clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Sesame Chicken

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 4 1x
  • Category: Main, Poultry
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Chinese


20 minutes is all you need to make this delicious and healthier Chinese sesame chicken. Plus, it beats take out any day and costs less to make!


Units Scale
  • 1 pound Humane Certified organic chicken, cut into small chunks
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 stalks green onions, finely chopped (optional)


  • 1 tablespoon shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons raw organic honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water


  1. Place egg and cornstarch in two separate bowls, large enough for dipping.
  2. Take a few pieces of chicken and dip them in egg. Add them to the cornstarch, toss well and set aside on a plate. Repeat until all the chicken pieces are coated.
  3. In a wok or deep skillet over medium high heat, add the vegetable oil and test the temperature of the oil by sprinkling a little corn starch. When the oil is hot – the cornstarch should bubble – add the chicken. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan as this will bring down the temperature of the oil. Do it in separate batches if necessary.
  4. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Flip the chicken halfway through. Turn the heat off and set aside.
  5. In a separate pan, add all the ingredients for the sauce and bring to a boil.
  6. Stir constantly until the sauce bubbles and thickens – about 1 minute. Turn the heat off.
  7. Add the sauce to the chicken and toss well until the chicken pieces are evenly coated.
  8. Transfer to a plate and top with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve immediately.


Save the leftover sesame chicken in a storage container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 338
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Sodium: 499mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.7g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 28.4g
  • Cholesterol: 135.1mg

Keywords: Chinese chicken stir fry

Recipe Card powered byTasty Recipes

Asian Recipes

Straight To Your Inbox

Receive a FREE Digital Cookbook when you sign up for our newsletter