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Sesame Chicken is both savory and sweet with soy, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and sesame seeds.

This dish is grat served over rice! Add in a side of steamed broccoli or some bok choy for an easy meal that’s both quick and delicious!

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Sesame Chicken For a Quick Meal

Sesame Chicken is an easy and quick meal. Tender chunks of chicken are and pan-fried until crisp and tossed in a sweet and sticky sesame sauce.

  • It’s a quick and easy meal, ideal for busy weeknights.
  • Requires common ingredients found in most kitchens.
  • Can be customized with your favorite veggies or sides.
  • Great for meal prep and leftovers, and we love making take-out at home, so we know exactly what’s in it!

Chicken – I use boneless chicken breast in this recipe, but chicken thighs will work too. Marinating in a little bit of egg and some cornstarch helps tenderize the chicken and creates a crust.

Sesame Sauce – Chicken broth is the base of the sauce, while brown sugar adds sweetness. Soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and toasted sesame seeds flavor the sauce.

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How To Make Sesame Chicken

  1. Marinate chicken in cornstarch, egg, and soy sauce.
  2. Combine sauce ingredients (per recipe below).
  3. Stir fry in batches until browned. Add sauce and simmer.
  4. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.

This recipe is great served with broccoli, snap peas, peppers, or other stir fried veggies.

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Sesame Chicken

This easy sesame chicken recipe is both quick and delicious with a sweet and savory sauce!

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Chill Time 15 minutes

Total Time 50 minutes

  • Place the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, just until lightly browned and fragrant. Set aside to cool.

  • Toss the chicken pieces with egg, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, and soy sauce. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together broth, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic.

  • In a 10-inch skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add half of the chicken and stir-fry until browned and almost cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer the fried chicken to a bowl and repeat with the remaining chicken.

  • Whisk the sauce and add it to the skillet along with all of the chicken and cook over medium-high heat while stirring until thickened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the sesame seeds.

  • Garnish with green onions.

Store leftover sesame chicken in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until heated through. 

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, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian Fusion
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