Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Noodle Bowls
These Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Noodle Bowls are a tasty Asian-inspired meal that will satisfy your cravings for takeout – just dump it all in the pressure cooker and dinner’s ready in 20 minutes!
Wanna whip up a stir fry but just don’t have the time or energy to do all that chopping then stand by the stove stirring everything all together?
Sometimes what we hate about cooking is that it just takes too much work, am I right on that?
Well, eliminate all of the hassle and the waiting with these Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Noodle Bowls!
I swear, these sticky, savoury noodles are just what you need after a long day, and the best part is that you can dump it all in your Instant Pot, then set it and forget it…and unlike the slow cooker, all of this is ready in just about 20 minutes so if you’re sitting there starving debating on whether or not you should order takeout, let’s just say these Sesame Chicken Noodle Bowls will be ready before your delivery guy shows up!
Rice noodle bowls have been my jam for a looooooong time. We actually have this amazing place that serves stir fry bowls called Basil Box in Toronto, and I’m obsessed. You pick out your grains (I choose noodles over rice every time!), then your protein, veggies, sauce and toppings. I’m a big fan of the concept when it comes to home cooking as well.
These Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Noodle Bowls are a similar idea, except it all comes together in one pot for minimal clean up.
You can even make these your weekly meal prep!
Just add in the sauce ingredients, most of which are pantry staples you probably already have on hand at home, then dump in your diced chicken breasts and uncooked rice noodles.
Set your Instant Pot to the pressure cooker setting for 3 minutes, et voila! Dinner in under half an hour!
Before I got my Instant Pot I kept seeing all these recipes telling me to cook everything for 3 minutes and I was honestly so confused, like how can all of this cook in such a short time? Well, I should warn you that once you dump everything and start the cooking process, it does take a little bit of time to preheat, but it’s not too long. Maybe 10 minutes or so? Then everything pressure cooks for whatever time you set it to.
You don’t need long to cook the rice noodles, but I should tell you that they do get pretty soft. If you’re looking to have a firmer noodle, you can soak them in boiling water (I use the kettle and pour the water into a large bowl but you could boil it on the stove) for 1-2 minutes until you get the right balance of firmness/softness.
Honestly though, I just prefer to dump it all.
From there, the secret to these Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Noodle Bowls is to use up whatever veggies you have on hand in the fridge – I’ve almost always got bell peppers and some sort of green veggie so those always go in. Broccoli, carrots or even some greens like spinach would be other great additions.
Another important thing to note about this Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Noodles recipe is that you don’t cook the veggies in the Instant Pot on the pressure cooker setting, you throw them in afterwards to sort of “steam” them.
I find the heat from the noodles and chicken mixture along with 5-10 minutes of wait time is enough to cook the veggies just enough so that they are tender but not so much that they are mushy.
If you don’t care about how firm your veggies are in these Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Noodle Bowls then you can certainly throw the veggies in at the same time as the other ingredients and cook it all together, it’s really up to you.
Now say hello to takeout fake-out at home on a busy weeknight! YUM!
Will you be making these Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Noodle Bowls?
My Instant Pot is seriously changing the game when it comes to meal prep. Who knew your weekly work lunches or last minute dinners could be transformed with so many one pot recipe ideas? I would have got one sooner had I known how much I would love this thing!