Easy Sesame Chicken
Pull those takeout menus off the side of your fridge and throw them in the trash—yep, this sesame chicken recipe is that good. Crispy-coated and deep-fried chicken is smothered in a luscious honey-sesame sauce and served over a bed of fluffy steamed rice—now that’s some serious yum!MORE+LESS-
Updated November 27, 2019
boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
cup cornstarch mixed with 1 teaspoon salt
Peanut oil for deep frying
Sesame seeds for sprinkling
For the marinade
tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
For the sauce
large cloves garlic, minced
teaspoons minced fresh ginger
tablespoons toasted sesame oil
tablespoons brown sugar
tablespoon rice vinegar
teaspoon chili sauce, for heat (optional)
Whisk the marinade ingredients together and pour over the cubed chicken. Stir to thoroughly coat the chicken and let it marinate while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
Combine the sauce ingredients, except for the garlic, ginger and sesame oil, until the cornstarch and honey are dissolved.
In a medium saucepan over medium high heat in a large saucepan, fry the garlic and ginger for 1 minute. Add the sauce and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Dredge the chicken pieces in the cornstarch, shake off excess, and working in batches, deep fry the chicken in oil heated to 375°F until the chicken is golden brown, crispy and cooked through. Place the chicken on paper towels.
Add the fried chicken to the sauce, stir to thoroughly coat, and simmer for a couple of minutes until the chicken has absorbed the sauce. Serve immediately with steamed rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Add this sesame chicken recipe and other Chinese restaurant staples to your cooking repertoire and you’ll never look at a takeout menu the same again.
Serving Size: 1 Serving
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat
- Trans Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
- No Chinese cooking repertoire is complete without the classic sesame chicken. Tender bites of chicken are marinated, coated, deep-fried to crispy perfection, then smothered in a lusciously sticky sauce with the flavor of honey and toasted sesame. Steam the rice and whip up the sauce while the chicken is frying, then all you have to do is toss the chicken in the sauce and serve it on a mound of fluffy white rice sprinkled with sesame seeds. It's fast, simple, and so delicious you'll wonder why you didn't start making your own Chinese takeout sooner! Just be careful when you start inviting your friends over: before long you'll have the whole town knocking at your door to inquire about the new Chinese takeout joint everyone's raving about!