Easy Sesame Chicken – Chinese Food Recipe

Indulge your taste buds in the delightful flavors of Easy Sesame Chicken with this simple yet sensational recipe. Tender pieces of succulent chicken are coated in a sweet and savory sesame glaze, creating a perfect balance of crispiness and tenderness. Whether you’re a cooking novice or a seasoned chef, this dish promises to elevate your culinary skills effortlessly. Prepare to savor the irresistible blend of Asian-inspired spices and enjoy a quick, flavorful meal that will undoubtedly become a household favorite.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb (450g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce (gluten-free alternative if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or a sugar-free alternative if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 green onions, sliced (white and green parts separated)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Calories per ingredient:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 lb): 440 calories
  • Cornstarch (2 tablespoons): 60 calories
  • Soy sauce (1/4 cup): 30 calories
  • Honey (2 tablespoons): 128 calories
  • Rice vinegar (1 tablespoon): 3 calories
  • Sesame oil (1 teaspoon): 40 calories
  • Garlic (2 cloves): 9 calories
  • Grated ginger (1 teaspoon): 2 calories
  • Vegetable oil (1 tablespoon): 120 calories
  • Green onions (2 stalks): 10 calories
  • Sesame seeds (1 tablespoon): 52 calories
  • Salt and pepper: negligible calories

Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serving size: 4 servings


  1. In a bowl, toss the chicken pieces with cornstarch until evenly coated.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, minced garlic, and grated ginger. Set aside.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the coated chicken pieces to the skillet and cook until browned and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  5. In the same skillet, add the white parts of the sliced green onions and sauté for about 1 minute.
  6. Return the cooked chicken to the skillet and pour the sauce over the ingredients. Stir well to coat everything evenly.
  7. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens and coats the chicken.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Remove from heat and garnish with the remaining sliced green onions and sesame seeds.
  10. Serve hot and enjoy the sizzling flavors of the Sesame Chicken!

Beginner Tips:

  • Make sure to cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces for even cooking.
  • To achieve a crispy exterior, ensure that the skillet or wok is hot before adding the chicken.
  • For a touch of freshness, you can squeeze some fresh lime juice over the cooked chicken before serving.

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