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This sweet & savory sesame chicken recipe is a crowd-pleaser served over rice or noodles. It’s perfect for dinner and better than takeout!!

This honey sesame chicken has a little bit of sweet, and a little bit of savory flavor to it – similar to our Orange Chicken, Sweet and Sour Chicken and Sweet and Sour Meatballs.

Sesame chicken served over rice garnished with green onions.

We Love Sweet and Savory!

One of my favorite dishes is this honey sesame chicken. It has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember (along with Teriyaki Chicken)! It has the most tender and flavorful chicken.

This dish is a favorite family dinner for the whole family, and we love it because:

  • Flavor. 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.
  • Simple. It tastes amazing and is simple to make.
  • Feed a crowd. The entire family LOVES this recipe and loves it with: Crock Pot Rice, Chow Mein and Fried Rice.

This is one of many Asian dinner recipes we know you’ll love!

Chicken cubes in marinade in container.

Ingredients

  • chicken breasts  I cube boneless skinless chicken breasts, but chicken thighs also work. To produce clean even cubes, partially freeze it first to keep the chicken firm enough to stay in place when cutting.
  • lower-sodium soy sauce
  • rice vinegar easily substitute with cider vinegar or lemon juice.
  • sesame seed oil
  • Sugar use either white or brown sugar
  • cornstarch
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • vegetable oil canola oil or peanut oil. Check that the oil reaches 350°F or stick the end of a wooden spoon into the oil. If the oil sizzles vigorously, then it is too hot. If no bubbles appear it is too cold. If many bubbles form at the base of the spoon and float up, then the oil is just right.
  • honey
  • oyster sauce
  • sweet chili sauce
  • ketchup
  • water
  • garnish – sesame seeds, green onions, or red pepper flakes

How to Make Sesame Chicken

  1. 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 the chicken.
  2. PREP. Add vegetable oil to a shallow pan on medium heat. Mix cornstarch, flour, salt, and pepper in a large Ziploc bag.
  3. FRY. In 3 batches, add chicken to the flour mixture, shake gently to coat (dredge), and then toss in your frying pan until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  4. SAUCE. Mix honey, oyster sauce, chili sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer until sauce begins to thicken.
  5. COMBINE + SERVE! Pour sauce over chicken pieces and toss. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Recipe Tips

  • Add veggies. To add green beans and bell peppers, sauté them in a skillet with a bit of oil until crisp and tender. Set aside. Once the chicken has been fried and the sauce made, toss all 3 elements together.
  • Slightly healthier version. Skip the coating and sauté chicken breast pieces in a bit of oil, then proceed with the sauce as directed.
  • Extra crispy. For extra crispiness try doubling the coating.
  • Mix the sauce in advance (store in the fridge for up to 2 days).
  • Serving suggestions. We love to serve this take-out dish with brown rice, Fried Rice, Cauliflower Rice, Garlic Noodles, Chow Mein, zucchini noodles, or steamed white rice.

Storing Info

  • Make a freezer meal. Cook chicken and honey sesame sauce according to directions. Let cool and place in separate airtight freezer containers. Freeze both for up to 4 months.
    • To use, thaw chicken and sauce in the refrigerator. Reheat the chicken in a sauté pan with a little oil. Heat the sauce in a saucepan on the stove. Once they are both warm pour the sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.
  • STORE. Chinese takeout is one of my favorites to eat as leftovers. Place the leftover easy sesame chicken in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  • REHEAT homemade sesame chicken in the microwave in 30-second increments stirring in between. For a better leftover flavor reheat in a sauté pan with a little oil.
Close up image of Sesame Chicken recipe with sesame seeds and green onions over the top.

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Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Sweet & savory honey sesame chicken is a crowd-pleaser served over rice or noodles. It's perfect for dinner and better than takeout!!
Servings: 6
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes
Marinate: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 18 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 4 chicken breasts cubed
  • 2 tablespoons lower sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • vegetable oil for cooking

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons lower sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • sesame seeds toasted
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Instructions 

  • 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 1-2 inches of vegetables 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.

Sauce

  • Mix honey, oyster sauce, chili sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, and water in a medium saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil then simmer until sauce begins to thicken.
  • Pour sauce over chicken pieces and toss.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

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Notes

Make a freezer meal. Cook chicken and honey sesame sauce according to directions. Let cool and place in separate airtight freezer containers. Freeze both for up to 4 months.
  • To use, thaw chicken and sauce in the refrigerator. Reheat the chicken in a sauté pan with a little oil. Heat the sauce in a saucepan on the stove. Once they are both warm pour the sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.
STORE. Chinese takeout is one of my favorites to eat as leftovers. Place the leftover easy sesame chicken in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for 2-3 days.
REHEAT homemade sesame chicken in the microwave in 30-second increments stirring in between. For a better leftover flavor reheat in a sauté pan with a little oil.

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 1421mg, Potassium: 629mg, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 105IU, Vitamin C: 2.3mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
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59 Comments

  1. Kristi says:

    5 stars
    I love love love honey chicken! Thanks for SHARING this great recipe.

  2. misty says:

    5 stars
    This is delicious! we make both rice and noodles to go with it, so its a win win for everyone! Love the TAste!

  3. Joy says:

    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!!

  4. Beth Pierce says:

    5 stars
    I made this last night for my son and his friends and it was a big hit! It was both quick and delicious!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Yay!! I am so happy it was! Thank you!

  5. Stephanie says:

    5 stars
    Such a great recipe! Tastes just like what I order when we’re at a restaurant!

  6. Jen says:

    5 stars
    This is so much more budget friendly than take out. Can’t wait to try it.

  7. Ashley says:

    this looks soooo so good!

  8. Ashley F says:

    5 stars
    Sesame chicken is one of my all tIme favorite foods! Delicious!

  9. Olivia says:

    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!

  10. Minh Hoang says:

    Oh yummy! I will try to make it.
    Thank

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I sure hope you do!! Hope you like it!