Sweet & Savory Sesame Chicken is a crowd pleaser served over rice or noodles. It’s perfect for dinner and better than takeout!!
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. This dish is a dinner recipe everyone enjoys!
Sweet, savory, And so good!
One of my favorite dishes is Honey Sesame Chicken. It has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember! It has the most tender and flavorful chicken.
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!
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 and we love to serve it with Cauliflower Rice or Fried Rice.
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.
PREP. Add vegetable oil to a shallow pan on medium heat. Mix cornstarch, flour, salt and pepper in a large Ziploc bag.
FRY. 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.
COMBINE + SERVE! Pour sauce over chicken pieces and toss. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.
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)s
- 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: Skip the coating and sauté chicken breast pieces in a bit of oil, then proceed with the sauce as directed.
MAKE IT EXTRA 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.
Serving + Storing
Here are some of our favorite things to serve with sesame chicken:
- brown rice
- fried rice
- cauliflower rice
- garlic noodles
- zucchini noodles
- steamed white rice
Can’t go wrong with serving this dish with any of these sides. They’re all so good!
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
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 sauté pan with a little oil.
For more asian chicken recipes, check out:
- Lemon Chicken
- Crock Pot Cashew Chicken
- Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- Chicken Stir Fry
- Kung Pao Chicken
- Crockpot Orange Chicken
Sesame Chicken Recipe
- 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 all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- vegetable oil for cooking
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Oh yummy! I will try to make it.
I sure hope you do!! Hope you like it!
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!
Sesame chicken is one of my all tIme favorite foods! Delicious!
this looks soooo so good!
This is so much more budget friendly than take out. Can’t wait to try it.
Such a great recipe! Tastes just like what I order when we’re at a restaurant!
I made this last night for my son and his friends and it was a big hit! It was both quick and delicious!
Yay!! I am so happy it was! Thank you!
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!!
This is delicious! we make both rice and noodles to go with it, so its a win win for everyone! Love the TAste!
I love love love honey chicken! Thanks for SHARING this great recipe.
My girls have FINALLY DECIDED to like chinese food, specifically this type of Chicken and rice. Thanks for shAring your recipe.
Absolutely DELICIOUS xx
Thank you so much!! I am glad you liked it!!
I’m trying it today. Hope it comes out good,
Sure hope you like it!! Thank you!
I looked up inGredients In sweey chili Sauce and it Seems to be made up of things that are already in this recipe—so iS it really necessary?
I haven’t tried leaving it out, but you can add or take out whatever you like 🙂
Exceptionally good. I had some beef broth to use up which I used in place of water in the sauce. Highly recommend this recipe.
So glad you enjoyed it!
This is so amazing! Thank you for this recipe, no more takeout for us!
This looks and sounds amazing!! I can’t wait to try it!
We just discovered sesame chicken and are mildly obsessed with it. This recipe was even better than the stuff we got for take out!
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