Sesame Chicken is tender and delicious with flavors of soy, garlic and ginger, brown sugar 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 both quick and delicous!

Sesame chicken in a pan with green onions and sesame seeds

A Homemade Favorite

What is Sesame Chicken? Sesame Chicken has tender chunks of chicken in a delicious sauce. The chicken is marinated in cornstarch and egg and pan-fried until crisp.

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

Ingredients for sesame chicken in a clear Bowl

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.

Cooked chicken with a wooden spoon in a pan and sauce being added in for sesame chicken

Sesame chicken in a bowl with green onions
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Sesame Chicken

This easy sesame recipe is both quick and delicous!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pound chicken breast diced
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil


  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds toasted


  • Toss chicken with egg, cornstarch and soy sauce. Refrigerate 15 minutes.
  • Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken in batches and stir-fry until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  • Add sauce and simmer until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.
5 from 29 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 310 | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 1571mg | Potassium: 555mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 93IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg

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

Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian Fusion

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  1. Another easy and delicious recipe!!! I doubled the sauce and omitted the sesame oil only because I don’t care for it and added red pepper flakes for a little kick. Served it over wide egg noodles with pole beans and it was delicious. Thank You Holly for another awesome recipe!!5 stars

  2. I made this dish for my family, the kids enjoyed it and everyone wanted seconds. Simple and easy to make. I think sometimes I overthink things and get intimidated by recipes. This was really simple. We enjoyed it.4 stars

  3. This is absolutely WONDERFUL! Oh my goodness. The flavor knocked my socks off. I have made Sesame Chicken before, but it was nothing like yours—WOW! Thank you so much! I will be making this dish again and again and have already shared the recipe. [FYI- I used Aldi organic chicken tenders and served it over Cadia organic short-grain brown rice that had been toasted in butter and cooked in Aldi organic chicken stock, with a side of steamed zucchini ;-)]5 stars

  4. Everyone loved this recipe, even my toddler. We served the chicken over rice with broccoli! It was a quick and easy supper.5 stars

  5. This recipe was a hit in my house. We are trying to eat out less and Chinese is always so expensive when we do. I have started to not like the sesame chicken at our take out place because it was getting too sweet. This recipe was perfect and so, so easy. This is going into our rotation to have again. Thank you so much!5 stars

  6. I was onderiñg, can you use water instèad of egg in cornstarch mixture? My daughter has añn allergy to eggs. Thanks

    1. I haven’t tried it with water but if you need to skip the egg I would suggest just tossing the chicken with cornstarch and soy sauce. Let us know how it goes.

  7. We love a lot of sauce.. does this recipe have a lot? Or could i double that? We love to use some for rice!

    1. We have not let it sit that long Jen but it should be fine. Let us know how it turns out.

  8. Yum! The chicken was cooked to perfection with the gooey marinade. I always wondered how that was done! I added a couple T of rice wine vinegar to the sauce to give it a slight sour note. This recipe is a KEEPER! Thank you!5 stars

  9. Hola Holly! Greetings from Guatemala :) I love to read your recipes and I am new to the cooking word..I have a question about the sauce, among the ingredients isn’t listed the honey (you mentioned it, previously), but I noticed the brown sugar..does that mean that the honey is not required and the sugar is going to become some sort of caramel? Thanks!