Sesame Chicken


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Sesame Chicken is tender and delicious with Asian flavors of soy, garlic and ginger, honey and sesame seeds. This dish is perfect served over rice.

Add in a side of steamed broccoli or some bok choy for an easy meal that’s way tastier than takeout!

Prepared sesame chicken in a frying pan garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.

Better Than Take-Out

What is Sesame Chicken? Sesame Chicken is a standard found in Chinese Restaurants in the United States. Tender chunks of chicken are marinated in cornstarch and egg and pan-fried until crisp.

The sauce is slightly sweet and sticky with honey, soy, ginger, and garlic. Sesame flavor comes from both sesame oil and sesame seeds.

Chicken being coated in eggs, corn starch, and sauces.

How To Make Sesame Chicken

  1. Marinate chicken in cornstarch, egg and soy sauce.
  2. Combine sauce ingredients (recipe below).
  3. Stir fry in batches until browned. Add sauce and simmer.

So easy to make! Serve over rice and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.

Left image - chicken being cooked in a frying pan. Right image - homemade sesame sauce being poured over the chicken.

Sesame Chicken

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian Fusion
This easy sesame recipe is even better than takeout!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lb chicken breast diced
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
Sauce
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds toasted

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Instructions

  1. Toss chicken with egg, cornstarch and soy sauce. Refrigerate 15 minutes.
  2. Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken in batches and stir-fry until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add sauce and simmer until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 310, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 113mg, Sodium: 1571mg, Potassium: 555mg, Carbohydrates: 25g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 14g, Protein: 29g, Vitamin A: 93%, Vitamin C: 5%, Calcium: 68%, Iron: 2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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More Take-Out at Home

Close up of Sesame Chicken in a serving dish, garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.
Prepared sesame chicken in a frying pan garnished with green onions.
Top image - sesame chicken in a serving dish, garnished with green onions. Bottom image - chicken topped with homemade sauce, sesame seeds and green onions in a frying pan.

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