Sesame Chicken

Published September 2, 2015. Updated January 19, 2020

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Sesame Chicken – that skips the deep frying! Protein rich, bite size pieces of chicken are pan seared then coated in a sweet and savory sesame and honey sauce. A take-out style dinner sure to satisfy!

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Sesame Chicken Recipe that Doesn’t Disappoint!

I love Chinese take-out recipes but I don’t love the frying and calories that comes with most of it, so this time around I’ve slightly lightened up the classic Sesame Chicken! And trust me you won’t even miss the frying!

It’s still totally flavorful and it even has a light battered crust around the chicken, and of course it’s finished off with a generous amount of sesame seeds for that finishing crunch.

This is one of those recipes that’s so good I’d have no complaints whatsoever about having it on a weekly basis! It may just become a weeknight regular for you. Plus it’s a crowd pleaser, this is one of those recipes that anyone would love, both young and old alike.

I served mine up with brown rice to keep it healthier (white is prettier so I used white for pictures), but use whatever you like.

I loved it with a side of steamed broccoli but it would be also be good with green beans or a sauteed bell peppers, matchstick carrot, snow pea blend.

Total comfort food without all the guilt right here and you’re going to love it!

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How to Make the Best Sesame Chicken

Here’s a rundown of the simple steps to prepare it:

  1. Prepare the sauce, over heat so it will thicken and flavors will infuse.
  2. Dredge the chicken.
  3. Pan sear.
  4. Cook chicken half at a time.
  5. Toss with sauce. So easy!

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Sesame Chicken

Skip the take-out and make this flavorful Chinese chicken at home instead! Bite size chicken pieces are pan seared then coated in a flavorful, easy to make honey sesame sauce. And you'll love that this recipe skips the deep frying - less mess and less fat.
Servings: 4
Prep20 minutes
Cook20 minutes
Ready in: 40 minutes





  • For the sauce:
  • Heat sesame oil over medium heat in a small saucepan. Add garlic and ginger and saute 30 seconds. Stir in 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp of the chicken broth, the honey, soy sauce and rice vinegar. Bring to a boil. Meanwhile, in a liquid measuring cup whisk together remaining 2 Tbsp chicken broth with 1 Tbsp cornstarch until well combined. Pour into simmering sauce mixture and allow to boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • For the chicken:
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together cornstarch, egg whites, salt and pepper until well blended and slightly frothy. Add in chicken and toss to evenly coat. Heat 1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil in a 10-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the chicken (work to space evenly apart and tilt pan slightly as needed to evenly distribute oil) and cook, turning pieces occasionally, until cooked through and outsides are golden brown, about 7 minutes (reduce heat slightly to medium heat as needed). Transfer chicken to a plate and repeat process with remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp oil and chicken.
  • Return chicken on plate to pan with other chicken, add sauce and toss to evenly coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve warm over white or brown rice.
Nutrition Facts
Sesame Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 469 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 1009mg44%
Potassium 752mg21%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 141IU3%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.
Originally published September 1, 2015 as “Lighter Honey Sesame Chicken” title and text updated January 19, 2020, recipe remains the same.