Sesame Chicken

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Sweet & Savory Sesame Chicken recipe that is a crowd pleaser served over rice or noodles. It is perfect for dinner and makes the most tender, flavorful chicken.

This Asian chicken recipe has a little bit of sweet, and a little bit of savory flavor to it—similar to our Orange Chicken, and Sweet and Sour pork. It’s a dinner recipe everyone enjoys!

Sesame chicken on white plate close up

Sweet and savory chicken

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One of my favorite dishes is Honey Sesame Chicken. It has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember! I’d have to say that today’s recipe along with Teriyaki Chicken are my all-time favorites. There’s a bit of sweetness and a whole bunch of delicious-ness that can’t be beat!

Well, today’s recipe is one my mom adapted from HERE. The entire family LOVED this recipe and have already requested it again. I don’t blame them, because it tastes amazing and is simple to make. Like many Asian-American dishes, the sauce is sweet, salty and very flavorful.

How to make sesame chicken process pic, chicken coated in flour

How to make Sesame Chicken:

CHICKEN. Cut your chicken breasts into bite size pieces. Put chicken, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and sugar in a bag and marinate for 1-2 hours then drain chicken.

Add vegetable oil to a shallow pan on medium heat. Mix cornstarch, flour, salt and pepper in a large Ziploc bag.

In 3 batches, add chicken to flour mixture, shake gently to coat, and then toss in your frying pan until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

SESAME CHICKEN SAUCE: Mix honey, oyster sauce, chili sauce, ketchup, soy sauce and water in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil then simmer until sauce begins to thicken.

Pour sauce over chicken pieces and toss. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Are you drooling yet? I know I am!

Tips and substitutions:

  • Rice Vinegar: You can easily substitute with Cider Vinegar or lemon juice.
  • Sugar: Either white sugar or brown sugar works well for this recipe.
  • Mix the sauce in advance (store in the fridge for up to 2 days)
  • Use the right oil temperature: Keep the oil around 350 degrees F. If the oil is too cold, then the chicken will become too greasy. If the oil is too hot, the outside will burn before the chicken is cooked through.
  • Slightly healthier version: You can skip the coating and saute chicken breast pieces in a bit of oil, then proceed with the sauce as directed.

How to make it crispy:

You’ll get some crisp by sautéing the coated chicken. If you want a crisper coating try doubling the coating. Remove the chicken from the marinade and toss the pieces in cornstarch.

Add second coating by either dipping in the marinade again or mix an egg in a separate bowl to dip then toss in corn starch a second time. Cook until golden brown.

Freezing + Reheating

How to make sesame chicken into a freezer meal? Cook chicken and sauce according to directions. Let cool and place in separate airtight freezer containers. Freeze both for up to 4 months.

When you’re ready to use thaw chicken and sauce in the refrigerator. Reheat the chicken in a saute pan with a little oil. Heat the sauce up in a saucepan on the stove. Once they are both warm pour the sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve

How to reheat sesame chicken? If you are in a hurry you can reheat the honey sesame chicken in the microwave in 30 second increments stirring in between. For a better leftover flavor reheat in a reheat in a saute pan with a little oil.

What to serve with Sesame Chicken:

Here are some of our favorite things to serve with sesame chicken:

Can’t go wrong with serving this dish with any of these sides. They’re all so good!

Honey sesame chicken close up pic

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Sesame Chicken Recipe

4.87 from 15 votes

Sweet & Savory Sesame Chicken recipe that is a crowd pleaser served over rice or noodles. It is perfect for dinner and makes the most tender, flavorful chicken.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Marinate 1 hour
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 298 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breast cubed
  • 2 tbsp lower sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame seed oil
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 6 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • vegetable oil for cooking

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 4 tbsp ketchup
  • 4 tbsp lower sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • sesame seeds toasted

Instructions

  1. Cut your chicken breasts into bite size pieces.

  2. Put chicken, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and sugar in a bag and marinate for 1-2 hours then drain chicken.
  3. Add vegetable oil to a shallow pan on medium heat.
  4. Mix cornstarch, flour, salt and pepper in a large ziploc bag.
  5. In 3 batches, add chicken to flour mixture, shake gently to coat, and then toss in your frying pan until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Sauce

  1. Mix honey, oyster sauce, chili sauce, ketchup, soy sauce and water in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil then simmer until sauce begins to thicken.

  3. Pour sauce over chicken pieces and toss.
  4. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. YEP- totally drooling- we have tried so many Chinese places here only to be very disappointed. I can’t wait to try this.

      1. I really think i will like it! by the look itself it already taste yummy. If it looks good . . . it will definitely taste good. I will prepare now to my honey sesame chicken. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe… GOD Bless!

  2. I feel dumb asking this question but are you deep frying the chicken in the oil or just putting enough in the bottom of the pan to cook it? Thanks! Looks delish!

  3. 4 stars
    Hi, Made this dish for the first time today. We are in NZ & Gluten Free. We used potato flour plus all our sauces were GF. Fantastic! Loved it. Will definately be back to try some other recipes. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I think it would be fine without it. Personally, I don’t usually have oyster sauce around and only get it for an upcoming recipe. I think it just gives it a little added taste but would still taste just as good without it. 😉

  4. This smelled delicious while I was simmering the sauce but was so shocked to taste how salty it was. Like another person who commented I too thought I did something wrong. Is it just the combination of all those salty sauces. I’ve never used the oyster or sweet chili sauce before. Any ideas? I really want to make this again. I love your recipes. Thank you!

    1. I’ll need to try this recipe again to see how salty it is, but I’d maybe lessen the amount to 1/4 tsp. salt and then I’d be sure to use the Soy Sauce that has lesser sodium. 😉

  5. This looks great! I have a question though. In the directions it says “Put chicken, soy sauce, wine, sesame oil and sugar in a bag and marinate for 1-2 hours then drain chicken.” That sounds fine but there’s no wine in the ingredient list. It does say vinegar, but that’s not mentioned in the directions. Are the two ingredient’s interchangeable? Is one better than the other? I would love to make this but I want to do it right. Thanks so much for the post.

  6. 4 stars
    This has the potential to be delicious and the only reason I say that is I must stress the low sodium soya sauce for this recipe – I used regular as that was all I had on hand and it was so salty it was almost inedible – drinking lots of water right now – I will try it again for sure using the low sodium – chicken was flavourful and tender after the marinade and it was super easy to put together.

  7. 5 stars
    A favorite when we go out to eat. Now I can make it at home. Chinese food is always a popular dish in our home. So yummy!

  8. 5 stars
    This is my new favorite!! It was so tasty & not hard to make & my daughter said it was better than Panda Express (her favorite). Woohoo!!

  9. 5 stars
    My girls have FINALLY DECIDED to like chinese food, specifically this type of Chicken and rice. Thanks for shAring your recipe.