Keto Sesame Chicken


A favorite takeout dish made low carb and easy using an Instant Pot. This keto sesame chicken is fully of sweet, tangy flavor and is, oh so tasty, poured over cauliflower rice.

Keto Sesame Chicken Recipe Video

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Keto Sesame Chicken In The Instant Pot Ingredients

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup sugar free maple syrup
  • 5 tablespoons liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar-free ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder

Keto Sesame Chicken Directions

Low Carb Sesame Chicken Recipe in the Instant Pot

two bowls of keto sesame chicken in front of an instant potIf you crave Chinese takeout on the keto diet, this recipe for keto sesame chicken is for you! Most dishes at a Chinese food restaurant are not low carb. But with this recipe and the help of your Instant Pot, you can satisfy your Chinese food cravings in minutes.Low carb sesame chicken is easy to make using a pressure cooker. Simply add all of your ingredients to the Instant Pot and pressure cook on high for 8 minutes. To help thicken your sauce for a yummy glaze, add a hint of arrowroot powder and sauté the dish in the Instant Pot.two bowls of sesame chicken with chopsticks nearKeto sesame chicken is incredible poured over a cup of cauliflower rice and topped with sliced green onions and more sesame seeds. Your family will love this keto dinner recipe and you’ll love that it takes less than 30 minutes to make!holding a piece of sesame chicken with chopsticks

Keto Sesame Chicken Sauce

The sesame sauce for this recipe is a special blend of sesame oil, for that sesame flavor, unsweetened ketchup, liquid aminos and sugar-free maple syrup, for sweetness.Once you add a little bit of arrowroot powder at the end to thicken the sesame sauce, this makes the perfect glaze to go along with the keto sesame chicken. It’s delicious poured over cauliflower rice.a wood spoon full of sesame chicken sauce

Keto Sesame Chicken Storage

If you have any leftover low carb sesame chicken, just store it in the refrigerator in an air tight container. If you like freezer meals, you can store this meal uncooked in a freezer safe bag with all the ingredients added, except the arrowroot powder. Thaw the night prior to cooking. The next day cook as directed above.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Sesame Chicken

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 347
Fat 17.3g
Protein 29.4g
Total Carbs 36.5g
Net Carbs 6.3g

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  1. Ok, I have not tried this recipe yet. I am putting together my list to go to the store tomorrow to try this as I am going back on my Keto. This message is to say, “I Love You.” Now, please do not think I am some weirdo (well maybe I am a little). 🙂 First, whatever you do, do not change what I am going to tell you about this post as this is why I love you and you brought a smile to me and my family who makes fun of the way I was raised. In your directions you put, ‘unthaw” the chicken. I am originally from PA and grew up using that word never thinking anything about it. Then, I move to California and marry a Californian and I used that word all the time. He use to make fun of me and tell me that it is not a word & that you are saying to freeze something. I told him that has been what my mom said, my grandmother and so on. Now, due to always being picked on about my “hickville” speaking, I don’t say it anymore. Please do not be offended by “hickville” as it is a word I call myself and very proud of the word and where I come from. I hope you can see the joy of this post and what I am trying to say. Thank you for your posts and I am so looking forward to trying this recipe.

    1. LOL I enjoyed your comment(ary)! Not sure how your hubby thinks “unthaw” means to freeze but maybe I’m reading your post wrong. Anyway, peace and joy in 2021 to you!!

      1. Because when you “thaw” something out you are taking it out of the freezer. So if you “unthaw” something you are actually freezing it.

  2. Greetings. Looking forward to trying this recipe. Do you know approximately how much six boneless, skinless chicken thighs weigh raw? I’m trying this with chicken breasts since I don’t have thighs. I’m afraid I’ll use too much chicken and it will dilute the amount of sauce available to pour over when completed. Thanks.

      1. Thanks so much. I’ve recently found your YouTube channel and site. I’m not Keto, but T1 diabetic. Love a lot of your recipes. Your single serve pumpkin pie was fantastic!

    1. Yes! It can. I add all the ingredients to a ziploc bag and freeze. Either thaw out in the fridge the night before or add from frozen to the instant pot. Just make sure you add 1/2 cup of water to the instant pot so it doesn’t burn.

  3. I don’t have an instant pot, but this sounded delicious, so I used the sauce as a marinade over night. I also didn’t have sugar free maple syrup so I used 1/2 c monkfruit sweetener and no arrowroot. I cooked the whole shooting match in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes and flipped over the thighs for about another 10 plus minutes or so. Juicy tender yummy result….gotta make it again only more the next time! Since I had zero leftovers

    1. thank you for posting this. I also do not have an insta pot but want to try this recipe. I will do the 400 degree oven for 20 min. I’m also going to marinade it (thanks for the tip).

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