Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken

Refreshing Low Carb Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken): Super Easy and Quick to make this flavorful and appetizing pulled chicken meal.

Make this Refreshing Low Carb Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken)! Super Easy & Quick to make this light appetizing pulled chicken meal. Love the tender savory chicken balanced with a tint of tanginess & sweetness, plus the delicious sesame fragrance.

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Sesame Shredded Chicken 芝麻手撕雞 is one of our favorite dishes to order in Chinese restaurants.

Especially when it’s mixed with sweet & sour pickled vegetables (甜酸菜), pickled carrots, pickled daikon, and a mouthful of smooth & slightly chewy jellyfish (海蜇)!! I’m usually the first to jump at those on the plate! hehe~ 😀

Love the mouthful of sweet, tangy, savory flavors, plus the seductive lingering sesame aroma. mmMMm…Oh and the ever satisfying complex textures of tender chicken with bursting crunch of sweet & sour juices from the pickled veggies.

Yummy yum yum!

Sesame Shredded Chicken is normally served as a cold appetizer or late night snack (打冷).

But we couldn’t resist and ate a few pieces before chilling ours in the fridge (only for taste-testing purpose, of course 😛).

Refreshing Low Carb Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken): Super Easy and Quick to make this flavorful and appetizing pulled chicken meal.

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You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken Because:

  • Super easy & quick to make with simple ingredients
  • Can easily make it into a light, Low Carb meal or salad
  • Deliciously flavorful – appetizing & refreshing to eat!

Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken is Great for:

  • Appetizers, Lunch, Dinner, Entree, Side Dish, Snack, Late Night Snack…
  • School/Work Packed Lunch, Meal Prep…
  • Cooking for a crowd, Parties, Picnics…
  • Weekday lunches, weeknight dinners…

Ingredients for Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken


Refreshing Low Carb Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken) Ingredients

  • ~2 ¼ pounds (1037g) chicken thighs, drumsticks or chicken breasts
  • 1 – 2 (410g – 820g) cucumber, julienne
  • ½ teaspoon fine table salt per 400g cucumber
  • Ground black pepper and salt to taste

Sesame Sauce Mixture

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Instructions for Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken


Step 1
Pressure Cook Chicken Breast

Ingredients & Tools

1 cup of cold running tap water
~2 ¼ pounds (1037g) chicken thighs, drumsticks or chicken breasts

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
Stainless Steel Steaming Rack Stand
Stainless Steel Steamer Basket
Food Thermometer
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set

Pour 1 cup of cold running tap water in the pressure cooker.

Place 2 chicken breasts on top of a steamer rack. Layer a steamer basket with another 2 chicken breasts on top (as shown in below photo).

Refreshing Low Carb Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken): layer chicken breasts in 2 stainless steel rack and steamer basket in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Close the lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method:
    • Chicken Breasts – High Pressure for 5 minutes
    • Chicken Thighs – High Pressure for 6 minutes
    • Chicken Drumsticks or Leg Quarters – High Pressure for 8 minutes

Then, 10 minutes Natural Release. (*Note: the floating valve may drop at the 8-minute mark. Leave the pot untouched for a full 10 minutes.)

Open the lid carefully.

Remove the chicken and check for an internal temperature with a food thermometer to make sure it’s between 161°F – 163°F (See Notes).

Rest the chicken breasts in a large mixing bowl for 5 – 8 minutes.

*Pro Tip: Discard chicken skin if desired.

Shred chicken meat with 2 forks or by hand.

Refreshing Low Carb Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken): shred Instant Pot Chicken Breast with forks or by hand

Optional Step 2
Remove Moisture from Cucumbers

Ingredients & Tool

1 – 2 (410g – 820g) cucumber, julienne
½ teaspoon fine table salt per 400g cucumber

Mesh Basket

While the chicken breasts are pressure cooking, place julienned cucumber in a colander or mesh strainer.

Season with ½ tsp fine table salt per 400g cucumber. Mix well.

*Pro Tip: Let them sit for 15 minutes. Moisture will begin to come out of the cucumber pieces.

Drain and pat dry with paper towels.

Step 3
Make Sesame Sauce Mixture

Ingredients & Tool

Sesame Sauce Mixture
1 stalk green onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons (30ml) roasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon (15ml) shaoxing wine or sherry wine
1 tablespoon (15ml) light soy sauce (not low sodium soy sauce)
½ teaspoon (1.5ml) white vinegar
¼ teaspoon (1g) granulated sugar

Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set

In a small mixing bowl, mix 2 tbsp (30ml) roasted sesame oil, finely chopped green onions, 1 tbsp (15ml) Shaoxing wine, 1 tbsp (15ml) light soy sauce, ½ tsp (1.5ml) white vinegar, and ¼ tsp granulated sugar together.

Step 4
Toast Sesame Seed

Ingredients & Tool

Toasted white sesame seed

Skillet

Toast white sesame seed on a skillet over medium heat.

Step 5
Make Sesame Shredded Chicken

Ingredients

Sesame Sauce Mixture (from Step 3)
Shredded chicken in large mixing bowl
Ground black pepper and salt to taste
Julienned cucumber
Toasted white sesame seed

Pour sesame sauce mixture in the large mixing bowl filled with shredded chicken. Mix well.

Refreshing Low Carb Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken): mix Sesame Sauce Mixture and Toasted Sesame into Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Taste and season with salt & ground black pepper.

*Pro Tip: You will need a few pinches of salt to open up the flavor (we added 5 – 6 pinches).

Mix in the julienned cucumber and toasted white sesame seed.

Step 6
Serve Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken


Refreshing Low Carb Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken): Super Easy and Quick to make this flavorful and appetizing pulled chicken meal.

To serve cold, place in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours.

*Pro Tip: This dish is mostly served cold, but it can be eaten warm as well.

Bonus Add-ins: You can also mix in pickled carrots, pickled daikon, jellyfish, etc. into the Sesame Instant Pot Shredded Chicken! Yum~

Enjoy your yummy Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken! 😀

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Refreshing Low Carb Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken): Super Easy and Quick to make this flavorful and appetizing pulled chicken meal.

Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken

Make this Refreshing Low Carb Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken)! Super Easy & Quick to make this light appetizing pulled chicken meal.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 252kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • ~2 ¼ pounds (1037g) chicken thighs, drumsticks or chicken breasts
  • 1 - 2 (410g - 820g) cucumber , julienne
  • ½ teaspoon fine table salt per 400g cucumber
  • Ground black pepper and salt to taste

Sesame Sauce Mixture

Instructions

  • Pressure Cook Chicken Breast: Pour 1 cup of cold running tap water in the pressure cooker. Place 2 chicken breasts on top of a trivet. Layer a steamer basket with another 2 chicken breasts on top. Close the lid and cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes (For Chicken Thighs: High Pressure for 6 minutes; For Drumsticks or Leg Quarters: High Pressure for 8 minutes) + 10 minutes Natural Release. The floating valve may drop at the 8-minute mark. Leave the pot untouched for a full 10 minutes.Open the lid carefully. Remove the chicken and check for an internal temperature with a food thermometer to make sure it's between 161°F – 163°F (See Notes). Rest the chicken breasts in a large mixing bowl for 5 – 8 minutes. Discard chicken skin if desired. Shred chicken meat with 2 forks or by hand.
  • (Optional) Remove Moisture from Cucumbers: While the chicken breasts are pressure cooking, place julienned cucumber in a colander or mesh strainer. Season with ½ tsp fine table salt per 400g cucumber. Mix well. Let them sit for 15 minutes. Moisture will begin to come out of the cucumber pieces. Drain and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Make Sesame Sauce Mixture: In a small mixing bowl, mix 2 tbsp (30ml) roasted sesame oil, finely chopped green onions, 1 tbsp (15ml) Shaoxing wine, 1 tbsp (15ml) light soy sauce, ½ tsp (1.5ml) white vinegar, and ¼ tsp granulated sugar together.
  • Toast Sesame Seed: Toast white sesame seed on a skillet over medium heat.
  • Make Sesame Shredded Chicken: Pour sesame sauce mixture in the large mixing bowl filled with shredded chicken. Mix well. Taste and season with salt & ground black pepper. You will need a few pinches of salt to open up the flavor (we added 5 - 6 pinches). Mix in the julienned cucumber and toasted white sesame seed.
  • Serve: To serve cold, place in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours. This dish is mostly served cold, but it can be eaten warm as well.
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Recipe Notes:

Bonus Add-ins: You can also mix pickled carrots, pickled daikon, jellyfish, etc. into the Sesame Shredded Chicken! Yum~

Nutrition:

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 563mg | Potassium: 738mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 4.6mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Party Food, Quick Meals, Side Dish, Snack, Super Easy
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Hong Kong
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Refreshing Low Carb Instant Pot Sesame Shredded Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken): Super Easy and Quick to make this flavorful and appetizing pulled chicken meal.

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Hi there,
Just tried this today and it’s amazing!!

I noticed in the picture of ingredients there were slices of ginger but I couldn’t find in the directions when I would use the ginger? Was this just an oversight?

Thanks!!

Barb
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Barb

Looking forward to trying this! Would the time for chicken breasts be different if I did skinless and boneless? Is the 5 minutes for bone-in breasts, with the skin on? Thanks so much!

Hsiang-Fu
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Hsiang-Fu

This is one of my childhood favourite! Glad I can make this using instant pot now!5 stars

Elie
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Elie

You have no idea how grateful I am for your recipes. They bring me back my childhood. This is another wonderful dish! Your recipe didn’t say whether it’s skinless boneless breast. I just so happened to have a skinless boneless breast and made it. I could’ve eaten the whole thing warm but stopped myself and put in the fridge. 🙂 I have kimchi but not pickled veggies. Can’t wait to try them together later!

Question: You said you put in several pinches of salt, is it about maybe… 1/2 teaspoon or so?5 stars

carol
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carol

Hello, thanks for the easy yummy looking recipe. There seems to be 4 pieces of chicken breast in the recipe. Will this freeze well? I suppose if i were to freeze it it’ll be better to freeze without the sesame mixture and cucumbers? Also will this work without the Shaoxing wine? as i may want my 5 year old to try this. thanks again!

Diana
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Diana

Thank you for your recipes! I LOVE your website and have made AMAZING food because of you both! Your clear directions has helped me really learn how to use my instant pot.

One question: for this recipe, is it just personal preference as to whether I leave the cucumber skin on the cucumber? Or is it better to peel the cucumbers before I julienne them?

Jacky + Amy
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Jacky + Amy

Hi Diana,

thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

It is a personal preference!

Take care & have fun cooking
Jacky

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