Sesame Chicken

Try homemade crispy, sticky and sweet Sesame Chicken with this easy recipe. It has all delicious flavor of Sesame Chicken from your favorite restaurant including sweet and sticky sesame ginger sauce.

Sesame Chicken
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Sharing today an easy Sesame Chicken recipe that makes crispy, sweet, sticky, and finger-licking good Sesame Chicken! Crispy fried chicken coated in sweet and sticky Sesame Sauce with sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds and you have a delicious take-out classic chicken dinner, homemade from the scratch (including the step photos). 

Really, kitchen is filled with the aroma of Asian flavors of seasme, soy, ginger as Seasme Chicken cooks with the sauce. It always transports me to my favorite local Chinese take-out restaurant. I relied on my trusted recipe and made a lot of this Sesame Chicken during lockdown time.

This recipe makes crispy breaded Seasme Chicken. I'm sharing a simple, always-in-pantry ingredient that will make chicken breading extra crispy. This is my tired and tested method to make perfect crispy breading any time, for any recipe.

Oh, if you love Asian take-out, I'm sure you will enjoy these recipes on the blog: Thai Basil Chicken, Orange Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pineapple Chicken.

Sticky Sesame Chicken coated in Sesame Sauce

Sesame Chicken

In Sesame Chicken, chicken is breaded and fried until crispy and then is coated in Sesame Sauce made with sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar or honey and vinegar.

Seasme Chicken is very similar to Orange Chicken or General Tao's Chicken. The main difference is Seasme Chicken is sweeter and has more pronounced seasme flavor. There is double dose of sesame: 1) seasme oil in the sauce, 2) and toasted sesame seeds on top. A treat for sesame recipe lovers!

This recipe also works great to serve finger-food appetizer such as Seasme Chicken Bites/Nuggets.

For takeout -style dinner, I love to serve Sesame Chicken with rice. Specially the Jasmine Rice such as plain steamed rice. For these pictures, I made  Broccoli Jasmine Rice. I also recommend trying Coconut Rice.

Sesame Chicken Recipe

How to Cook Seasme Chicken?

To make Seasme Chicken, start with marinating chicken in soy, ginger and sesame marinade. Chicken can be marinated a night before. This helps infuse chicken with lots of flavor. Plus, marinade tenderizes the chicken.

To make breaded chicken, dry coat (dredge) the marinated chicken in breading mix of corn flour, all-purpose flour and baking powder. The traditional Asian bread chicken use only corn starch.  I use two additional ingredients to make crispy Seasme Chicken i.e., Baking Powder and All-Purpose Flour. 

Egg White, Corn Starch with baking powder crisp the flour as chicken is fried in hot oil. As a result, fried Seasme Chicken has extra crispy breading. (Just like you get in Panda Express.)

How to Cooking Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken Sauce

Once chicken is ready, next make Seasme Chicken Sauce.

Seasme Chicken Sauce is mix of easy to find pantry ingredients. Follows the complete list of ingredients to make the sauce.

  1. Seasme Oil
  2. Soy Sauce
  3. Sugar or Honey
  4. Vinegar
  5. Ginger
  6. Garlic
  7. Stock or bouillon mixed with water.

Cook the sauce until it bubbles, add fried chicken and coat in the fragrant sesame sauce. (yum)

Sesame Chicken is ready to devour. Garnish with scallions and toasted Sesame Seeds. Serve while still hot with side of rice.

Tip: Sauce recipe doubles easily. Make extra to serve over the rice.

Crispy Sticky Sesame Chicken

Sticky Honey Sesame Chicken

This Sesame Chicken Sauce recipe is already sweet, thick, and sticky. If you like even more sticky sauce? Simply replace sugar in the sauce ingredients with the honey.

Honey will be less sweet than sugar. So, adjust the quantity as per taste. I would use 1-2 tbsp more than quantity listed for sugar.

Sesame Chicken with Sesame Seeds Sesame Oil Sauce

Tip: Use same recipe to make Seasme Chicken Bites. Cut a little big bite size piece of chicken. Rest of the recipe stays the same.

This Sesame Chicken recipe is extra flavorful because:

  1. Marinating the chicken before breading seasons and tenderizes chicken breast from with-in.
  2. Sesame Chicken is extra crispy with help of flour and baking powder.
  3. Sesame Chicken Sauce is easy to assemble, is sweet and sticky. It sticks to the flavorfully crispy breading chicken, making Seasme Chicken lip-smacking delicious.

What to Serve with Sesame Chicken?

Serve one of the following tasty sides with Sesame Chicken.

  1. Coconut Rice
  2. Broccoli Rice (I served Sesame Chicken with Broccoli Rice today.)
  3. Steam Broccoli or Asparagus
  4. Chow mien Noodles

Sesame Chicken and Rice

Friends, now you can make Chinese restaurant's favorite Sesame Chicken at home. Make some Broccoli Jasmine Rice and this homemade crispy Seasme Chicken. I can't wait to hear how you liked it. Happy Cooking!

Serve Sesame Chicken with:

Coconut Rice Broccoli Rice Strawberry Spinach Salad

Sesame Chicken

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Sesame Chicken
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Asian () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 1.5lb Sesame Chicken - Serves: 4
Nutrition: 627 calories per serving (Additional Marinate Time: 30 minutes)


Chicken Marinade
Dry Coating
Sesame Chicken Sauce


  • 1. Prepare Ingredients for Sesame Chicken Dice chicken into bite size pieces. Set aside. Grate ginger and garlic. Place sesame seeds in a small dry skillet. Heat until sees are slightly toasted about 1 min. Take off heat. Set aside.
  • 2. Marinate Chicken In a medium bowl, add diced chicken, soy sauce, vinegar, egg white, and half of ginger. Toss to coat chicken in soy-ginger mix. Refrigerate until ready to use. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight. Additional Notes: You can marinate chicken a night before cooking.
  • 3. Prepare Ingredients for Sauce In a small bowl, mix all Sesame Chicken sauce ingredients with half of grated ginger remaining from the marinade. Whisk until sugar is fully dissolved and corn starch is lump free. Set aside.
  • 4. Dry Coat (Bread) Chicken In a plastic bag or large bowl, add all of the dry coating ingredients. Use fork to combine. Using a slotted spoon, lift chicken from marinade and add to dry coating. Discard the marinade. Toss chicken using a clean spoon until all chicken pieces are coated in flour mix.
  • 5. Shallow Fry Chicken Start by heating 1/2 inch oil for frying in a heavy bottom dutch oven pan. When oil is hot and shimmering, add breaded chicken. Working in batches, fry breaded chicken until crispy golden from all sides and is fully cooked.
  • 6. Cook in Batches I fried chicken in 3 batches, 5-6 minutes each batch. Remove fried chicken on a paper lined plate to drain excess oil.
  • 7. Cook Sauce for Chicken Drain and wipe excess oil from the skillet. Add sauce mixed in Step-3 and heat until sauce starts bubbling. (30 sec to 1 min). Add fried chicken and coat in the sauce, heat until chicken is heated through and glistens (1 min). Take off heat.
  • 8. Garnish and Serve Sesame Chicken Transfer chicken to a serving bowl. Garnish with sliced scallions and toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy with side of rice.
Savita's Notes:
  1. Sauce recipe doubles easily. Make extra to serve over the rice.
  2. Use same recipe to make Seasme Chicken Bites. Cut a little big bite size pieces of chicken. Rest of the recipe stays the same.
  3. For a healthier Sesame Chicken, skip breading chicken. Sauté chicken in skillet with some oil until cooked through. Rest of the recipe stays the same.

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37 Responses

  1. Family enjoyed this recipe. Its a keeper!
  2. This recipe was fantastic! I love coming here and finding delicious recipes my family and friends always love. Have a great day!I am looking forward to your following recipe in the newsletter.
  3. Thanks so much for sharing this. I am always looking for interesting new recipes, and your sesame chicken looks delicious. I am sure we will be making it frequently.
  4. This was so satisfying and filling for dinner! My family loved the sesame sauce and the crispy chicken!
    Sauce is what makes the sesame chicken. Thanks for the feedback.
  5. What a fabulous recipe thats what my friends reaction when I served them this sesame chicken! Thanks for a great recipe.
  6. This sesame chicken tasted just like take out! Well save so much money just making it at home.
  7. This sounds like a great week night meal! We love sesame chicken at our house! Excited to give this recipe a try!
    Happy Cooking!
  8. Thanks for the recipe! Ive never used an egg in the marinade of chicken. Turned out great!
  9. This was such a hit with the little ones. So tasty and the table was quiet.
  10. Sesame chicken is one of my favourite things to eat. I cant believe I havent been saving money and making it myself at home! This is so perfect, will be on my regular rotation in my kitchen!
  11. Such an easy, and delicious dish to make for my family. I am 100% sure that they will love this as we are a big eater of chicken. Saving this recipe for my reference, thank you!
  12. I skipped the white wine (someone drank it all - HAHA) and still this Sesame Chicken turned out amazing. Can't wait to make this again
  13. This recipe is bursting with flavor. Such a delicious recipe and so easy to make too!
    Thank you so much. Sesame Chicken is our family favorite.
  14. My kids love sesame chicken when we order it out, so I was happy to find this recipe I can make my own at home. They loved it just as much if not more than the take out version! Thanks for the great recipe
    how sweet! Thanks for sharing with us.
  15. My absolute favorite. Something I usually order when doing take-out. This looks much healthier and cant wait to prepare it.
  16. The sauce was the best part! So flavorful and delicious! I served the chicken with coconut rice and a mix of roasted vegetables. Definitely would make again!
    I'm glad you liked the sauce. The flavor of sesame in the sauce is my favorite.
  17. My kids LOVED this!!! It was so easy to make and it was totally demolished. Definitely keeping this in our dinner rotation.
    Nothing more important than when kids love homemade food. 👍 Thanks for sweet feedback.
  18. Yum! I've never marinated chicken in white wine before. What a great addition to this recipe. Thanks.
    I use it all the time. A little (a tbsp) is enough to flavor the marinade. In this recipe specially, dry White Wine is substitute for Sake.
  19. Simple and so deliciuos. A winner in our house. Thanks for the recipe.
    Thanks for letting me know. I'm happy to share the recipe.
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