Sesame Chicken Recipe
Prepare time: 10 min
Cook: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min

This scrumptious Sesame Chicken Recipe is both sweet and salty with just a hint of spice. It only takes a few minutes to prepare and tastes like heaven.


  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast fillets cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons chili sauce (sambal oelek)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 4 green onions trimmed and sliced in one inch pieces


1In large Ziploc bag shake chicken pieces and 1/4 cup cornstarch. In large saucepan over medium heat add 2 tablespoons canola oil. Fry the chicken in batches; flipping over to brown both sides. Remove to plate when browned. Fry in batches; adding oil when necessary.
2In small sauce pan add one tablespoon canola oil. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey and chili sauce. Add 2 tablespoons cornstarch to water and whisk into sauce pan. Cook until slightly thickened.
3Wipe out the pan that you fried the chicken in. Turn the heat to medium high and add the sesame seeds and toast for 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned; stirring frequently. Remove toasted sesame seeds to bowl. Return the cooked chicken to skillet. Stir in sauce and sprinkle with scallions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve over rice or Chinese noodles.


  • Lots of my readers just love lots of sauce. If you are one of these people double the ingredients for the sauce.
  • This recipe is best served right away. If for some reason you get held up don’t combine the sauce and chicken. Save that part until right before you sit down at the table.
  • If the sauce sits too long and gets too thick add 1-2 tablespoons of water at a time until desired thickness.
  • Take a few minutes and toast the sesame seeds. It is well worth the effort.
  • Chicken thighs can be substituted for the chicken breasts. They are just as delicious.