the wheat berries and enjoy as is or incorporate into other recipes.

Keywords: instant pot, pressure cooker, wheat berries, whole grain, meal prep

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Lemon Pepper Asiago Stuffed Tomatoes

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 11 mins
  • Total Time: 16 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

3 simple ingredients turn into a delicious appetizer


Ingredients

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  • 4 beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1 (10 oz.) container La Terra Fina Lemon Pepper & Asiago Dip & Spread
  • 4 ounces asiago cheese, finely shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice tomatoes in half horizontally and scoop out pulp and seeds. Blot inside the cavity to remove excess moisture.
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  6. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.

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Mocha Overnight Oats

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15 + overnight
  • Total Time: 15 + overnight
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Breakfast

Description

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Ingredients

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  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup strongly brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • Toppings: raspberries, chocolate raspberry granola

Instructions

  1. In a mason jar or container, add all ingredients; stir well until combined.
  2. Cover an refrigerate overnight.
  3. In the morning, before serving, top with raspberries and chocolate raspberry granola. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Mocha Chip Overnight Oats from “The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club” cookbook by Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN

Keywords: overnight oats, mocha

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DIY Chex Party Mix

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Yield: 14-16 1x
  • Category: snack

Ingredients

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  • 3 cups corn Chex cereal
  • 3 cups rice Chex cereal
  • 3 cups wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup garlic-flavored bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  1. In a large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels, and bagel chips; set aside. In a small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.
  2. Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container. (OR Pre-heat oven to 250°. Put cereal and seasoning mixture into an ungreased roasting pan and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes.)

Notes

Full recipe credit:
https://www.chex.com/recipes/original-chex-mix/

Photos and content credit:
https://julieharringtonrd.com

For other variations, try playing around with other spices.
I like to add 1/4 tsp cumin & 1/4 tsp chili powder to the mix.

Keywords: chex mix, snack

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Vanilla Maple Yogurt Chia Parfait

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 2 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 (5.3-ounce) container vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Nature’s Path Pumpkin Seed + Flax Granola

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together chia seeds, maple syrup, and almond milk. Let sit for at least 30 minutes to thicken.
  2. In 2 small jars, evenly layer chia mixture into each jar. Then evenly layer the vanilla Greek yogurt on top of the chia seed mixture.
  3. Top with Nature’s Path Pumpkin Seed + Flax Granola when ready to eat.

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Sheet Pan Miso Salmon and Green Beans

This sheet pan recipe has a special gut health ingredient – miso! Sheet pan dinners are becoming a staple for busy weeknights. Sheet pans dinners are versatile and can be mixed and matched with different ingredients and flavor blends.

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Gut Health:

More and more research is being studied about gut health and the connection to overall health. Some are even calling the gut a “second brain” as now studies are showing how much they continuously work together.
According to Harvard Medical School, a troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected. 

Why gut health is important

I’m sure you’ve heard about how probiotics support gut health. If not, probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. The body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep the gut stay healthy.

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Food rich in probiotics includes yogurt, kefir and fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, tempeh, and miso – the probiotic-rich food I used in this recipe.

What is Miso Paste?

In simple terms, miso is a fermented bean. Primarily, miso is made from soybeans, but any bean can be used. I use chickpea miso or white soybean miso often, just because it’s lighter in color and a more neutral flavor.

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Varieties of Miso Paste

Diving a little deeper into the difference between varieties of miso, I consulted one of my favorite cooking resources, The Kitchn.

White Miso

White miso is made from soybeans that have been fermented with a large percentage of rice. The actual resulting color can range from white to light beige, and the miso has a definite sweet taste. White miso is best used in condiments like mayo or salad dressings, or in light sauces.

Yellow Miso

Yellow miso is usually made from soybeans that have been fermented with barley and sometimes a small percentage of rice. It can be yellow to light brown in color. Yellow miso has a mild, earthy flavor and is better for general use in not only condiments, but soup, marinades, and glazes.

Red Miso

Red miso is typically made from soybeans fermented with barley or other grains, though with a higher percentage of soybeans and/or a longer fermentation period. It can range in color from red to dark brown. The deep umami flavor of red miso can overwhelm mild dishes but is perfect for hearty soups, braises, and glazes.

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My go-to miso brand is, Miso Master.

Many have an understanding that probiotics are important for gut health and with cold and flu season upon us, the best defense may be good gut health, but the key to these helpful gut health bacteria is feeding them with prebiotics for the probiotics to flourish in the gut.
Prebiotics are a type of fiber. They are un-digestible plant fibers that already live inside the large intestine. The more food, or prebiotics, that probiotics have to eat, the more efficiently these live bacteria work and the healthier your gut will be.

Prebiotics are found in whole foods that are packed with fiber (aka. plants)! To improve gut health, a mixture of both probiotics and prebiotics is needed. Probiotics need to be fed (by prebiotics) in order to remain active and healthy and to benefit you as much as possible.

Bottom Line

Prebiotics (fiber) is the food for probiotics (helpful bacteria) to flourish, to improve gut health.

Let’s put it this way: It’s like you can’t out-exercise a poor diet. The same goes for gut health. You can’t consume more probiotics without consuming prebiotics to improve gut health.

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Sheet Pan Miso Salmon and Green Beans

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 22 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: dinner

Description

Sheet pan dinners are becoming a staple for busy weeknights. They are versatile and can be mixed and matched with different ingredients and flavor blends. This sheet pan recipe has a special gut health ingredient – miso!


Ingredients

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  • 1 ¼ pounds salmon, sliced into even portions
  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce (or liquid aminos)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or coat with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together miso, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic until smooth.
  3. In an even layer spread the green beans on the baking sheet. Make room in between green beans and place salmon skin side down. Brush salmon generously with miso mixture. Drizzle remaining miso mixture over green beans.
  4. Bake for 6-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon, until salmon is opaque in the center and can flake easily. Broil for the last 1-2 minutes.
  5. Garnish salmon and green beans with sesame seeds and scallions.

Keywords: dinner, salmon, sheet pan

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Looking to switch up the same old appetizer recipes you serve at parties or gatherings? Kick off your next party with Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbreads your guests will love.
Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbread - Looking to switch up the same old appetizer recipes you serve at parties or gatherings? Kick off your next party with Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbreads your guests will love. - via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenBy posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Seafood Nutrition Partnership and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I was excited to enter this recipe contest sponsored by the Seafood Nutrition Partnership because I feel like seafood does not get enough love in the appetizer department. Also, I selfishly can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with for this contest to get even more seafood inspired recipe ideas.
Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbread - Looking to switch up the same old appetizer recipes you serve at parties or gatherings? Kick off your next party with Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbreads your guests will love. - via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
Yes, you may see the usual shrimp cocktail, or crab dip included in an appetizer spread. There are so many other seafood options to consider.

Why add more seafood into your weekly routine? 

Eating seafood twice a week reduces the risk of death from any health-related cause. Studies show it may reduce your risk of heart disease, plus it gives you more energy throughout the day. (Source)

My feeling is the general population knows they should eat more seafood, but not sure how to prepare it. From delicate, mild flounder to rich, flavorful salmon, or sweet and savory shrimp, seafood can please any palate. Seafood fits with all of your favorite flavors – it can be incorporated into a spicy Latin dish, flavorful Creole recipe, light, and refreshing salad, or a rich Italian pasta bowl.
Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbread - Looking to switch up the same old appetizer recipes you serve at parties or gatherings? Kick off your next party with Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbreads your guests will love. - via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
I’ve loved smoked salmon ever since I was introduced to it when I worked at a local bagel shop in high school. It has a silky, buttery, texture balanced with a not so fishy, smokiness flavor. All seafood, including smoked salmon, is one of the leanest sources of protein and a superfood packed with nutrients such as omega-3s, which is essential for your good heart health.
Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbread - Looking to switch up the same old appetizer recipes you serve at parties or gatherings? Kick off your next party with Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbreads your guests will love. - via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen

 The Great Debate: Farm-Raised or Wild Caught:

I get this question often and I never tell anyone one way or another, but rather to help them educate themselves.  The Seafood Nutrition Partnership collaborates with FishWatch.gov who provides easy-to-understand facts about the science and management behind U.S. seafood and tips on how to make educated seafood choices. Helping everyone—from chefs to consumers—understand sustainable seafood.

Also, check out Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch. They make recommendations, in your area, showing you which seafood items are “Best Choices” or “Good Alternatives,” and which ones you should “Avoid.” This list is constantly being updated as things are changing.

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Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbread

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Yield: 8 appetizer pieces 1x
  • Category: appetizer

Description

Looking to switch up the same old appetizer recipes you serve at parties or gatherings? Kick off your next party with Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbreads


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 whole grain naan
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 6 oz. smoked salmon
  • 1/2 of an avocado, sliced thinly
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking cheese with parchment paper or cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, dill, garlic, and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Mix well.
  3. Spread evenly over both pieces of naan bread. Top with onion slices.
  4. Bake naan in the oven for 8-10 minutes until the edges and bottom of the naan are crisp.
  5. Remove naan from the oven. Let slightly cool.
  6. In a small bowl, toss arugula with remaining 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Top naan with arugula, salmon, and avocado. Cut each naan into 4 appetizer size slices. Serve.

Keywords: smoked salmon, flatbread, appetizer

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Crispy Garlic Chickpeas

Craving a crunchy snack? Try these homemade Crispy Garlic Chickpeas.

Crispy Garlic Chickpeas - plant-based protein snack via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #legumes #chickpeas #beans #snack #plantbased #plantbasedprotein #protein

Chickpeas are always a staple in my pantry. If you’ve been reading my blog for some time now, I use chickpeas in a lot of my recipes, like my Chickpea Walnut Sandwich or my Balsamic Kale and Vegetable Saute. I’ve even put them into desserts, like my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cookie Dough Bites.

Crispy Garlic Chickpeas - plant-based protein snack via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #legumes #chickpeas #beans #snack #plantbased #plantbasedprotein #protein

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, is a popular legume across many cuisines. These versatile legumes are also packed with high-quality plant protein, soluble and insoluble fiber, and beneficial polyunsaturated fatty acids.

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Grab these for a protein-packed snack or top on a salad. I always tell clients to make these to top their salads when they are looking for a crunch factor in place of croutons.

The best part, you can customize these with any flavor you like! Craving sweet? Try roasting the chickpeas with a little cinnamon and sugar. Looking to add a little heat? Add a little chili powder to the mix.

Crispy Garlic Chickpeas - plant-based protein snack via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #legumes #chickpeas #beans #snack #plantbased #plantbasedprotein #protein

Crispy Garlic Chickpeas - plant-based protein snack via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #legumes #chickpeas #beans #snack #plantbased #plantbasedprotein #protein

What flavor combination would you try for crispy chickpeas first?

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Crispy Garlic Chickpeas

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Yield: 68 1x
  • Category: snack

Description

Craving a crunchy snack? Try these homemade Crispy Garlic Chickpeas.


Ingredients

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  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Dry chickpeas thoroughly. In a bowl, toss the chickpeas with olive oil and lemon to coat. Sprinkle with garlic powder and salt. Toss again.
  3. Transfer chickpeas in an even layer to the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until crispy. Let cool for at least 1 hour, which will make the chickpeas crunchier as they cool.

Keywords: snack, plant-based, chickpeas

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