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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Lo Mein; Skip the delivery

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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Lo Mein is the newest recipe is my skip the delivery series.  LoMein is a popular Chinese noodle dish and I’ve created an all in one Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken LoMein that everyone is going to love.   Don’t have an Instant Pot yet?  Not to worry, you can use this same recipe in the Slow Cooker, with just a few simple tweaks however I highly recommend adding an Instant Pot to your kitchen appliance tool kit.   I use mine at least 3 times a week, if not more, and often wish I had a second one to use!

This recipe was a hit with the whole family, AND the three extra teenagers who happened to be here when I first tested it.  In fact, I had made enough to have Intentional leftovers, but it was so popular there were NONE left…. I guess that’s a good thing.

Served with a sprinkle a simple side of baked spring rolls, and topped with just a sprinkle of sesame seeds and some chopped onions, the kids all asked for this to be on our regular meal rotation.  I love it when that happens.

Honey Garlic Chicken LoMein in a bowl on a bamboo mat

Chicken Lo Mein; skip the delivery

Why this recipe?

Why not?  What’s not to like about a dish that is cooked all in one pot, takes under 30 minutes, is easily modified to suit your families taste, appeals to kids and adults and tastes better than the local Chinese Restaurant?

At our house, as in many households, Chinese Take Out was always a popular treat when Mom just didn’t have dinner ready.  The problem?  It’s expensive, it takes a long time, and often we were disappointed in some of the dishes.   That’s where the idea for my Skip the Delivery series came from.

Easy to make dishes that tasted better than take out, ready in less time, and much more affordable.  A win on all counts!


Getting Started with the Instant Pot

If you haven’t used your Instant Pot yet, now is the time!  I promise, it’s not at all difficult and you’ll love the results once you get it out of the box and into your kitchen.  I’ve got quite a few Quick Cook Video’s that take you through the Instant Pot recipes step by step.   They are all available over on the Love on a Plate Facebook Group, or included in the specific recipe posts on the blog.    Instant Pot Bacon Mac and Cheese is a recipe that I make almost weekly.  It’s so easy to do, and I always have the ingredients on hand.  It’s a great  “Mom I’m starving” dish to have on hand as it reheats really well.

Skip the delivery series:

Skip the delivery was created out of a need to have satisfying home made recipes that felt like a treat, something that you would normally order in or get for take out from your favourite local restaurant.   At our house Chinese and Indian are two of the most popular take out options, so that’s where I started.    I think you’ll enjoy my  Instant Pot Butter Chicken or Instant Pot Orange Chicken dishes from this series.

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Honey Garlic Chicken LoMein in a bowl on a bamboo mat

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Lo Mein; Skip the delivery

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine Asian, instant pot


  • 2 lbs chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 /2 cup honey *up to 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup sweet soya sauce or low sodium
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 large cloves garlic pressed
  • 1/2-1 cup water *see note
  • 4 cups raw vegetables *see note
  • 1 pkg fresh Lo Mein noodles, *see note
  • Sesame Seeds optional
  • 3 green onions green part chopped


  • Turn you Instant Pot on to the saute mode, on low heat. Add olive oil let heat, add chicken pieces.  Brown on all sides; about 3 minutes.
  • While chicken cooks, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce,  ketchup, and garlic, and our over chicken.  Pour in water and stir. Cancel the saute mode and set to pressure cook on high.  Set for 15 minutes, place lid on pot and seal valve.
  • While chicken and sauce cook, prepare vegetables.  Slice onion, cut broccoli into bite size pieces,  core, seed and cut red pepper into pieces.
  • When time is up on the instant pot, do a quick release.  Cancel Pressure setting and set to steam.
  • Open lid, place prepared vegetables on top of cooked chicken and sauce.  DO NOT STIR. Place lo mein noodles on top of vegetables.  Place lid on and let steam 3 minutes.  Open lid. Set to saute on low.
  • Dissolve 1 Tbsp cornstarch in 1/4 cup water.   Stir into sauce, toss noodles, and vegetables with tongs, breaking up chicken into bite size pieces.
  • Serve in bowls topped with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and chopped green onions.


  • I used fresh vegetables, however you can certainly use frozen.
  • Use any vegetables your family enjoys, but keep in mind how long they will take to cook.  Carrots for example will need to be sliced extremely thin or they will be super crunchy.
  • Broccoli, Cauliflower, Bell Peppers any colour, Zucchini, Celery, Onion, Asparagus all work well.
  • If you can’t find fresh Lo Mein, you can use dry Lo Mein, just soak it in warm water to soften it a bit before using.  You can really substitute any Chinese noodle, that’s on the thinner side.  If you go for a rice noodle, watch the cook time as they get soft really fast.
  • If you get the burn notice, don’t panic.  Cancel the pressure and do a quick release.  Stir in water, and make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom of the pot.  Place lid back on, seal valve and re-set time to whatever was remaining when the burn notice came on.
Keyword Instant Pot Beef, Instant Pot Chicken Lo Mein
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By on December 5th, 2018
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2 thoughts on “Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Lo Mein; Skip the delivery”

  1. Should the chicken be diced before cooking? Also, the recipe says “see note” about the noodles, but there’s no note.

    • Hi Eric, the chicken breasts go in whole, and get shredded as they are tossed with the noodles. I went in and added the note about those noodles as well. Hope you enjoy!


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